Pastors Toolbox: Our Dress

Our Dress: First Impressions Are Often The Lasting Ones – (1 Samuel 16:7) – There is a biblical truth for which I am very thankful. That truth is that men look up on the inside, but God sees the inside. For many of us the outside is not a pleasant thing to behold. But God … Continue reading

Review: Courageous Leadership

Hybels, Bill. Courageous Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. 288 pp. $12.33. Courageous. Type A personality. Opinionated. Church culture shifter. Intimidating. Small town ministry disconnect. I read—I taught this book to a men’s Sunday school class a dozen years ago, and my memorable take-away continues to challenge my life purpose: “The local church is the hope … Continue reading

Review: Our Iceberg Is Melting

Kotter, John, and Holger Rathgeber. Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Circumstances. New York: St. Martin’s, 2005. 160 pp. $15.38. The power of a story! Our Iceberg Is Melting teaches corporate change principles by means of a fable, using dialogue, humor, and interactive illustrations. The assertion that “Feeling differently can change behavior MORE and lead to … Continue reading

Review: A Leader After God’s Own Heart

George, Jim. A Leader after God’s Own Heart: 15 Ways to Lead with Strength. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2012. 240 pp. $9.43. It’s personal confession time. I didn’t start this book on the right foot. In fact, I was whining after the first chapter, which, at first glance, reads like a cheerleading rally. I’m not … Continue reading

Review: Practicing Greatness

McNeal, Reggie. Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006. 192pp. $18.43. J. Oswald Sanders begins his classic, Spiritual Leadership, with two clashing texts: “To aspire to leadership is an honorable ambition. (1 Timothy 3:1, NEB),” and, “Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. (Jeremiah 45:5, [NIV])” (Chicago: Moody, … Continue reading