The Sound of Justice—A Reminder from Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail

The Sound of Justice—A Reminder from Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail
On this past Saturday, I was blessed to be the keynote speaker for the South Holland, Illinois Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This tribute service had as its theme, Lift Every Voice.  Today I share this post based on that presentation as my tribute to Dr. King as we celebrate his birthday. I. In April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined with the local civil rights movement i

4 Thoughts for Leaders in These Troubling Times

4 Thoughts for Leaders in These Troubling Times
We have seen in just one week, two black men killed by police officers and five police officers killed by a sniper at a peaceful protest rally in Dallas. Much has been said but I sense little has been heard. Unfortunately, what we are experiencing may be just the tip of the iceberg of the raw emotions, frustration and disillusionment percolating beneath the surface. Hate-filled political speeches, reactionary social media commentary and dismissive perso...

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though known as a civil rights leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, in recently reading his book of sermons, "The Strength to Love,” I was keenly reminded through his passionate words, colorful metaphors and spiritual themes, that Dr. King was first and foremost, a man of God -- preacher and pastor. In a day and time, when so many preachers are clamoring to make "their minist...

The Upper Room Experience

It was our fifth day in Israel, the Lord’s Day, and we went to the site commemorating the Upper Room, in Jerusalem. We were elated to pray and worship in the place where the disciples were first filled with the Holy Spirit. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeare

Remembering the Sabbath: A Reflection and a Challenge

We made it to Jerusalem in time for Shabbat and no one could have adequately prepared me for what I was about to experience. The sun had set and as the night descended, a spirit of anticipation rose within us, as hundreds, if not thousands of people streamed to the Western Wall to pray. Jews, from the visibly orthodox to the not so apparent. Christians visiting the Holy City. Young, old, women, men, and families from many different nations. Some gro...

A Reflection on the Beatitudes

A Reflection on the Beatitudes
I had the privilege of leading one of the devotions for our pastoral group today. I was a little nervous having to lead such an auspicious group. My assignment was to reflect on the beatitudes in Matthew 5. Oh, and did I mention we were on the mount where Jesus possibly delivered THE "Sermon"? What an honor I felt to be sharing the beatitudes where Jesus taught. How cool is that?! The Sermon on the Mount may be considered the hallmark of the ethical tea...

A New Year’s Revolution

Revolutions have changed the course of nations—overturned dictators and ushered in democracies. Through revolutions the everday lives of real people have changed. If social revolutions can garner such radical change, just imagine what a spiritual revolution could do. Consider what a revolution of the heart can bring about. Today, the first day of a New Year, millions of people will make New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, st...

Keep the Goal In Mind

With this goal in mind…(Philippians 3:14a, NET) I was blessed a few weeks ago to participate on an Internet talk show panel in which one of the panelists reminded me of the importance of goal setting in my own life.  For the past few weeks I have been really thinking about this issue of goal setting. As I am in the midst of transition, this is a great time for me revisit and revise my goals.  Here are a few lessons I've learned about goal-setting down t