Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Many of us want to be mentored, but don't know how to find one. Michael Hyatt gives 5 ways to find a mentor.
How Pimps Use the Web to Sell Girls - For those of us who went to the UPI retreat and heard Jeremy Affeldt's testimony, this article will add more fuel to the fire of indignation.
Jonathan Edwards Resolutions in Categories - Jonathan Edwards is arguably the greatest theologian, philosopher, and thinker in American history. During his late teens and into his early twenties he wrote down a series of resolutions - that Matt Perman helpfully categorized - that should challenge each one of us to live and die for the glory of God.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The art and skill of leadership has been a subject that has fascinated me for years now. Whether it is in the sports world, the business world, or the church world, I believe that leadership is extremely important.
For this reason, I want to start a series of posts called the Leadership Corner. In these posts I will draw upon the many books - and other resources - I have accumulated over the years written by leaders who have far superior knowledge and experience on the subject than myself.
If leadership guru John Maxwell is right when he says that "leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less," then I believe anyone who has influence over someone will benefit from these posts.
In their book Launching a Leadership Revolution, Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward give several helpful definitions of leadership that I think would be fitting to look at as we start this journey. Let me know which ones you think match your understanding of leadership.
James C. Hunter: "We define leadership . . . as a skill of influencing people to work enthusiastically toward goals identified as being for the common good."
Andy Stanley: "Leaders provide a mental picture of a preferred future and then ask people to follow them there."
Vance Packard: "Leadership is getting others to want to do something that you are convinced should be done."
Garry Wills: "Leadership is mobilizing others toward a goal shared by the leader and followers."
Kenneth O. Gangel: "I consider leadership to be the exercise of one's special gifts under the call of God to serve a certain group of people in achieving the goals God has given them toward the end of glorifying Christ."
Monday, January 23, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears."
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
With his talk on my mind as I went back to work on Monday, I found an excellent interview with Justin and Lindsey Holcomb on their new book Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault, as well as a CNN story on the Passion 2012 Conference where students raised more than $2 million to help fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery.