What Does Calling Look Like?

How do we best prepare young people for their future vocation and calling? This is a question Christian parents, pastors, and influencers continually face. My friend, Alex Chediak has come out with a brilliant new book Preparing Your Kids for College. Alex is an educator who has thought through these issues in great depth. His book is a practical new resource for parents. I had the chance to ask him a few questions for this week's Leadership Journal. Here is one of my questions: Seems the church does a good job telling teens about following Christ, but not so well in helping them flesh out what that calling might look like. How can we be better at this? Too many teens have a truncated view of Christianity in which prayer, Bible reading, evangelism, and worship services are important, but everything "secular" is somehow useless at best and contaminated at worst. Spiritual disciplines are...

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Christians on Computers Talking Cakes

You probably don't want to read one more article on the religious liberty, cake-baking, gay marriage controversy. But let me diverge from the important legal and spiritual implications of this discussion and talk about the actual discussion itself. How should the discussion among Christians be driven around the public water cooler of social media? Here are a few thoughts I have in the wake of this pitched battle: We should always assume the very best about those with whom we disagree and we should argue against their best arguments, not caricatured straw men. We should remember that there are actual people behind the avatars. And we should remember that we are people, not avatars. As followers of Jesus we are accountable for what we do and say. We should not assume the headline, but understand and know the facts behind the headline. Tweeting in reaction to a headline may be fashionable, but it's...

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What Pastors Owe Their People

If you are a pastor, you cannot escape the unmistakeable call of spiritual leaders, in the New Testament to "feed the flock of God": Jesus commissioned Peter to do "feed my sheep", no less than three times, in that famous scene on the shores of Galilee (John 21:15-19) Jesus commissioned the disciples, in the Great Commission passage to "teach them all things I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:16) Paul commissioned the Ephesian elders to "tend to the whole flock" pointing this example of his unwillingness to shrink from "the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:17-28) Peter urges church leaders to "feed the flock of God among you." Paul instructed Timothy, in his last letter, "these things you have learned from me, commit to faithful men" (2 Timothy 2:2). He also urged him to "guard the deposit entrusted to you" (2 Timothy 1:14; 6:20). He also  reminded Timothy of the usefulness of "all Scripture" as profitable for...

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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a Muslim home, but came to faith in Christ after a search for meaning and truth. He tells his conversion story in a new book,  Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. I had the chance to interview Nabeel today for my weekly Leadership Journal blog. This is one of the questions I asked him: What finally drove you to a point of decision between Islam and Christianity? What was holding you back—and what finally drove you forward? The first thing that had to happen was that someone had to show me the truth about Christianity. Only when I saw the truth would I be able to assess whether I would follow it or not. David didn't just tell me why he believed in the gospel, he showed me how we could be confident it is true and therefore everyone should believe it. The historical evidence he provided...

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