Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Am Second

This week, I want to make you aware of a resource. You might be familiar with it, since it is gaining some national attention, but I think it is a great, simple way to start an evangelistic conversation with a friend or co-worker.

The resource is a website,

I am Second shares video stories, mostly of celebrities and their testimonies. The site is called I am Second, because each video features a person who has put Jesus first in their life.

I’d encourage you to take a look at it. If you know someone in your life who is a sports fan, there are a lot of professional athletes on the site. It would be a good way to connect love of sports to love of Christ and begin an evangelistic conversation. There are also actors and other celebrities. Anyone who is up on “pop culture” will likely recognize at least one person’s video on the site. You can share the video with your friend, and let the celebrity open the door to a conversation about Jesus.

It’s a useful tool. Watch a video or two, and then share your thoughts about how folks at Trinity could use the site.

Also, if you see a particularly compelling video, let us know.

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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized



This week, we’ll engage in something I’m calling a reverse devotional. Sort of like a reverse phone book, only more spiritual. 🙂

I’ve got a devotional book I frequently use, and today it listed two passages under the heading of “Doubt.” Here’s what we’ll do. I’ll give you the two passages, and you provide the devotional thought(s) to go with them:

2 Kings 6:15-16 “15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

Matthew 28:16-17 “16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.”

You may want to look at the context surrounding these two passages. I noticed that in each instance, an established leader was dialoguing with an emerging leader(s). I think that is a significant detail.

What thoughts come to your mind as you read these?

What would you say if you were mentoring an up and coming leader with these passages?

I look forward to our interaction.

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Self Leadership

Bill Hybels, the Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area, talks a lot about leadership. One of his most significant teachings, to me, is his discussion of which direction leadership goes in. He says, “Imagine a compass—north, south, east, and west. Almost every time the word leadership is mentioned, in what direction do leaders instinctively think?


Say the word leadership and most leaders’ minds migrate to the people who are under their care. At leadership conferences, people generally think, ‘I’m going to learn how to improve my ability to lead the people God has entrusted to me.’

South. It’s a leader’s first instinct.

But many people don’t realize that to lead well, you need to be able to lead in all directions—north, south, east and west.”

Hybels goes on to talk about “leading up,” leading those who are above you, but also leading laterally. The most important leadership, though, is leadership in the middle of the compass–self leadership.

We could spend weeks dialoguing about each of these directions, but when it comes to spiritual leadership, the most important position is self leadership. Hybels boils self leadership into answering these key questions:

Is my calling clear?
Is my passion hot?
Is my example inspiring?
Is my spirit Christlike?

How are you able to answer these questions today?

What needs to change?

What other questions do you routinely ask yourself?

(For more on self leadership, see Hybels’ Courageous Leadership, chapter 9.)

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized



I read a lot. And I’ve seen an interesting trend in books about leadership. People are thinking and writing more about introverts in leadership. Being an introvert myself, this is an interesting topic. I came across this on Facebook, and I thought it had some really solid, practical advice on how to lead introverts:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Do you lead introverts? Does this advice seem to hold true in your experience?

Are you an introvert? Do you agree with the above? (Yes, I do realize the irony of asking introverts to participate in an online discussion).

Are you an extrovert? Does this list help you?

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


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