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Education
Baby boomers heading back to Seminary
The fastest-growing group of seminarians include those older than 50.

Living like Jesus is the only way
A summary of Tom Schreiner’s ETS address on how the belief in the exclusivity of Christ should affect our lives. And while we’re on the subject, Mike Wittmer writes briefly here on pluralism.

Ministry
Five Pastoral Insights from Philemon
Some valuable lessons on how to approach a person with counsel.

A Holy Ambition
Free ebook by John Piper with mission oriented sermons that encourage the church to make disciples of all nations.

Technology
20 Gifts for the Productivity Nerd in Your Life
Hope my wife reads this one.

Samsung flexible screen  Could Samsung leapfrog Apple with this?


Three Types of Bosses who should be Fired

Steve Tobak identifies three kinds of managers who should not be running anything:

The Smartest Guy in the Room
This is the guy who has all the answers and can never, ever be wrong. He doesn’t just breathe his own fumes or drink his own Kool-Aid, he makes and mass-markets it, as well. He wants everyone to agree with his grandiose vision of how things should be and makes sure of that by surrounding himself with yes-men and women and ruthlessly beating down dissenting views.

It’s All About Me
Some people never grow up but get stuck in one phase or another of human development. They look just like normal adults, but inside, they’re petulant, narcissistic children with oversized egos. Since their overriding goal is to get attention, to be adulated and worshipped by all, they’re often charismatic and charming, almost chameleon-like in the way they appeal to all sorts of constituents. And their positions and strategies can flip and flop from one day to the next based on one data point, meeting, or conversation.

The Has-Been
Peter was once effective and successful; at least it appeared that way. But the situation had a narrow set of boundaries and variables and now, things have changed and Peter is out of his depth, beyond his level of competency. Perhaps he was promoted, the company grew, the market changed, or he’s now in a new position in a new company. Regardless of the circumstances, Peter is no longer effective and his inability to see or believe it renders him toxic to the organization.

Read the rest here. I’m sure there aren’t pastoral equivalents, are there?


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Counseling
How abuse changes a child’s brain
Abuse changes a child’s brain. Does that fact change the way you would counsel?

Herman Cain: Five Lessons for Christian men
Al Mohler applies the Herman Cain debacle to Christian men.

Technology
Haptic shoes could replace the white cane
Google maps + Android + Vibrating Shoes + Bluetooth = Artificial Eyes

Jetman v Jets
You won’t believe this even when you see it.

Family Life
Worth fighting for
This is one of the most honest blogs on the Internet. As Kara says: “Stresses of life can put the miles on your marriage. But instead of wearing a marriage out, let it establish deeply carved paths of discipline, kindness, love, and commitment.” You can read the heart-tugging background to Kara’s story here.

Open the eyes of my heart
Almost ruined by the audience, but still worth a watch.


Is perfectionism always bad for you?

Is your perfectionism helping you or hindering you?

Jeff Szymanski helps you find out:

Characteristics of healthy perfectionism:

  • Striving for high but achievable standards that result in feelings of satisfaction and increased self-esteem
  • Matching your time and energy to tasks that match your strengths and interests
  • Having a sense of what you value and what your priorities are and devoting the lion’s share of your time and attention to these areas
  • Reaping payoffs from your efforts that are greater than your costs

Characteristics of unhealthy perfectionism:

  • Repeatedly setting goals for yourself but never achieving them
  • Constantly competing to be the best at everything in order to avoid feeling like a failure
  • Giving in to the feeling that all mistakes are catastrophic
  • Getting stuck in believing that one particular strategy must pay off, instead of trying others

Agree/disagree?


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Ministry
How should a pastor spend his Lord’s Day while on vacation
100% agree with Brian Croft on this one, especially #3.

Why we need more “Chaplains” and fewer “Leaders”
Mark Galli distinguishes between five types of pastoral style and calls for more “Chaplain pastors.” I’ll put my Amen to that as well.

Hugh Latimer, Preacher of God’s Word
Here’s Jeremy Walker’s fine address (pdf) on Hugh Latimer. It was delivered at the Evangelical Library in London. You’ll find a good store of other addresses in the Articles and Lectures tab as well.

Education
Why sitting down is killing you [infographic]
Am I glad I’ve started using a stand-up desk. In the next few days I’ll show you how to make one for under $50.

The Future of Learning