WCAGLS: Seth Godin – Be an Artist

Seth Godin is an out-of-the-box thinker and prodigious author. He’s written several books that you have probably heard of and might have read, such as: Tribes, Poke the Box, and his most recent, Linchpin. Godin’s presentation at the summit stitched the big ideas from several of his books together, but the overarching idea of his presentation was to be an artist.

Van Gogh Starry Night

Godin believes the industrial age is over. Workers are no longer an important component in industry, workers are cogs. Mass production has created a workforce of interchangeable people; competency is no longer a scarce commodity as it once was. A great comment from Godin illustrating the point was, “If the steps of your job can be written down, I can find a way to do it cheaper.” Continue reading

WCAGLS: Bill Hybels – Five Critical Questions

The first session of the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit was from Willow Creek Community Church’s Bill Hybels. Hybels’ session discussed five critical questions a leader should ask himself or herself regarding their organizational leadership. This session was an hour and a half. I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible, but there are no guarantees…

The first critical question Hybels asked was: What is your current challenge level at work?

Hybels introduced a test that he uses in his organization, Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC), to assess the challenge level of his staff. Continue reading

Are People Basically Good?

So a few months ago I was reading Donald Miller’s blog and he had a post entitled “Are People Basically Good?” The post focused on the doctrinal idea of “Total Depravity,” which is used to summarize what the Bible teaches about the fallen nature of man. To help get at where I think Miller was coming from in the blog post, the idea of Total Depravity is associated strongly with Calvinism through the acronym TULIP (Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Preservation of the Saints).

Miller questions the idea by saying that he’s “never really trusted people who believed that we were totally depraved.” He later says that a pastor friend of his clarified the idea by saying the term doesn’t mean we “aren’t capable of doing good, but that [we] aren’t capable of redeeming [ourselves],” which I think is true (depending on how you define “doing good”). To end the post Miller asks two questions to his readers: “Ever thought of this? And do you think people can be good?” Continue reading

Notes From LMNC: Bits, Bytes, Blogs, & Bibles

Ed Stetzer was the first speaker at the Bits, Bytes, Blogs, & Bibles Preconference. Below are the notes I took from his talk.

  • Social media is not a replacement for community, it is a supplement to community.
  • One problem with social media is the inability to convey complicated or detailed thoughts. Trying to do this is called simplism, or reducing something to a point beyond its capacity to be understood.

Tim Challies was the second speaker at the Bits/Bytes Preconference. He spoke on the conduct of online communication Below are the notes I took from his talk.

  •  In his introduction Challies quotes Paul, “Speak truth in love.”
  • When communicating online or anywhere else truth needs to be the heart of the message, love should be the means of relaying the message.
  • A great quote that I believe Challies was quoting from someone else: “Truth becomes hard if not softened by love, love becomes soft if not strengthened by truth.” Continue reading

Knowledge and Pride

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 (ESV)

The Bible is replete with verses discussing the follower of God’s need for knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Philippians 2:12 tells us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Romans 12:2 tells us that we should be “transformed by the renewal of [our] minds.”

For the follower of God, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are essential. The Christian faith is not a faith of ignorance and illogicality. 2 Peter 3:15 says that we should always be prepared to “to make a defense to anyone who asks…for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Psalm 34 says that we should “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Romans 12:2 says that we should test the Word to discern the will of God and to find out what is “good and acceptable and perfect.” Continue reading

Burn Us Up: Thoughts on a Song

Lately I’ve been listening to Shane & Shane’s album called Pages. There is a song on this CD called Burn Us Up that I can’t stop thinking about. The song tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Jewish exiles in Babylon.

The story goes something like this…Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had been appointed as leaders over the province of Babylon by Daniel with the blessing of the king. Some time later the king, Nebuchadnezzar, built a huge statue of gold and called for all of the leaders of the nation to worship it as a god. Those who would not bow and worship the statue would be thrown into a furnace and burned. Continue reading

Christianity, Inc.

I just finished stopping by one of my favorite sites on the web, http://www.rockrebel.com. I check this site fairly regularly. It is maintained by a guy named Mark Joseph. He wrote a book called Faith, God, & Rock ‘N’ Roll. Basically the site just includes links to articles about Christian artists (Jars of Clay), artists who are Christian (Switchfoot, P.O.D., U2), and artists that mention Christianity, or things pertaining to it, in an interview or anywhere else (Alice Cooper)…I think that covers it.

Continuing on, there was a link posted for a short interview with Leigh Nash, it was a decent interview…A question was asked Continue reading