Morning Roundup - May 1, 2012
You will want to follow Jenni Catron's series on leadership. Jenni also did a guest blog post for Thursday is for Thinkers and you can find that here. Here is her series intro:
For the next several weeks I thought I would share a little mini-series about staff values.
Team culture and dynamics are such critical elements that we as leaders need to care take. At Cross Point, we have 7 staff values that are core to how we interact and treat one another. Any given day you can hear someone from our team referencing these values. They are our guiding principles for how we love, respect and work with one another.
Here's the quick list. I'll unpack these one-by-one over the next several weeks.
1. Avoid Complacency
2. Give Ministry Back
3. Exponential Innovation
4. Believe the Best
5. Own It
6. Use Your Blinker (Collaborative Communication)
7. Audacious Faith
If you are not reading Cyberbrethren, you are mising some good content from a Lutheran perspective. The Daily Luther is one of my favorite features:
"The lawmonger compels with threats and punishments; the preacher of grace persuades and incites men by reminding them of the goodness and mercy of God which they have experienced, for he wants no unwilling works or grudging service; he wants men to render a glad and joyous service to the Lord. Whoever will not let himself be moved and drawn by the consoling and lovely words of God's mercy, granted to and bestowed on us without measure in Christ, so that he gladly and joyfully does all this to the glory of God and the welfare of his neighbor, amounts to nothing and all labor is wasted on him. How can laws and threats soften him to do God's will, whom such fire of heavenly love and grace does not soften and melt? It is not man's mercy but God's compassion that we have received and that St. Paul sets before us to urge and impel us." (St. L. XII:318 f.)
I appreciated this conference and story:
"Everybody on staff at ReachLife [Ministries] and the artists at Reach Records realized that biblical masculinity was one of the things lacking in culture, specifically urban culture," said Lecrae in a recent phone interview with Christianity Today. The Man Up Campaign--including a film, concert series, album, and curriculum for church and small group use--was born out of this deep need for a godly model of manhood, as well as Lecrae's own story.
Father absence is a systemic problem, particularly in urban contexts, that's proven to lead to higher rates of gang violence, incarceration, and suicide. As of 2007, the national rate of children born to single mothers was 40 percent. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, 24 million American children--one in three--live in homes without their biological fathers. The Man Up Campaign, says Lecrae, addresses father absence by telling "young African American males that you're immediately an example for other African American males in the community at large. Not only are the young men challenged and encouraged by this, but also the young ladies, because they get to see what they should be looking for and how to encourage their brothers in the direction of taking leadership and responsibility."
Mark has a new book on the church. I find his writings on ecclesiolgy helpful. You can download the first chapter here:
Christians divide over how closely Israel should be identified with the church. The New Testament identities Israel and the church with each other in one place only, where Paul refers to "all who follow this rule" in the Galatian church with the title "the Israel of God" (Gal 6:16). While some suggest that "Israel of God" refers specifically to the Jews who belong to the predominantly Gentile churches in Galatia, others are convinced that in the same letter Paul refers to all Christians, Jew and Gentile, as "Abraham's seed" (Gal 3:29), indicating the link between Israel and church is deliberate...
Though Israel and the church are not identical, they are closely related, and they are related through Jesus Christ (see Eph 2:12-13). Israel was called to be the Lord's servant but was unfaithful to him. Jesus, on the other hand, is a faithful servant (see Matt 4:1-11). The temples of Solomon and Ezra, as well as in Ezekiel's vision, all point toward Jesus Christ, whose body constitutes the supreme earthly tabernacle for God's Spirit. The land of Israel, especially the city of Jerusalem, points toward the redemption of the whole earth. Heaven itself is referred to as the new Jerusalem. The multinational church fulfills the promises given to the 12 tribes (see Revelation 7). And the law of the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Christ (see Matt 5:17). Christ is the fulfillment of all that Israel points toward (see 2 Cor 1:20), and the church is Christ's body.
At the very least, it must be said that God has consistently had a plan to glorify his name through groups of people he chose and took as his own. Hence, one writer observed, "The story of the church begins with Israel, the Old Testament people of God."