The Radical Leadership Calling in Leviticus 4

The Radical Leadership Calling in Leviticus 4

Leviti­cus is known as quite a few things, but a book on lead­er­ship? That’s prob­a­bly not the first con­cept that jumps into our minds. But the law in Leviti­cus is a great lev­el­er. It often includes com­mands that are for all the peo­ple: whether rich or poor, for those of us in lead­er­ship and for those who are not. In this regard, it has some sur­pris­ing things to say. Con­sid­er the rad­i­cal com­mands in Leviti­cus 4:22–26: “When a lead­er sins, doing unin­ten­tion­al­ly any…

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The Heart of the Parent: Anticipation

The Heart of the Parent: Anticipation

Antic­i­pa­tion sim­ply means wait­ing with con­fi­dence, or assur­ance. All par­ents antic­i­pate quite a lot from their kids: the tem­per tantrum that’s com­ing when you take away the TV, the eye roll asso­ci­at­ed with the plate of per­fect­ly cooked aspara­gus, and the sub­tle groan when cheer­ful­ly ask­ing, “So, do you have any home­work tonight?” In ways, our kids are quite pre­dictable! But there’s a dif­fer­ent sort of antic­i­pa­tion that needs to live deep in the heart of the par­ent. This type of antic­i­pa­tion…

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The Heart of the Parent: Wonder

The Heart of the Parent: Wonder

Hard-hit­ting Chris­tian memes have become a favorite share on Face­book and social media, but one phrase has stuck with me: “Did you have a bad day, or did you have a bad 5 min­utes that you milked all day?” It’s a good ques­tion! When we process through the days, the weeks and the years, which moments and expe­ri­ences are we allow­ing to define our think­ing? Our present atti­tudes will often be influ­enced by the per­cep­tion of our past — and that per­cep­tion is some­thing we…

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5 Things I Learned About Marriage From a Broken Dishwasher

5 Things I Learned About Marriage From a Broken Dishwasher

For the first four years of our mar­riage, my wife Heather and I lived with­out a dish­wash­er. Dish­es would pile up next to the sink, excus­es would be made, ulti­ma­tums given and, in time, the dish­es would be washed. I sup­pose we did ‘tech­ni­cal­ly’ have a dish­wash­er, but Heather was excit­ed to trade me in at some point for one of the new­er, mechan­i­cal mod­els. We final­ly real­ized our dream three years ago when we moved into our cur­rent house. And a dish­wash­er tru­ly…

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The Heart of the Parent: Courage

The Heart of the Parent: Courage

Descrip­tion: Rais­ing kids demands self-sac­ri­fice, bru­tal con­sis­ten­cy and a del­i­cate bal­ance between grace and truth. It’s an inten­tion­al process to “train up a child in the way he should go,” and it requires and inten­tion­al heart. Con­ver­sa­tions about a parent’s heart often cen­ter around con­vic­tion and con­science, but there’s anoth­er char­ac­ter­is­tic that also needs to be firm­ly embraced: Courage. An easy def­i­n­i­tion of courage is “strength in the face of oppo­si­tion or grief.” In par­ent­ing, it refers to the con­vic­tion to point our…

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