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How (Not) to Inspire a Shared Vision. Like millions of other Americans, I tuned in to hear President Obama’s second inaugural address on Monday.  The President is rightly admired for his strong oratory skills and ability to use communication as an effective leadership skill.  That’s why I was so disappointed in the speech.  While there were parts of the speech that resonated with me, overall I thought it landed flat.  As I reflected on my disappointment, I realized that the President had not inspired a shared vision.

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The Props Knocked Out. This quote grabbed my attention as the news broadcasts seem to continually bring word of major catastrophes, deaths, wars, and economic losses—amidst the US Presidential Inauguration. […] January 2013 is time when many have experienced “the props…knocked out” both individually and nationally—ideologically, politically, economically and relationally.  What is shakeable is being shaken.

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Other Posts of Interest from around the Web

  • Ten Tips for Christian Leaders Who Don’t Want to Become Self-Promoting Jerks Online. Social Networking can be a fabulous tool for leaders to advance the kingdom. However like so many other things it can also lead us into dangerous territory if unexamined. [Here] are some tips on how to use social networking well in our celebrity obsessed, image based culture without falling into the sin of pride. I have probably broken several at times, but hopefully they will be of help to you.
  • As Public Religion Declines, Faith Goes to the Movies. You don’t have to be a doomsayer to believe that organized religion is in crisis in the United States. One-third of young adults now identify as “nones”. In other words, when they’re asked to give their religious affiliation the answer is none. […] But does that mean that Americans are not interested in religion and spirituality, that we are no longer asking the big questions of meaning and faith? Not if our movies are any indication.
  • On the Necessity of Theological Courage in the Public Square. What could motivate such response from this company, traditionally associated less with political battles than knick-knacks and sewing kits? David and Barbara Green, the owners of Hobby Lobby, remain committed to upholding their evangelical beliefs—including pro-life convictions—no matter the cost or threat inflicted upon them. This is a remarkable example, and a heroic one.
  • Reading Luther Not Wisely, But Well. Martin Luther is perhaps the single most important thinker for Protestants. Not that he is the greatest theologian, exegete or even role model. There are other, more qualified candidates for each of those titles. He is, however, the original agenda setter for Protestantism: his focus on justification by faith, his critique of papal authority, and his prioritizing of Word over sacrament have all set basic trajectories for subsequent generations.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof at Wheaton College, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.