“Labor Day is one of only a few non-religious holidays that is celebrated on the same day in both Canada and the United States. Today all across North America we are taking a break from our normal labors in order to rest. And as we rest, we do well to remember and to thank. More than anyone else, John Flavel has taught me why and how I ought to express gratitude to God. Today I’m following in his footsteps as I explain why you ought to thank God for your job, whatever your job is.”
“I have the privilege – and it really is a privilege; that’s not just puffery – to interview top Christian leaders (and some who aren’t Christians but are really good at what they do) on a weekly basis alongside Todd Adkins for the 5 Leadership Questions podcast. I learn an incredible amount from getting to ask questions and converse with these people. Even knowing their credentials and accomplishments I am often blown away by their wisdom, practicality, and insight. Here are some of the best quotes from the first 100 episodes of the podcast.” See the fantastic list here.
As you know each week I include various leadership information from the internet. One excellent resource is the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast (5LQ). Although, some of the content is directly related to those in full-time ministry, I think you will find many of the interviews helpful in your personal leadership.
“Where have America’s young men gone? According to Erik Hurst, an economist from the University of Chicago, they haven’t gone anywhere—they’re just plugged in.” Read the revealing full article about men and technology.
A renovation project brings income to a church nonprofit and vitality to a former tobacco town
“An enterprising leader of St. John AME Zion Church pushed his congregation to revive its dormant nonprofit and undertake an ambitious plan to buy and improve seven properties in a historically African-American area of Wilson, North Carolina.” Read the full, incredible story.
You may be tired of Michael Phelps by now, but I thought this commercial was compelling in many ways.
It fits perfectly with one of our themes from last year’s Iron Leadership. (Joe Frazier). However, I might add something to the ending tag line: “It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.” I would add: “It’s what you do with the dark that brings you into the light.” Pete Scazzero terms this darkness, “the Shadow” – his definition is: “the accumulation of untamed emotions, less-than-pure motives and thoughts that, while largely unconscious, strongly influence and shape your behaviors. It is the damaged but mostly hidden version of who you are.”
As we move through Iron Leadership this year, we will be addressing this darkness or “shadow.” It is the Gospel that saves us from the darkness (I Peter 2:9) and it is the Gospel that reshapes our untamed emotions, behaviors, and the hidden version of who we are.