Archives For September 2011


I just finished reading Manfred Kets de Vries' The Leadership Mystique to kick off the fourth term in my doctorate. In terms of ink I put on the pages, this one is pretty high up there. Lots of underlining. 

I should tell you that I have quite a love-hate relationship with books on leadership. I'm really down on their use by pastors and churches. I've witnessed and experienced the "shadow side" (a term de Vries uses often) of church-as-corporation and pastor-as-CEO. I don't think that modeling a church after a corporation or modeling the pastoral role after CEO is faithful, helpful, or Biblical. But that is for a different blog post. Plenty of churches have bought into that model of "doing business" and, for them, this is one of the better books on leadership out there. Maybe Bill Hybels will even invite the author to the "Global Leadership Summit" one day. Ugh. 

Howe Aryu?

September 3, 2011 — 2 Comments

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” 

-Psalm 139:7-8


“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who

makes known to us the fragrance that consists of knowledge of Him 

in every place. For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those 

who are being saved and among those who are perishing–to the latter an

odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life.”

-2 Corinthians 2:14-16


I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

 who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

– Apostle’s Creed


Today I was surrounded by the most abject poverty I’ve ever experienced. Our cohort visited one of the neighborhoods in Mathare Slum, second largest slum in Nairobi and home to 800,000 people in its 1.5 square miles. We were invited and guided by Missions of Hope International, a local, grassroots agency started nearly two decades ago by a Kenyan couple who felt God placed it on their hearts to minister in Mathare Slum. Continue Reading…