All posts by Keith Jagger

Pastor, New Testament Scholar, Community Developer

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The Human and Their Heart

Humans are first and foremost full of heart. We are more than our bodies and personalities. More than our family of origin.  More than our opinions and beliefs.  We are creatures of habit who love and relate and sometimes show a staggering sense of courage. This means that we are predictable yet defy rote categorization. ...

Hands Off

I once initiated a new intern by fire, teaching him about delegation during his first stint as a leader. I wanted him to build a pallet wall, the backdrop for a future art commission. Told him it would be a good way to get some skin in the game AND teach him about delegating.  I ...

Faith in God

The author of Hebrews names six elementary teachings about Christ. One of these is faith in God (6.1).  That seems straightforward enough.  But before we assume that we have mastered this basic lesson, let’s take another look at faith in God. The essence of Christian faith is a loyalty.  It is all three a belief, ...

The Beautiful Creature

Take a look at Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 12. The church is an organism. It’s living—a body. It’s a group of people entangled with one another trying build something. The group—put together by the living God—invests their personal situations with Kingdom work and then uses their leftover hours to do something together that they ...

How Christians Can Be Attitude Leaders in Times of Deep Transition (Part 4 of 4)

Patience, Diligence, and Strategy Patience. Now to the importance of patience in transition. We all need it. But some need it more than others. For the sentimental traditionalist, patience poses little to no problem. They’d be happy if nothing changed. But for people eager for change, people jaded by change, and (a strange bedfellow) the ...

How Christians Can Be Attitude Leaders in Times of Deep Transition (Part 3 of 4)

Types and Patterns But as much we have communal wisdom for everyone in times of transition, we also have unique directives for different types of people: the combative, those eager for change, the complaining sentimentalist, the jaded cynic, the naïve optimist, the die-hard dreamer, the lazy one, the people pleaser, the pushover, the stick-to-business kind, ...

How Christians Can Be Attitude Leaders in Times of Deep Transition (Part 2 of 4)

Some guiding scripture verses:  Be Gentle and Kind. Galatians 5:15. “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Pace Yourself Ecclesiastes 9:11. “The race is not to the swift or ...