Election hot takes
With the election out of the way, the hot takes have begun. Not all are worth reading, but here are a few I enjoy:
- Jonathan Leeman: The Election Is Over. Let’s Get Political.
- Jared Wilson: The Biggest Losers: A 2016 Election Reflection
- Russell Moore: President Trump: Now What For the Church?
- Albert Mohler: The Briefing (11/09)
I used to think of generosity primarily in terms of money. I was generous when I saw a need around me and provided the resources to help. Or, I might see generosity as a gift of time—I was generous when I gave time to meet a need. But, I’m not sure this is the full extent of the generosity God calls me to. In many ways this level of generosity is reactive in nature—I see a need around me and seek to do something to address it.
I’ve found silence to be not just a “thing” I experience but a way of life I try to cultivate. To get outside the craziness of the everyday, I routinely create opportunities for space. When I take time in the river, away from my anxious schedule, to-do list, and ringing phone, I find myself exposed—face to face with my honest thoughts, fears, and dreams. When I jump on my bike on Saturday morning and ride 12 miles on the trails around the lake, I may consider a book, ponder a conversation with a friend, meditate on Scripture. It’s a business meeting with God that covers all aspects of life. For me, this quiet business meeting has four key elements.
For many years, I listened to some church leaders say that their churches are not program-driven. I assumed they meant that they no longer used resources from Christian publishers, particularly denominational publishers.
But then I saw some non-program church leaders using the same resources as churches that were program-centered. I realized then that the definition of programmatic was not necessarily tied to the resources used. Instead I began to see four distinctive differences between what I now called programs and ministry solutions.
Discouragement is a plague among pastors. It easily destroys the joy or enthusiasm God’s leaders have after the completion of a goal, a great response by the church to a strong challenge, or to a new insight to God’s Word. The positive effect of a great sermon can be turned to discouragement by a single negative comment.
But more than “vertical leadership” is required. Working with people on other teams, working laterally across multiple areas, is essential in execution. According to the research, struggles with execution happen because people who need to work together across teams struggle to do so. When coordination falters, so does execution. Why do teams and leaders often struggle here? From my observation, for at least 3 reasons.
Leadership is a form of success. And since you can do whatever you dream, and can achieve whatever you set your mind to, you too can be a leader — at home, at work, in the community, in the church. Why would you settle for anything less? Leadership means privilege, and no generation has considered itself more entitled to privilege than ours.
A favorite from the archives:
My sister asked this question over the weekend—and it’s a good one. Why are we okay with allowing our kids to watch The Chronicles of Narnia, but not okay with The Princess and the Frog? In her mind it seems strange and understandably so. On the surface, it might seem inconsistent, given that both have magical elements and a basic “redemptive” storyline and both have some scary elements. So why do we let our oldest watch the former and not the latter?