• The appropriate and healthy use of authority by a leader is a beautiful thing.  One of my favorite stories about the concept and use of authority by a leader is found in both Matthew 8 and Luke 7.  In this story, a Centurion approaches Jesus and initiates a dialogue, included in the dialogue is the confirmation of the Centurion’s keen understanding about the use of authority.  This Roman Centurion was likely very diligent with the military business of the Roman Army, since he was a key army leader at the “middle management level.”  He commanded a “century”, which consisted of about 100 Roma

  • Honesty and Leadership

    Blog | March 20, 2015

    Honesty is the single most important “building block” in the leader-follower relationship.  To many people, honesty is the same as sincerity, truthfulness, integrity, frankness, candor, and openness.  Though some leaders don’t consciously realize it, honesty includes not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression.  Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

  • Managing Disagreement and Leadership

    Blog | Frank Bragg | March 20, 2015

    For many years, I’ve coached men and women on the importance of this leadership topic.  When little “d” (small disagreement) becomes big “D” (BIG DISAGREEMENT), then things have moved to real conflict, and the successful management of a “disagreement” has been lost.  In fact, the management of that “disagreement” has failed, if things have moved into conflict.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Truth or Lie? Can You Even Tell?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 20, 2015

    Have you ever been lured by a lie disguised as truth?

    Have you ever been sold on a bill of goods too good to be true, but you did not have strong enough internal compass to detect it?

    The real question here is not if, but why?

    Why are we so easily swayed by persuasive voices and eloquent arguments that are so contrary to the truth? Why do we fail to recognize those moments and nip them in the proverbial bud?

  • How a Humble Heart Will Draw Your Spouse Closer

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | March 20, 2015

    Humility might not be the first attribute that comes to mind when you consider closeness in marriage.  However, if you consider how close Jesus was to His Father and disciples, then you can see how a humble heart can make all the difference.

    Jesus had no difficulty with pride or fear. But in marriage this can often be a struggle, unless we live and lead like Jesus.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Are You Looking Beyond the Obvious?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 20, 2015

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone or attended a lecture where one or two profound thoughts stood out that you’ve carried with you ever since?

    A long time ago, my former pastor was teaching on a subject I can’t even recall, but during that sermon, he said something that’s stuck with me for years. He said, “Don’t just take every word that’s being spoken from the pulpit at face value; test it against God’s Word.”

    In 1 John 4:1 we are told something very similar: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test every spirit to see whether they are from God.”

  • Heather Day

    Rest? Who Has Time for Rest?!

    Blog | Heather Day | March 20, 2015

    Between working full-time, having two young children, and a plethora of other commitments, I sometimes have trouble finding “alone” time. Perhaps you can relate.

    I’ll never forget one particularly long Saturday afternoon, when my patience was wearing beyond thin. Still in my pajamas and covered in filth, I decided to call up my go-to baby sitter: the Disney channel.  I parked my kids on the couch, and as soon as they were adequately mesmerized, I instructed the eldest, “Keep an eye on your brother…I just need a few minutes to shower.”