5 Things Leaders Can Learn From the Presidential Debates

So the Presidential debates are about a week behind us. This election is heading toward it's conclusion (Thankfully). Unlike previous election years, the debates have had a dramatic effect on the race. Personally, I have found them fascinating and interesting. And I wonder if Christian leaders can draw some lessons from these debates as we lead God's people. Here are five things that were obvious to me: 1) Leadership invites incredible scrutiny. Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to give both President Obama and Governor Romney credit for stepping forward and offering to serve America in the highest office in the land. In this 21st-century, the scrutiny of public leadership is every so tight. You have journalists and bloggers paid to extract the most inane of details, down to what a candidate orders at Wendy's and how that reflects upon what he'd do in the White House. Pastors don't face near...

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Why I’m Voting, Who I’m Voting For, and Why

We're heading down the homestretch of this election. There are a lot of questions for American Christians. Should we vote? Who should we vote for? Should we place so much trust in a political party? We've seen both candidates endure months of grueling campaigning, be ridiculed about gaffes, and we've read enough tweets and Facebook posts to fill a book (a really lame book, at that). I'd like to share with you where I'm at. I'm only one person and I'm not the first or last word on this subject. But I'd like to share just why I'm voting, who I'm voting for and why. I write this to hopefully help my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Why I'm Voting There are some well-meaning Christians who, not liking any of the candidates, wonder about the efficacy of voting. Why settle for a "lesser of two evils" role when there is not...

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When We Add Stuff to the Bible, We Hurt People

Orthodox evangelicals believe in something called a "closed cannon." In other words, we believe the Bible as it is presently constructed-39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament-are the complete, written, inspired, inerrant Word of God. This matters for lots of reasons, but two big ones: a) we have all we need for faith and practice (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16) and b) there is no new revelation, no new Scripture. The latter point takes seriously Revelation 22:19 in that we feel it dishonors the Word to add to it. In practice, most conservative evangelicals believe this. It's in our statements of faith, its part of our creeds, and we will not be ashamed to say we believe this. But in practice, we often say something different. We can do this in a variety of ways, but one big one for conservative, inerrantists is this: We...

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How You Can Best Help Your Church

If you're a Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are called, by God, to be on mission in the world. This is the essence of the gospel call, that you were not simply saved from death but also saved for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). That purpose is to make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). And the way God has called you to make disciples is through the local church, His expression of His body in your community. So how do you help your disciple-making, evangelistic, Bible-preaching church with its mission? You might think I'm going to say something really cool like: "go to another conference with a well-known speaker" or "read and then pass along to your pastor that best-selling book" or "get your pastor to do this or that new, innovative church ministry model." Those are all good efforts. And if you are in a position of influence, please use that to move your church...

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