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5 Upcoming Albums I’m Excited About  

Although I have absolutely no musical talent myself, I’ve always loved listening to music. Here are 5 albums I’m looking forward to over the next few months, plus two others that are in the works.

American Prodigal – Crowder The follow-up to 2014’s excellent Neon Steeple, this album will be released September 23.  The Deluxe edition will features 17 songs, including recently released singles “My Victory” and “Run Devil Run”, as well as “All We Sinners” from Passion’s Salvation Tide is Rising album released earlier this year.

Chapter and Verse – Bruce Springsteen This album will be released September 23. It is a companion to his autobiography Born to Run, to be released September 27. The 18-song album will feature five previously unreleased songs that reflect the themes and sections of the book.

Keep Me Singing – Van Morrison  I first became interested in Morrison’s music with 1989’s excellent Avalon Sunset, on which he included songs such as “Whenever God Shines His Light”, “Have I Told You Lately?” and “When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God?” This is his first album of new material since 2012’s Born to Sing: No Plan B, and will be released September 30. The first single “Not Too Late” was recently released.

Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin This album will be released October 21. Although I haven’t seen the song list yet, I can assume it will include his recent singles “Good Good Father” and “Jesus”.  This is his first new studio album of all new material since 2014’s excellent Love Ran Red.

Christmas Album (Untitled) – Matt Redman Redman announced on June 14 that he had started work on his first Christmas album, to be produced by Bernie Herms.  I’m really looking forward to this one from the composer of “10,000 Reasons” and so many other wonderful worship songs.

And someday….

Songs of Experience – U2 It’s always fruitless to speculate when U2 will drop a new album. It was five years between 2009’s No Line on the Horizon and the surprise 2014 release of Songs of Innocence.

Untitled – Steve Camp Earlier this year Steve Camp announced that he was working on a new album with producer Tim Miner. Camp’s music meant a lot to me in my early years as a Christian and I was pleased to bring him to our church several years ago. Looking forward to this new release.

These are some albums I’m looking forward to. What about you? Are there some upcoming releases you’re excited about?


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Two Time Sensitive Items for You

  • New James Taylor Album. James Taylor is one of my favorite music artists. We’ve seen him in concert several times. Next Tuesday he releases Before This World, and this is his first album of all-new material in 13 years! You can listen to it free here.
  • Christianaudio’s Semiannual Sale. Most of their audiobooks are available for just $7.49 until June 19.


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Coram Deo ~ 3.5.2015

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BOOKS AND BIBLE-READING:The Case for the Real Jesus

MUSIC AND MOVIES:

  • Upcoming Music Releases. Here are a few upcoming music releases that I’m excited about:Lecrae Anomaly Tour
    • Lead Us Back – Third Day – March 3
    • Saints and Sinners – Matt Maher – March 17
    • Passion 15’ Conference Album (Title TBD) – Passion – March 17
    • Duets: Reworking the Catalog – Van Morrison – March 24
    • Tomorrow We Live – KB – April 21
  • Lecrae and Andy Mineo at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis April 30. Don’t miss it!
  • “Frozen Heart” from The Hawk of Paris. Here’s a new single from Jars of Clay lead singer Dan Haseltine’s side project The Hawks of Paris.
  • In the Studio with Michael Card. Michael Card hosted a wonderful weekly radio program, In the Studio with Michael Card. It was carried by stations in 48 states, Canada, and the Caribbean. It was also available via internet streaming audio and as a podcast. The show was an amalgam of talk, musical performances and Bible study. The show ceased production in March, 2009. Now you can enjoy some of the programs and relive the lessons and the music with Michael and his guests. This was my favorite radio show at the time.
  • Andrae Crouch: The Man Who Raised the Goal. Kirk Franklin writes “Our music doesn’t affect people the way it used to. It doesn’t create movements like it did during Andrae’s time. Is it because today’s worship leader is too busy trying to get the record deal, the applause, a higher church salary, and that crossover song? Every step we take away from the cross — and the cross alone – every time we focus on sales over souls… the goal gets lower and lower.”
  • Wheel of Music Impressions. Did you see Christina Aguilera and Jimmy Fallon play Wheel of Musical Impressions on The Tonight Show recently?
  • Irish U2 frontman Bono may have perfectly summed up the American idea. “In 2012, U2 frontman Bono gave a speech about poverty and social enterprise at Georgetown University. On February 13, Glenn Beck played the audio and called it one of the best descriptions of human potential and the American idea he’s ever heard.”
  • “Every Breaking Wave” Video. Here is a 13-minute music film for U2’s excellent song “Every Breaking Wave”
  • New Van Morrison Album. Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue will be released on March 24. The album features Morrison re-recording some of his earlier songs with artists such as George Benson, Mavis Staples, Stevie Winwood, Mark Knopler and Natalie Cole. The first single, which you receive when you pre-order the album on iTunes is “Real, Real Gone” with Michael Buble.  
  • Brian Wilson Biopic Trailer. The first trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy has hit the Internet. Paul Dano stars as the young Wilson, the chief architect behind much of the Beach Boys’ buoyant pop. John Cusack plays Wilson later in life.
  • 12 Questions to Ask When Watching a Film. Here are helpful questions from John Frame.
  • 9 Ways to Find a Movie’s Worldview of Redemption. Justin Taylor writes “Screenwriter and reviewer Brian Godawa (who wrote the screenplay for the excellent film, To End All Wars) suggests what to look for in order to understand a movie’s vision of redemption, which is a key part of its worldview.”

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Over the years Orlando always seems to generate a good “Truth is Stranger than Fiction” contribution – from a guaranteed express worship at a church on the way to Mount Dora to a drive in worship service at a church in the downtown Orlando area. This year’s contribution comes courtesy of a billboard on Sand Lake, near the Drury Inn hotel we stayed at the beginning of our week in town.

 Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 3.1.2015

  • Am I desiring and seeking the temporal and eternal good of my neighbor with the same zeal, ingenuity and perseverance that I seek my own? John Piper
  • Worship is not simply a feeling that is experienced; it must also involve understanding and the mind. R.C. Sproul
  • The Bible is shallow enough for a new believer to wade in, but deep enough for a theologian to drown in. Steven Lawson
  • Some Christians live in such fear, they act as if they believe in the sovereignty of Satan rather than the sovereignty of God. Steven Lawson
  • The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. Tim Keller
  • The sin of fallen man is this: Man seeks the benefits of God while at the same time fleeing from God himself. R.C. Sproul
  • Tolerance is a relatively weak virtue; we’re called to so much more than that in the body of Christ. Kevin DeYoung .
  • Loving as Jesus loves us is the best thing to do with the rest of our lives. Scotty Smith
  • He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
  • Because He’s the living God, He can hear. Because He’s a loving God, He will hear. Charles Spurgeon
  • The poor are not a problem to be solved but a people to join. Eugene Peterson
  • We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and far more loved than we could ever dream. Tim Keller
  • A loving God who has no wrath is no God. He is an idol of our own making as much as if we carved Him out of stone. R.C. Sproul
  • A high view of God leads to high worship and holy living, but a low of God leads to trivial worship and low living. Steven Lawson
  • Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter. John Piper
  • At the final judgment, everyone will stand before God alone. R.C. Sproul
  • God doesn’t merely invite people to worship him, he commands it. Burk Parsons
  • The way of God’s grace becomes indispensable when we realize that the way of God’s law is inflexible. Tullian Tchividjian
  • The more I learn about God, the more aware I become of what I don’t know about him. R.C. Sproul
  • The irreligious don’t repent at all and the religious only repent of sins. But Christians repent of their wrongfully placed righteousness. Tim Keller
  • Christian discipleship recognizes life as a gift, not a given. We don’t make ourselves. We are made. Michael Horton
  • We do not sit in authority over the Scripture, the Scripture sits in authority over us. Steven Lawson
  • Dear single, widowed, abandoned, divorced, heartbroken, or happily married woman, may your first and ultimate love be Christ. Burk Parsons
  • The church is not a museum for pristine saints, but a hospital ward for broken sinners. Tim Keller
  • The situations that have been the biggest wins for me have been because I was forced to think differently. Andy Andrews
  • For the Christian, every tragedy is ultimately a blessing, or God is a liar. R.C. Sproul.
  • We are likely to deny Christ when the cost of identifying with Him is great. Bob Smart
  • Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us. Sinclair Ferguson
  • No one can go back and make a new start. But everyone can start now and make a new ending. Lecrae
  • The law demands that we do it all; the gospel declares that Jesus paid it all. Tullian Tchividjian
  • Take me, and enable me to glorify You now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have. Charles Spurgeon
  • Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong. Tim Keller
  • Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds. Thomas Brooks
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Seeing this church sign in CT Entertainment, I thought “Now this might be a church Jimmy Fallon would attend.”!

integrating faith and work

  • Our Children’s First Glimpse of the Value of Work. Courtney Reissig writes “My home is my work right now. My children are my work right now. Of course, they are so much more than that, but they are not less.”
  • My Job Exists Solely Because of the Fall. Paul Maxwell interviews Nate who lives in Maryland with his wife, Becky, and daughter, Lina.
  • More, But Not Less, Than a Carpenter. Tom Nelson, author of the excellent book Work Matters, writes “Several years ago I remember reading a fine book that was winsomely titled More Than a Carpenter. In this book, the author points out a great deal of convincing evidence that supports the deity of Jesus. This is essential to understanding the person and work of Jesus. Yet in no way should we conclude that because Jesus was more than a carpenter, his vocational calling to work as a carpenter was somehow less than important. Clearly the Son of God was much more, but not less, than a carpenter. This incarnational pattern of Jesus’s earthly life speaks volumes about the importance of our day-to-day vocational work.”
  • Stay-at-Home Work when Kids Have Special Needs. Courtney Reissig interviews Rachael Newton is married to Josh and is a stay-at-home mom to their three kids. Their 9-year-old son has autism. They live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and are members of Midtown Baptist Church, where she also serves as the children’s ministry director.
  • 5 Strategies to Cultivate a Healthy Leadership Spirit. Randy Conley writes “Even more important than recognizing the warning signs something is wrong with your inner life as a leader, is pursuing strategies to prevent yourself from running off the rails in the first place. To cultivate a fertile soil for your life as a leader, or to apply a soothing balm to your wounded spirit, try following these five strategies.”
  • I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling. Rachel Feintzeig writes: “Those who can connect their work to a higher purpose—whether they are a janitor or a banker—tend to be more satisfied with their jobs, put in longer hours and rack up fewer absences, according to Ms. Wrzesniewski’s research.”
  • Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn for Teens. John Maxwell writes about his new book written for teens.
  • Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. In this month’s podcast Andy explores the dangerous desire for autonomy.
  • What Is Meaningful Work? Courtney Reissig writes “It’s all meaningful, from wiping bottoms to writing sentences. We can all work, mothers and non-mothers, and find great meaning in what we do on any given day—not because the world tells us it is meaningful work, but because the God who created work tells us so.”
  • Character Matters for Workplace Culture, All the Way up the Corporate Ladder. Check out part one in this series on Character at Work from Art Lindsley.
  • Your Job Does Not Matter! C. Patton writes “The point here is that it really does not matter exactly what you do, you should do it in the name of Jesus and do it for Him. Are you a teacher? Then teach for Jesus. Are you in business? Then do business for Jesus. Do you design software? Then do that for Jesus. WHATEVER you do, do it for Jesus.”
  • The Five Practices of Leadership. Dan Rockwell writes “People of influence knowingly engage in the five practices of leadership described in, “The Leadership Challenge.”
  • In Praise of Trade Schools. Anthony Bradley writesOne of the benefits of a Christian theology of work is that it frees parents up to encourage their children to pursue various employment-related vocations that cultivate creation, rather than prod them to waste a life in the unfulfilling pursuit of the American Dream.
  • 3 Ways You’re Giving up Power with Your Words. Michael Hyatt writes “ur words can be powerful tools to accomplish our goals. But sometimes the things we say can sabotage our success”
  • Does the L-Word Belong in Business? J.B. Wood writesPlenty of research keeps cropping up showing that people at work are much more productive when they also feel cared for.”
  • John Maxwell on Maximize. Check out this short video from John Maxwell as he discusses “Maximize”.
  • An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians. Tim Challies writes “I love what John Piper says: “Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter.” This is the extraordinary ministry for every ordinary Christian—bearing the burdens of others. What seems so mundane and so unspectacular, is actually bringing great glory and honor to God.”
  • 4 Groups to Whom the Leader Should Listen. Eric Geiger writes “Where should leaders look to find the people who will speak into the direction of the organization? Where should leaders find people who will influence them? As you evaluate the voices you listen to and the feedback you elicit, consider the following four spheres of influence.”
  • An essential faith and work bibliography, or two, or three… Check out these posts on essential resources for understanding the interconnection of faith, work, vocation, and economics.
  • A Sacred Trust In this Lead Like Jesus devotional an excellent question is posed – “How would you approach your leadership responsibilities differently if you saw them as God-given?”

 Friday Reflections by Greston Miller

 I meet with some wonderful folks at work each Friday morning to discuss faith and work books. Currently we are reading and discussing Matt Perman’s excellent book What’s Best Next. Recently, Greston Miller, a long-time friend recently shared his thoughts with the group. With his permission I’m sharing it with you as well:

 F Forget and Forgive Forget about any setbacks you may have had this week.  Forgive yourself.  And, forgive those who may have offended you or let you down.
R Reflect Reflect upon your week and remember your accomplishments and those who helped you to be a little better this week than you were last week.  Did you send a note acknowledging them, or a note of thanks, or a note of appreciation?
I There is no “I” in team Yes there is!  What did you do to help your team this week?
D Did I? Ask yourself, “Did I give my team and my family my very best this week?”
A Ask Ask yourself, “What can I do next week to be a little better than I am this week?”  Then, from this day forward, ask yourself at the start of each day, “What can I do today to be a little better than I was yesterday?”  And, at the end of the day ask yourself, “Who did I help today?”
Y Say “Yes” Say “Yes” to having a wonderful weekend.  Tell your family how much you love them.

 Faith and Work Book Clubs – Won’t you read along with us?

The Conviction to Lead Book Club The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler

The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler

I’m re-reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with me? This week we look at Chapter 6 – The Passion to Lead: Passionate Leaders Driven by Passionate Beliefs Draw Passionate Followers:

  • Leaders need to possess and develop many qualities, but the one element that drives them to the front is passion. Without it, nothing important happens.
  • Passion is not a temporary state of mind. It is the constant source of energy for the leader, and the greatest cause of attraction for followers.
  • Kierkegaard reminds us that passion cannot be artificially generated or transmitted. If authentic, it naturally shines through as convictions come to life, as a great mission is undertaken, and as people share the same great passion and join together as one.
  • Passion must arise out of conviction. It cannot come any other way. Passion arises naturally or not at all. It happens when convictions come to life, and deep beliefs drive visions and plans. The passionate leader is driven by the knowledge that the right beliefs, aimed at the right opportunity, can lead to earth-shaking changes.
  • In any context of leadership, passion arises out of beliefs. For the Christian leader, those convictions must be drawn from the Bible and must take the shape of the gospel. Our ultimate conviction is that everything we do is dignified and magnified by the fact that we were created for the glory of God. We were made for his glory, and this means that each one of us has a divine purpose. The Christian leader finds passion in the great truths of the Christian faith, and especially in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Leadership arises from this passion and is driven by it. Other leaders may be driven by a passion for cars or technology or empire building, but the Christian leader is driven by the convictions that give all of life its meaning. Everything else flows from this naturally.
  • Passionate leaders attract and motivate passionate followers. Together, they build passionate movements. When this happens, anything is possible.
  • When the mission is ambiguous and the beliefs of the organization are nebulous, passion dissipates quickly.
  • Leaders must use their brains, but they need to speak from the heart.
  • The passionate leader emphasizes morality and purpose. It is not enough that a decision is workable; it must also be right. The leader cannot be satisfied that a product is adequate; it must enhance the lives of those who use it.
  • Organizations driven by passion thrive on the experience of seeing change happen in the service of common convictions.
  • When push comes to shove in leadership—and it will—the leader resets the equation by going back to the convictions and leaning into passion. As new people come into the movement, they must be trained in the convictions if they are to share the passion. When trouble is confronted, the leader responds consistently with the convictions in order to protect the passion.
  • The language of passion requires boldness. Leaders learn to speak of causes, not structures; of movements, not mechanics; of people, not statistics; of cherished principles, not mere policies.

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Coram Deo: In the Presence of God 2.16.2015

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CHRISTIAN LIVING:

  • 23 Things That Love Is. Paul Tripp writes “…Here’s a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don’t have to be romantically in love to find this list practical. Every healthy relationship requires love and sacrifice, so if you’re a parent, child, sibling, neighbor, pastor, or co-worker, this list is for you.”
  • You Can Say No to Porn. Check out this 15 minute video from John Piper in which he (in his own words) makes the wild claim that there is almost no such thing as sexual addiction.
  • No Grey Area. Kevin DeYoung states that “Sex is a wonderful gift from God, but like all gifts it can be repackaged in ugly wrapping.”
  • Fifty Shades of Nay: Sin Is a Needle, Not a Toy. Marshall Segal of Desiring God in writing about the film version of Fifty Shades of Gray which opens this weekend “In a society that downplays the evil of evil, and even glamorizes it, we need to be regularly reminded of the danger of sin. Like a child that discovers a needle on the street and thinks it’s a toy, we can be dangerously naïve about what’s happening in our American entertainment.” He shares ten of God’s promises.
  • Rosaria Butterfield: The Cost of an Unlikely Conversion. From lesbian to pastor’s wife, from anti-Christian researcher to Christ-exalting author, Butterfield’s Saul-to-Paul transformation is no more costly (or likely) than yours or mine . . . but it may be more obvious.
  • How Can Churches Engage Believers and Unbelievers Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction? A lot of wisdom from Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, Jackie Hill-Perry, and Christopher Yuan.
  • From the Blackest Kid to Believer to the Highest Bench: The Life of Clarence Thomas. John Piper writes “This year Clarence Thomas enters his 25th year on the Supreme Court. In the 226-year history of the court, he is the second African-American Supreme Court Justice, after Thurgood Marshall who served from 1967 to 1991. Clarence Thomas’s life is unusual because he is a black political conservative, who lost his first marriage, conquered rage and alcohol, and survived a high-tech lynching, by holding on to the promises of the Bible.” A Counter Cultural Approach to Poverty Alleviation. Brian Fikkert writes “Space does not permit a complete articulation of all that is entailed in a Christian, counter cultural approach to poverty alleviation, but here are a few tips.”
  • Life, Ministry, and Books with Tim Keller—Part 1: Life. In the first of a three-part interview, Mark Dever interviews Tim Keller about his conversion, what led him to New York City, why the cultural gap between generations has grown exponentially in recent decades, and much more.
  • Ten Principles of Christian Giving. Ligon Duncan shares these helpful biblical principles.
  • Five Tips for Bible Memory. David Mathis writes “Here are five simple tips for doing a February refresh on Scripture memorization.”
  • A Prayer for Resting in God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Here’s another wonderful prayer from Scotty Smith.

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 Book Review ~ Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression by Zack Eswine

 

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.16.2015

  • Christians who see 50 Shades of Grey should be ashamed of themselves. Hard words, but that’s the point of Ephesians 5:3-12. Kevin DeYoung
  • It takes both spouses to say, “My self-centeredness is the main problem in my marriage” to have a great marriage. Tim Keller
  • If you will live like no one else, later you can live and give like no one else. Dave Ramsey
  • I don’t exist to build a genre. I exist to build the Kingdom. Lecrae
  • Prayer is never just an emergency flare or desperate anxious gamble. God’s attention is not based on our performance but parental love. Tim Keller
  • Lone believer in your family? “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” Psalm 27:10 John Piper
  • A converted man will not wish to go to heaven alone, J. C. Ryle
  • Contentment may be the most powerful Financial Principle. You can give more, avoid debt, and live better. Dave Ramsey
  • Be Godlike then; and in all ways and by all means so live that all may say of you, ‘He has been with Jesus’. Charles Spurgeon
  • It’s not the elements of our worship that are awesome. It’s the object of our worship Who is awesome. Louie Giglio
  • The law of God cannot be fulfilled by external obedience. Martin Luther
  • In the school of discipleship, suffering for Christ is never an elective course, but a required core class. Steven Lawson
  • The gospel has supernatural versatility to address the particular hopes, fears, and idols of every culture and every person. Tim Keller
  • The church is the only organization in the world where you have to admit you’re a wretched sinner to become a member. Burk Parsons
  • In those moments when I’m obsessively counting my sins against me, it is good news to remember that God has counted my sins against Christ. Tullian Tchividjian
  • Jesus wept, but He never complained. Charles Spurgeon
  • The more I expose myself to the Word of God, the greater my faith will be. R.C. Sproul
  • Adults devise a plan and follow it. Children do what feels good. Maturity is the ability to delay pleasure. Dave Ramsey
  • Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
  • If we’re going to get what Jesus has for us in life, we need to master these two words, yes and no. Dave Kraft
  • Thinking about terrorism this morning and read Psalm 10. Wow. Michael Card
  • God’s Word, when rightly expounded, is medicinal for a whole host of spiritual diseases. Joel Beeke
  • Don’t follow those who can talk a big game about their amazing faith in Christ. Follow people who are actually following Christ. Kevin DeYoung
  • People who know they are not good make the best messengers of grace because they are desperately aware of their own need for it. Tullian Tchividjian
  • The commands of God are given, not to rob me of joy, but lead me into the fullness of joy. Matt Chandler
  • The great need is for us to be taught theologically, not just stirred emotionally. Alistair Begg
  • Paul sees all kinds of sins in himself and all kinds of accomplishments too, but he refuses to connect them with his identity. Tim Keller
  • The Spirit who clothed Christ in our flesh and in consummated glory now clothes us with Christ! Michael Horton
  • If you want to be relevant in any country or culture, preach the gospel. Burk Parsons
  • It is not your hold of Christ that saves you, it is Christ’s hold of you. Charles Spurgeon
  • There are ministers who never speak of repentance or self-denial. Naturally they are popular, but they are false prophets. J. I. Packer
  • Surely the greatest social injustice is that 2 billion people haven’t heard of God’s love in Christ. David Platt
  • When I do something stupid with money and lose it….I call that Stupid Tax. I have paid so much Stupid Tax that I am expert. Dave Ramsey
  • The more you listen, the smarter you are. Great questions are actually great answers. Brad Lomenick
  • Some of us are memory haunted. Horror left its stain. Broken brained we need mercy not scolding, a grace that won’t quit. Zack Eswine

integrating faith and work

  •  A Living Testimony. This devotion from the Lead Like Jesus folks states “Leading like Jesus begins within us, with a personal transformation of heart, head, hands, and habits. Our changed lives become a living testimony to the difference that knowing and living in relationship with Jesus makes. Without this, our leadership words and actions are hollow at the core, no matter how much we say about serving others or how often we say the name of Jesus. Let Him transform you, inside and out.
  • The Unlikely Leader. I appreciated this short devotional on Moses from the Lead Like Jesus folks
  • Be a Leader at Work. Dave Ramsey looks at leadership qualities that are easy to adopt into your current work style.
  • 5 Warning Signs You’re Leading With a Wounded Spirit. Randy Conley writesLeadership begins on the inside, and what’s on the inside eventually comes out. If your inner life is in order, healthy leadership practices will follow. If you’re leading with a wounded spirit that will be clear as well.”
  • How to Turn a Loss into a Win. John Maxwell shares content from his upcoming book Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn for Teens
  • Why You Should Do More Than Expected.  John Maxwell writes “Instead of just meeting expectations, you can make it your goal to exceed them. That’s where the joy is. And it’s where lasting impact can be found.”
  • If It Ain’t Broke, Break It! Dan Miller writes “While this phrase may violate your English grammar, it embraces what we know about today’s work environment. What can you find in your life today that ain’t broke, and how are you going to break it?”
  • Before You Click “Send” On Your Next Email. Dan King writes “So before you click send on your next email, re-read what you’re about to send. How does your choice of words speak life into the person on the other side of the conversation? How does your tone and attitude in the conversation work towards unity? Does the email foster community or difference?”
  • How to Deal with Honest Self-Deception. Dan Rockwell provides seven signs of self-deception and then some honest self-reflection.
  • Foundations of Emotional Intelligence. In this Tuesday Tip, Dr. Alan Zimmerman writes “When your Emotional Intelligence is high, your life, your relationships, and your career work so much better. The question is, how can you raise your Emotional Intelligence? It is totally possible and not all that difficult.”
  • More Faith@Work Summit Videos. Here are four more videos on technology and workplace ethics, discipleship, and evangelism.
  • Lost Jobs, Found Church. The march of technology is relentless, and it is always both creating and destroying jobs. It brings many blessings—spiritual and material—but also great costs. Greg Forster offers a few things the church can be for those whose jobs are eliminated or endangered by technological change.
  • Why Are You Feeling Stuck In Your Job? C. Patton writes “It is my belief that too many people struggle with their work for one simple reason…. Either they have forgotten their true “Why” or they have the wrong “Why”.”
  • 12 Keys for Successfully Starting something New. Brad Lomenick writes “Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started? Here are some tips for getting started.
  • Five Things to Stop Doing in 2015. J.B. Wood provides his own list of five things that he will stop doing in 2015.
  • What are your goals for 2015? They may be too small. Bill Peel writes “As you begin 2015, what are you dreaming about? Here are some verses that will encourage us to dream.
  • Be Happy at Work. Dave Ramsey writes “Being content with your job is one of the most important issues you can deal with in your career. No one wants to feel like they’re stuck in a job they hate. Here are 10 tips for making your workplace a happy place”.

Faith and Work Book Club – Won’t you read along with us?

The Conviction to Lead by Albert MohlerThe Conviction to Lead Book Club

The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler

We’re reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with us? This week we look at Chapter 5: Leaders Understand Worldviews.


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Coram Deo 2.11.2015

Coram Deo 2.11.2015

Blog UpdatesBook Review ~ Rebounding from Death’s Door by Jeff Elliot

I’m Currently Reading

 Music Review ~ Shadows in the Night – Bob Dylan

This and ThatBOOKS:

MUSIC:

CURRENT EVENTS:

  • InterVarsity Victory in Sex Discrimination Case Is Good News for All Parachurch Ministries. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) can set and enforce hiring practices based on its Christian faith, the SixTH Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on February 5.
  • 15 Black Christian Leaders You Should Know. Corrie Mitchell gives us a list of black Christian leaders shaping the face of the church. The list includes favorites such as Lecrae, Propaganda and Thabiti Anyabwile.
  • Disney offers peek at ‘Frozen Fever’ short. Even the most ardent Frozen obsessives can watch the movie only so many times before craving new details about the story’s next chapter. And, like snowflakes floating down from the heavens, here they are.
  • Scott Walker Learned Early Lessons at His Father’s Iowa Church. Before presidential candidate Scott Walker stood on a national stage, he crawled beneath the wooden pews and white steeple of First Baptist Church. His father preached and his mother ran the Sunday school.
  • Buying a Bestseller. It’s now well known that Pastor Mark and his former church used nearly $250,000 in church funds to buy one of Driscoll’s books onto The New York Times bestseller list. Now according to former employee George Hale, David Jeremiah’s ministry, Turning Point, purchased copies of at least three of Jeremiah’s books to push them onto The New York Times bestseller list. Turning Point Ministries “voluntarily resigned” its membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability on Jan. 31, 2010. ECFA’s Dan Busby said the organization has a policy of not giving reasons for an organization’s resignation, but Hale said the book-buying scheme was the key reason for the resignation from ECFA membership.
World Magazine cartoon

Courtesy of World Magazine

This cartoon from World Magazine captures an inflammatory comment our President made at the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday when he compared the atrocities of ISIS to the bloodshed committed in the name of Christianity in centuries past. “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Mr. Obama said.

 CHRISTIAN LIVING:

  • My Spouse Doesn’t Enjoy Sex. Tony Reinke of Desiring God writes that they frequently get questions from Ask Pastor John podcast listeners in marriages who find themselves coping with different sexual interests. He addresses one question from Steve. The article also includes a link to John Piper’s full response to Steve’s question.
  • For Years I Pleaded With God To Make Me Straight, So Why Did My Prayers Go Unanswered? Matt Moore writes “Homosexual desire – and all other sinful desire — exists in the hearts of people because worship of God doesn’t. So why didn’t God answer my prayer to rid me of my homosexual desires? Because homosexual desires were not my main problem. They were a problem, for sure. But the root of my problem was that I didn’t love God or worship Him, and my homosexual desires were just fruit of that, so to speak. God’s desire was to fix the root of my issues.
  • How to Love a Loved One with Mental Illness. Heather Palacios and her husband Raul share about mental illness in their marriage and how Raul has loved Heather faithfully throughout their marriage.
  • The “Plus One” Approach to Church. Kevin DeYoung writes “In addition to the Sunday morning worship service, pick one thing in the life of your congregation and be very committed to it.”
  • Revisiting 5 Evangelical Trends in this Decade. Trevin Wax writes “In 2011, I listed five trends in evangelicalism that, apart from a catastrophe or a revival in the United States, were likely to become increasingly evident in this decade. Now that we are halfway through the 2010’s, I’d like to revisit that post and see whether things have played out as I thought.”
  • Perspectives that are All the More Important When You Lose. Randy Alcorn writes “I encourage you to watch the following video featuring some Christ-followers I really appreciate, some of whom I know personally. If the men in this video had won the Super Bowl, as they did last year, I think their words might be taken as health and wealth gospel—“We’ve won the big game, so you should listen to us.” No, they LOST the big game on Sunday, but what they share remains 100% true. We usually feel the need for God more when we deal with our losses than when we celebrate our gains. Therefore what they have to say is if anything more significant, not less.
  • More Highly Than You Ought. Paul Tripp writes “I’m deeply persuaded that we’re addicted to the pursuit of self-glory because, when we look in the mirror, we think we see someone who deserves to be glorified. Instead of using the mirror of God’s Word to keep our judgment sober, we see an aggrandized version of who the Bible says we actually are. I’ve found that there are four common factors that contribute to this distorted view of self.”
  • The Problem with Your Choices. Barry Cooper of Desiring God writes “Making choices and moving on with our lives seems increasingly difficult. We find ourselves paralyzed: unable to make choices about relationships, dating, marriage, money, family, and career. I want to suggest that if we feel unable to make these choices, it’s not because we have the wrong accent. It may be because we’re worshiping the wrong god.”
  • A Prayer for Trusting God with Things We Can’t Control. Another wonderful prayer from Scotty Smith.

THEOLOGY:

Doug Michael Cartoon

Beyond the Ark by Doug Michael

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.9.2015

  • There is no halfway or lackadaisical way to fight lust. If you’re not fighting your sin, you’re befriending your sin. Trip Lee
  • Grace is only exciting to those who know they’re wretched sinners. Burk Parsons
  • God’s wrath was not just withdrawn. It was spent. Full atonement can it be? Hallelujah, what a Savior! Kevin DeYoung
  •  The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God. J.I. Packer
  • The question is not whether or not you will face trials. The question is, how will you respond when you do? Trip Lee
  • Important reminder: It’s not fair of you to demand more proof of Christians for their beliefs than you demand for your own. Tim Keller
  • We do not believe in order to be regenerated; we must be regenerated in order that we might believe. Keith Mathison
  • What we do with our lives every day, whether at school, a desk job, or keeping the home in order, is our most basic opportunity to glorify God. That’s what your role in His story looks like day in and day out. Instead of waiting to be offered a new role, play the current one well. Trip Lee
  • The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the gospel. Charles Spurgeon
  • Here’s the grey rule: embrace things that lead you closer to Jesus, and reject things that lead you away from Jesus.  Trip Lee
  • Sometimes God has to remind you that you’re weak so that you can be set free from your “self-sufficiency.” Tullian Tchividjian
  • If you have to run away from something that used to be an idol, you’re actually still enslaved by it. It’s still controlling you. Tim Keller
  • There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God. D.L. Moody
  • There is no life so deeply and tragically sinful that it’s beyond the reach of God’s amazing rescuing grace. Paul Tripp
  • If ever there were a time there was nothing, there would be nothing now. R.C. Sproul
  • At the root of our porn problem is discontentment with God’s plan for our sexuality. Trip Lee
  • Father, may our repentances be far more notorious today than our gripes and criticisms. Fill us with your grace and kindness. Scotty Smith
  • Only true remorse and “Will you forgive me?” can press the reset button. Andy Andrews
  • God doesn’t slack his promises because of our sins or hasten them because of our righteousness. He pays no attention to either. Martin Luther
  • Self-righteousness is the fruit of a low view of God’s law and a lite view of your own sin. Tullian Tchividjian
  • God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • God’s promises are not fortune cookies. We do not use them in order to get a spiritual “fix” for the day. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Beware of putting all your focus into results. While results are important, your people should be your number one area of focus. Ken Blanchard

  • Our Work and Life’s Meaning. Richard Doster writes “As we make sales, teach math, write laws, and design buildings, we’re certain that God is sustaining all things by His powerful Word (Hebrews 1:2-3). We work with the confidence that He’s present in all we do — working through us to accomplish His will on earth, just as it is in Heaven.”
  • Stoking the Fire Inside. Bob Chapman writes “As a truly human leader, don’t step back from the heat. Bring the kindling to help light the fire inside your team.”
  • Why Leaders Must Avoid These 10 ‘Credibility Killers’. Scott Cochrane shares this helpful list in a short article.
  • How to Beat Anxiety: The Simple Realizations That Erase Our Stress. On this podcast, Andy Andrews talks about the myths that keep us living in fear, and how to stop anxiety from ruling our lives.
  • Giving Himself Away. Check out this excerpt from Steven Garber’s excellent book Visions of Vocation.
  • 10 Ways to Get Where You Want to Go. Dan Rockwell shares this helpful list in a short article.
  • What about Work and Vacation? Andrew Spencer writes “There is biblical warrant for vacation and rest during the week found in the concept of Sabbath. For contemporary Christians, this usually won’t necessarily look like inactivity from Friday evening to Saturday evening. It does point toward a pattern of incorporating rest into our weekly routines and taking advantage of our vacation benefits when we have the opportunity. If we are truly working hard at our vocations for the Lord, then we should be able to rest and enjoy the fruit of our labor “as much and as oft as may be.” This we can do for God’s glory and the good of those around us.”
  • The Leader Who Can Execute. Dave Kraft looks at “Execute”, one of the five essential characteristics of a leader that former GE CEO Jack Welch writes about in his book Winning.
  • To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions. Ed Batista writes “A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. Leaders must recognize that it’s essential to work at enhancing their ability to direct their attention and minimize unhelpful distractions, and one of the most important steps in this process is managing emotions.”
  • The 8 Skills Every Great Leader Must Master. Peter Economy writes “The good news is that you can learn and master these skills of great leadership, too. Follow this roadmap to up your own leadership game.”
  • Pete Carroll and the Pain of Leadership. Eric Geiger writes “In the span of a minute Carroll went from being lauded with praise to being lamented with criticism. In a matter of moments, he moved from being applauded as a genius to being called an idiot. Leadership is deeply challenging at all times, and painful at many times. Watching the end of the Super Bowl reminded me that leadership is deeply painful for at least three reasons.”
  • The 7 Reasons We Fail. Harvey Mackay writes about the most common failure-causing problems and their solutions.
  • 7 Keys to Instant Rapport. In this “Tuesday Tip” from Dr. Alan Zimmerman,  he writes “It’s critical, because in today’s time-crunched world, you no longer have the luxury of spending days and weeks around one another, gradually getting acquainted, and eventually building some trust.  You’ve got to make things “click” now.”
  • God Didn’t Design Us for Busy. Businesswoman Lara Casey talks about finding meaning beyond to-do lists and packed schedules.
  • How God Makes a Pencil. Joe Carter writes “When we engage in economic activity we are not only serving our fellow humans but also cooperating as sub-creators with God. Without him we couldn’t even produce tools for scratching words on paper. While we may be the means he uses, only God knows how to make a pencil.”
  • 2 Ways Leaders Should Learn from their Experiences. Eric Geiger writes “Leaders who care about their own personal development are like sponges to an array of resources in order to acquire new knowledge and skills. They will read books, consider continuing education, attend conferences, and scour articles that have been sent to them by their leaders. While these are important and can be very helpful, nothing compares to the learning that comes through experience.”
  • What Does God Want? Dave Williamson writes that the high calling of our daily work is being faithful to doing love. Faith@Work Summit videos. Here are a few videos from the Faith@Work Summit including Katherine Leary Alsdorf (who wrote Every Good Endeavor with Tim Keller) on why faith at work is important.
  • The Surprising Voice Influencing Your Leadership Decisions. Scott Cochrane writes “The point is that effective leadership requires understanding these hidden values, what they’re whispering in your ear. Because when you are aware of these hidden values you can recognize whether they are helping, or hurting, your decisions.”
  • Greed is just another word for fear. This article is about what it means to trust God as an HVAC contractor.
  • Forgiveness and Accountability in the Workplace. Mike Chalk writes “Whenever people live or work together, they need to practice forgiveness because we humans are imperfect. No group can function long before someone breaks a promise and lets others down.”
  • Caring for the Nearest Neighbors. Courtney Reissig interviews Miriam Poteet, a wife and stay-at-home mom to three little girls. In 2012, she earned her PhD in applied mathematics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and chose to stay at home to serve her husband and family during a busy season of life.
  • See Work Through New Eyes—Theology of Work Commentary: Romans-Revelation Now Available in Print. The Theology of Work Bible Commentary, Volume 5: Romans-Revelation is now available in print for the first time. If you’ve ever wondered about God’s direction for your work, the TOW Commentary is a good place to start. The commentary can be used for bible study or as a reference for myriad work-related topics.
  • A Sacred Calling for Sacred Work. Watch this video from J. Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY.
  • Missing the Point on Motivation. When it comes to improving employee engagement, motivation expert Susan Fowler believes that leaders are spending too much time trying to fix disengagement after it occurs instead of questioning approaches to motivation that may have led to it in the first place.

Faith and Work Book Clubs – Won’t you read along with us?Generous Justice

Generous Justice Book Club  

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Tim Keller

Tammy and I are reading and discussing this book by Tim Keller. This week we look at Chapter 3: What Did Jesus Say about Justice?

The Conviction to Lead by Albert MohlerThe Conviction to Lead Book Club

The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler

We’re reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with us? This week we look at Chapter 4: Leadership Is Narrative.


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Coram Deo – Under the Gaze of God

Ernie BanksRemembering Ernie Banks

Even though I’m a St. Louis Cardinal fan, I had the utmost respect for Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who died last week. Banks was my brother’s favorite player growing up and there was no better ambassador for major league baseball.

It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame…
Let’s play two! ~ Ernie Banks

 

 

~ UPDATED PAGES ON THE BLOG ~Learning from the Giants

Book Review: Learning from the Giants: Life and Leadership Lessons from the Bible by John C. Maxwell

This book guides you through thinking about the giants of the faith and the messages they had for us ~ Elijah: God loves you on your bad days. Elisha: Give your best wherever God puts you. Job: God sees the big picture. Jacob: Let God have control of your life. Deborah: God specializes in the unexpected. Isaiah: God has a reason for your encounter with Him. Jonah: God always gives us a second chance. Joshua: God is greater than your greatest challenges. Daniel: Have a purpose bigger than yourself.

 I’m Currently Reading

~ THIS AND THAT ~Everyone's a Theologian - R.C. Sproul

 BOOKS:

MUSIC:

  • The “Rise” of Rapper and Pastor Trip Lee. A Q&A with Trip Lee on pastoring, porn, and John Piper. Trip Lee is one of my favorite music artists. At 27, he is also a pastor and recently released his second book.
  • New Ringo Starr Album. Postcards from Paradise, the 18th solo album by the former Beatles drummer will be released March 31. The album will featuring eleven new and original songs, and guests including Joe Walsh, Dave Steward, Richard Marx, Peter Frampton and many others.

CURRENT EVENTS:

THEOLOGY ~ Knowing God:

  • By Grace, We are Free in Christ. Sinclair Ferguson writes “Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us.”
  • How to Offend a Room Full of Calvinists. Tim Challies writes “Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it.”
  • Does James 2:24 Deny Justification by Faith Alone? R.C. Sproul writes “I’m convinced that we don’t really have a conflict here.”
  • The God-man or a Madman? Jon Bloom of Desiring God writes “You can’t be neutral when it comes to Jesus. He doesn’t give you that luxury. If you really listen to what he says, you either need to believe that he is the Preeminent Son of God and worship him, or you need to get as far away from him as you can. He demands a hot or cold response and spews anything lukewarm (Revelation 3:15–16).
  • Why the Prosperity Gospel Is the Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever. Nicholas McDonald shares how the prosperity gospel, sometimes known as the health and wealth gospel, is strikingly similar to a pyramid scheme in at least three ways.
  • If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand? R.C. Sproul writes “The Psalmist asked the question: “If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?” This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one.”

CHRISTIAN LIVING:

  • To the Church in America Today. Watch this seven minute video clip in which John Piper speaks directly to the hearts of Christians who feel increasingly unwelcome and alien in the America we know today. Stop expecting everything to go well. Stop trying to fit in here. Instead, fuel your life with the invincible and eternal hope of knowing Jesus Christ forever.
  • A Prayer for Resting in the Sovereignty of God. Here’s another wonderful prayer from Scotty Smith.
  • 13 Ways You Waste Your Money. Tim Challies writes “About once a year I go through a phase—a deliberate phase—in which I evaluate our family finances to see where we’re doing well and where we aren’t doing so well. I especially look for places we are spending money we don’t need to spend—bills that are too high, subscriptions we no longer need, and all of those little money-wasters that eventually add up. And over the years, I’ve collected quite a list of ways that we, and perhaps you, waste money.” He asks “Where do you find that you are tempted to waste money?”
  • God Works All Things for Your Good. Marshall Segal of Desiring God writes “In this three-part series through Romans 8:28, John Piper mines layer after layer of comfort and strength from this dense promise. If you’ve never reflected on this verse, you will be stunned by its power and relevance for your life. And if you have known it, maybe even memorized it, we believe you will discover new depths of God’s sovereign love for you.”
  • May Jesus’s Name Be Known Through Me. Marshall Segal of Desiring God writes “God will reveal his fame even through his bread-less, bag-less, penniless, but faithful followers. God will exalt the name of his Son through us — going before us in the hearts of our listeners, then sending us to speak the good news to them, all the while promising to go with us and provide us with everything we need along the way, and finally fulfilling and completing all that he calls us to do. Jesus’s name will be known, and believed, and treasured. May it happen through me.”

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 2.2.2015

  • 10 of Winston Churchill’s Best Quotes. The fiftieth anniversary of Churchill’s death was last week.
  • Some of us are memory haunted. Horror left its stain. Broken brained we need mercy not scolding, a grace that won’t quit. Zack Eswine
  • Being productive is not just about getting things done. It’s about being a useful person, making a contribution, and leaving things better than you found them.   Matt Perman
  • You will never see the preciousness of a Savior, if you do not see the reality of your sin. Kevin DeYoung
  • Here’s one way I can know that I’ve forgotten the gospel of grace: when your sin bothers me more than my sin. Tullian Tchividjian
  • To honor God as God, we must worship Him as He and He alone decrees.  R.C. Sproul
  • If you don’t feel like praying, pray to God to give you the desire. Tim Keller
  • God calls you to the kind of work that you need most to do, and that the world most needs to have done . . . the place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner
  • Our aim is to joyfully magnify Christ—to make him look great by all we do. Boasting only in the cross, our aim is to enjoy making much of him by the way we work. John Piper
  • When it is the Lord’s work in which we rejoice, we need not be afraid of being too glad. Charles Spurgeon
  • We are so quick to tweet, Facebook, and Instagram but we treat prayer with a sense of delay? Tim Keller
  • When we turn a godly passion for excellence into an idol of our own self-justification, we miss the truly radical thing God is doing. Michael Horton
  • As we’ve been forgiven, accepted, and loved in Christ, so let us do so to others. That’s the surest sign we “get” the gospel. Scotty Smith
  • God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbor does. Martin Luther
  • The only Christian work is good work well done. Dorothy Sayers
  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Samuel Johnson
  • If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep the streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.” Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses that can be upon our souls. Thomas Brooks 
  • Instead of starting with our plans and dreams, we need to begin with God, who freely created, sustains, and directs history to his ends. Michael Horton
  • Unchecked, the new tolerance will sooner or later put many people in chains.” D.A. Carson
  • Talk is cheap. When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done. Dave Kraft
  • I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace. Billy Graham
  • Christians necessarily believe we depend on God for everything—a prayerless Christian, then, is a contradiction in terms. Tim Keller
  • There is no way to work your way to God. There is no way to climb up to heaven. There is only one way, and that is through Christ. Kevin DeYoung
  • When we behold the face of God, all memories of pain and suffering will vanish. Our souls shall be totally healed. R.C. Sproul
  • You are not what you have. You are not what you do. You are not what other people say about you. You are the Beloved! Henri Nouwen
  • Father, free us from under-believing the gospel and over-believing our worries. Scotty Smith
  • If you feel compelled to respond every time you’re criticized it reveals just how much you’ve built your identity on being right. Tullian Tchividjian
  • The hand of the wicked can’t stir one moment before God allows them to begin, and…one moment after God commands them to stop. J.C. Ryle
  • The joys of heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth.” Charles Spurgeon
  • The more we see our own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears. Tim Keller
  • Some of you are sitting at home saying, ‘I don’t need a church to love God,’ and I am here telling you that you are so wrong. Francis Chan
  • So here’s some relief to perfectionists out there: Give up! Stop climbing and fall into God’s gracious arms. Michael Horton
  • Walking in the light means we pursue obedience and are honest about our remaining darkness. Kevin DeYoung
  • Christians are defined not by our heritage, but by our mission; not by our blood, but by His. Mark Dever.
  • The church is not full of hypocrites. It’s full of repentant sinners. Huge difference. Burk Parsons.
  • Do your best to succeed and push the limits without violating them. Ken Blanchard
  • We will either deal with our “stuff” or our “stuff” will continue to deal with us. Scotty Smith
  • Suffering can serve us. Suffering tests our trust in God’s promises. And we have a great interest in knowing the truth about our trust in Him. Mark Dever
  • That fact that Jesus Christ died is more important than that fact that I will die. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Sometimes God has to remind you that you’re a sinner so that you can be set free from your self-righteousness. Tullian Tchividjian

  • Seattle Seahawks Assistant Coach: “Jesus is Better Than the Super Bowl”. David Daniels interviews Seattle Seahawks Assistant Coach Rocky Seto about football and his faith.
  • Competing for God’s Glory on the Gridiron. Matt Perman interviews Kurt Earl, a teacher and a coach at Lincoln Christian School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • John Maxwell on confrontation. In this “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell talks about confrontation.
  • All Things Well. The February 2015 issue of TableTalk has a theme of Labor and Rest: Finding the Right Balance. In Burk Parson’s Coram Deo article, he writes “As Christians, we are called to labor well and rest well, and only when we do both as God has directed us will we find the right balance in life.”
  • Portrait of a Better World: Gene Cornelius. Bob Chapman writes “Gene wants all his teammates to find their work meaningful. He wants them to go home at the end of the day feeling valued, that their contribution made a difference. And as a leader, he wants to help facilitate that feeling in his team.”
  • This Four Letter Word will Determine Your Future. In this Tuesday Tip, Dr. Alan Zimmerman looks at how to get hope working for you.
  • Faith and Work Ministries. Here’ a helpful list of ministries — local, national, and international — focused on faith and work compiled by the Center for Faith and Work at LeTourneau University.
  • 7 Characteristics of Good Employees. Brad Lomenick offers 7 keys   to help us be a better employee, partner, or peer to others in our organizations.
  • Pastor, Why Not Visit Their Workplace? Greg Forster writes “If you’re a pastor, every week congregants visit you in your workplace and watch you do your job. Part of your job is to prepare them to take what they learn from you in your workplace and carry it back to their own workplaces. Wherever they do their work—on the job or in the home—they need your support to persevere in honesty, diligence, self-control, and generosity, in the midst of terrible brokenness. One of the most important things you can do for them is return the favor. They visit you in your workplace regularly. Why not visit them in theirs?
  • Four Things to Do When You Make a Mistake at Work. David Rupert shares four things we must do when we make a mistake at work.
  • What Makes a Good Life. Steven Garber in comparing the lead characters from the films It’s a Wonderful Life and Birdman writes “At the end of his film, George is surrounded by a community of family and friends who gather round, singing a glad song that remembers to remember the truest truths of a good life. When all is said and done, all the Birdman has is himself, and at the end of the day and the end of the film, that isn’t enough.” In his book, Charlie Self specifically challenges Pentecostal believers, calling them to a level of discipleship that integrates faith, work, and economics so that believers view their work in light of God’s design for flourishing their communities”.
  • Stay in Your Own Lane or Own the Whole? Eric Geiger writes “Perhaps you have had a leader challenge you to “stay in your lane.” Whether your mind conjured up a football analogy or lanes on an interstate, you got the message. Quit trying to lead everyone else’s area, and focus on yours. And perhaps you heard a different message in a different meeting when the leader told the team, “Everyone must help shoulder this. We all must own this. So which one is it? Do I stay in my lane or do I own the whole? And if you are a leader, you may have wondered, Which message do I deliver? Both.”
  • Bringing faith and work and people together: Flourishing Churches and Communities by Charlie Self. Mikel Del Rosario writes “In his book (Flourishing Churches and Communities), Charlie Self specifically challenges Pentecostal believers, calling them to a level of discipleship that integrates faith, work, and economics so that believers view their work in light of God’s design for flourishing their communities.”
  • How to Stay Relevant in a Constantly Changing Marketplace. Michael Hyatt writes “Instead of obsolescence, we can take steps to ensure ongoing relevance. Here are seven ways to stay relevant in today’s marketplace. I’ve seen these work in my own life and also the lives of people I’ve coached.”
  • A Call to Transform Our Work and Professions. Stacy Jackson writes “The high calling to work is a call to transform our organizations, our jobs, and our responsibilities. It is a call to consider how industries such as banking, consulting, education, and manufacturing must change. It is also a call to explore a right view of strategic planning, marketing, finance, sales, and various other valuable roles. Our work cannot remain the same when we recognize its eternal purpose. Once we realize the high calling of our work, the real work begins.”
  • Is There Room in Our Theology of Work for Rest and Recreation? Andrew Spencer writes “In many ways, the culture in which we live has lost sight of a vision of work that resonates with what we see in Scripture. Two aspects of this vision that we’ve forgotten are rest and recreation. Though work has been part of God’s design for humans since the very beginning, there is a place in a theology of work for understanding the importance of these things.
  • Are You TOO Nice? 4 Ways to Be Compassionate and Fair. Madeleine Homan Blanchard writes “As a manager, you really do have to be kind and understanding when people go through rough times. But you also need to balance sympathy for the needs of an employee with common sense about the needs of the team and the business.” She offers four ideas that may help.
  • Patrick Lencioni: How to Make Your Company Healthy and Wealthy. Is it possible to have a company where politics are minimized, clarity is king, and team members are passionate about what they do? Absolutely. Listen this this episode of the EntreLeadership Podcast.
  • Danger: Highly Flammable! This article from Christian Faith at Work states that the “bottom line is that we have to see the spiritually ‘flammable’ potential in our business.”
  • 3 Lies that can Shipwreck a Leader. Here’s a short but helpful article from Scott Cochrane.
  • Four Things All Leaders Should be Fearful of and Protect Themselves From. Dave Kraft writes “There are things every leader should be genuinely and honestly fearful of and seeking protection from. Here are four that I have been thinking about.”
  • What Should be the Legacy of a Successful Leader? John Maxwell writes “I believe the greatest legacy a leader can leave is having developed other leaders.”
  • 7 Good Reasons for a Leader to Learn and Use the Word “No”. Ron Edmondson writes “I hate disappointing people. And every time I say the word “No”, someone isn’t happy with my answer. That’s reality”.
  • What Does a Leader Do? Matt Perman, quoting Marcus Buckingham, writes that “A great leader does not control people, he rallies them. He rallies them to realize and bring about a vision of a better future.”
  • Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Potential. Ron Edmondson writes “In my experience, my leadership influence grows the fastest when it grows through the people I’m supposed to be leading.”

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Faith and Work Book Club – Won’t you read along with us?

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The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler

We’re reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with us? This week we look at Chapter 3 Convictional Intelligence.


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Coram Deo ~ Living Life Under the Gaze of God

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CHRISTIAN LIVING:

  • A New Convert’s Guide to Understanding Christian Code Words. This article from Stephen Altrogge may give you a chuckle or two
  • 10 Ways to Hate God. David Murray looks at a passage from R.C. Sproul’s classic book The Holiness of God and then shares ten ways in which we hate God.
  • Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart. J.D. Greear writes “On this issue—the most important issue on earth—we have to be absolutely clear. I believe it is time to put the shorthand aside. We need to preach salvation by repentance before God and faith in the finished work of Christ.”
  • The Measure You Use. Kevin DeYoung writes that the past several months have been difficult in regards to race relations in America. He writes “I know we ought to use the measure with each other that we want used for us (Matt. 7:2): “Don’t assume the worst about me because I don’t look like you. Don’t size me up based on how I dress, where I live, who my parents were, or if I ever knew my parents. Don’t speak before you listen. Don’t rush to judgment before you’ve heard from all sides.” Isn’t that what we all want?”
  • Francis Chan on Fighting for Joy, Singles Marrying Later, Spousal Arguments, and Monitoring Video Game Time. Our friend Kevin Halloran writes “Francis Chan, pastor and author of the new marriage book You, Me and Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternitywas recently a guest on the Ask Pastor John Podcast, where he shared about fighting for joy, leading his family, why singles marry later, spousal arguments, and other topics, including monitoring video game time of kids in the “Dads and Family Leadership” episode.”
  • The Most Difficult Time to Lead. Tim Challies writes “The most difficult time to lead is when you have forfeited the respect of those who are meant to follow you, when your confidence, and theirs, is shattered. But this is also the most important time to lead. This is where a real man will, and must, lead.”
  • Are You a Peter Pan Christian? Kevin Halloran writes “Many Christians function as spiritual Peter Pans who, consciously or unconsciously, avoid growing up in Christ. They put Christ on the side in their lives instead of at the forefront. They don’t realize that there is something so much greater, something so much more satisfying, more secure, and more significant than coasting in their immaturity, staying in spiritual diapers and drinking from bottles.”
  • I’ve Sinned; Now What? Eleven Reminders For Dealing with Sin. Rey Reynoso writes “On this side of eternity we will sin. I’m not saying we must sin. Sin is not necessary to human life but it is part of human life. On this side of eternity we will struggle with it. We will sin.” He shares eleven things (to limit it to a readable number) to keep in mind in regards to sin.
  • What To Do When We’re Prayerless. Jon Bloom of Desiring God writes “When we’re prayerless, the first thing we must address is the cause of our faith deficit.” He offers five suggestions for doing that.

THEOLOGY:

  • Why Do I Exist? Tony Reinke of Desiring God writes “Am I failing at life? Am I succeeding? And why do I exist in the first place? These questions are huge, we all ask them, and thankfully the Bible helps us with answers in the form of a litmus test.”
  • Election: Unconditional, Eternal, and Loving. Anthony Carter writes “Election is unconditional. God did not choose His people based on who we are or what we can do, on any potential we have or that He saw in us. Rather, He chose us when we had met no prior condition or obligation.”
  • God’s Super-Apostles. Tim Challies writes “There is a new religious movement alive today that is gaining momentum and claiming followers. Like so many movements before it, it began in the United States and has since spread around the world. I have seen many manifestations of it right here in Canada. It is called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and it is the subject of God’s Super-Apostles, where it receives some well-deserved scrutiny.”
  • Peter Jones interviewed on Only Two Religions Teaching Series.  R.C. Sproul and Lee Webb of Ligonier Ministries interview Peter Jones to discuss the theme of his teaching series Only Two Religions. Together they discuss the fundamental religious convictions that drive modern culture, demonstrating that in the final analysis there can be only two religions—worship of the Creator or worship of creation.

TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER YOU IN YOUR CHRISTIAN JOURNEY:

  • Does your city measure up to Indianapolis? Motivated by faith, many ministries in this Midwestern city bear fruit in their good works.
  • The Eighth Decade of Life and the Ultimate Purpose of God. John Piper recently turned 69 years old. He writes “As the year and the decade turn, I have been thinking about Jesus’ final words, “Teach [all the nations] to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Not just to know what I commanded, but to observe it — obey it, do it. The last command of the Lord was, “Teach the nations in such a way that they obey me.” So I invite you to follow me as I meditate on not wasting my life in view of this final command.
  • Religious liberty and persecution: a global perspective. David Platt writes “Surrounded by the global reality of religious persecution, and driven by our love for God, we must act. We must pray and work for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. When one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers (see 1 Corinthians 12). In a land of religious liberty, we have a biblical responsibility to stand up and speak out on their behalf.”

ENCOURAGEMENT:

  • Comfort, Hope and Encouragement from God. Randy Alcorn writes” Some days no one but God has the right words. I suggest you read each of these verses aloud. Or, stop on one that really speaks to you and read and reread it aloud. Meditate on it, memorize it, and let God speak to your heart as only He can. These are the very words of God. Shut out all the rest of the voices in the world—TV, radio, magazines, books, internet, email, social media—and listen to His voice alone.”
  • A Prayer for Days When You’re Feeling Weary. Here’s another wonderful prayer from Scotty Smith.

TELEVISION

BOOKS AND VIDEOS:

MUSIC:

  • Rapper Trip Lee, Self-Described ‘Boring’ Guy, Talks Finding Inspiration in Malcolm Gladwell, CS Lewis, and Jay-Z. This is part one of a two-part interview with rapper, pastor, and author Trip Lee about his latest projects, his thoughts on U.S. Christianity, his new church plant, and his perspectives on race as black man in America
  • Third Day Pre-Order. You can pre-order the Deluxe edition of Third Day’s new album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship on iTunes. The album will be released on March 3. However, when you pre-order the album, you instantly get downloads of the new single “Soul on Fire” (featuring All Songs & Daughters) and eight live recordings.
  • Passion 2015 Album. The live recording from the Passion 2015 conference will be released March 17. Artists that were scheduled to perform at the events held in Atlanta and Houston earlier this year were Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker.
  • Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, “Stay With Me”. The first single from Dylan’s upcoming Shadows in the Night album of songs recorded by Frank Sinatra.
  • Bob Dylan’s interview with AARP The Magazine. In his first interview in almost three years, Bob Dylan spoke with AARP The Magazine in advance of his upcoming album, Shadows in the Night.
  • First review of Bob Dylan’s Shadows in the Night album. Neil McCormick of The Telegraph in the UK says that “Shadows In The Night is quite gorgeous, the sound of an old man picking over memories, lost loves, regrets, triumphs and fading hopes amid an ambient tumble of haunting electric instrumentation. It is spooky, bittersweet, mesmerizingly moving and showcases the best singing from Dylan in 25 years.” The album will be released February 3.
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IN THE NEWS:

  • Aaron Rodgers: God Probably Doesn’t Care Who Wins Football Games. Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers states ““I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome,” Rodgers said. “He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”
  • Ben Zobrist Takes out Newspaper Ad to Say Goodbye to Fans and Teammates. Zobrist is a Christian and played his high school baseball in nearby Eureka, Illinois
  • The Techniques of a Sexual Predator. Unfortunately this article hits a little too close to home as a man in my department was arrested for this last week. Tim Challies writes “In his book On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Children Abuse at Church, Deepak Reju provides a look at the techniques of a sexual predator, and focuses on the way a predator will prepare or groom an entire church so that he can take advantage of its children. His words are worth reading and worth considering.”
  • Joshua Harris resigns to attend seminary. Watch or read his sermon from Sunday.
  • Barna Group Surveys and Statistics Challenged. James C. Pakala Library Director at Covenant Theological Seminary shares concerns with Barna writes “The Barna Group’s statistic was not particularly well-constructed to begin with, but it got substantially less accurate and more dire with each retelling”.
  • Most Godless Cities in America. Time Magazine cites a report from the American Bible Society that ranks cities based on the amount of Bible reading.
  • Abortion and the Gospel. Russell Moore wrote “As today marks the forty-second anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, most Christians recognize, and rightly so, the loss of millions of unborn human lives. What we often forget is the second casualty of an abortion culture: the consciences of countless men and women.
  • Abortion Bill Dropped Amid Concerns of Female GOP Lawmakers. House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to vote on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.
  • It, a new pro-life poem from John Piper:

It
I waited in my nausea,
Surrounded by stone-faced bourgeois
With rolls of twenty-dollar bills
In jacket pockets with their pills,
Funds from the ATM outside
The clinic door, because the guide,
Imbedded in the website said
“Cash only in advance.” The dread
Concealed — as if I really read
The Mademoiselle — my eyes instead
Were staring at the vinyl floor,
So clean and cold, a wise decor
In case a mother’s vomit soiled
The luster underfoot, and spoiled
This sterile place.

And then, all through
The brief and mindless interview
And prep, they called my baby “it.”
I tried to think that what God knit
In me was only “it.” I gripped
For dear life every word — a script
To somehow make this life an “it.”
But then, with legs still split
In clamps, I lifted up my head,
And saw there on the table, dead,
A tiny torso, not an “it,” but “she,”
Destroyed, and with her, me.
~ John Piper

Favorite Quotes of the Week ~ 1.26.2015

  • The Fall means, we should expect to be regularly frustrated in our work even though we may be in exactly the right vocation. Tim Keller
  • Encouragement and hope flow through our weakness more easily than through our competency. Scotty Smith
  • Where God has put a period, the devil puts a question mark, casting doubt. Steven Lawson
  • You can’t have an informed mind without an engaged heart. Tim Keller
  • The next time someone tells you, “The Church is full of a bunch of hypocrites.” You can respond, “You don’t even know the half of it.” Kevin DeYoung
  • We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone.  Os Guinness
  • Doing your job well is an act of worship. Scotty Smith
  • When a man truly sees himself, he knows nobody can say anything about him that is too bad. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • I guarantee you there is someone in your life that deserves more appreciation. Who is it? Find that person and let them know! Andy Andrews
  • When you share the gospel, you’re not calling people to a better way of life, you’re proclaiming to them eternal life. Kevin DeYoung
  • Get low; grace will meet you there. Jack Miller
  • Sometimes sadness is sanity. Tears are the reasonable response. Quickness to shush, shame or fix them, can reveal a resistance to wisdom. Zack Eswine
  • Spiritual growth is marked by a growing realization of just how much grace you need. Tullian Tchividjian
  • Sometimes providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards. John Flavel
  • When your sin is deep, the suffering is strong, and your resolve is weak, remember: he gives more grace (James 4:6). Kevin DeYoung
  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz
  • I want you to see everything you do in a new light so that you can become an agent for good, right where you are, to the glory of God. Don’t just try to get things done, seek to serve others to the glory of God in everything you do.  More than that, be proactive and enthusiastic in doing good for others.  Matt Perman
  • To remember Dr. Martin Luther King, here’s a quote I love, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Ken Blanchard
  • How Religion Works: If I obey, then God will love and accept me. The Gospel: I’m loved and accepted, therefore I wish to obey. Tim Keller
  • There’s no sense in improving your marriage until you are secure with God. Francis Chan
  • In grey areas here’s a tip: Embrace things that lead you closer to Jesus, and reject things that lead you away from Jesus. Trip Lee
  • GREAT Leaders always do what is right, instead of settling for doing what is easy. Right takes work. Brad Lomenick
  • Humility is not an ‘added extra,’ one of the lesser Christian virtues. If you don’t have humility, you may be lost. Mark Dever
  • If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven. Sinclair Ferguson
  • The heart of the new birth is the new birth of the heart. Steven Lawson
  • Legalism has its origin in self-worship. Tom Schreiner
  • A self-consumed desire to be famous and cool doesn’t come from a Spirit-consumed heart that desires wisdom and humility. Burk Parsons
  • Many in Jesus’ day saw him, but they didn’t have communion with him. You can have more of Christ by faith than they had by sight. Kevin DeYoung
  • The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The grace of God sets us free from a life of perfection, performing, and pretending. Tullian Tchividjian
  • WHAT a person thinks is determined by HOW a person thinks. Andy Andrews
  • But regardless of our circumstances, they do not define us — not unless we give in and let them. Circumstances never determine who we are; they reveal who we are. Chuck Pagano
  • Contentment is an undervalued grace. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Moral cowardice at the expense of the vulnerable unborn is both wrong and pathetic. Russell Moore
  • God never made a promise that was too good to be true. D. L. Moody
  • By praying with friends and others, you will be able to hear and see facets of Jesus that you have not yet perceived. Tim Keller
  • I am dismayed at my capacity for self-reliance (which is to say, my capacity for prayerlessness). Tim Challies
  • Grace doesn’t lead us into destructive behavior. Sin does. And grace is the only remedy for sin. The kindness of God leads to repentance. Tullian Tchividjian
  • Do I learn through dark providences, or simply seem relieved when they are over? Sinclair Ferguson

integrating faith and work

  • The jerk Factor. Patrick Lencioni writes “I had the opportunity to work with a college baseball team recently, and came to a realization that helps explain why accountability is one of the biggest challenges for team members and leaders alike.  I call it “The jerk Factor,” and yes, the “j” is not capitalized for a reason.”
  • 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and Reach Your Goals This Year. Michael Hyatt offers four ways that are perfectly timed for the transitional period when so many of us contemplate giving up on our goals.
  • Overcoming Career Challenges. Jasen Lawrence shares three defining moments that exemplify the important role God has played in shaping his career.
  • Are You Celebrating Where You Are? This short article from Randy Gravitt makes a good point about being content in the situation we are in now.
  • The Role of ‘Spiritual Wisdom and Understanding’ in Our Vocations. In this excerpt from his book Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview Al Wolters argues that “spiritual wisdom and understanding” in our various vocational spheres can often be discerned from the created order—even as he maintains the unique place for proclamation of the gospel.
  •  Life-Changing Insights from Louis Zamperini. Dr. Alan Zimmerman shares three life-changing insights he got from Louis Zamperini (the subject of the book and movie Unbroken in this Tuesday Tip.
  • The Lesson I Discovered about Calling in Unbroken. Hugh Welchel writes “There is a great lesson for all of us in Zamperini’s story. God has called each of us to do good works, at our jobs, in our families, our churches, and in our communities. Everything in our lives, good and bad, has prepared us for what he has called us to do today.”
  • Overcoming obstacles – Steven Claunch. I saw this video in a meeting at work recently and wanted to share it, it’s that good.
  • Serving Patients in a Broken World. Enjoy this interview with Kaileigh Mobbs who works as a nurse in a surgical/trauma intensive care unit.
  • The Importance of Prayer in the Workplace. Caroline Cross writes “Rituals and routines matter and yet Christians often disregard what should be the most important workplace habit: prayer.”
  • Inspiring a Listening Revolution. Marty Moore writes of Bill Ury: “Bill’s new TEDx Talk “The Power of Listening” was significantly influenced by his discussions with us. In it, he challenges viewers to consider the fights—even wars– that could be averted and the personal relationships that could be mended if every one of us simply committed to listening a little more and talking a little less. He invites all of us to join a listening revolution because better listening has the power to transform every single human relationship. Barry-Wehmiller is helping to lead the way. We hope you will join us.
  •  The Healthy Leader. Dave Kraft writes “Okay, here are a few things I have been learning about being a healthy leader who will last and not disintegrate physically due to my own stupidity and poor choices. Doctor Swenson as written two excellent books on this subject.  Margin and The Overload Syndrome. They have both been a rich source of instruction, warning and wisdom. Here are my six favorite gems from “Overload Syndrome”
  • Testing Leadership Ambition. Eric Geiger writes “Christian leaders, in any environment, often struggle with how to think through and process the ambition that fills them. There is a battle in our hearts that leads us to either self-righteously cast out all attempts to grow in our calling and gifts (labeling them “selfish”), or to selfishly pursue all attempts to increase our “platform,” that dangerous term, by outdoing all others in showing honor to ourselves.” He suggests three ways that we can test our ambition and two ways that we can be presently faithful while ambitiously pursuing future possibilities.
  • Leadership Requires More than Self-Awareness. Eric Geiger writes “A wise and effective leader possesses more than self-awareness; he also has a keen awareness of the team. More than a sense of his/her unique gifting, he/she has a sense of the people on the team, their gifts and potential. Team-awareness enables the leader to leverage the gifts of the team, to hand over responsibility to others, and to utilize ‘roving leadership’.”
  • 3 Leadership Lessons from Winston Churchill. On the eve of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death, Gavin Ortlund shares these three lessons.
  •  John Maxwell on Leadership. In this “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell talks discusses the word leadership.
  • John Maxwell on Adding Value. John Maxwell is known for saying that he wants to add value to us. What does he mean by that? Check out this “Minute with Maxwell”.
  • John Maxwell discussing Leading. In this “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell, he looks at the word “Leading”.
  • 3 Hard but Powerful Truths about Likeability and Leadership. Carey Nieuwhof writes “The tension between likeability and leadership is much older than social media. Every leader in every generation has had to struggle with it at some level. While you may never resolve the tension, understanding it and keeping it in front of you will help you navigate it better.”

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Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Tim Keller

Tammy and I are reading and discussing this book by Tim Keller. This week we look at Chapter 2: Justice and the Old Testament.

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The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters by Albert Mohler

We’re reading this excellent book from Albert Mohler, one of the best that I’ve read on leadership. It is broken down into 25 relatively short chapters. Won’t you read along with us? This week we look at Chapter 2 Leading Is Believing.