Servant Leadership changes the focus from just the needs of the leader to a more holistic style of leadership that considers the needs of the follower. The servant leader not only recognizes that their followers have needs, but he also takes responsibility for serving his team by meeting their needs.
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.
December 21 is the Winter Solstice; it is the longest night of the year. From here forward, the nights get shorter and days get longer. The winter solstice marks the beginning of the solar calendar, and even without religious connotations, the day is celebrated across the globe in various ways.
I tell people that I work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to get out of attending family events. My family likes to have a Thanksgiving get together and my wife’s family does a big Christmas Eve event. An encounter this year, however, ruined that story, and I’m thrilled about it.
(Photo Credit: Chattanooga Community Kitchen).
I bet that the last time you attended a funeral or memorial service, you heard someone talk about legacy. Legacy is the impact we leave behind when we are gone. Some people leave a legacy that makes people remember them and the impact they made, and others leave a legacy that continues to impact years after they are gone. Great leaders leave a legacy that continues to impact.
Lost somewhere in the language of postmodernism, existentialism, and other philosophies hides a sleeping, philosophical giant known as pragmatism. Though not as public as perhaps other philosophies, pragmatism has crept into the public square and informed nearly every aspect of daily life.
When you were in high school or college you learned the SMART acronym for goal setting. Your goals are supposed to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable (or Agreed Upon), Realistic, and Time-bound. SMART goals are still taught in schools, seminars, and other places as the standard model for goal setting. The most innovation SMART goals have encountered in decades is where an extra ER was added to the back end to make SMARTER goals, which includes ethical and recorded.
In the book Faith Acts, Dillon and I wrote about our work in the homeless community through Relevant Hope, and we focused on James 1:22 as a guiding portion of Scripture that helped us put our faith in action. We truly believe that those who are in Christ will live out their faith both in personal piety and expression of love toward others. Good works shouldn’t be done out of a sense of duty or a begrudging attitude. Intent is just as important as obedience, and Jesus spoke to that in his parable of the two brothers (Matthew 21:28-32).
With all the news, laws, and conversations going on in our country about bathrooms, I’m appalled that one of the greatest bathroom tragedies has been occurring for so long that no one even notices it.
My desire to write Faith Acts happened because of a conversation over a cup of coffee. I’m fairly certain all great things in life begin this way, and I hope Faith Acts joins the ranks of great things that happened.