Few churches will grow deep in the Word if they only swim in the shallow end on Sunday morning. This doesn’t mean I aim for the professors and doctors in my congregation. My target audience is the college freshman—someone who is (hopefully!) in the habit of thinking and open to careful teaching, but who may need help with new terms, new names, and new concepts. In other words, I assume people can learn, but I don’t assume they know what I’m talking about.
Aaron Earls takes on Hillary Clinton.
Gosnell didn’t operate out of a back alley. His clinic was on a busy street in West Philadelphia, just a stone’s throw away from Drexel University. And the raid in 2010 wasn’t the first time that authorities had heard about Gosnell. According to the grand jury’s report, authorities looked the other way for more than twenty years.
As I read through the Scriptures I’m coming to see that following Jesus and pleasing God is more about what Eugene Peterson called a “long obedience in the same direction”. It’s more about a million little things than some big thing which might get you 15 minutes of fame.
For the most part, tenure makes leaders more effective. But there is a major downside to tenure; leaders can lose their fresh eyes. When a leader first enters a context, the opportunities and challenges are seen more clearly. Granted, they are often seen through inexperienced and naïve eyes, but they are still seen. Over time, leaders get inoculated to the problems in their own cultures. The same happens in our personal lives. When you first move into a house, you notice the hole in the garage. If you don’t fix it soon, you get used to it. Over time, you don’t even notice it.