Thursday, February 26, 2015

Is Something Missing As You Serve?

This morning I read some of Ruth Haley Barton's insightful book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (IV Press, 2008).  Spiritual leadership is so much more than activism, strategies, well articulated goals and the like. If our leadership does not originate in our "soul" we risk building what will not last (1 Corinthians 3:11-13), even though we may appear to have common characteristics of leadership. We may sense something is missing. Ruth Haley Barton writes about what that may be.

". . . I have become convinced that the More (italics, mine) that we are looking for is the transformation of our souls in the presence of God. It is what we want for ourselves and it is what we want for those we are leading. . . . It is about the presence of God in the middle of a person's leadership.  It is an exploration of the relationship between a person's private encounters with God in solitude and the call to leadership in the public arena" (Barton, page 14). However you serve Christ, our serving must originate in our soul.

Monday, February 23, 2015

More Insights on Judging Others

Recently I shared a message on judging.  Many of us wonder what it is. We know we too often fall prey to its attractive tug, and we know it is wrong.  

This morning reading John Pippo's insightful blog on prayer, I read this about judging. "Judgmentalism is a form of violence. It causes damage, and destroys the unity Christ achieved on the cross when he brought down the dividing walls of hostility. (Ephesians 3) Nouwen writes: "Judging others implies that somehow we stand outside of the place where weak, broken, sinful human beings dwell. It is an arrogant and pretentious act that shows blindness not only toward others but also toward ourselves." (Ib., 34)" [February 7, 2015].  

That raises judging others to a new level of concern.  

Monday, February 02, 2015

Interruptions

I enjoy John Pippo's blog (www.johnpiippo.com).  It's some of the best reading on prayer I have come across. Recently, John wrote about interruptions, They are not part of life. Interruptions are our life. God interrupts us too.  Why then don't we get these interruptions from God? John Pippo quotes Dallas Willard to respond to that question. "Perhaps we do not hear the voice because we do not expect to hear it. Then again, perhaps we do not expect it because we know that we fully intend to run our lives on our own and have never seriously considered anything else. The voice of God would therefore be an unwelcome intrusion into our plans. By contrast, we expect great spiritual leaders to hear that voice just because we see their lives wholly given up to doing what God wants."  (John Pippo,Hearing God: Deus Interruptus (Prayer Life), January 30, 2015, Dallas Willard, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, p. 93).  Do you want God to interrupt you?