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Dr. Chuck Lawless recently posted at his blog: “9 Reflections from a Formerly Single Adult.” Dr. Lawless writes:

I’ve been happily married for almost 25 years, but I was 30 years old before I married. I was a full-time single pastor for ten years before that. Working with college students, writing for older adults, and doing church consultations over the last year have caused me to think again about how churches relate to single adults. Here are my thoughts, and I welcome the input of singles.

 

The Intersect project recently published an article giving three reasons why we should read Every Waking Hour, a new book by Benjamin Quinn and Walter Strickland.

It’s Monday morning. You pull into your parking spot, ready to invest your time and energy into work. But the satisfaction you’re looking for never arrives, and you’re let down. By week’s end, you’re weary of the same old routines.

 

On Sunday you show up to church expecting encouragement. Instead, you feel guilty because your work isn’t as important as your pastor’s. You don’t have time to do all the church activities on the schedule. Your forty hours on the job seem like nothing more than a means to support your family, give your tithe and invite people to church.

 

So as another week ends, discontentment sets in again. You conclude that God must not care about your work.

 

I’ve been in this position. I’m sure you have too.
What if we were to tell you that God does care about your work? That your calling to your vocation is just as important as your pastor’s? That God himself is a worker who created you to be a worker in his image?

 

That’s exactly what you’ll learn in Every Waking Hour: An Introduction to Work and Vocation for Christians. In it, Benjamin Quinn and Walter Strickland develop a biblically and theologically rich view of work, vocation, and they show you how to glorify God through everything you do.

 

Here are three reasons you must read Every Waking Hour

 

Dr. Jamie Dew recently published an interesting article on Pascal and the Pensées: dealing with our mortality. Dr. Dew writes:

“This negligence in a matter where they themselves, their eternity, their all are at stake, fills me more with irritation than pity; it astounds and appalls me; it seems quite monstrous to me. I do not say this prompted by the pious zeal of spiritual devotion. I mean on the contrary that we ought to have this feeling from principles of human interest” (Pascal, Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal’s Pensées, 191).

 

A Second Reflection from Part III: Two Popular Pseudo-Solutions

 

We spend hours thinking about and discussing trivial things in life. We might, for example, spend days or weeks preparing our lawn for a new landscape design that we hope to bring to our property. Likewise, we spend massive amounts of time think about what car we might purchase, what we want our wardrobe to be like, or following our favorite sports team. When it comes to these things we typically have plenty of time and devote substantial amounts of mental energy.

 

Art Rainer published a helpful article on his blog discussing how the place we choose to sit in a meeting can communicate to others.

You walk into your boss’ office. He sits behind his desk and you sit in front of it, directly across from your boss. In that moment, how do you feel?

For many of us who have found ourselves in that setting, we remember feeling uncomfortable or maybe even intimidated. But why?

 

Proxemics is the study of the space around us. Believe it or not, how you use space communicates something to those around you. Including seating arrangements.

 

For the past few years, I have tried to consider what the chair in which I choose to sit around my conference table is communicating to the other person, especially during a one-on-one meeting.

 

Before your next one-on-one meeting, consider the tone you want to communicate. Below are three common tones and how to communicate it through your seating arrangement.

 

Ed Stetzer recently wrote an article discussing his love/hate relationship with leadership.

I have a love/hate relationship with leadership.

First of all, I hate it because I’m not a natural born leader. I’ve never been able to step into leadership roles effortlessly. I meet people who just become leaders because of who they are. I have never been that person. I was a bookworm and a nerd. Leadership was not something I naturally inherited; it was a skill and a practice I had to learn. And learn I did.

Because of my experience, I think all of us can learn to be leaders. I don’t think leadership is simply something we are born with or not. We can learn skills, activities, and practices that help us in the area of leadership.

Finally, please check out this awesome video from Dr. John Ewart discussing church revitalization as a new “normal.”

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