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Finding Joy in God’s Design

The past few days, Joni and I have been staying with her sister in Washington State.  One of our daily activities has been exercising her retriever, Molly.  She has a ball thrower that makes it easy to pick up and throw a tennis ball, without the need to… Continue reading

New Site for Reflections

This week I completed the changes to integrate my blog into my new web site at kencarlson.org.  Going forward, this site will be the primary online home for my ministry activities and resources.  Take a few minutes to explore the menu options at the top of the… Continue reading

Follow the Leader

Last week I wrote about the song of Deborah and Barak in Judges 5. The song begins, “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD!” (Judges 5:2, ESV) In my last post I discussed the first part of this verse, but… Continue reading

Leaders Need to Take the Lead

Today in my Bible reading I read Judges chapter 5.  After God granted them a great victory over Jaban king of Canaan, Deborah and Barak sang a song of praise and thanksgiving.  The first line of the song is this: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,… Continue reading

Problems with Website

For some reason, WordPress “pages” are not working right now.  So everything under “Resources” at the left is not working.  I will get it working when I can.

In the meantime, if you want to contact me you can go to my other website at https://kencarlson.org.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Two Keys to Finding God’s Direction

I am in a season of life right now in which I am seeking God’s direction for my future ministry.  So I have been thinking and praying a lot about God’s guidance.  There are two key questions that you can ask to help find direction, namely “Who are… Continue reading

Blending Leadership Styles

Fast Company has an insightful article on 6 Leadership Styles, and When You Should Use Them.  Effective leaders need to be able to operate in different leadership styles, depending on the situation.  The article concludes:

Bottom line? If you take two cups of authoritative leadership, one cup… Continue reading

Why Do We Have So Many Meetings?

If you are in a church leadership position you probably have to attend meetings. One of the most common complaints that I hear among ministry co-workers is that there are too many meetings, that they last too long, and that they are boring. Why do we have so many meetings?… Continue reading

Finding God’s Calling

As I seek God’s direction for my future ministry I have been reflecting on something that I have often taught in the past, namely how to find God’s calling.  In order to discover God’s calling it is helpful to distinguish a number of different aspects of calling.

The Call… Continue reading

What’s Wrong with our Gospel?

Marc Cortez, who teaches theology at Western Seminary in Portland, has written a series thought provoking of articles on What’s Wrong with our Gospel.  We often divorce the Gospel from its context in the biblical story of redemption and focus almost exclusively on our individual experience with God.… Continue reading

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