Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Lagniappe: "The German Antidote Against America’s Theological Enemies" and More

The German Antidote Against America’s Theological Enemies

Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can be done only by reading old books.” So to that end we continue our Rediscovering the Forgotten Classics series as we survey some forgotten and lesser-known Christian classics. Read More

The Challenge and Blessing of a Multicultural Leadership Team

One of our desires when we started our church was to reflect our increasingly multicultural world through the beauty of a multicultural church community. We still have many areas to grow and many things to learn in these efforts but we’ve been blessed to experience a growing diversity of cultures represented by the people who are our church. I think diverse leadership has been an essential factor in cultivating these dynamics. However, a collaborative leadership model was not in our DNA when we started the church. This led to some early missteps. Read More

3 Better Alternatives to Playing “Devil’s Advocate”

In the book Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelley, offers ten alternatives to playing devil’s advocate, a position he believes wrecks ideas and fosters negativity. I won’t list all ten, but here are three I found most compelling. Instead of playing devil’s advocate, here are three other roles to play.... Read More

How To Reinforce Your Staff’s Core Values

Naming and emphasizing staff values is gaining more and more popularity in the corporate arena. Especially with millennials flooding the workforce seeking jobs with purpose, smart companies are establishing their team values, making them public, and seeing awesome results. Read More

3 Ways to Recognize Workaholism in Ministry

Ministry leaders, like all leaders, are prone to either laziness or workaholism. On your worst days, on days when you are not living in submission to Christ, you either move toward being lazy or move toward finding your meaning in work. By God’s grace, we don’t need to live in either. But how do we recognize workaholism in ministry? What does it look like in our hearts? Here are three indicators.... Read More

4 Ways to Recognize Lazy Leadership

Lazy leadership is unfaithful stewardship. Instead of wise stewardship, lazy leaders foolishly squander resources, gifting, and opportunities rather than make the most of the brief season in which they are privileged to lead. When attempting to uncover and address laziness, people often look in the wrong places. Lazy leadership is not about office hours, email response time, and vacation days—as someone can be incredibly lazy while checking emails in the office. Here are four ways in which lazy leadership tends to manifest itself.... Read More

5 Keys for Leaders to Read Through the Bible in a Year

I’ve just completed my 19th year in a row reading through the Bible cover to cover. This practice is one that fills my spiritual tank and which provides the fuel that drives my leadership. Read More

Teach Them: About Hell

Children are not too young to die, and therefore they are not too young to think about what will happen to them when they die. They need to hear about the Father’s house with its many mansions and the place that Jesus is preparing there for all who love Him and put their trust in Him for salvation. Read More

How Black and White Christians Do Discipleship Differently

Survey: African Americans value spiritual formation in community, while whites prefer the opposite. Read More

French Evangelicals Defy Decline - Open A New Church Every 10 Days

Evangelicalism in France is on the rise, a study by the National Council of Evangelicals in France (CNEF) has found. The study reported by Evangelical Focus shows around 35 new evangelical churches were opened in France last year or three a month. Read More

‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List. Read More

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