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Spring 2015


The theme for Spring 2015 is “Time.”

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Living Water

Quenching the universal thirst for Christ

A common thread has been woven through my life. It is the power of the Word of God.
I experienced the power of God’s Word from the time I grew up in church through the time of my coming to saving knowledge of Christ as a college student. It buoyed me from caring for the hearing impaired as an audiologist to caring for my family as a wife and mother. And Scripture has been central to my journey from serving ...

Mentoring Matters

A mentoring expert shares insights

Why Does mentoring matter? Katy Dickinson, founder and principal of Katy Dickinson Consulting, says mentoring programs transform not only the individuals involved but also the company itself. Over the years she has developed mentoring programs at organizations around the globe, including Sun Microsystems. She has also spearheaded the TechWomen mentoring initiative at the U.S. Department of State and she serves as an accredited ...

Navigating Today's Currents

An Issachar moment for ministry leaders

Challenging times become perilous times if leaders lack wisdom. However, rightly armed with insight and godly discernment, believers can skillfully navigate the choppiest of waters.
Around 3,000 years ago, choppy waters greeted the ancient Israelites. Their first king, Saul, along with his two sons, had suffered a fatal wound in battle with the Philistines. The people immediately anointed David as their new king at...

Power of Perspective

With God it is possible!

It was a mild september afternoon, 1988, in Seoul, South Korea. I stood on the field of the spacious Olympic stadium, hands on my hips, and surveyed the obstacle in front of me. The high jump crossbar had been set at nearly seven feet. My first attempt had failed. I had two more chances.
Becoming an Olympic decathlete isn’t easy. Sixteen years of training to become competitive in 10 separate track and field events requires ...

Power Source

Waiting on the wind of God

The sails are prepared for action. The marine batteries are fully charged. The drinking water tank is full. The weather has been checked to ensure there are no pending storms. The gas tank is topped off. The boat’s food pantry is fully stocked. It is time to experience the wide open waters. However, there is one remaining crucial variable needed to sail ... the wind! Nothing happens without it.
Most sailors have experienc...

Spiritual Transformation

The role of the ministry workplace

Maybe you have heard a colleague say something like:  “This isn’t the place for my spiritual growth; that’s for my church life.” While I understand this argument, I believe it is shortsighted. The ministry workplace also has a role in spiritual development.
We are called to be Christ-centered communities. Any other approach misses the mark of God’s calling on our lives as Christians (E...

Strengths-Based Leadership

A Christian Perspective

in the waning days of 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported at length on that perennial issue — leadership. The focus was not on the latest book or theory of that elusive, yet indispensable quality or characteristic. It was instead a particular application of a well-settled leadership model: “Strengths-Based Leadership.”
Mark Zuckerberg, the globe’s youngest billionaire (by far), doesn’t cot...

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 ...