God meets with people right at the end of their ropes. He stands to meet us right at the end of the runway of our own capabilities and self-assuredness.
This week we reach a beatitude that at first seems to make no sense. It seems to make no sense because it again flies in the face of the common wisdom of that day and the common wisdom of today. But, it also seems self-defeating and borderline contradictory as a statement. In essence, Jesus is going to say that the dissatisfied will be the most satisfied.
The Baptism of Jesus shows us what total submission and surrender looks like. The Baptism of Jesus shows us what Jesus will do to secure our righteousness. The Baptism of Jesus shows us what the perfect, loving community of the Trinity is like.
What follows then are ten principles of team leadership that I have learned over the last decade, and as the title suggests, these were learned through the hard lessons of disappointing people and then just trying again. In other words, I failed in these areas, and so learned more through failure than through success, which is how a lot of learning seems to happen. I hope they are helpful.
Turning 39, getting a traffic ticket, listening to Radiohead, reading Esther, and how it all reminds me that I forget the gospel.
In the context of #metoo and #churchtoo, and the horrific things we are learning through that, I am seriously before the Lord asking how we might create churches that are safe spaces for broken and abused women. Churches where we go out of our way - like our Lord - to dignify women's stories, to offer the living and restorative water of the gospel, and to give meaningful purpose in mission to women who previously felt like they had no place.
The 5th and final part in my 2017 Reading List series. It includes my two books of the year and one that came very close.
Sometimes it feels like those of us in the Reformed camp have lost a lot of our joy, which actually makes no sense if you really believe the doctrines of grace. But, perhaps in an effort to combat one-inch deep, smiley, God always just gives you everything you want, prosperity silliness, we have - at times - become (or at least appeared to become) joyless, cynical, pessimistic grumps. The guys at LINC shook that out of me.