3 Biblical Leadership Examples Most Christians Ignore—Jeffrey Kranz
I try to play nice when it comes to Christian leaders. They have a tough job, and everyone’s always expecting them to be awesome visionaries, counselors, and public speakers. I don’t envy them in this regard — which is why I mostly stick to blogging.
Still, I can’t help but notice that Christians consistently ignore biblical examples of leadership. I don’t know why. It might be that they only have enough time to check out Peter and Paul in seminary, and the demands of ministry set in before they can look at the other examples. Don’t get me wrong: I think Peter and Paul are great examples of leaders.
Fear of Flying and Dying and the Death of Me—Lore Ferguson
I am not so afraid of death as I am of dying, the long slow fall into oblivion. And it is not attached so much to plane crashes and car accidents as it is to the slow death of the everyday. The “punctual rape” Richard Wilbur calls it and it is vulgar, yes, but true of sorts. Every day a little more is shaved off my life and I grow a little closer to the final sleep—and eternal wake. It is the every day dying I do to myself that pains me so much. This is the real dying I fear.
His ego is more fragile than you imagined. I know, you’re probably tired of hearing about the male ego. I get it. But, it hasn’t gone away and, frankly, the world isn’t too kind on our ego. We see the jokes on every sitcom and commercial about how inadequate we are at times. But, there’s not a man with a soul that’s alive that doesn’t want to be admired by the woman in his life. Not one.
Faithful Compassion Over Gut Reaction—Michelle Van Loon
In the last few weeks, I’ve read reports of swastikas spray-painted inside the walls of a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University and residents of a Madison, Wisconsin neighborhood housing many Jewish residents awakening one Saturday morning to find racist and anti-Semitic graffiti plastered across their properties. Are these reports of hate-speech the acts of alcohol-fueled vandals? Or are they harbingers of something more ominous?
Lifeboats…And Other Escape Plans—Priscilla Shirer
No matter who you are, where you live or what sort of dynamics make up your particular set of circumstances, life can be hard. Between unexpected news to the regular rhythms of maintaining some sense of balance and priority in the midst of the details of your day, managing it all can sometimes feel overwhelming.