Christian Leadership

Leadership Lane via Wikimedia Commons
Leadership Lane via Wikimedia Commons

This is my first teaching video! I have made six five teaching videos which will be uploaded with accompanying pdf discussion handouts. I will try and roll them out over the next few weeks.

In this video, I reflect on four major principles of Christian Leadership set in an acrostic: L-E-A-D for easy remembering!

Hope you will find this beneficial. PDF download link is below the video.  Continue reading “Christian Leadership”

Spirit-Born Leaders

(This is the opening devotion I gave when I hosted the regional gathering of my denomination’s churches – Classis Toronto of the Christian Reformed Church as it’s called – at York University, Toronto on May 6, 2010)

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (I read from Eugene Peterson’s The Message. Click on the link to read it.)

When we think of leaders, we often think of charismatic leaders, people who are natural influencers, natural born-leaders, people who act the part and look the part as well. I have read student ministry books that suggest you target and recruit mainly those students who are natural born leaders in their social circles. When we look at king David, we often see the quintessential leader, perhaps the greatest king of Israel in the OT. We think of the man after God’s heart. But his beginnings were very different. Before David was pushed into the spotlight with his victory over Goliath, David was not a natural born leader. He was not a ring leader nor was he charismatic. No one, it seemed, thought much of him. And no one expected much of him. Continue reading “Spirit-Born Leaders”

Between Empire and Home

(Originally a sermon preached at First Christian Reformed Church Toronto, July 25, 2010)

Texts: Matthew 5:1-16; Revelation 21:1-4 (click on links to read the bible texts)

There’s a saying that goes, “Home is where the heart is”. This saying acknowledges that home is more than having a roof over your head. Home is more than just a place to live, eat and sleep. Home is more than your permanent residence. When you tell people that you are going home for the holidays, most people assume that you are going home to your parents, and most likely to the town or city where you were born and raised. Home is where our loved ones are, and where we have strong emotional ties. Home is where your heart is. If home is where the heart is, then homelessness is where the heart is lost. If home is more than having a roof and four walls, homelessness is more than lacking a roof and four walls. Continue reading “Between Empire and Home”