For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
This is a four-part series of excerpts from books I read while on vacation.
From The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, by Al Mohler . . .
Leaders are made better by other leaders.
When a leader walks into the room, a passion for truth had better enter with him. The leadership that matters most is convictional. Convictions are not merely beliefs we hold; they are those beliefs that HOLD US in their grip (emphasis mine).
I try to make a practice of DOING something with everything I read (instead of simply reading it, putting it away, and having it get lost). This blog post is part of my DOING something with some recent reading.
Specifically, I just finished reading from the book Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders.
Here are 12 bullets from my reading:
The Board of Bethlehem College and Seminary meets on Thursday, May 16, as does the Board of Desiring God. Both Boards operate under the authority of the Elder Council of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Ask God to …
• Give them vision for ministry priorities and clarity on the related issues.
• Grant them oneness of heart and mind as they point to Jesus in their respective ministries.
One of our staff recently received this email:
I doubt that Sam will remember this, but when he served on the staff at Brookings Wesleyan Church, their staff team would come and have coffee and meetings at a restaurant I managed. I remember their time in our store primarily from the way they treated my employees. He, and the staff from BWC, had a great reputation with our servers.
We are always displaying our values. Only God knows what small gestures may leave a lingering impression.
This photo shows leaders of Desiring God (DG) at a lunch meeting with leaders of Bethlehem College and Seminary (BCS) pondering together strategic partnering into the future. This blog post is a straightforward appeal for prayer—asking you to pray that God would grant these men wisdom, vision, and the supply of every necessary grace.
This is the 2012 Fall Volunteer Training audio by Bud Burk and Jan Golias for volunteers serving at Bethlehem in the Family Discipleship Department. This training applies to volunteers serving as Team Leaders in Sunday and Wednesday classrooms.
I came on staff at Bethlehem in 1997, and one of the objectives of my position was to free our senior leader, John Piper, from administrative bric-a-brac in order to focus on preaching and writing. The following books have been released since 1997: