Unhealthy Leadership Commandments

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Each semester I teach a class called Leadership Development & Care at Visible Music College. The goal is to address three topics: 1) leading self, 2) developing our understanding of who we are as created by God, and 3) learning to care for (and lead) others. It’s not perfect, but I think those three areas connect to one another and build on one another from the first to the last.

It’s one of my favorite classes to teach in that, if no one else gets anything from it, I certainly do from the reminders of digging into material on emotional health, contemplative spiritual practices, and what it means to care for others in my life. Continue reading

The Gospel According to Eve

the gospel according to eveI recently received a copy of a new work by Amanda Benckhuysen, Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Seminary. It’s entitled The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation.

I’m personally interested in such works due to my adamant support for women in leadership, both theologically and socially. This book specifically piques my interest due to its shedding historical light on the theological interpretation of Scripture regarding women’s roles.

These are some of the words from the IVP press release: Continue reading

Footprints Over Monuments

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I personally love to learn about, think about, read about, talk about spiritual formation. It’s a popular topic today, I understand that. I don’t want to be involved with this because it’s fashionable. Rather I’m drawn to it because of how my life is being transformed.

Spiritual formation, at its foundation, is about the forming of Christ in us by the Spirit of God. Eugene Peterson identifies it as such in his Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. He notes it is “primarily what the Spirit does, forming the resurrection life of Christ in us.”

I believe one key aspect of spiritual formation is the call to slow down. Spiritual formation will be nearly impossible if we are constantly on the run, in a hurry.

We live in a world – both outside and inside the church – that calls us to do more and do it faster. And do it flashy as well.

Christian spiritual formation calls for us to slow our pace. Continue reading