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Used bookstores, with their quintessential quirkiness, eclectic inventory and cheap prices, find themselves in the catbird seat as the pendulum eases back toward print. In many cities, that’s a de facto position: They’re the only book outlets left.
Lore Wilbert opens up about the very difficult year 2015 has been:
I’ve disappointed a lot of people this year, fallen short of their expectations, not been able to enter into their sufferings, rejoicings, or difficulties in ways I wanted to. I’ve faced my humanity in a way I never have before: my inability to meet with every person, respond to every email or text, think through every situation, or be healthy, happy, and hearty through hard things. I remember a quote from I Capture the Castle, “Wakings are the worst times—almost before my eyes are open a great weight seems to roll on my heart.” That great weight rolls on my heart every day without fail.
Sara Fernanda Giromin first made herself known to Brazil and to the world under the alias “Sara Winter” in 2012, when she became the founding member of Femen Brazil, and led a trio of girls in a number of topless protests that garnered much media attention. However, only three years later, the young activist has done an about-face and has declared war on feminism and abortion, and is apologizing to Christians for her offensive behavior. She has also published a short book detailing the abuse and disappointment she suffered at the hands of fellow feminists.
One of the mistakes that I have made in nearly a decade of preaching is that I quote and cite far too much. It is an overreaction to a hyper-sensitization that has developed concerning plagiarism in recent years. When I was in seminary, two students, were expelled for plagiarizing entire paragraphs from several well-known theologians. To steal paragraphs from someone else and to pass them off as your own is both wrong and foolish. The sad irony is that if those same students had block-quoted the paragraph they plagiarized, their professors would have rewarded them for being amateur writers; if they had foot-noted or, better yet, end-noted the same paragraph, their professors would have likely viewed them as scholars in progress. That being said, in preaching, we do not need to be afraid to take the great thoughts and words of others and press them through the “sieve [of our minds]…which distills” in order to make them our own. If you find a great thought in Calvin, the best thing to do is to turn it over in your mind, polish it, reduce it to something manageable and add to it for the benefit of those to whom you preach. There is no need to feel as though you must quote and cite every thought that you glean from others. If you did so consistently, I am almost certain that 95% of every sermon preached would be a mere recitation of what you have read or heard from others.
Ed Stetzer shares the third part of his interview with several ministry leaders. As a children’s ministry volunteer and fan of The Gospel Project, I really appreciate reading this discussion.
There is a mammoth difference between teams and leaders who run around being busy and those that are truly productive. Busyness can give the allusion of productivity as people are doing things, as meetings are happening, and as emails are being sent and read. But not all busyness is valuable. In fact, busyness can mask a lack of productivity.
Here are 3 ways leaders can spot the difference between busyness and productivity.