Ten Quotes on Leadership

I really enjoyed Al Mohler’s book The Conviction to Lead. I have already read some portions over again and I am sure I will keep coming back to it over the years. Here are ten quotes from the book. I plan on posting ten more later. I would recommend the book for any Christian in any leadership position.

“When a leader walks into the room, a passion for truth had better enter with him.”
“I believe that leadership is all about putting the right beliefs into action, and knowing, on the basis of convictions, what those right beliefs and actions are.”
“There are plenty of very intelligent people who have virtually no ability to lead.”
“The most important truths come alive through stories, and faithful leadership is inseparable from the power and stewardship of story.”
“Leadership is the consummate human art. It requires nothing less than that leaders shape the way their followers see the world.”
“Disciplined thought requires the leader to think clearly about how things connect and how reality is to be analyzed.”
“Until conviction is transformed into action, it makes no difference in the world.”
“True credibility rests in the ability of others to trust what the leader can do.” (Emphasis his)
“Every single day, the faithful leader must be aware that credibility is the essence of leadership, and that it can be both earned and lost.”

“Leadership doesn’t happen until communication happens.”

Take Up and Read

I want to bring to your attention two blog series that are worth following and a couple of regular posts that I enjoyed.

First, Kevin DeYoung belongs to the RCA, a denomination that is close to compromising on the homosexuality issue. His church is presenting an overture on sodomy. He is writing a series of posts this week on why and how sodomy must be fought in his denomination. Here is the first, second, and third posts in the series. Today he posted the overture that he will make to his classis (think presbytery).  These posts take a lot of courage. It is easy for those of us in denominations that reject sodomy to think what he is doing is easy. But it isn’t.  DeYoung has been in this denomination his whole life. His family, going back a couple of generations, is from this denomination. His reputation has been forged preaching in RCA churches. No doubt, he will upset a lot of people for attacking this lie.

Second, Keith Mathison is one of my favorite writers and was very influential as I left Dispensational theology and came to covenant theology. He is doing a series of posts on eschatology over at Ligonier’s blog. Here are the posts that are currently up:
The Promise to Abraham
Blessings and Curses
The Davidic Covenant
Psalm 110

Here is a great post by Al Mohler on the challenges that will face the next generation of ministers. I would encourage you to note where he believes pastors will be tempted to compromise, places like evolution, sexuality, and the exclusivity of the Gospel.  Pray that the elders at Christ Church would not compromise on these particular issues.

Finally, here is wonderful praise from a man whose father sang with vigor in worship.  As I read, a couple of things struck me. First, fathers should remember that their approach to worship has a deep impact on their children. Second, the songs from worship should not be limited to worship. They should stretch out and fill the corners of our lives. Third, he speaks of hymns, but how much more should we sing the psalms with vigor. They are the very word of God.

Take Up and Read: Thursday Edition

As I noted last week, several evangelical scholars have come out recently denying that a historical Adam ever existed. Evangelicals should be all upset by this jump into heterodoxy, but in general they are not. It seems that we have better things to do than defend the historical Adam. Here are two posts which address the problem. First, Kevin DeYoung gives us ten reasons to believe in the historical Adam.  Second, the Bayly Brothers show how a seminary can corrupt a young man, particularly on the issue of evolution. What is a man to do when one of the most “conservative” seminaries in the country from one of the most “conservative” denominations allows a man to teach who doesn’t believe Adam existed?

Here is a short blog post by R.C. Sproul Jr. on myths or half truths evangelicals believe. I thought number 1 was especially good.  When we make all sins equal it is usually to make our sins look not so bad and the other person’s sins to look terrible.

Al Mohler shows how President Obama’s compromise on contraception was not really a compromise at all.

Rachel Jankovic lists ten ways to love your kids. I found this one, “Don’t change your behavior toward you children in public” convicting. It is a fear of man, not love of God that causes us to have one standard for our children at home and another in public.

Old Earth vs. Young Earth

Tim Challies is blogging from Ligonier Ministries Annual Conference. It sounds like they are addressing numerous thorny issues in the Church. One of these most thorny and contentious issues in the Church recently has been the age of the earth. Al Mohler gave a lecture on “Why Does the Universe Look So Old?” Challies gave a summary of the lecture on his blog. You can find it here. The article summarizes some of the main problems with the old earth theory from a theological standpoint. Mohler’s point is that Christians give up way too much when we say the earth is millions or billions of years old.