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God gave us this commandment as a gift. And, as a gift, it was ultimately given with our best interests in mind. Because of the terrible consequences that will come as a result of breaking this commandment, we find that difficult to believe. But it’s true nonetheless.
Leadership Core: Personality (Chad Hall)
In the coming weeks, I want to move up from the roots to explore the “trunk” of the leadership tree. There are five core strengths in every leader. These core strengths are not the unchangeable nature of a leader (a la the leader’s roots), but capacities developed by the leader over time. The more developed these strengths, the more potential the leader has to be an influential force. It’s from these strengths that the leader’s actions and behaviors branch out and create fruit in the world.
Making Sense of Transitions(Bev Hislop)
Transition begins with letting go of something. We are leaving something familiar and moving to something unfamiliar—in many cases an unknown. In between what we are leaving and the new thing we will be entering, is what Bridges calls “The neutral zone.” This has been described as the time between the trapeze artist letting go of one trapeze and grabbing onto another. It can feel like Linus does when his blanket in the drier. It is that space between stepping off a “known” sidewalk, into the street to get to the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road. You don’t want to stay in the street very long.
Listening to God: General Revelation (Bill Mounce)
There are three things that all people know about God. He is powerful; seeing creation calls us to confess that the God who created it is powerful beyond comprehension. God is divine, which means he is not human, he is separate from his creation. When we look at the flowers around Spirit Lake, we are drawn to the inevitable conclusion that they do not hold the keys to their own existence, that there was a great designer, a great creator, a great God who made them. And thirdly, while not explicitly stated, all people know that there is a God, and this God is powerful and divine.
Are We Connecting? (John Johnson)
There is a lot of virtual community going on, but it is no substitute for face to face interaction, flesh and blood ties. The greater the proportion of time spent physically connecting, the less lonely people are. If texting and Facebook, etc. increase the probability of this, than they become essential tools. But if they become a substitute for personal interaction, which research indicates, there is the real possibility we are creating a culture of desolate people, leached of empathy, spontaneity, and humanity.
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- Marc Cortez is giving away a copy of Jesus Among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels.
- The Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians: The church wants education and needs theological leaders. In this day when many pastors lead non-theologically, and academics work in a way that is lost on the people of God, we need pastor-theologians who can minister the Word in ways that edify the saints and offer a winsome public witness to the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Lord and his will for us.
- Why Envy Is a Ministry Killer: If you want a quick way to derail your ministry, envy someone else’s ministry. It’s the top barrier to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. And it’s one of the quickest ways to have God’s anointing on your life removed. You must eradicate it from your life.
- Stop Your Cheatin’ Ways: I have a theory that I’ve made into an aphorism: you can borrow time, but you can’t steal it. The saying is mainly about sleep.
- The Failure of Christianity Is a Myth: The Enlightenment had to tell that story because it had to tell history with itself as the goal and the center, while Christianity had an entirely different eschatology — so the Enlightenment pushed religion into the private world and told it stay put.
- Was John the First Baptist? Was John’s baptism the first baptism the world knew? Commentators are not quite agreed on the history of Christian baptism. Obviously Christians baptize, and obviously Jews don’t. But was John the Baptist the first to actually baptize? Or were the Jews doing baptisms in the inter-testamental period?
- What Are 5 Areas in which a Pastor Should Be Growing Every Year? Pastors are instructed to be examples to the flock (1 Peter 5:3). The pastor can feel a bit overwhelmed when considering the implications of that instruction. Because of this, we can lose sight of the need to mature and grow for the sake of our own personal sanctification, not solely because others are looking to us.
- Coaching Young Leaders Effectively: Seven Observations: Young, developing leaders are looking for relationship, and they will receive coaching and mentoring from those with whom they have relationship.
- Learning to Delight in Scripture: When you read Bible verses in which the author talks about loving or delighting in Scripture itself, how do you usually respond? For me personally, I often feel guilty or anxious about the lack of these verbs in my life. I have even doubted my salvation on occasion when forced to admit that I do not love or delight in God’s word as much as I “should.”
About Marc Cortez
Theology Prof at Wheaton College, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.