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For those of us who grew up where different standards were assumed and where some at least external biblical patterns of life were normative, there is a built-in revulsion at some things that ought to produce revulsion. But our children are not growing up in that world, and they will not have the same instincts. So how — that is my question — how are we going to raise them and train them so that they will feel the exceeding sinfulness of sin and be willing to take stands that are extremely unpopular, maybe even costly or dangerous?
A couple of weeks ago Donald Trump came here to Omaha before our state’s GOP Primary. True to form, his rally attracted thousands of people. His visit also prompted a number of questions in my mind about those who would support him. Political conviction aside I find it fascinating and instructive that so many support such an unconventional candidate. In their coverage of the rally the Omaha World Herald gathered a number of reasons why his supporters are so adamantly behind him. What is interesting here is the fact that so much of why they support him pivots on how he talks. People appreciate his straight talk. They like that he is not politically correct. He says what he means and means what he says. I don’t think that his supporters in Nebraska are unique in this way. The guy has made a connection with people. And, by most accounts, it is not so much what he says but how he says it that matters.
Andy Naselli shares John Frame’s answer: no.
Chances are, you’re probably not a bad leader…yet. Still, all leaders are potentially bad leaders waiting to happen. By its very nature, leadership invites sinful attitudes and habits. Even the most gifted leaders, with the best intentions, must always be on watch for the major warning signs of poor leadership.
It was around this time last year that my wife Lynne was five months pregnant. Up to that point her pregnancy was going well. Three years earlier she had a healthy pregnancy and delivery with our daughter Joy. We planned to deliver our second child in a local Chinese hospital with only Chinese-speaking doctors and nurses, just as we had done with our first daughter.
But the Lord had other things in store for us.
JD Greear has launched a new site called Conventional Futures, which is focused on the future of the Southern Baptist Convention (Greear is in the running for SBC President). Though the site is SBC focused, this article by Aaron Jozwiak is helpful for leaders in any denomination:
A few years back I was helping assess some potential church planters. In the assessment, we were asking some typical questions to one of the candidates about his vision, expectations, and how many people he thought would be attending the church after 5 years. After pressing this candidate with these questions—in particular the question on the size he thought the church would be—the candidate flipped the assessment on us. Matter-of-factly, he let us know that his main concern was not how many people might come to the church, but rather, how many were being sent out.