Women, Leadership and the B-Word

Women, Leadership and the B-Word

When a male leader is direct, confident, or decisive, he’s often known by a C-word:  Confident.  Competent.  Charismatic.  He’s prized as a strong leader, a natural leader.  A woman, however, is often stuck with a less desirable word. With less desirable...

Reinventing Religion

I attended two Passover Seders last week.  One I led for a large group of New Mexican church-going Christians.  The other was in the home of my Jewish kid brother and our religiously, ethnically diverse gathering of family and friends.  The first one was designed to...

3 Hidden Leadership Skills of Jesus

The world wants more of churches: more spirituality, more community, more engagement, more love, more miracles, more demonstration of the kingdom. Not less.   Yet, most of us are serving shrinking, declining, even dying churches. If our leadership is to be effective,...

Did Jesus Take a Vacation?

The vacation is one of the finest tools for spiritual leadership development. It allows you to practice being instead of doing—a must for spiritual leaders. The word dates back to the late 14th century, from the French, and means freedom from obligations, leisure,...

How to Dream Like Jesus

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the dreams of Jesus. Not his night time dreams. But the dream that drove him day by day. It was never far from his awareness. He talked about it, taught about it, and prayed about it. Both his healings and his post-resurrection...

Jesus, the Anti-Jew?

Church, it’s time to go all the way in embracing the Jewish Jesus. Yes, Jesus is seen as a Jew in many pulpits and pews, but usually as an exception, an anomaly. In too many sermons, commentaries,and hymnals his teachings on love, inclusion, and forgiveness are set up...