Thursday, February 18, 2010

Where have all the good leaders gone?

George Barna posted a blog (www.georgebarna.com/2010/02/the-bible-lacks-leaders/) about an article from a seminary magazine. The author lamented the fact that the Bible doesn't contain too many examples of leaders. Barna feels similar to the way I do; you've got to be joking. It saddens me to see how much today's culture has infected the Church. I don't know who said it, but I like the following quote. "The Romans took Christianity and made it government, the Greeks took Christianity and made it philosophy, and the Americans took Christianity and made it business." It is so true just look at most of our Church growth strategies and you can see a product marketing plan. The pastor becomes CEO and the members are consumers. Just to be clear, I believe all truth comes from God. Anything that works in the World has a basis in God's truth. But we must start with God and then apply it to the World, not the other way around. So when someone can't find examples of leaders in the Bible, what they are really saying is I define leadership by the World's standard and I can't find any of those examples in God's word. Our leadership curriculum at Grace Adventures is based on the premise that Jesus is the greatest leadership model of all time. We start with God's truth and then figure out how it applies. Now there are plenty of practical ways to apply the principles we see in the Bible and Jesus' life towards leadership. One of the biggest being, who a leader is will always be more important than what a leader does. If you are wondering about other ways to be a leader who is more like Jesus, please talk to us.

Veteran Speaker leads winter retreat

Grace had its' third of five Winter Blast retreats last two weekends ago. Brandon Bruce was the speaker and has been coming for a number of years. I got to chat with Brandon a little while and can not tell you how much I appreciate this man's heart.
Check out Brandon's blog here where he tells about his experience.
What Brandon doesn't tell you is in God's Grace we had over 20 commitments and over 40 re-commitments at that weekend. Thanks for your faithfulness Brandon. We can't wait to have you back.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My coward heart fears to give up its toys

I was reading from A.W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God, last night. In the end of chapter two he writes this prayer;
Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from me heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there with-out a rival. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine it it, for Thyself wilt be in the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
I could not sum up the embarrassing battle that wars with in me of knowing what I often choose to spend my time on is worthless in regards to God's divine plan, however it is pleasing in the temporary. I am very excited about where Tozer takes me in the following chapters.