Saturday, July 13, 2019
Leaders must love the people for whom they are responsible, modeling the consistency of the love that God has poured out on us in Christ. Leadership is a relationship of love. It is an investment in the life of others for the purpose of their growth, their contribution, and their walk with God. Only people who care about people will be effective leaders today.
-Walter Wright, Relational Leadership
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Christ is “hidden like a treasure in the Law and the Prophets.” The metaphors of digging up a field or searching for a hidden treasure make clear that interpretation is and should be effortful.
Reading the Bible is hard work, not primarily because we lack technical exegetical skills, but because we lack spiritual discernment. When we treat the text as an object to be mastered, we place ourselves at a distance from it and lack the spiritual spade we need to dig up Christ... Jesus reprimands the experts in the law because the very Scriptures they search “bear witness about me” (John 5:39). The experts know the Scriptures, but their eyes are closed to their deepest meaning.
When Jesus appears... on the way to Emmaus, he enlightens them by citing the Scriptures: “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). It isn’t until Jesus breaks the bread that the two travelers’ eyes are opened.
Technical skills naturally enter into the process of interpretation. But more often our obstacles to proper reading are...problems of spiritual vision.
-Hans Boersma, Fear of the Word
in First Things, Aug 2019
Monday, July 8, 2019
Maturity in life is when someone is living joyfully within their God-given limits. I find most of us resent limits--in ourselves and in others. We expect far too much from ourselves and each other and often live frustrated and angry lives. Much of burnout is a result of giving what we do not possess.
-Peter Scazzzero, The Emotionally Healthy Church, p 144
Monday, July 1, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” John 21:17
We have to hear that question as being central to all of our Christian ministry because it is the question that can allow us to be, at the same time, irrelevant and truly self-confident.
Look at Jesus. The world did not pay attention to him. He was crucified and put away. His message of love was rejected by a world in search of power, efficiency, and control…
The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But: Are you in love with Jesus?...In our world of loneliness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God, a heart that forgives, cares, reaches out and wants to heal…
Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce and reveal that God is love and only love, and that every time fear, isolation, or despair begins to invade the human soul, this is not something that comes from God…
The knowledge of Jesus’ heart is a knowledge of the heart. And when we live in the world with that knowledge, we cannot do other than bring healing, reconciliation, new life, and hope wherever we go. The desire to be relevant and successful will gradually disappear, and our only desire will be to say with our whole being to our brothers and sisters of the human race, “You are loved. There is no reason to be afraid. In love God created your inmost self and knit you together in your mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13)
-Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus