I once heard a theologian-friend describe someone as an “autodidact.” I had to ask him what it meant. “A self-taught person,” he told me. This is how I’d describe myself when it comes to how and what I’ve learned about the Bible and teaching the Bible. We can be autodidacts together!
Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re completely on our own in terms of theological and biblical training; it just means we haven’t had a great deal of formal training in an educational institution. Instead, we’ve sought out ways to learn on our own. And there are so many great resources for us to grow in our understanding of Scripture and theological truth without attending seminary (though I hope you won’t rule it out!).
Overcoming the Old Divide — Amber Haines
Some time back, I told myself that I would like to enjoy a very small house on an acre so we could learn the metaphors of the seed. So I opened the computer, and in the search box, I filled in some blanks, a low dollar number, and narrowed the search by acreage. One single property fit the bill. It was a tiny ranch house with hardwood floors, an acre with a huge garden, a vintage kitchen, and rows of fruit and nut tress. I emailed the link to Seth, and within a day we visited the little green house, the only house we considered. We made an offer, and the offer was accepted. We moved there about six weeks later without a hitch.
This little piece of land felt like home before I made it five feet into the living room. It smelled like my Mama Lois’s house, like coffee and cake tins and ripe fruit. The attic fan reminded me of my grandmother. The pecans hulls’ tannins told my nose right away that I was home, as much as I could understand it.
But when I realized that the huge back yard bled into the church parking lot of a tiny Church of Christ congregation—a congregation like the one of my youth—I cried, and I knew Jesus was very present in my thinking.
5 Ways Leaders Suffocate Their Organizations — Jeff Boss
Leadership is both the problem and solution to the challenges businesses face today. However, it’s not just organizational leadership that’s the culprit. Leaders exist at all levels of the company, from the new hire up to the CEO, and the habits or behaviors they exhibit and expect in others can be either strongly supportive or terribly toxic. Here are five ways leaders can suffocate their organizations.
What You’re Doing Wrong in Meetings — Diane Paddison
Kathy came in late (again) to the weekly staff meeting. She slumped in her chair, periodically thumbing through her phone as the group worked through the usual updates. She almost didn’t notice when her boss asked her a question. She hadn’t reviewed the agenda ahead of time and didn’t realize that they would be discussing one of her projects. She wasn’t prepared to answer the question, but rather than admit her mistake, she gave a long rambling overview of the whole project and all of the work she had done so far. When the meeting finally wrapped up (behind schedule), Kathy hurried back to her desk, eager to start in on her “real work” for the day. Kathy likes her job, and she is good at it too, but promotions have come slowly, and she’s noticed that she rarely gets picked for the big impact projects or client presentation teams. Kathy is confused about her situation, but I’m not. Kathy’s approach (or non-approach) to internal meetings is crippling her ability to move forward in her career.
Five Leadership Books You May Not Have Read, But Should — Eric Geiger
Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Reading is important for leaders, not only because of the content being read but also because reading teaches one to think, reason, and formulate thoughts. Popular leadership books can be very helpful, especially if they are popular because leaders have found them to be challenging and helpful. But there are many lesser-known leadership books that are great reads as well. And there are books outside the “leadership section” that can be extremely valuable to leaders. Here are five books you may not have read, but should. Some would not be considered “leadership books.”