Assets to Develop or Liabilities to Manage?

I think a lot about how to become a better leader. I know I have far to go and I have seen the consequences of poor leadership. As I work on becoming a better leader in the new year, I found this article extremely helpful. It makes sense. It is a snapshot of true servant leadership. And a failure to follow these basic principles is more common than you might think and more painful too. Here are three key principles he develops: 1. See people as assets to develop instead of liabilities to manage. 2. Assume the best. 3. See … Continue reading Assets to Develop or Liabilities to Manage?

The Hammer of God

I recently read this passage from an excellent novel. It presents a man who has come to understand his heart’s depravity and the anguish that causes him. I wonder how you might respond to his lament? “For a while he sat in silence, not knowing what he should say. Then words came to his lips, he hardly knew from whence: ‘I wish you God’s peace, God’s eternal peace and blessing.’ The sick man shook his head. ‘Not for me! Not for me! Eternal damnation, punishment according to the measure of my sin, the judgment of wrath, and the everlasting flames … Continue reading The Hammer of God

A Study in Contrasts

Tim Gombis: Worldly leadership: A desire to increase in prestige, status, and influence and a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve these things, even if it means neglecting or hurting people who do not appear to be means of one’s own personal advancement. Jesus-shaped leadership: An unrelenting commitment to the delivery of the love and grace of God into the lives of others (or, the life of another), and taking the initiative to see to it that this happens. Read the rest Continue reading A Study in Contrasts

Let’s all feel superior…

David Brooks: People are really good at self-deception. We attend to the facts we like and suppress the ones we don’t. We inflate our own virtues and predict we will behave more nobly than we actually do. As Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel write in their book, “Blind Spots,” “When it comes time to make a decision, our thoughts are dominated by thoughts of how we want to behave; thoughts of how we should behave disappear.” In centuries past, people built moral systems that acknowledged this weakness. These systems emphasized our sinfulness. They reminded people of the evil … Continue reading Let’s all feel superior…

A love that doesn’t measure obligation…

Tim Henderson: …the chief responsibility of our lives is to love God and others as we love ourselves. But we don’t. If we’re honest, it’s not even close. We don’t love anyone with the vigor and thoroughness that we love ourselves. Jesus Christ is the only one to walk the earth who fulfilled that command. He is the ultimate Good Samaritan, and he is the one who loves radically. He said, “Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” And then he did just that. He loved radically; gave himself away—not just … Continue reading A love that doesn’t measure obligation…

Are you good and angry?

Paul Tripp: Think about yourself: there is probably never a day in your personal life and ministry when you aren’t angry in some way. The crucial question is, “Are you good and angry at the same time?” Look into your heart and humbly ask yourself this question: How much of my daily anger has anything at all to do with the kingdom of God? Then own and confess the places where it doesn’t and celebrate the places where it does. Celebrate where grace has transformed your anger and seek the Savior’s help where that transformation is still needed. Pray that … Continue reading Are you good and angry?

Showing Honor

Ray Ortlund: Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 I wonder if Romans 12:10 is one of the most under-obeyed commands in Scripture. I wonder if we have lowered our standard to “Do no harm to one another,” which is passive, and if we are not destroying each other we must be doing okay. But the gospel is all about the glory of God coming down on sinners (2 Thessalonians 2:14). Honor to one another is an obvious next step. But how many churches have you observed that made you say, “How they honor one another!” What might keep … Continue reading Showing Honor