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Archive for November, 2012

Leadership Developement

Greetings everyone! I hope and pray everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a good week.

I can across some material on leadership development today and the past day or two.

At some point last year Tim Elmore has a guest blogger on faithoncampus.com. Dr Elmore wrote an excellent piece on leadership development in a campus ministry context. I don’t know about copyright laws and if they would allow me to give all the points he made. I suggest you go to faithoncampus.com and find the section on leadership and development. Click on it. Scroll down and look for Tim Elmore. Click on it to read what he wrote.

Dr Elmore also has two websites on leadership. Look up timelmore.com and growingleaders.com. I hope you like them.

The Bible of course has brilliant stories and lessons about leadership. Moses and Joshua. Elijah and Elisha. Jesus and the twelve disciples. Paul, Timothy, and Titus.

Anyone have any ideas, lessons, or anything about developing leaders.

Your comments, thoughts, questions, ect are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

zack

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Thanksgiving

Greetings everyone!

Yesterday I went with my Dad to a funeral. It was one of the most encouraging funerals I’ve every attended.

During the funeral, two of the man’s grandchildren and one of his nephews talked about him. All three of them talked about how special they felt to him and their grandmother. They talked about how blessed they were to have the families they have.

Since then I have reflected by how blessed I am having the family I have. I have been blessed with wonderful grandparents, parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, etc. Blessed by a wonderful church home, and friends as well. Don’t know how  I can ever thank each of them.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

zack

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Greetings everyone!

Lately I’ve been reading Deep And Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love To Attend by Andy Stanley.

One of the things I found intriguing about the book is, he asks a thought-provoking question: who is the church for? Is the church for good churched folks, or for those who don’t know Jesus at all?

Stanley said he grew up in a church that thought of itself as for the churched folks. He wanted to start a church for the unchurched.

I really like this book and hope to post some more about it in the future.

Questions, thoughts, comments, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Grace and Peace.

zack

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Greetings everyone! I started reading Faith And Doubt by John Ortberg the other day. Very fascinating book.

Ortberg raises a fundamental question when he asks if faith and doubt can co-exist?

I would say yes. If we are all honest, we all have doubts from time to time. Doubt helps us wrestle with our faith (and vice versa) as we find out if what we think and say we believe is really true (pp 15-16).

If we doubt if God is real, read the Bible. The Bible was written by those who personally encountered the things and people they wrote about. Especially John’s gospel account. The stories John wrote were intended to be helpful for those who were struggling in their faith in those didn’t believe and to encourage faith in those who do.

I don’t intend to blog through Ortberg’s book. I just intended to pose the question, see what my readers thought, and what they thought of what I said.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless you all.

Grace and Peace.

Zack

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Velvet Elvis: A Review

Greetings everyone!

Yesterday I finished reading Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. I absolutely LOVED this book.

The book is advertised as a new look at Jesus. It certainly is. I didn’t agree with everything Bell says in the book, but there was a lot I did agree with.

My favorite parts of the book were the chapters on tassels and Dust.

In the tassels chapter, he talks about the prayer shawl mentioned in Numbers that every good Jewish person would have worn. It was a tassel the lady who was suffering from bleeding touched when she was healed by Jesus.

And I really loved Dust. Jewish kids would start learning the Torah at age 6. They would study Genesis through Deuteronomy and have all five books memorized by age 10. The best of the best would then start study of the rest of the Hebrew scriptures. By age 14 or 15 they would have Genesis through Malichi memorized. The best of the best of the best would then go to a respected Rabbi and ask him if he could study under him. That Rabbi would then give an interview. If the student passes he would leave his home, friends, and all he knows to study under this rabbi. But if he doesn’t pass, the Rabbi would say he should go home and learn the family trade.

So when Rabbi Jesus is walking along the sea of Galilee and said to Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Him; they dropped everything and followed. Why were Peter and the gang fishermen? Because they weren’t the best of the best. They were in their family trade. So when Rabbi Jesus told them to follow Him, Jesus was telling them they could be like Him. They could do what He does. That’s so COOL!

Just love this book. There’s so much more I could tell. Check it out at Rob Bell’s website robbell.com or Harper Collins website (his publisher). I hope you like it as much as I do.

Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and enouraged.

God bless. Peace.

zack

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Veterans Day.

Greetings everyone!

I know I have written this (or a variation) before, but please humor me.

I love our military and Veterans Day. Both my grandfathers were in the military, and my cousin-in-law currently is in the military.

I have loved and admired the military a long time. I think what our military is doing (and has done) is extremely admirable and sacrificial.

Many of the military have sacrificed their lives trying to bring freedom to those who don’t have it all around the world. To me, that’s extremely noble. There are few things that are as noble as giving of one’s own life for the benefit of another. Our Savior, Jesus once said “no greater love is this, that one lays down his life for his friends”. I see that in our military. If I knew someone who was killed, I would be extremely sad and heart-broken. I DO NOT mean in any sense to belittle those who have lost loved ones or seen them be disabled.

Perhaps I would feel different if I did loose someone. But even if I did, I would be extremely proud of that person. He had made the ultimate sacrifice for the benefit of other people. To me, that’s incredibly noble.

I’ll close there. Comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Peace.

zack

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Greetings everyone!

Last week I saw some amazing videos. They were a series of videos called Covered In The Dust Of The Rabbi. It is a series of five videos.  They were lessons presented by Rob Bell.

These videos were absolutely fascinating to me.  In these Bell talked about Jesus and the Jewish world in which He lived.

He talked about the Jewish prayer shawl and how the woman who suffered from bleeding in Luke’s s Gospel touched the fringe of Jesus’ clothes and was healed. It was the edge of Jesus’ prayer shawl.

And he talked about how Jewish children learned the whole Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and memorize it from age 6 through age 10. The best of the best would then memorize Joshua through Malachi. The best of the best of the best would then go to a rabbi and ask to be his apprentice. The rabbi would then interview him. If the rabbi thought the apprentice is among the best of the best of the best that rabbi would tell the apprentice to come follow him. But if he wasn’t among the best of the best of the best, the rabbi would tell him to go back home and learn the family trade.

When Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee and saw Peter, Andrew, James, and John fishing; they were applying their family trade. They weren’t the best of the best of the best. Jesus Himself is a rabbi, so He told them to follow Him. What He was telling them was He believed they could be like Him. So they dropped everything to follow a rabbi would believe they could do what He does.

Bell was saying we have faith in Jesus, and rightly so. But Jesus has faith in us. He had faith in the disciples.

It is absolutely fascinating.

Any and all comments, thoughts, questions, etc are always welcomed and encouraged.

God bless. Peace.

Zack

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