Branding

Branding

“It is easier to go to a consistent extreme
than to stay at the center of biblical tension.”
J. Robertson McQuilkin

Somewhere in the mid-90s, I heard a well-known Christian leader make a statement about the dire need for leaders. His premise was that seminaries had traditionally spent so much time preparing pastors to preach that they had never trained them to lead. His recommendation was that more seminaries train pastors to be leaders. Due to his reputation and my personal friendship with him, I jumped on board and began to argue the same point. I now regret that argument, to an extent. Let me explain.

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God Helps Those Who Can’t Help Themselves

We have a lot of axioms in America that sound good from an Americanized Christianity but have no basis in truth. One common phrase I hear is, “God only helps those who help themselves.” Or I’ve even heard it, “God always helps those who help themselves.” Either way, this is presented, it is entirely wrong and damaging if it determines how we respond to people.

 

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For the Love of Clocks

 

 As far back as I can remember, I have loved timepieces. I appreciate a good wristwatch, I am mesmerized by pocket watches, and I am utterly fascinated by clocks, especially grandfather clocks. I can’t explain what it is about timepieces that make me so interested in them, but those close to me know that for my utter lack of care for material possessions, timepieces are one of my exceptions.

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