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Be a Hero-Maker

Having benefited from Bob Buford’s work, especially his book, Half-Time, I enjoyed reading Todd Wilson’s article, “Healthy Rhythms,” in which he reflected on the lessons he learned from Bob Buford. One of the things Bob taught and emphasized was Multiplication Thinking. It is expressed in Todd Wilson’s statement,

The first essential shift in moving from being a hero to becoming a hero maker is multiplication thinking; it causes us to think beyond ourselves and beyond our churches. Instead of thinking the best way to maximize our ministry is through our leadership, we begin to realize that the best way to maximize God’s ministry is through multiplying and developing other leaders.

Multiplication thinking and Wilson’s statement about developing leaders resonates with the apostle Paul’s statement in Ephesians 4:11-16 that pastors are not to do all the work of ministry themselves. Instead, they are to equip others to do the work of service. Click on the link to read the entire article. Become a hero-maker.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2018 in Leadership, Quotes

 

How marriage grows us

Today is our daughter Amanda & her husband, Phillip, third anniversary. In her latest blog post, Amanda writes,

Tomorrow is anniversary day! 3 years ago I married my best friend and have never been happier?

Yes, question mark.

The LEGO movie LIED! Everything is not awesome. It is not cool to be part of a team. It’s like a three legged race from summer camp but we are running in opposite directions.

Marriage is $@&#*% hard. And lonely. And inconvenient. And annoying. And exhausting. And everything is awful and the world is ending.

But is it? Is it marriage or my husband that is the issue or have my issues always been there and the nature of the relationship exposes them like a diva in a spot light?

Click on the link to read the rest of the post. In my highly biased opinion, it is quite insightful.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in Family & Friends, Marriage, Quotes

 

It’s time to act like a man

Book Review: Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Care, by Kenny Luck

“How can it be that there are hundreds of millions of ‘Christian me’ and yet Jesus’ church is virtually indistinguishable from the larger culture when it comes to delivering God’s justice?”

For author Kenny Luck, the answer is a no brainer. Men have lost their spine. The author wants to help men regain their manhood by following the example of Jesus.

Jesus Christ entered a broken-male culture not unlike the ones that foster so much pain today. He promptly started breaking the rules. He was dangerous with his goodness. He had a spine. He spoke with the Samaritan woman. He had a spine. He told the disciples to let the children come. He had a spine. He defended the woman caught in adultery and stood between her and stones. He had a spine. The touched the physically unacceptable. He had a spine. He touched the ethnically unacceptable. He had a spine. He associated with the morally unacceptable. He had a spine.

The author explains the title of the book in the introduction. He quotes Luke 4:18-19 which itself is a quote from Isaiah 61:1-3.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.

Jesus announced to His community that He had been weaponized by the Spirit of God to be dangerous with goodness. He would start crossing cultural lines and breaking the rules of broken-male culture whenever God’s will or God’s Word called for it.

Jesus’ proclamation is ground zero of the dangerous good movement. Male culture changes over time and across cultures, but the core of it is constant: It has always been broken, just as it’s always been male. Men, enticed away or wandering off from the identity given to them by God, seek a secure identity in non-gods, which then gradually take over their expression of their masculinity, which causes others to suffer.

But the same Spirit that came upon Christ, and came out of Him in words and dangerously good actions, is now at work in you.

Rather than settling for what comes easy or natural, the author wants to challenge men to rise up and be dangerous with goodness. The book deals with the concepts of identity, morality, community, dignity, legacy, relevancy, ferocity, visibility, fervency, and bravery. The author combines biblical teaching, personal illustrations, historical examples, and current events in presenting his concepts. The book will help men rediscover who and what God has called them to be.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Books, Men, Quotes

 
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Worship is a Choice

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Quotes, Tim Challies, Worship

 

Leading Change on a Larger Scale

Book Review: Leading Major Change in Your Ministry, by Jeff Iorg

Jeff Iorg knows a thing or two about change. He was used as

a change agent, leading major changes in four ministry settings: relocating an established church (Missouri); starting a new church and building its campus (Oregon); revisioning a convention, including constructing new facilities (Pacific Northwest); and relocating, reorganizing, and rebranding a seminary (Gateway).

From those experiences, the author developed several principles on leading change.

The first section of the book outlines foundational concepts to leading major change. The second section explains a six-fold model for leading major change. Throughout the book, the examples and illustrations are from real-life ministry challenges in both local churches and large organizations—not armchair quarterbacking. While theories about leading major change are interesting, practical insight about how to actually do it is more helpful

While the book is interesting, I had a difficult relating to his examples. His experience is on a much larger scale than my own. While the principles are true, the reader will have to work hard to translate and apply them to their own level of experience.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program http://www.bhbloggers.com/. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Books, Leadership, Quotes

 

Church prayer lists

In his book, Word Centered Church: How Scripture Brings Life and Growth to God’s People, author Jonathan Leeman includes a chapter, “The Church Prays.” He opens the chapter with a rather convicting (and accurate) observation.

A church’s prayer list will tell you a lot about that church and its members. Many church prayer lists that I’ve seen look like this:

Don’t forget to pray for… The Mason twins’ laryngitis … The senior ladies’ Sunday school bake sale … The Thomases’ sale of their home … The youth group’s car wash … The Robinsons, our missionaries in Ecuador … Summer jobs for our high school students … Bill’s pneumonia … Bill’s aunt’s double-pneumonia … Unspoken requests

When I first arrived in Kentucky for seminary, I joined a small Baptist church that had a prayer list much like this one. The vast majority of items were health requests (I’ve underrepresented the percentage here). Few of the items were relevant to the church as a whole, except for one of two “ministry” requests, like a missionary known only to the one member of the missions’ committee. And the person who read the list in our church’s Wednesday night prayer services never failed to have us raise our hands for “unspoken requests.”

This last category amazed me. If you’re not going to share the request, so that the church can own it with you, what good is acknowledging an “unspoken request”?

In fact, I think this category reveals something about how many churches and Christians view prayer. Prayer is a mechanism for inducing the Almighty to do what you want, and it’s essentially a private exercise.

J. I. Packer is surely right when he says that “prayer is the measure of a man, spiritually, in a way that nothing else is.” Our prayers reveal what our hearts want. They reveal how we regard God, His glory, and His power. And they reveal the quality and measure of faith—do we pray often and carefully, or not much at all?

The same must be true of a church’s prayers. They reveal what a church truly values, and where it places its hope.

Ouch! As uncomfortable as it may be to admit it, I think he has touched on a truth. As individuals and as a corporate body, we need to reexamine what we pray for and how we pray.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Books, Church, Prayer, Quotes

 
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Unanswered prayer

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2018 in Prayer, Quotes, Tim Challies