Morning Roundup - August 9, 2012
Good leadership advice from Brad:
Here are 10 points we discussed and committed to as a Catalyst team earlier this year in January. Thought I would share them so as to motivate or inspire you to challenge your team as well:
1. Authentic. Be Real. Human. approachable. Guard against hubris.
2. No sideways energy. Communicate. Focus. Guard against silos and wasted energy.
3. Stewardship. Each of us embracing and understanding our role in what we've been given and required to manage and uphold through the Catalyst platform. Not just the leader.
4. Expertise. see myself as an expert. Individual responsibility and organizational responsibility.
5. Receive what we create. Become our own customer. That God would speak to us like He would any attendee at our Catalyst events. Guard against the mundane.
6. Guard against cynicism. Behind the curtain we have to guard against this. Fight it at every turn. And call it out if we see it.
7. Excellence. We are the best in the world. Confidence not arrogance. Act like it. Maintain a standard. Guard against being lazy and pessimistic.
8. Serve one another. Jump in and help. Get it done mentality. Not just at events. All the time. Be willing to do whatever it takes.
9. Protect and maintain a "make it happen" culture. Guard against the phrase "it's not my job." and guard against creating clicks.
10. Get better every day. Guard against complacency.
Helpful from CT:
Back in the 1940s and '50s, many philosophers believed that talk about God, since it is not verifiable by the five senses, is meaningless--actual nonsense. This verificationism finally collapsed, in part because philosophers realized that verificationism itself could not be verified! The collapse of verificationism was the most important philosophical event of the 20th century. Its downfall meant that philosophers were free once again to tackle traditional problems of philosophy that verificationism had suppressed. Accompanying this resurgence of interest in traditional philosophical questions came something altogether unanticipated: a renaissance of Christian philosophy.
The turning point probably came in 1967, with the publication of Alvin Plantinga's God and Other Minds: A Study of the Rational Justification of Belief in God. In Plantinga's train has followed a host of Christian philosophers, writing in scholarly journals and participating in professional conferences and publishing with the finest academic presses. The face of Anglo-American philosophy has been transformed as a result. Atheism, though perhaps still the dominant viewpoint at the American university, is a philosophy in retreat.
In a recent article, University of Western Michigan philosopher Quentin Smith laments what he calls "the desecularization of academia that evolved in philosophy departments since the late 1960s." He complains about naturalists' passivity in the face of the wave of "intelligent and talented theists entering academia today." Smith concludes, "God is not 'dead' in academia; he returned to life in the late 1960s and is now alive and well in his last academic stronghold, philosophy departments."
The renaissance of Christian philosophy has been accompanied by a resurgence of interest in natural theology, that branch of theology that seeks to prove God's existence apart from divine revelation. The goal of natural theology is to justify a broadly theistic worldview, one that is common among Christians, Jews, Muslims, and deists. While few would call them compelling proofs, all of the traditional arguments for God's existence, not to mention some creative new arguments, find articulate defenders today
And, not so subtle from Her•Meneutics:
We can't all be the next innovative inventor, best-selling author, or Olympic medalist. The reality is that most of us will live our lives in the routine and mundane.
This is true as much for Christians as it is for everyone else--a good lot of us will not accomplish the extraordinary or supernatural in this life. Yet we are tempted to feel like we aren't doing enough for Jesus unless we are saving African villages, writing inspirational books, leading a church with a massive membership roll, or adopting children from Haiti. We tend to measure success in the currency of adventurous mission trips, large ministry followings, and educational accolades. And we can feel like our life is fairly insignificant if much of our time is spent changing dirty diapers, teaching the same students every day, or working a fairly boring job. In a time when many, including well-known evangelicals, build a platform around living a "life with impact," "changing the world," and "making a difference"--which they announce through blogging and Twitter feeds--we're tempted to view the routines and ruts of everyday life with derision.
The desire for the special and the spectacular is rooted in a good seed: Deep down we want to believe that we have worth and value. We want to know that our lives are making a difference. That's not all bad. In fact, it's precisely because we are special that we desire these very things. But we are special not because we possess a worthiness of our own, but because we image the special One--our Creator. He created us to reflect his glory to a watching world. Every job we do, every gift we possess, and every seemingly mundane task we complete faithfully is all part of our reflecting his creative majesty. And every life is necessary in God's economy. This is what gives us significance and meaning, regardless of the tangible outcomes of our efforts.
In reality, an endless pursuit for the next big thing in ministry, career, or relationships only puts us in the same camp as the Jewish people who demanded a sign from Jesus (John 2:18). As people, apparently, we have been craving the spectacular for a long time.
The honest truth is that most of us will spend our lives in the mundane moments. But that is precisely where we often encounter glory and success. As Paul David Tripp has said, "The little moments of life are profoundly important precisely because they are the little moments that we live in and that form us."