Five Types of Thinkers on Your Team — Eric Geiger
Aristotle made a classic overstatement by saying, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” It isn’t. “After all, our hearts are more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand them?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Wisdom comes not from a futile attempt to understand our own hearts, but by fearing the Lord. The author of Proverbs declared, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 9:10)
Still it is wise to know yourself and your team. By knowing oneself, a leader can be disciplined to lead and work from his or her gifting. By knowing their team, leaders can better serve those they serve alongside. There are a plethora of tools leaders can use to evaluate personalities and gifting. But what about how people on your team think, process change, view opportunities, and see the world?
This Christmas, Will You Be Intentional Creating Memories? — John Maxwell
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
I don’t know about you, but I love that Christmas song, and it’s fitting because I love the Christmas season. There’s nothing more wonderful to me than the lights, the decorations, the music, and, especially, the time spent with family. It was always fun and meaningful when our kids were growing up, and, now that they’re adults with families of their own, it’s even more special for Margaret and me to create memories with our children and grandchildren.
Few things bond people together like a shared memory. Even during tough times, recalling a memory brings people together. This is great news for families. Ever better news is that you can can be proactive about creating memories. Margaret and I did that intentionally with our kids when they were young, and we continue that tradition with our grandchildren.
If you want to be intentional about creating a memory this Christmas season instead of just letting the holidays happen to you, keep these five things in mind:
7 Ways to Help Children Deal With Fear—Ron Edmondson
Ask parents how they determine whom to trust with their children, and they’ll probably struggle to put it into words. Some go by a gut feeling. Some instinctively assume others—especially other Christians—are trustworthy until they somehow demonstrate that they are not.
But many of us have learned firsthand how our intuitions can be way off. In my life, people I didn’t think twice about proved to be morally questionable, even dangerous. According to Henry Cloud and John Townsend, the popular Christian therapists and authors of Safe People, our inability to judge character leads us to welcome “destructive people” in our lives.
They are the largest generation in America’s history. At 78 million persons, they surpassed the Boomer generation by two million. Born between 1980 and 2000, they are shaping our businesses, our government, and our culture.
And they are shaping our churches.
As a Boomer, I remember well how pastors were viewed just a few decades ago. In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the “successful” pastors were those who made it to large county seat churches. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the measure of success was leading larger churches.
Loving Our Pro-Choice Neighbors in Word and Deed — Karen Swallow Prior
Last Friday, a drifter named Robert Lewis Dear killed three people during a shooting spree in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility. We still don’t know whether Dear’s attacks were fueled by opposition to abortion (or anything beyond being “mentally disturbed” as he is described in one news story), but unidentified sources told NBC News his rants to police included the phrase, “no more baby parts,” taken as a reference to the undercover video exposé of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue sales.
Regardless of Dear’s motive, his actions were evil on every count, particularly from a pro-life perspective. The sanctity of human life applies to all people, from abortion providers to unborn children. Yet, some activists and politicians are blaming the language of opposition to abortion—which has a long history—for this recent act of violence.