What is God’s ideal for the way churches should behave? What are the failures and the successes of the churches mentioned in the Bible? Why did the apostles have to write letters of correction to them?
In this Q&A, Francis Chan (@crazylove) talks about his book, Letters to the Church (David C Cook, 2018).
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How do you see the future of the American church?
Points to Consider Regarding Leadership
- God is the Ultimate Leader, and he calls every believer to lead others
- Every time God desires to do something great, he calls a leader to step forward
- Jesus taught that being a leader means serving others
- Leadership is influence
- If you are being salt and light as Jesus commanded, then you have begun to obey God’s call to leadership
The following is adapted from The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition by John C. Maxwell (@JohnCMaxwell). Copyright © 2002, 2007, 2018 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.
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Where do most people go to learn leadership? The answer to that question today is that they search many places. Some examine the world of politics. Others seek models in the entertainment industry. Many look to the world of business. Most people seem to look to successful CEOs, management consultants, and theoreticians with PhDs to learn about leadership.
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (@fcanews) 15th annual Fields of Faith (@fieldsoffaith) (#fof18) is expected to draw 200,000 students, coaches, parents, and community members across the USA October 10, 2018; gathering together in this student-driven event on hundreds of athletic venues to pray, read the Bible, and commit their lives to Christ.
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“Fields of Faith truly changes lives,” said FCA Executive Director of Ministry Advancement Jeff Martin. “From the student leaders who take on the responsibility to bring Fields of Faith to their communities to the skeptical or hurting teen who might be attending for the first time, we see time and again that Fields of Faith motivates, energizes, rejuvenates, and unites. Jesus takes hold of lives right there on the athletic fields, and we are continually amazed at what He does each year in young peoples’ lives.”
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What is identity-based leadership, how is it biblical, and how does it contribute to influencing others to achieve their own success?
Bible Gateway interviewed Tyler Reagin (@tylerreagin) about his book, The Life-Giving Leader: Learning to Lead from Your Truest Self (WaterBrook, 2018).
What does it mean to be a life-giving leader?
Tyler Reagin: To be a life-giving leader means you’re leading from your truest self. It’s someone who’s self-aware, self-accepting, and self-confident. They’re known for creating vibrant organizations and cultivating life-giving teams. To be a life-giving leader, you embrace that God has uniquely created you with specific talents and that he divinely calls you to lead from those particular strengths.
By Joni Eareckson Tada
“File this, Francie, and make copies of this letter, would you,” I said to my secretary without looking up from my desk. “And, oh yes,” I sighed, “would you please pull out the sofa bed one more time?”
“Are you serious? Again?”
“Again.” With that, my face flushed and my eyes became damp. For the fourth time that day, I needed to be lifted out of my wheelchair and laid down. I had to undress to readjust my corset—shallow breathing, sweating, and a skyrocketing blood pressure were signaling that something was either pinching, bruising, or sticking my paralyzed body. My secretary tissued away my tears and unfolded my office sofa bed.
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Discover the rich wisdom of voices from the past and present with the Ancient-Modern Bible (Thomas Nelson, 2018) using the New King James Version Bible translation (@NKJVbible).
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This is the fortieth lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.
Life and Light Books
Theology is not limited to the work of professors and clergy. Any serious Christian who has invested time in reading and studying Scripture is doing the work of theology, because theology (from the Greek words theos, meaning God, and logia, meaning utterance, speech, reasoning) is simply seeking ways to understand and speak about God, and all else in life as God defines it.
This is one of the enormous blessings of being a lifetime reader of Scripture. We are learning God. And learning everything God has said about everything else that really matters in life. What is a person? Why are people violent? What does a good marriage look like? What is our relationship with the animal kingdom? What happens after we die? How can we find peace and prosperity in life? Why does money become a source of tension? Where can we find justice?
What is the experience of a person of color in predominantly white evangelical Christian spaces today? What does the Bible say about racism, ethnic community, and worldview bias? What does it mean for the church to truly live life together?
Bible Gateway interviewed Bryan Loritts (@bcloritts) about his book, Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All (Zondervan, 2018).
What message are you communicating with the title of this book?
Bryan Loritts: I wrote Insider Outsider as a reminder to readers that when it comes to the church there is no ethnic home team. This was an issue the first church wrestled deeply with in the book of Acts. In fact, the essential message of the first church council in Acts 15 was that when it came to the church, Jews did not have a monopoly on following Christ.