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Spring 2015


The theme for Spring 2015 is “Time.”

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The Homestretch

God's Word in every language

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
 (Matt. 28:19-20a)

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne a...

Transforming Minds

Learning to lead in such a time as this

A quick glance at the local news makes it clear that the world is in desperate need of strong Christian leaders, leaders whose hearts are set on God and whose hands are ready to serve.  ///
Yet Christians often feel unprepared to engage a world of flourishing pluralism, marching under the mantra that “all truth is relative.” According to a recent Barna survey, those who read the Bible and believe it to be the inspi...

Are We The Generation?

Fulfilling the Great Commission

at the age of 7, I saw a photograph that changed my life — the U.S. flag raising on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. I found it so compelling, and I knew right then I wanted to be one of those guys … a United States Marine. Eleven years later, when most people my age were going to college, I was training for war.
After leaving the Marine Corps, my business career began with Fairchild Semiconductor. At that time I had ...

Wake Up

Christine Caine says it's time for Christians to shine!

CLA president and CEO Tami Heim recently interviewed Christine Caine, director of Equip and Empower Ministries. She is a member of the leadership team for Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Christine and her husband Nick are also the founders of The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization with the ambition of abolishing slavery in the 21st century. And Christine’s newest venture is...

Book to Consider

Great insights on culture, time, kingdom impact, spiritual development and more!

Churchless: Understanding Today’s Unchurched and How to Connect With Them
By George Barna and David Kinnaman
(Tyndale Momentum, 2014)
There is a growing sense among Christ-followers that the culture is changing faster than we can keep up with or respond to — and we’re not always sure how to live faithfully in a world t...

Bridges to the Future

The value of strategic alliances

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”   (Ecc. 4:12).

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco spans nearly two miles across the strait separating San Francisco and Marin counties. This engineering marvel is suspended by two cables, each measuring 36 inches in diameter. Because the cables are wrapped in a steel jacket...

Feedback & Follow-Up

Customer service for Christian Leaders

The minutes of each day seem to pass more quickly than the day before. In that context, organizational leaders will ask: “What critical issues need resolution today?” As a result, I have often observed key decision makers negotiating with the clock more than with people, trying to squeeze as many productive minutes out of an hour as possible.
This squeezing strategy is effective for most tasks and situat...


Unlock effectiveness in your workplace culture

Sam Goldwyn, the “G” in MGM Motion Pictures, knew something about how to empower people — and make great movies. How did he do it? What was his secret? He once said, famously, “We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
The road to a flourishing culture often begins with disturbing tremors. These tremors, however, set the context for a gloriou...

Global Mission

Is it still an urgent task?

“Time” is a popular topic within the Lausanne Movement. Celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2014 sparked many conversations and reflections about time and purpose. Our leadership spent the past year thanking God for his steadfast love and seeking his wisdom to lead the Movement in the future. Out of this reflection, some principles on leadership have emerged which are (not surprisingly) simple, yet profoundly powerful.

Know Me and Be Relevant

Taking time to communicate well

I got a great Christmas gift from my wife this year — the latest book from John Ortberg titled Soul Keeping (Zondervan, 2014). It has significantly challenged me to rethink how I spend my time. Not what I spend my time doing, but how I spend the time that I have. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from an interaction that John had with the late Dallas Willard. Dallas said, “Hurry is the great enemy of spirit...