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Jesus’ Wife

As you may have heard in the news this week, a professor from Harvard has made public an ancient document that has some provocative text. The fragment is small, about the size of a business card, but mentions Jesus saying, “My wife…”

Needless to say, the story has generated quite a bit of buzz. In such situations, the best thing to do is to look carefully at the facts, ignore the suppositions, so that reasonable conclusions can be drawn. Daniel Wallace, Dallas Seminary professor and head of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, does just that in this blog post:

http://danielbwallace.com/2012/09/21/reality-check-the-jesus-wife-coptic-fragment/

I’d encourage you to read it (let me know if parts of it don’t make sense, as there is some technical language in the article) and share it with others who might be interested.

And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the document here.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Integrity

This week’s leadership topic is integrity. To get us started thinking about it, consider this passage for 1 Samuel 12. Samuel, the spiritual leader of Israel, has turned over the leadership of Israel to Saul, the new king. As Samuel bids farewell to the people, he says this:

Samuel said to all Israel, “I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”

“You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.” (1 Samuel 12:1-4)

After a lifetime of leadership, the one thing Samuel points to is his integrity. Nothing else matters. Leadership gurus Kouzes and Posner surveyed thousands of people over the years, and discovered that in almost every survey, integrity was the most desirable leadership trait. Nothing else matters if you don’t have integrity. (See their book Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It.)

So how do you maintain your integrity?

What strategies do you have in place to guard your most valuable asset?

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Pursue Authority Through Humility

I came across this article, and I think it has a couple of excellent nuggets. (I even stole one of the nuggets as the title.) It’s a great read about Jesus’ model of leadership:

Do you ever wonder what the perfect picture of leadership would look like? The Bible makes it clear from the beginning—leadership is really God’s idea. He ordains leaders to accomplish his will in this world. In Genesis 2, God places Adam in the Garden of Eden, giving him the responsibility to care for it.

Adam was the leader of the Garden, exercising the creativity, care, and authority of God in that realm. It’s a picture of God’s call for every person. We lead wherever God places us, and we reflect the character of God in the process. Simply put, we’re called by God to influence our world in such a manner that those around us can come to know who he is.

However, Adam’s sin marred this high calling of leadership, and it became a means for manipulation and self-justification. Too often we use our leadership to get others to do what we want them to do. Or we use our leadership to reassure ourselves that we are worthy to lead. We’re left in this uninspiring posture, asking a desperate question: as Christians, how might we better understand and practice godly leadership?

We must begin by looking to Jesus Christ. He redeems us and provides a true picture of godly leadership. In Matthew 20:26-28, he tells his disciples:

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

As the Redeemer-Leader, Jesus is undeniably revolutionary—a leader who delights in serving rather than being served. Consider both fallen leadership and the redemptive leadership modeled by Jesus. The contrast is stark. When we practice fallen leadership, we seek to “lord it over” those who follow us. But redemptive leadership serves those we lead. Fallen leadership focuses on control and power. Redemptive leadership pursues authority through humility. At home or at work, when we lead with humility, we reflect our Savior’s redemptive leadership.

But Jesus did not sacrifice his life just to provide an example of good leadership. If we reduce Jesus to a practical model for business leaders, we miss the essence of redemptive leadership. Jesus came to rescue us from our greatest plight – sin. Without Jesus’ atoning work to “give his life as a ransom for many,” our leadership remains mired in sinful motivation, selfish gain, and futility. In saving us from sin, Jesus also restores leadership as a means of God’s grace and kindness to the world.

For this reason, the practice of Christian leadership begins with worship to the Savior who calls us to join him in redeeming the world around us. And he sets us free to do this through our daily work and our daily relationships.

Andre Yee has worked as an executive in the technology sector for over fifteen years. He was recognized as one of InfoWorld’s Innovators to Watch for 2006. Andre is passionate about business, his family and theology, not necessarily in that order. He is happily married to Kathy and grateful for their three children—Kirsten, Michael and Stephen.

Reprinted with permission from the original article “Redemptive Leadership” at TheHighCalling.org. All rights reserved.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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An Online Resource

This week, I wanted to share with you a resource I found recently. As per some of our discussion over the past few weeks, podcasts are an excellent way to invest in yourself and your own spiritual growth. To that end, I’d encourage you to check out this site:

http://open.biola.edu

Biola (the Bible Institute of Los Angeles) is a Bible college and seminary (called Talbot) that has a long history of excellent teaching. They’ve created this site as a way to share some of the “best of the best” teaching and instruction in a variety of topics (everything from art and business to ethics and spiritual formation). It looks like a great resource to get a Biblical perspective on just about any topic that interests you.

Check it out, and let us know if you find anything that is especially valuable or relevant to Trinity.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized