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Statism and the road to Serfdom
Michael Milton offers a biblical-theological reflection on the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.

Gifted Neurosurgeon Ben Carson fails Political Correctness 101 at Emory University
“What is it about Ben Carson that would cause five hundred people—faculty members, students, alumni—to sign a letter of “concern” about him as the Commencement speaker? Well, it turns out that he is an academic heretic. He doesn’t believe in the Darwinian theory of evolution.”

On Vacation
If Michael Hyatt can go offline for vacation, so can pastors! So can we all!

5 Critical steps is your child is hooked on porn
So you discover one of your children has been viewing online porn…

Jerusalem at the time of Jesus
Animated reconstruction of Jerusalem Temple when Jesus lived.

7 Steps to Avoid Sexual Sin and Stay in Ministry 

Violent and original work

Some of you might have read about Jim Collins spending 50% of his time on creative work, and wondered, “How does he do that?” The Harvard Business Review provides the answer in Manage your time like Jim Collins:

“I block out the morning from 8 am to noon to think, read and write. ” He unplugs everything electronic, including his Internet connection. Although he has a reputation for reclusiveness, when asked about this, he replies: “I’m not reclusive. But I need to be in the cave to work.”

One of his favorite quotes comes from the famously disciplined French novelist Gustave Flaubert: “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” For Collins, high-quality work requires long stretches of high-quality thinking. “White space,” as he calls it, is the prerequisite for fresh, creative thought. It’s the time that he spends with nothing scheduled, so that he can empty his mind, like the proverbial teacup, and refill it with new thought.

He aims to spend 100 days next year in the white space. “As a great teacher, Rochelle Myers, taught me, you can’t make your own life a work of art if you’re not working with a clean canvas,” he says. (Another smart bit of Collins philosophy: “Speak less. Say more.”

So how much white space do you have in your life? And how do you secure it?

5 Reasons to Study Old Testament History

Shakespeare said that history is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The Christian view of history is quite a contrast; we believe God ordained it, organizes it, and moves it towards a meaningful, definite, and certain purpose.

However many Christians entertain a negative view of Old Testament History, of its usefulness and even of its accuracy. It is often regarded as “far away” and “distant” chronologically, geographically, socially, and theologically. “What can it do for me?” and “Why study it?” are common questions. Here are five reasons to study it and benefit from it.

1. OT History is True History

Israel’s neighbors expressed their beliefs through fantastic, elaborate, “out-of-this-world” myths In contrast, Old Testament narratives about Israel describe real events in real time involving real people and a real God. The reality of Israel’s faith rested on the reality of Israel’s history.

Similarly, if we lose or give up the truthfulness of the Biblical record, we lose and give up the Truth. We also lose our Christian faith because it is founded not on detached philosophical speculations but on God’s acts in human history.

Approaching Old Testament narratives with unshakeable confidence in their accuracy and truthfulness will build up unshakeable faith.

Read the other four reasons at the Ligonier Blog.

Targeting creativity

Many years ago, Jim Collins, author of bestselling business book, From Good to Great, decided that his “big goal” in life was to spend half of his working time on creative work — thinking, researching, and writing — a third of his time on teaching, and then cram everything else into the last 20%.

Using a stopwatch, he tracks his current time allocation on an office whiteboard. How’s he doing? Here’s the latest figures I can find:

  • Creative 53%
  • Teaching 28%
  • Other 19%

Lessons for Pastors?

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Puritan Reformed Seminary Conference 2012
This year’s theme is “The Glory and Beauty of the Father.”

How to become a better leader
Miscellaneous challenging thoughts from Justin Buzzard.

How we die in America
Not the cheeriest of posts, but interesting nevertheless.

How should a full-time pastor prioritize his time?
Brian Croft lists three priorities in order.

The Unfortunate Link between Cultural Castigation and Pitiful Preaching
Strong but necessary words from Ed Stetzer.