Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

QUICK JUDGEMENTS LEAD TO LIMP HANDSHAKES

| June 28, 2012

Sir Edmund tells this story in his book “View From The Summit”.  “Another weekend the expedition was invited to a combined gathering in North Wales with senior members of the Alpine Club.  We were based on the very pleasant Hotel and I arrived a little late only to discover that everyone else had headed off [...]

Crazy Wild Fires in Colorado

| June 27, 2012

It seems like something out of a movie.  A huge forest fire goes out of control and burns down a town.  The images are scary.  Houses are burning down, iconic centers are being destroyed, and no relief seems to be in sight.  This is the story that is happening in Colorado Springs, and in some [...]

Reflections on Leadership

| June 21, 2012

As an Active Follower, the individual will have various characteristics and behavioral patterns, and as this person moves forward on the LeaderLoop, he will develop new characteristics that will make him an effective leader in a congregation.  No one will have all of these qualities one hundred percent.  People will be stronger in some areas [...]

Review of “The Advantage”

| June 20, 2012

Patrick Lencioni has a few books on the market.  The best of these is “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” which seems to highlight too many church leadership teams.  But his recent book “The Advantage” tops even this one.  The reason is that he seems to combine all of his previous work, the best sections in [...]

NOT WHERE YOU START

| June 19, 2012

Sir Edmund Hillary tells this story in his autobiography.  “My confidence received another blow when in the first week the muscle-bound gymnastics instructor cast his jaundiced eye over my scrawny physique, rolled his eyes to the heavens, and muttered, ‘what will they send me next?’  No believer in sparing his victim any discomfort, he told [...]

A Person of Vision

| June 14, 2012

The number one theme through most leadership books is the leader’s ability to cast vision. A leader can picture a positive future, an Active Follower can mostly participate in the tasks of an organization. This dynamic separates the two groups.  Since there is an abundance of material on casting vision in a congregation, this comes [...]

Review of “The Power of Communication”

| June 12, 2012

I was not to excited about reading this book.  Sometimes books from a business culture does not translate well to the church culture.  But this book was excellent.  And it was deep.  Instead of some simple lessons on better speaking, it created a methodology for speaking.  It gave a system of using communication to help [...]

Political Capital in the Church

| June 11, 2012

Political capital is a powerful force in churches.  Probably people will say we do not play politics in church.  All people are equal.  And there are a ton of other good saying to state.  Well, the reality is that political capital is a powerful force in a congregation.  It can come from various sources like [...]

Review of “The Making of a Leader”

| June 8, 2012

There are tons of leadership books on the market.  Sometimes these leadership texts are from the business culture, other times these leadership texts are from the church culture, but numerous times the business material is stronger than the Christian material.  The business material is deeply researched while the Christian work is filled with platitudes.  Fortunately, this [...]

A Person of Peace

| June 1, 2012

Stress sabotages numerous leaders.  Often an active follower cannot handle the extra stress that comes with leadership.  An example of this is found in the stories of Moses and Aaron.  When Moses was on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, the people in the valley grew anxious.  The people started to put pressure [...]