Here are some interesting posts I found this week that I thought you’d find interesting:
Isolated leaders fear conspiracies and feel misunderstood. Worse yet, ivory-tower leaders resort to control through authority. Us/them thinking destroys influence. Defeat isolation and enhance success by developing a high-power inner circle.
“God won’t give you more than you can handle.“ I’m pretty sure Paul, Peter, the rest of the apostles, all the prophets, and Jesus would disagree on this. Although Jesus’ yoke is easy and his burden is kind, the Christian life is most definitely not.
Don’t ever believe that you can make people happy, that you are responsible for the fulfillment of others, or that they can count on you to make life work for them. It’s not true, and trying to do so will only destroy your effectiveness as a leader. It’s okay if not everyone likes you. In fact, unless someone is currently ticked at you, you probably aren’t doing a very good job leading.
When I read through the New Testament I find it difficult to put the family in a place of primacy over the local church. In fact, I don’t see the two really competing. The only time the two compete is when family is places itself as an idolatrous self-serving entity. And every time this happens family always loses to the kingdom. Because the kingdom isn’t mean to serve your family—your family is meant to serve the kingdom, and this is for your families joy and benefit.
That’s why Paul’s distinction of “teaching” and “authority” as two distinct things in 1 Tim 2:12 is significant. He is not saying that women can be the primary teachers in the church, so long as they do so as non-elders. He is saying they should not teach as elders or in elder-like ways. To teach like an elder, even if not officially an elder, is to go against the spirit of the order Paul expounds in 1 Tim 2:12-14.