A brief word about genre: it exists; honor it. Paul’s letters are different from the Psalms, from the minor prophets, from the Pentateuch. Preachers should not handle the Bible as though there is no difference between the various kinds and styles of biblical writing.
When preaching any passage, get in touch with the author.
Trevin Wax describes how the composition and delivery of a sermon should not only accurately convey the content of the text, but also the emotions present.Source: The Vision Room
The assumption that extroverts make better leaders hasn’t just permeated our culture, it’s also made its way into my mind, and over the years I’ve often worried I didn’t have what it took to be a leader because of my quietness or my desire to spend time alone.
Just look around at the people we most often trust to take leadership roles, and you’ll see the bias at work.
Despite frequent views to the opposite, there are leadership benefits to being introverted. Justin Lathrop lists four gifts that are unique to introverts that can enable them to lead effectively.Catalyst
We eat shellfish today without any moral problems, so why should we treat this sex law as morally binding? Haven’t we outgrown all of that Levitical law anyway? Christians who insist on the sexual laws of the Bible are being inconsistent in not keeping all the other laws, too. So goes one line of argument in modern debates about homosexuality. To this, three things must be said.
Christopher Wright gives three reasons why the Old Testament teaching on diet should be treated differently than the teaching on sexual ethics.Source: Christianity Today
When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: “we need more ideas.” They’ll start talking about the need to “think outside the box” or “blue sky” thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or systems. However, in most organizations, innovation isn’t hampered by a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of noticing the good ideas already there.
It’s not an idea problem; it’s a recognition problem.
Leaders often miss the best ideas in their organizations because they are prone to downplay risks, which are usually present with the best and most creative ideas. David Burkus details how to confront and correct that tendency.Source: Harvard Business Review
My blindness to my need for daily grace has me on a new journey to despise my righteousness & embrace Jesus more deeply #phil3
— Eric Mason (@pastoremase) July 18, 2013
Make it your ambition to have few regrets in life over things you thought you should do but instead you allowed fear to distract you.
— Ron Edmondson (@RonEdmondson) July 17, 2013
We either submit our stuff to God or submit ourselves to our stuff.
— David Swanson (@davidswanson) July 18, 2013