Kingdom Leadership 2015 Archives

The Baby Changed Everything

The Baby Changed Everything

How does something like this happen?

Rubel Shelly tells a story about Tommy Luck and the baby that transformed a rough mining town and then reminds us Jesus did the same thing with the world.

Faith's Impact on Normal Life

Faith's Impact on Normal Life

Doesn't our faith have to impact the way we live our daily lives?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that our faith must make a difference in our normal lives or it matters little.

A Little Light Please

A Little Light Please

Sometimes a little light can make a world of difference!

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the powerful quality of a simple flashlight to dispel darkness.

How to Discredit Christianity

How to Discredit Christianity

Want to know how to make unbelievers disbelieve even more?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that wild predictions about Jesus' return on specific dates often are used by sceptics to discredit Christianity.

Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?

Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?

The Father is looking to use you, no matter how unlikely it seems possible!

Rubel Shelley reminds us that God does his best work through the most unlikely of people.

Neglected Expeditions

Neglected Expeditions

What are we forgetting before we try our ultimate ascent?

Phil Ware reminds us that in a search for a new minister, especially a preacher or preaching minister, that we need to know our specific mission as a congregation.

Let it Begin with Me!

Let it Begin with Me!

What are we to do with such great human need and such great risk?

Phillip Morrison is back as our conscience asking us about how we sort through the refugee crisis in Syria and what are we going to do about it.

Yogi and Red Trucks

Yogi and Red Trucks

Don't you have any of those red trucks to send?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the character who was Yogi Berra and reminds us that we need to be certain about our communication.

A Way Through the Ice Fall

A Way Through the Ice Fall

How do we avoid magical thinking and shortcuts that dangerously risk our doom?

Phil Ware continues his series of articles on churches facing the challenges of the interim season and uses the imagery of high mountain climbing to help us appreciate the challenges.

Golden Rule, Golden Door!

Golden Rule, Golden Door!

Some connections God makes inescapable no matter how costly obedience may be!

Phillip Morrison reminds us of the need to be open-hearted to the refugee crisis both as Americans and as Christians and to see this as a moral imperative.

Sin and Grace

Sin and Grace

Do we really need either of these? Absolutely yes!

Rubel Shelly writes about Pope Francis and the year of pardon for abortion and other sins that is available and how the world doesn't seem to get sin and wrong doing and guilt.

Willing to Die on This Mountain

Willing to Die on This Mountain

What are the mountains you would die on for what you believe and what you are called to do?

Phil Ware talks about finding our theological and missional mountains and how important it is to know them if you are going to call a minister with whom to partner.

Your Default Face

Your Default Face

What do you look like when you are not trying look any certain way?

Deonna Shake uses her vast coaching and playing experience to introduce a key concept called "default face" and reminds us that how we carry ourselves says a lot about us.

When Life Takes You Off Guard

When Life Takes You Off Guard

We need to remember that hardship and family dysfunction and unfairness are not new for God's people and are the backdrop of their courageous lives of faith.

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the heroes of scripture had to endure many of the same kinds of challenges we do, that is what makes their witness so powerful.

Discovering 'My Truth'

Discovering 'My Truth'

Does it really matter if we simply adjust our definition of truth to fit our own way of living?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that while we can adjust many things to fit our lifestyle and personal reality, truth is still truth despite our protestations and personal journey.

Reason to Smile

Reason to Smile

What such a dour and serious face?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that being dour doesn't help any of us make disciples or friends.

Delete! Delete! Delete!

Delete! Delete! Delete!

What can you do after the message is sent?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we have to choose our words carefully because we don't have an unsend button for our mouth or a delete button to use after the words are spoken.

Can Jesus Survive Religion's Failures?

Can Jesus Survive Religion's Failures?

How has Jesus survived the messes his followers have made over the centuries?

Jesus and the gospel message about Jesus continues to be more resilient than the failures, foibles, and fractures among his people.

'I Don't Judge People'

'I Don't Judge People'

Are you so sure you don't judge people?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we have to make correct judgments about many things and many people, the secret is not being judgmental.

Your Bible is Not Safe

Your Bible is Not Safe

Be careful, reading this can lead to all sorts of changed behavior!

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the Bible is far from safe and is dangerous to read because it challenges us and changes us and brings us to Jesus to be transformed.

Good Morning

Good Morning

So what makes us avoid each other?

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the dangers of isolating or cocooning ourselves against the world to the point we are fearful and withdrawn and lose contact with real people in real life.

Calm in the Midst of Chaos

Calm in the Midst of Chaos

Do those old passsages really have something to say today?

Rubel Shelly reminds us about God's enfolding peace in the middle of life's worse storms and that this has been true for centuries.

Vanishing Friendship

Vanishing Friendship

What are you going to do to stem the loss of friendship in your life?

Rubel Shelly talks about the repeated and consistent loss of friends and friendship in American culture and how we can combat it.

Unworthy and Under-qualified

Unworthy and Under-qualified

How are we ever going to find anyone to help serve?

Phil Ware shares the first in a series of messages on Nehemiah called "Doing God's Work with Dirty Hands" and focuses on our willingness to be useable and moldable and trusting in the LORD's great power.

Stay Teachable

Stay Teachable

When was the last time you seriously entertained a new thought or considered a new idea?

Rubel Shelly challenges us to entertain new thoughts and consider fresh ideas and be willing to make new changes.