Posted 3/7/14 at 4:00 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Ron Edmondson
I’ve been there. I’ve faced burnout and frustration in my work. Thankfully, I’ve never “bottomed out”, but I’ve felt near the bottom in my spirit. More than that, I’ve walked through these times with dozens of other leaders.
I’ve learned there are some common indicators that a leader is heading towards burnout. The sooner we can recognize them, the sooner we know to reach out for help.
Isolation – When the leader begins to avoid others, something is wrong. Leadership involves people. Not all leaders are overly communicative, but when the leader tries to avoid people who need the leader’s attention, something is wrong. Some leaders begin to question people around them. They struggle with mistrust or fear that others are talking about them, questioning them, or out to get them. FULL POST
Posted 3/7/14 at 11:13 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By David Murray
I had three best friends growing up. I went on on separate vacations with each of them. Each time, within 48 hours, we were no longer best friends. When you see most people close up for a longer period of time, and when most people see me close up for more than an hour or two, the flaws and foibles grow incredibly glaring and galling.
Same goes for family reunions doesn’t it? In most cases they’re best kept short – maybe a couple of days – because after that the law of diminishing returns sets in, old and new tensions flare, and everybody wants to get back home again pretty quickly.
Colleagues (and congregations) who initially thought we were the best thing since the iPad, soon begin to wonder, “What in the world were we thinking of?” What began as ”How can we get this guy?” can rapidly become “How can we get rid of this guy?” One hour interviews reveal nothing compared to the reverse-epiphany of working beside someone for a week or two. “She is sooooo annoying!” FULL POST
Posted 3/6/14 at 10:45 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
I have accidentally become an evangelist for smiling.
I want to see God’s people smiling, and do not understand why many refuse to do so until their natural reluctance is overpowered by something really hilarious. If anyone on the planet has cause to smile, it’s us. We’re saved, our names are written in glory, there is no condemnation either here or in the future waiting to ambush us, and from here on in, it’s all good! That sure brings a smile to this country boy’s face.
Now, the Scriptures say very little about smiling, if at all. However, the references to joy leak out from every page. And what is a smile, after all, but “joy made visible.”
So, the old saw holds true here: “If you’re saved, tell your face about it.” FULL POST
Posted 3/5/14 at 11:49 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart” (Hebrews 4:7).
God was there, and I knew it not.
That night, on the run from his brother and facing an uncertain future with family members he was yet to meet for the first time, and dealing with his own self-centered deceiving nature which had got him in this mess and brought him to this how-do-you-do, Jacob had a dream.
“Behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac….” (Genesis 28:10ff)
Wow. The Lord is here. In this very place. And He has my number. FULL POST
Posted 3/4/14 at 11:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
“Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130:1-2)
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).
“You call yourself a Christian and you are depressed. What’s wrong with you?”
Sound familiar? If some actual person has not said that to you, perhaps that little voice inside you–the one that loves to call attention to your failures and pretenses–has beaten you over the head with those words.
Surely we who are the redeemed in Christ and thus more than conquerors should live on top of circumstances at all times and radiate joy 24/7, right? FULL POST
Posted 3/4/14 at 11:25 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Wade Burleson
In 2005 Bob Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots National Football League team, went with a delegation of other Americans to visit Vladimir Putin in Russia. When the Russian President began admiring Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, the owner of the Patriots took it off to give Putin a closer look.
Without saying a word, the President of Russia placed the ring in his pocket and then promptly walked out of the room. Horrified, the owner of the New England Patriots wanted desperately to get his ring back, but he also didn't wish to create an international incident. Long story short, the New England Patriot's front office determined there was nothing that could be done and eventually issued a press release that the ring had been "given" to Putin as a gift. Only gullible people believe the cover story since had Bob Kraft wished to bestow a gift upon Putin, he would have had another ring made, not given him his own. This true story reveals the personal character of Vladimir Putin. FULL POST
Posted 3/3/14 at 11:41 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
One: I wonder if the Lord ever wants to put beside particular scriptures the Facebook line: “Just saying.”
I sometimes wonder when to take a teaching literally and when the statement in Scripture was intended to be less than a command, or even simply a side remark.
Sometimes the Apostle Paul will say, “I do not have a word from the Lord on this, however….” and give us his thoughts. (An instance is I Corinthians 7:25.) Christians are of two minds about this. Some say, “It’s as plain as it’s possible to get. What follows is not to be taken as a command. How much clearer could Paul make it than he did?” Others respond, “Yes, but we have all these epistles of Paul which we take as Scripture, whether it jives with anything the Lord Jesus actually said or not. So, if it came from Paul’s heart (and pen), it’s scripture.” FULL POST
Posted 3/3/14 at 11:20 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Wade Burleson
I have been the Teaching Pastor for three churches over the past thirty years. In each church there were people who left because they didn't like my views on authority. More precisely, followers of Bill Gothard made vocal objections to my view that the major problem with American evangelicalism is an infatuation with spiritual authority. Many of them left. They couldn't stomach my belief that the Bible teaches Christ alone has spiritual authority over His people, and every believer in His kingdom is a priest unto God. Nobody else has "spiritual authority" over anybody else. Christ, in shepherding His people, dispenses spiritual gifts to enable us to serve one another, never to rule over one another. FULL POST
Posted 2/28/14 at 5:21 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Stephen Altrogge
For just a moment, join me in remembering some of television’s best comedic duos (trust me, there is a point to this).
Each of these brilliant duos has one thing in common: The combination of a normal, straight-laced guy, with a total nut job. In almost every situation, each guy drives the other one crazy. Dwight insists on sitting on an exercise ball instead of a normal office chair. Jim pops the exercise ball with a pair of scissors. Bert tries to keep their apartment neat and organized. Ernie is constantly bringing chaos into the apartment. Jerry wants to join together with George, Kramer, and Elaine, to buy a television for their engaged friend. George, who is a perpetual cheapskate, can’t believe they are spending so much money on one person. FULL POST
Posted 2/28/14 at 4:26 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
“Who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
You are going to love this.
If death has been abolished, then to most of us, what we have seems to be a “dead man walking.” The corpse appears to be very much alive and well, this grim reaper who persists in continuing to mow down a fair to middlin’ number of victims every day.
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,” said Paul in I Corinthians 15:26.
So, has death been abolished or not?
I’m indebted to a couple of old books for some insights worth their weight in gold. One is a biography of J. B. Phillips and the other is a quote from a book Mr. Phillips wrote.
J. B. Phillips (1906-1982) was an Anglican pastor and scholar, who during World War II began translating Paul’s epistles into everyday language for the young people with whom he was working. “Letters to Young Churches” was eventually published to great acclaim, encouraging Phillips to give the same treatment to the whole of the New Testament. The result was the wildly successful “New Testament in Modern English,” popularly known as the “Phillips New Testament.” This was followed by a dozen or more books, several becoming best-sellers. (Phillips was also a friend of C. S. Lewis, who encouraged him in his translations and writings.) FULL POST