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Jesus

I came that you might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).

Or have it abundantly, amazingly, graciously, generously . . . and to overflowing. Jesus came to lavish us with his life. He is truly the Prodigal (Lavish) God, who spares no expense and who holds nothing back. 

We are blessed.

First because God loves to bless us.

Second and even greater, because God loves to bless others through us.

Radical Discipleship

Dallas Willard, there is nothing wrong with your life that discipleship cannot set right

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 (emphasis added)

Those who aren't following Jesus aren't his followers. Followers follow and those who don't follow, aren't followers. Scott McKnight

Discipleship is putting into practice everything that Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God. Dallas Willard

A Man Named Jesus Once Stood in Our Midst

who do you say that I am, reJesus, missional Christ

"The great English philosopher, John Stuart Mill, once commented that mankind can hardly be too often reminded that there was once a man named Socrates. That is correct, but it is even more important to remind mankind that a man named Jesus Christ once stood in their midst." (Adolf von Harnack, What is Christianity?)

We so easily forget the profound, mysterious, and transformative reality of Jesus Christ. Of Him, the authors of Holy Scripture cannot speak too highly...

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory... (John 1:1, 14)

Jesus and Flourishing

Andy Crouch has a quite nice small book on leadership. While it is not up to par with his two previous (and truly amazing) books. It is "quite nice." There are gems of brilliance in it. The model he presents is solid. It needs more unpacking then he gives it (the book is short). Actually, it seems to me that Andy needed about another year or so to think through and develop these valuable ideas. The book feels like it is not "finished" for the author. Perhaps I feel that way, since it is an area of personal interest and specialty - the nature of power and authority, service and leadership, pride, humility, and more.

Crouch, like many others (and myself included) loves the theme of human flourishing. I really appreciated a few notes Crouch had about Jesus and what flourishing was and wasn't in the life of Christ (see page 29-30).

A Collage of Images-Quotes as I Think About the Paris Horror

Edmund Burke, for evil to flourish

if you don't like what you see in the world do not blame the world

Teddy Roosevelt, it is not the critic who counts

Jesus weeping for the world, Jesus crying

No commentary added, just the encouragement to continue your own reflection, discernment and prayerfulness.

Brian

Two Questions

The Holy Spirit is always working and the work of the Spirit is always to exalt Christ and to lead us deeper into intimacy, transformation and obdeience to Jesus.

Old Princeton theologian Benjamin Warfield knew this when he reminded us that the beautiful work of the Spirit always leads us to ask (and answer) two questions.

Who are you Lord Jesus?

What shall I do Lord Jesus?

I need to have true knowledge of who Jesus is. I then need to have the appropriate response to who Jesus is.

Right thinking leads to right living.

Knowing Jesus leads to listening to and obeying Jesus.

Who Do You Say I Am?

Who do you say I am? That is a question Jesus asks his disciples. It is a question Jesus asks all of us. It is not a question that can be answered simply by your personal opinion, your preferences and your biases. Nor is it a question you answer by surveying what is currently most popular in prevailing culture. It is a question to which Jesus and the entire Bible gives a multi-faceted, richly splendid answer. That is captured in this digital artwork.

So - who do you say Jesus is? And how profoundly do you believe what you say? The Christian journey is to believe with an ever deepening conviction, Jesus is who HE says HE is. Then, reordering our lives accordingly.

 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

Jesus - Moderate Responses - NOT ALLOWED


I am reading a lot of C.S. Lewis in recent weeks. One of his famous arguments is Jesus - Liar, Lord or Lunatic. Those are the three options. What IS NOT AN OPTION is Jesus as a nice guy, a good man, an interesting teacher. That is to reduce Jesus to something the Gospels never present as an option.

Jesus claims to be God… to be Lord… to be Savior… to be One With God… to speak the Words of God… to reveal God… And He sets forth dramatic invitations that require a response.

If Jesus is a liar or a lunatic… avoid him at all costs. Have nothing to do with him.

Pursuing God in the Company of Missional Friends


I've had one of those great weeks of being with a "company of missional friends." We have gathered together around some of the GREAT THEMES that matter most.

We have had passionate and disciplined conversations and explorations about those themes.

We have done all this to help us pursue JESUS and his MISSIONAL PURPOSES.

We have shared our stories, talked about our dreams, seen new possibilities . . .We have prayed, worshipped, played, broken bread, appreciated the beauty of the land, and enjoyed rich community. We have been blessed. 

Such is life when we pursue the beautiful God and His beautiful kingdom. 

It is such a privilege to be a part of Leadership ConneXtions and resourcing missional leaders. When we are in the center of God's loving will, it is a very good place to be.

Our Culturally Minimized Jesus

 

We have just come through one of the Decisive Rhythms of the Church Calendar - the events of the Holy Week. The time when we see Christ as the crucified and risen Lord.

I finished reading Mark Sayer's, The Road Trip That Changed the World. Here is a lengtty (and outstanding) assessment of how the culture and church culture as well see Jesus (pp. 202).

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