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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

  • A Reason to Be Vaccinated: Freedom. John Piper writes “My aim in this article is to encourage Christians to be vaccinated, if they can do so with a good conscience and judicious medical warrant.”
  • Why Your Employer Can Deny Your ‘Religious’ Vaccine Exemption. John Melcon writes “I’m not arguing Christians should be vaccinated, or that Christians should necessarily acquiesce to employer vaccine mandates. I’m only arguing Christians shouldn’t demand religious exemptions if they choose not to be vaccinated.”

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  • 5 Pending Supreme Court Cases Christians Should Know About. Joe Carter writes “The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term opens this week with a number of cases that are of interest to Christians. Here are five specific cases you should know about that deal with abortion or religious liberty.”

  • You Need Christ to Put Your Sin to Death. Dane Ortlund writes “Right now, every one of us who is in Christ is either killing sin or being killed by sin. Either getting stronger or getting weaker.”
  • 9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way). In this excerpt from his new book Deeper, Dane Ortlund writes “Perhaps it seems obvious that the Bible is good news. How else would we read it? Here are nine common but wrong ways to read the Bible”.
  • Men, Are You Submissive? Michael Kruger writes “Submission is not a female virtue; it’s a Christianvirtue”.
  • 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Bible Study. Jen Wilkin writes “As you read the Bible devotionally, seek to complement this with time in which you also build a basic knowledge of Scripture. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of that time.”

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Leading Large Teams

Many times in my career, I led a large team. Most of the time, the team members were located in one city, but they could be located in multiple facilities, or multiple buildings within our campus. However, as I finished my career, I had team members in three cities across the country. Below are some of the best practices to be an effective leader no matter the size of the team you are leading.

  • Delegate

Empower your team leads and stronger team members. Provide them clear direction, and extend trust to let them run with the work.  Establish regular “Status Meetings”, and provide feedback as necessary.  This way, you provide development opportunities for analysts by giving them this additional responsibility and you increase your capacity.

Delegation is a statement of capability. Let your team members know that they are capable, and that you trust them, even though you are ultimately responsible and accountable for the work.

  • Monkeys

Don’t take on “monkeys”, or problems that others bring to you.  When team members approach you with a problem, ask them to bring possible solutions as well, instead of you adding them to your “To Do” list.  Again, coaching is a statement of capability. Don’t let the message be that you’re too busy for them.
One leader I worked with had their team read the classic Harvard Business Review article “Management Time: Who’s Got the Monkey”?  by William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass. They then held a meeting to discuss it, and they gave all her team members little plastic monkeys to effectively reinforce the message. Continue reading


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Are ALL Types of Work Pleasing to God? 


I have read dozens of books about work from a Christian perspective, and Dan Doriani’s  book Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation is the best of them. It is theologically sound, and at times, I found it challenging. The book studies work, but he tells us that it especially aims to promote “good work”.  
What is “good work”? Is all work good, and worthy for the believer to participate in? As we will see, the answer to that is no. For example, in the book, Doriani states that mindless work crushes the soul. He tells us that too much Christian instruction on work urges disciples to be faithful in the work assigned to them, but not enough people consider, “Should we be doing this work?” 
Along this same line, on his program The Briefing, Albert Mohler talked about professions (law, engineering, medicine), that believers and their children may not be able to be a part of in the future. Specifically, he asked how long Christians can genuinely hold to Christian convictions and stay in the medical field. You can listen to that discussion here  Continue reading


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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

  • You Need Christ to Put Your Sin to Death. Dane Ortlund writes “None of us is ever in neutral. Right now, every one of us who is in Christ is either killing sin or being killed by sin. Either getting stronger or getting weaker.”
  • Do This Breathing Exercise for Healthy Christian Living. In this short video, Dane Ortlund states “Just take this idea of inhaling. When you are reading Scripture, you’re taking in oxygen into your spiritual lungs, so to speak. It’s filling you up and it’s helping you to be healthy. You take it in, but at the top of your breath (once you’ve inhaled) you then exhale. And, that’s really what prayer is.”
  • 10 Things You Should Know about Marriage. Paul Tripp shares these ten items from his book Marriage: 6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Needs to Make.
  • Trusting in God Through Suffering. Derek Thomas writes ““Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15). Job’s famous words summarize the posture we should have toward God when we suffer. Further instruction on how to maintain this posture comes from a surprising source: Elihu.”
  • Praying the Lord’s Prayer Specifically for a Person or Situation. Kevin Halloran writes “One of my favorite prayer practices is to simply pray the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) for something specific. It could be a spiritual battle I’m going through or a person.”

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  • The World Is Catechizing Us Whether We Realize It or Not. Kevin DeYoung writes “Here’s the reality facing every Christian in the West: the money, power, and prestige of the mainstream media, big time sports, big business, big tech, and almost all the institutions of education and entertainment are invested in making sin look normal.”
  • Explainer: What You Should Know About COVID-19 Booster Vaccines. The ERLC Staff write “Federal regulators are likely to approve booster vaccines for all three approved COVID-19 vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — starting six months after inoculation, according to recent news reports. The Biden administration and companies have said that there should be enough supply for boosters that they plan to begin distributing more widely on Sept. 20. Here is what you should know about COVID-19 booster vaccines.”
  • Texas Law Authorizes Anyone in U.S. to Enforce Its New Abortion Ban. Joe Carter writes “The U.S. Supreme Court has refused, for now, to intervene in a Texas law that would ban nearly all abortions in the state—and allows anyone in the U.S. to enforce it.”

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  • Do You Feel Alone? Paul Tripp writes “If you’re his child, ward off the fear that knocks on your door by remembering who God is and who you’ve become as his chosen child. And don’t just celebrate his grace; let it reshape the way you live today and the tomorrows that follow.”
  • Are You a Winner? Howard Graham writes “The Bible has a lot to say about winning including what it takes to compete and finish in victory. Here are seven attributes of winners to guide you on the path to victory.”
  • Where We Draw the Line: How to Live (and Die) in Babylon. Alistair Begg writes “The line is to be drawn where we are told to disobey God; it is also to be drawn where we are asked to compromise on a matter that our conscience tells us will undermine our identity as a Christian.”
  • Handling Our Differences Redemptively, Not Destructively. Scotty Smith writes “Trying to wrap my head and heart around the divisiveness that has marked so much public discourse lately, I spent some valuable time pondering three messy relational scenarios described in the New Testament. Each situation highlights how we, who are perfectly loved by Jesus, don’t easily handle our differences very well.”

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  • 5 Foundations That Lead to Compromise on Sexual Ethics. Brett McCracken writes “In the landscape of contemporary Western Christianity, most roads away from orthodox faith travel through an increasingly populous pit stop called “LGBTQ+ affirming.” It’s a stop that doesn’t just change the route; it reconfigures the whole map.”
  • Identity Politics and the Death of Christian Unity. Jonathan Leeman spoke on this topic at the 2020 Together for the Gospel Conference. Watch his breakout session. You can also follow along with his outline, or read his manuscript.
  • Dogma Drives the Christian Life. Carl Trueman writes “One thing, though, is certain: The days when Christians could be both respected by their society and faithful to their beliefs are drawing rapidly to a close.”
  • Netflix’s ‘Pray Away’ Seethes with Contempt for Christianity. Becket Cook writes “Netflix’s latest original documentary, Pray Away—about the reparative therapy organization Exodus International—is yet another thinly veiled attack on Christianity by Hollywood.”
  • The FAQs: What You Should Know About COVID Variants. Joe Carter writes “New variants of COVID are leading to some of the worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic. Countries in Southeast Asia are seeing rapid rises in case numbers and deaths. The Delta variant is also causing outbreaks throughout the United States, especially in states such as Arkansas, Missouri, and Nevada, which have low vaccination rates.”

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  • Call it Racism, Not “White Supremacy”. Samuel D. James writes “All variables equal, I think it’s a mistake for Christian social justice advocates to adopt the mainstream practice of talking about “white supremacy” and “whiteness” instead of sticking with “racism.””
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Mainline Protestantism. Joe Carter writes “Who exactly are mainline Protestants? Here is what you should know about the faith tradition that once dominated the American religious landscape.”

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