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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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Archive for March, 2012

Stars to Steer By: Final Test of Leadership

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

[Another jewel from my friend, Bob Smith, elder at the Edmond church.]

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.
–Walter Lippman

Stars to Steer By: Leadership Reflections

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Leaders are not perfect. Leaders are vulnerable and open. Because these two dynamics work against one another, effective leaders are rare.
Effective leaders have learned authenticiity, Leaders are not threatened or defensive concerning their own weaknesses or shortcomings. Leaders are willing to fail, and to admit that failure. Leaders deal with failure rapidly knowing that it is a way forward.
With authenticity and openness, leaders are not threatened by other team members. Effective leaders develop and encourage other leaders. They are not threatened by those they lead nor by those who lead them. Effective leaders have learned how to listen to the ideas, observations, criticisms, and suggestions of others as a part of a continuing growth process.
Effective leaders are constant communicators–often to a seeming fault. Effective leaders share a dream and bring others on board. Effective leaders communicate victories as well as challenges. Such leaders communicate with everyone they can in every way they can at every time they can.
–Bob Young

Daily Bible Reading: Begin Now!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

On Sunday evening, the lesson reminded us of the need to be continually in the word of God. It is never too late to begin. Habits develop only after we begin to act systematically.
Perhaps you will find the Daily Devotionals posted on my website helpful. Tomorrow we begin the Gospel of John. So far in 2012, we have worked our way through Matthew, the Corinthian correspondence and James. It would not take long to read those texts along with the Daily Devotionals. You could also work through those texts as “make up” work, or you could begin the daily Bible reading habit now and finish up the New Testament a year from now.

Check out the Daily Devotionals Index to understand the schedule: 5 days each week times 52 weeks to read the 260 chapters in the New Testament. Each devotional attempts to catch the “flavor” of the “chapter of the day” and to reflect upon its importance, context, and lessons. A briefer textual reading is included in the devotional along with a daily prayer.

May God bless you in your efforts to be in the Word!

Leadership is Ultimately about Legacy

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Leadership is usually associated with the present; but leadership is often most visible in the future, after the fact. Leadership is seen in the legacy one leaves. Am I a leader? Am I a good leader? Am I an excellent leader?
Leadership creates a legacy that inspires others onward. Who am I leading? Who will be influenced by my legacy? Is it not those who will dream bigger, seek more knowledge, desire to do more, and ultimately become more than they would have been without my influence?
Leadership is not to be measured by how many one leads, although that is the way the world tends to think. The world thinks that best leaders are those who influence the most people in the here and now. There is another viewpoint. The best leaders in history may have influenced only a few, but the legacy those leaders left has been passed down from generation to generation so that their influence continues and broadens.
Leadership is ultimately a matter of legacy. Let us so live and lead as to leave a legacy!

Balanced Christianity

Monday, March 26th, 2012

A MinEmergent devotional I received recently contained a quote from Philip Gulley’s book, If the Church Were Christian. I have inserted an editing suggestion in brackets. Consider whether your Christian life is balanced between believing and action, remembering that James 2 says they go hand in hand, and that neither is sufficient without the other.

“This is the great irony of Christ’s Church–a significant number of its members care more about believing certain things about Jesus, than following his an example of love and service. If the church were Christian, mirroring the compassion of Jesus would be more important than [equally important as–by] echoing the orthodoxy that has built up around him.”

It’s Sunday Again: God is God, God is good [Psalm 100]

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

I return to Psalm 100 again and again to be reminded of two great truths about God: God is God, God is good. I enjoy other aspects of this short psalm as well, but these two truths are foundational. The short and simplified (simplistic?) version of what Sundays are about for the Christian is to celebrate that God is God and that God is good. This is the reason for the assembly of the community of faith. This is the “why” of our songs, prayers, communion, sharing, and study.

A recent sermon struggled with the second affirmation. Is God really good, or is He at times not good? The subject of the sermon was the imprecatory psalms. The sermon sent me back to Scripture and Bible study resources to resolve my dilemma. A summary of my thinking is the subject of a recent web posting: Imprecatory Psalms: Psalms of Divine Redress?

My conclusion? The words of the Psalmist in Psalm 100 are true: God is God, God is good. And, as we sometimes add, “all the time.” God’s desire and ultimate purpose is to bless creation. Today as the church assembles around the world, may we remember two great truths and celebrate them joyously: God is God, God is good!

Some Reflections from a Generalist

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The phrase caught my attention because it describes (at least in part) the direction of my life: “I am a writer here and there on this and that.” Indeed! I would add: “I am a writer here and there on this and that from time to time.”
I unabashedly admit it. I am a generalist. I want to know as much as possible about as many things as possible. My ideal is to know a little something about everything! (Impossible, of course) Through the years, I have read extensively. I enjoy interdisciplinary studies. I like to discover new patterns of integration and connection. Some days, I flit from one topic to another, amazed at the wealth of knowledge and variety of applications available in today’s world. In my ministry and mission roles of teaching, preaching and writing, I find lots of interesting connections.
Someone has to do the dissections, drilling down to know more and more about less and less. I have often wondered about the danger of learning more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing.
As for me, give me the freedom to flit a few more years. I may not learn anything new, but then again I may discover that the jigsaw puzzle fits together in more than one way.

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