One of the central threads in Christian thought is that God has revealed himself. It was GOD who revealed himself. It wasn’t man who invented God, not this God anyway. Man has always been very fond of creating Gods and has done so with a fair degree of industry. That’s not in dispute at all. Continue reading
At the end of last year I gave this list of books to some of the Year 12s who had finished exams. Some books on this list are easier than others, but all of them I reckon are worth the time and effort it would take to read them. The list is roughly in my order of importance, but some books would move around depending on what day it is or what I’ve had to eat. Whether you aim to read all 10 or whether you just read one or two, they’re all valuable reading. So here’s the list. Soon I’ll post my next 10 books I think you should read in your first year out.
Most of these “Leadership Proverbs” I’ve just picked up, absorbed and imbibed by some process of osmosis along the way and don’t know exactly whom they originated from. But when I know I’ll make reference, and when I don’t it’s not that I’m ungrateful or that I want to appear like a genius. It’s genuinely that I can’t remember. So if I’ve flogged something from you let me know and I’ll happily acknowledge it. This one though is definitely from Bill Hybels.
Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Team
As the leader people take their cues from you. When not sure how to behave they’ll check how you behave. When not sure what to do they’ll check what you do. Being a leader means being followed.
This also means that to a large extent the team will be as energetic as you are. Continue reading
“A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, ‘Do it again’ … Perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but he never got tired of making them. Continue reading
Recently I was preaching on 1 Kings 16:29-17:6, a passage I really came to love. I think it’s the snarkiness of the passage that I found particularly attractive. I love snark as a legitimate prophetic voice.
But due to time constraints I had to skip over a part of the passage that intrudes into the narrative and sits there in an odd way. It’s this strange story of a guy who seeks to rebuild the city of Jericho. And it has nothing to do with anything. Well, it looks like it has nothing to do with anything. But there is a point.
Here’s what it says:
34 In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the LORD spoken by Joshua son of Nun.
Here’s the point: