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Complementarianism for dummies
Difficult to spell and difficult for many to accept. Enter Mary Kassian with some help for the simple.

Economics for Everybody
R.C.Sproul Jr’s DVD curriculum is available only today from Ligonier for a donation of any amount. I just ordered it for my family.

Is there intended allegory in the Song of Songs?
It was great to see this courageous article by Jim Hamilton on the Christianity.com website.

Injecting the light of H-O-P-E into a dyed-black perspective
“This post documents an actual counseling conversation between a biblical counselor named Terry and a depressed, middle-aged woman who we will call Kim.” I’d be interested to hear what you think of this approach.

Why did God appoint President Obama?
Kathleen Peck offers a voice of calm, biblical sanity in the midst of this fevered convention season: “The question we have to ask as the church of Jesus Christ is …who put Mr. Obama in the White House?  If we believe God is sovereign and He rules over ALL the affairs of men in this world then our answer must be …God Himself put Mr. Obama in office.  As difficult as that may be for some to accept, there is no alternative. God has ordained this president for His own reasons and in His sovereignty He exerts His power in every detail and every sphere of human life, politics included.  Like it or not, this admission necessitates us agreeing that Mr. Obama has been God’s choice for America this past four years. We’re then left to ponder the question of why God would appoint him?”

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Connected Kingdom Podcast: Social Media

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The Connected Kingdom Podcast is back after a long but not lazy summer break. In this episode, Tim Challies and I interview Nathan Bingham, Director of Internet Outreach at Ligonier Ministries and social media guru, about how Christians and churches can use social media for God’s glory.

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A Swear Word for Creative Types

“ORGANIZATION!”

It’s a terrible word isn’t it.

Don’t dare mention it in the hearing of creative people.

In his research for Making Ideas Happen, Scott Belsky found not only that most creatives described themselves as messy or chaotic, but that the vast majority wore it as a badge of honor!

I once knew a Pastor like that, a “Conquistador of Chaos” as Julie Morgenstern would describe him. Procedures, systems, routines, filing, diaries and To-do lists were traitors and enemies to be kept out of that study at all costs!

While bureaucracy has sometimes suffocated good ideas, Belsky argues that “your approach to productivity largely determines your creative output. The way you organize projects, prioritize, and manage your energy is arguably more important than the quality of the ideas you wish to pursue.” [14]

Belsky uses a mathematical equation to prove his point:

Creativity x Organization = Impact.

100 Creativity x 0 Organization = 0 Impact

2 Creativity x 50 Organization = 100 Impact

But imagine if you were able to combine left-brain with right-brain to produce this sum:

100 Creativity x 100 Organization = 10,000 Impact

Well you don’t need to imagine, because there is such a company and it’s name is….Apple!

Surprising in a way isn’t it. Apple is usually associated with stunning innovation and beautiful design. But Apple is also consistently in the top 5 of Fortune 500 companies for such mundane matters as managing the supply chain.

Structure and organization are at least as important as idea generation if we are at all interested in execution and production. And we shouldn’t be surprised at this; after all, THE Creator is a God of order, not confusion (1 Cor. 14:33,40).

Belsky pleads with creatives (and that includes preachers, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, homemakers, etc.,) to have “a relentless bias toward action” in order to push any idea forward to execution, and quotes a number of successful creatives to back him up:

The truth is, creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity (Robert Sutton, Professor at Stanford School of Engineering).

Seth Godin once said that the vast majority of the products or organizations he had built failed. “But,” he explained, “the reason that I’ve managed a modicum of success is because I just keep shipping.”

Jesse Rothstein, super-salesman at Proctor & Gamble and founder of Coach for America, has a secret: “Perseverance and a simple conviction that he adheres to with an almost religious fervor: he follows up like crazy.”

“I’m starting to believe that life is just about following up,” he told Belsky.

Rothstein’s brilliance lies with the fact that he always identifies the necessary actions for each project and then takes them (and enforces them) relentlessly. He always follows up until every action is done. [86].

See my Introduction to Making Ideas Happen here. Tomorrow we’ll look at Belsky’s Action Method, his simple organizational tool for helping us Make (more) Ideas Happen.


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Color bound: My pastor has to look like me
“Because of his color, many people can now ‘relate’ to the office of the president because the president physically looks like them. How often do we apply that same mindset to our churches?”

Christians take “beliefs” fight to the European Court
Want a prophecy of where the US is heading? “British courts have found overwhelmingly against Christians, occasionally comparing their beliefs unfavourably with secular principles”

He desires a noble task: The Erosion of the Evangelical Pastorate
“The evangelical church has a problem. We’re going to run out of good pastors. For a variety of reasons, we are failing to sufficiently prepare the next generation of church leadership.”

Why creativity blocks happen and how to overcome them
Preachers may find this useful too.

How to transition between sermon points without losing your audience
Eric McKiddie: “I’ve had to learn how to decelerate, downshift, turn, and then accelerate again by using a transitional paragraph, rather than a couple of sentences. Here’s how I do it, in seven steps.”

Pain-filled memories
I’ve never seen a man walk through agonizing bereavement in such a transparent and edifying way.


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