Leadership Development

Developing Morally Mature Marines
Leadership Development, Spiritual Growth

Developing Morally Mature Marines

I had the opportunity to address the Training Squadron (MATSS-1) during their “Back in the Saddle” briefings. It’s the standard briefings Marines get after a holiday stand-down when things are gearing back up for normal operation. You know, they’re about to get “back in the saddle” (this isn’t rocket-science, folks). The Staff NCOs gave me…

Bad Behaviour Delivers in the Church…and Everywhere Else
Anon, Church Life, Culture, Featured, Leadership Development

Bad Behaviour Delivers in the Church…and Everywhere Else

“The heart is deceitful above all other things.“ –Jeremiah 17:9 I read a great article by Rabbi Stephen Pearce called Bad Behavior in the Bible Delivers Timeless Lessons. In it he writes: Other sagacious writers have echoed this prophet’s [Jeremiah’s] bleak comment on human nature. Nietzsche observed, “Lying is a necessity of life, a part…

The Church and Passive Wrath: Leading the Charge into Oblivion
Church Life, Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Leadership Development

The Church and Passive Wrath: Leading the Charge into Oblivion

Whenever “divine wrath” is mentioned in religious conversation, we automatically think of Sodom and Gomorrah, the destruction of towns and villages in the Old Testament, and the like. But generally people are unaware that most of the wrath mentioned in the Bible is not of this sort. There is a major difference between this kind…

Contending for the Faith: Attacks from within the Church
Church Life, Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Leadership Development, Practical Theology

Contending for the Faith: Attacks from within the Church

“Contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3) is the apostle Paul’s advice. Throughout his career, he spent time contending for the faith by fighting not only for the truth and intellectual credentials of Christian doctrine, but for his standing as an apostle and messenger of the Gospel….

Cheap Grace, Cheap Forgiveness
Church Life, Culture, Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Leadership Development, Relationships

Cheap Grace, Cheap Forgiveness

Forgiveness! Recently, it appears that forgiveness of everyone, all the time, without exception, and without confession or repentance has become a Christian prerequisite. In its present form, it’s just another version of what German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” He defined it as follows: Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without repentance, is…

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