Pastors, Pulpits & People In The Pew

Jeff Church Life, Leadership, Ministry, Preaching

One of the strangest, most unfortunate aspects of the modern church is often found in the expectation of what happens in the pulpit from those who sit in the pews (or chairs).  Somewhere before I was saved, it must have begun it’s slow creep into local churches.  I’ve been a Christian for more than two decades, and I have watched this …

Getting In On The New

Jeff Leadership

Fellow Kingdom Leaders (and you who follow them), Both the testimony of experience and the testimony of Scripture teach us that leaders will need to endure short seasons of loneliness.  It is far better for you to experience that loneliness on the leading edge of what God is doing next, than to experience that loneliness on the back edge of …

When Methods Become Monuments

Jeff Leadership, Pastors & Pastoring

Today, I awoke with a specific bible passage on my heart, and thought it might be helpful to share some thoughts on it with you.  For a little more than three years, I have been following Holy Spirit as He leads me and those whom I am allowed to shepherd into some previously uncharted waters for us.  Not everyone has been fond of this process.  Some have …

Keeping Your Name On The Short-List

Jeff FAITH, Leadership

About 3,500 years ago, less than a dozen men determined the next four decades of a massive group of people, possibly over two million in number.  It is highly likely that you will not know much about them, if anything at all. The Scriptures preserve their names, along with the names of their fathers in Numbers 13:1-16. These men were …

What Are You Offering?

Jeff Leadership, Relationships

You don’t know him but Terry Gou has golden tentacles that reach into most of our lives. He is the richest man in Taiwan and has, at age 59, a personal net-worth of about 6 billion dollars.  His company is Foxconn and is the largest exporting company out of China.  Interestingly, Mr. Gou started his company with a $7,500 loan …

What I Want To Do

Jeff Leadership, Relationships

Thinking about life’s pathway over the last few days, I sought to boil down what it is that I want to do with the remainder of the second half of my years.  Statistically, I’m beyond the chronological mid-point of the average lifespan for an American male and there cannot be the option of shuffling my feet, stuffing my hands in …

9/11 Immerse Service

Jeff Leadership, Mercy, Wisdom

Wednesday nights around Meadow have been uniquely blessed of God in recent weeks.  Sensing His leadership to overhaul our approach to the Wednesday gathering, we have placed an emphasis on immersing ourselves as one in a purposed time of connecting with God and with one another.  Believe me, our IMMERSE Services are anything but fancy or impressive.  Perhaps this is …

Doing Summer With Purpose

Jeff Leadership, Pastors & Pastoring, peace

Beautiful skies have been hanging over Atlanta for about a week now.  Prior to that were some rather wet and ugly days.  I am unsure of where you are as you read these words but I am hoping you have been granted some days of relief and ease if you have spent any recent days underneath life’s rain-clouds.  Don’t get …

Sunday Recap + An Analysis For Spiritual Leaders

Jeff Leadership, Preaching

Yesterday was another tremendous day of worship, fellowship and instruction at Meadow.  The liberty and spiritual pungency in the services in the last few weeks have been, in my opinion, remarkable.  Prayerfully seeking from God a posture of dependence and expectancy, we spent the morning service together in Acts 2:1-21 and focused on the invasion of God the Spirit in …

Leadership: Where The Chips Fall

Jeff General, Leadership, Service

There is a wrong way to do the right thing.  How many times must we learn that God seeks to leads us from “the what” into “the how” of the what.  The Almighty is not a celestial pragmatist that merely scans to see if an objective is being accomplished by His servant.  He is a Father who has attached His …

Appreciating Others

Jeff Gratitude, Leadership, Relationships

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:8 {ESV} The Apostle Paul was no CEO in ministry. His theology had not allowed him to hide in his office away from the people …

When Jeff & Phil Collide

Jeff Cultural Observations, Leadership, Ministry

Let me predict that this post will disappoint of few of you who want straightforward bible devotions when I post.  Most of the time I awake in the early morning and pray/read/blog and the finished product is what you read right here each day that I post.  Today is different because I’m writing it at 2:10 PM on a Thursday …

Aarons & Hurs Wanted

Jeff Church Life, Leadership, Prayer

“But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.  And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the …

Shepherd Bites

Jeff Church Life, General, Leadership, Legalism

Looking into the eyes of the young man across the lunch table from me, I saw what I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing too many times before.  He’d just completed a year at a Christian College which I know to be legalistic, manipulative and saddled with a history of compromised leadership.  This disillusioned young man is not even fully …

The Best Blog I’ve Ever Written

Jeff Bible, General, Leadership, Perserverance

Okay, I just chose the above title in order to get you to read today’s post about leaders and followers.  I repent of the manipulation but really hope it works. Being entrusted with ministry challenges in recent months, I’ve tended to scope out bible passages that involve interaction between leaders and followers in order to glean some principles for my …

The Hope In Powerlessness

Jeff Church Life, Endurance, Leadership

Have you ever prayed for God to “get you out of the way”?  How often we have longed for an uninterrupted sense of God working through us and for us.  Wisely, we are aware that employing human instrumentation is usually a component of what God is doing on earth, so we ask Him boldly to work in such a way …

Hiking Trails

Jeff FAITH, Leadership

Thinking about life’s pathway over the last few days I sought to boil down what it is that I want to do with the remainder of the second half of my years.  Statistically, I’m beyond the chronological mid-point of my lifespan and there is not the option of shuffling my feet, stuffing my hands in my pockets and living out …

Backtracking Believers

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, Leadership, Politics/Government

In a little more than a year, should God allow Amy and me to still be here, I predict that there will be a sigh of relief in the Lyle home.  This exhale of relief will be released because, in a little more than a year, the Presidential election of 2012 will be over.  One might wonder if I’m presuming …

Religion & Politicis – Do You Go There?

Jeff Bible, Cultural Observations, Leadership, Politics/Government

“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32 God has only made one historical covenant with a nation…and, proud Americans, it wasn’t us!  Christians should not look for any national salvation nor make the mistake of believing “God is on our side” (no …