October 2014

Critical Thinking Skills

They May be in Short Supply 
according to this Fast Company report.

Read this short article to see brief descriptions of 8 features of Critical Thinking that employers are looking for. Then, ask yourself - which ones do you have, which ones are lacking, and are there any that you EXCEL at? By the way - how do you justify your assessment? Here are the Critical Thinking evidences.

This Week's Musing on Theology

Visit my Blog - Ad Fontes, to see this week's musings on theology.

Why We Need Theology
Sin as an Assault on Truth
The Humble and Hearty Lovers of God
Augustine on Humility

and more . . .

This week I have been reading and preparing for a message on the Holy Spirit. J.I. Packer's book, Keep in Step With the Spirit is a primary help for me in this.

I have also been preparing to teach on Romans 3:21-26 which is a High Water Mark of Paul's teaching on the Righteousness of God and all that is included in that rich, mysterious theme.

Finally, I have been preparing to teach on Hope and Optimism in our Jesus Encounters series.

What You Are On To is What You Pass On

If You Are On To It, You Will Talk About It!

What you are on to defines you. Shapes you. Fills you. Then, you begin to live out what you are on to.
My apologies to all English, grammar types, for these darn dangling prepositions.

You always live out and live according to what you are on to. 

I have a good friend who is on to something powerful about reconciliation and forgiveness between people who really don't like each other. He lives this stuff constantly. By the way, he pays the price for it.

What Are You On To?

And Are You On To Something Good?

on to something good

The Apostle Paul was finally on to something good (and it was on to him as well). It was not that Paul had not been on to something before. He was. He was on to it intensely. It is that now, Paul was on to something much different, Someone Way Better. He was on to Jesus Christ crucified, risen and ascended (see Acts 9). And Jesus was on to Paul (and in to Paul - which is the more biblical way of saying it).

Leaders: People Who Are "On To Something"

It is always interesting to be around someone who is on to something.
Interesting - what a mild word! 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote, interrupted by God

Let's find another word or two that are better descriptions of being around others who are "on to something."

How about exciting?
What about invigorating?
Maybe challenging?
And at times - even exhilarating!
Remember, terrifying is a close cousin to exhilarating!

When we are around people who are "on to something" they have a way of drawing us in. 

Taking this Week Off From Posting

I am taking this week off from posting on this site. I have lots of things running through my heart and mind on leadership... just life and ministry is a little "over-full" right now. 

I will be posting daily thoughts on Theology at Ad Fontes (Return to the Sources). You can see them at that link. Subscribe to it for daily email reminders of new posts.

I will be also posting daily thoughts on C.S. Lewis at The Wit and Wisdom of C.S. Lewis. Ditto to the commend above.

For both of those blogs, you must click on the new post itself to see the full version of it. For Lewis, I give "very" brief comments and often no comment. For Theology, I give short reflections.

Back in about a week with new thoughts on leadership.

I Find People Extremely Exhausting

Bonhoeffer quote, Life Together, I find people extremely exhaustingNot My Words - but Those of Dietrich Bonhoeffer*
Who deeply loved people. Who was fully commiited to people. Who made great sacrifices for people.

And who taught those who were studying to become pastors, that before they seek to be excellent in preaching and leading - they must be excellent in serving. When I recently read Life Togehter, the chapter on ministry, I was really struck by the first FIVE TASKS OF MINISTRY Bonhoeffer described.

Good News and Bad News...

Some Commandments are Just Never Going to Go Away, Even When They Go Out of Style
a la N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright on adultery, 10 commandments

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International



A Prayer of St. Benedict

A friend blessed me the other week with this prayer of St. Benefict.
I will pass on the blessing and let you know I prayed this today for my friends and readers.


Gracious and Holy Father,
Grant us the intellect to understand you,
Readon to discern you, diligence to seek you,
Wisdom to find you, a spirit to know you,
A heart to meditate on you.

May our ears hear you,
May our eyes behold you,
And may our tongues proclaim you.

Give us grace
That our way of life may be pleasing to you,
That we may have the patience to wait for you
And the perseverance to look for you.

When Evangelical Superstars Fall

And How We Should Think and Respond
Hint - It Needs to be a Lot Better Than Current Practice...

original sin, daily temptation, evangelical leaders fall into sin

Martin Luther and Life Long Learning

On Finding and Reading Many Books by an Author
Life Long Learning, Note 11

Here is an insight from Martin Luther that I first gained from Bobby Clinton about 20 years ago. It was very rewarding to see this same "gem" goes back a lot further in history.

Martin Luther quote, reading authors intensively

From Bobby Clinton I learned about finding "Core Authors" to become mentors. What Clinton understood was that a wise and deep immersion into the mind, thinking, heart, soul, perspective of an author takes time. It means you must read as many books as you can by an author. As you read a variety of books by an author, two things happen.

A Not So Very Good Morning

Which was Actually a Quite Good Morning in the End

C.S. Lewis quote, pride, love, humility

It was this past Monday morning. On Monday morning I work on the chapter in Jesus Encounters: Embracing the Life of Christ. This week it was on the subject of humility and pride. Ouch. Boy was I convicted. What makes this at least a little ironic is that I wrote the material! I researched it. Thought about it. Wrote it. Edited it. Edited it some more. Now I was doing the work of spiritually engaging it. 

12 Reasons to Read Life Together

This is a Classic by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Well Worth Reading

Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote, life together, Christian community

I recently preached on one of the core vision components of Living Word Community Church - the theme of Life Together. When our leadership team sat down this past year and developed some new ways of thinking about our vision:  Jesus Encounters, Life Together, and Beyond Sunday - I don't think anyone said, "hey, let's use the title of Bonhoeffer's great book." On the other hand, as the phrase was used, we realized it was indeed a title of a great classic.

The Bias Dynamic and What To Do About It

Bias - We All Have Them and They are More Substantial Than We Think

you are biased

I enjoy reading research on how the brain works, as well as the psychological and sociological studies of human behavior. In those fields, our unconscios patterns of motivation are of real interest to me. Closely related to that is the issue of Bias and how it affects us.

Here is an introduction to that theme and how you can be alert to it. You're More Biased Than You Think.

Leading the 21st Century Organization

Thoughts From Tom Peters
Here is a nice short article from Tom Peters, one of the aging gurus of management and leadership. It has great "one-liners" that are genuine insights from Drucker. 

Tom Peters quote, excellence, constant improvement

Tom Peters on Leading the 21st Century Organization

A few of his suggestions:

Have a lot of unstructured time to be spontaneous.
Read - a lot.

31 Videos to Transform Your Life

Highly Intentional, Wisely Strategic and Daily Implementation
Life Long Learning, Note 10 

TED talks

Multiple Platforms, Different Jobs: The New Economy of Work

We Aren't in Kansas Any More!
It is a new world. Whether it is brave new world or a crazy new world... that is yet to be determined. But it is a new world.

Everything is changing. Constantly, continuously. The workplace is one of the epicenters of change. Here are two big changes.