One of the best books on leadership I have ever read is Gene Edwards’ A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness.
The book has deep implications for anyone who leads others, has been led by someone, or has struggled with the issues of Christian leadership gone bad.
This weekend @SoutheastCC we’re studying David and his one minute battle against Goliath. 1 Samuel 17 describes the victory in wonderful detail. Right before Goliath is killed David exclaims, “the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Here’s a list of skills that a regular family dinner can help develop in kids (and parents):
Maybe you’re one of the families in our church who is taking on the Family Dinner Challenge.* If so, I have a word of warning for you:
As you purposefully develop the habit of meaningful conversations around things that matter you might notice that your family dynamic gets worse before it gets better.
President Obama, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington:
Racial politics could cut both ways as the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination. And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support, as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself. All of that history is how progress stalled. That’s how hope was diverted. It’s how our country remained divided.
But the good news is, just as was true in 1963, we now have a choice. We can continue down our current path in which the gears of this great democracy grind to a halt and our children accept a life of lower expectations, where politics is a zero-sum game, where a few do very well while struggling families of every race fight over a shrinking economic pie. That’s one path. Or we can have the courage to change.
I didn’t watch the VMA awards on MTV. But if I did I wouldn’t expect to see wholesome family entertainment. I would have expected to get a glimpse into a hedonistic culture on steroids.
As it turns out I didn’t have to watch the VMAs — the twittersphere is ablaze with Miley’s antics and Gaga’s unexpectedly tame dress.
Why is anyone surprised…or shocked? It doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict the likelihood of child-star implosions.
Let’s not be surprised when an artists’ behavior matches their lyrics, or when their lifestyle mirrors their values. It’s to be expected.
The other day I read through a journal I kept during the summer after my first year in college.
I was surprised about the details I included and it brought back some significant memories from a very important season of my life.