What can leaders do when stress diminishes our ability to effectively lead? // BLOG
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I read the article, “Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question,” in the Harvard Business Review today, which focused on leadership prediction (http://ow.ly/uCluo). Connson Chou Locke (@connsonlocke) writes, “It seems that stress makes people behave in unpredictable–and perhaps less intelligent–ways.” This is so true. The short article is worth the read, but the point that jumped … more

“Oh, for humility’s sake, you should NEVER use ABSOLUTE terms” post
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For humility’s sake, it’s wise to exchange words of extreme, absolute language like: ALWAYS, EVERY TIME, NEVER, ALL, NO ONE, DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTE, COMPLETE for less arrogant words like MAY/MIGHT, SEEMS, SOME, POSSIBLY, & OFTEN. Be careful using extreme language. Since we are not omniscient (all-knowing) our perspective of reality will ALWAYS be limited (Yeah, I used it, and I think … more

Biggest Challenges in YM? What would you add?
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I received an email from a prospective student who simply asked: What would you say some of the challenges of youth ministry are? Here are my responses off the top of my head.  What would you add? To maintain your own spiritual health – there are always more kids and parents to help and serve, lessons to write, and retreats … more

Learning
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Learning is the same as changing.  We change when we learn (knowledge, beliefs, values, actions) All change brings loss.  Some times it is painful or humiliating, other times not so much. All loss brings some sort of grief.  Especially when a change affects the framework of all that we hold true. We mostly seek to avoid loss for mental, emotional, … more

A closer look at the Bible
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I was in Hebrew class today and we were discussing the textual variants of the OT.  The OT is based on the Masoretic Text or the Leningrad text, but there are many other Hebrew Manuscripts and Greek Manuscripts that either attest to or challenge the standard text.  The Bible is full of footnotes letting us the readers know that there … more