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From Around the Internet 2/27/12

Marc Cortez, a theology professor, summarizes a message by Leith Anderson on “7 Things the Church Expects from the Seminary.” These sound right to me: 1. Leaders who are [theologically] orthodox and biblically literate. 2. Leaders who can preach and manage well. 3. Leaders who can lead. 4. Leaders who know what organizational health looks like. 5. Leaders who can relate. 6. Leaders who can integrate. 7. Leaders who survive.

Allan R. Bevere reminds us
“We Are Not Mistakers — We Are Sinners.” He says: “…into our mistake veneered lives comes Lent, and we must face the truth about ourselves-- we are sinners. The house of our lives doesn't only need a little paint here and some new moldings there... anything less than renovation is insufficient. In Jesus Christ God wants to do a new work in us that is transformative in character. The work needed is so extensive only God can do it. As I heard someone say years ago, "If I'm OK and you're OK, why did Jesus need to go to the cross?””

Lisa Colón DeLay gives us 12 qualities of a narcissistic personality and 5 ways to deal with it here: What is a Narcissist Really & What should you do about it? She writes: “Sure, archetypal [narcissistic personalities] are easily identified, perhaps as vain or self-centered, but a more mild version can creep into our surroundings insidiously as authority figures, pillars of the community, sought-after experts, and accomplished leaders. Once you let them, they start to suck the life out of you. Sometimes their presence is unavoidable, but figuring out who they are and how to manage your interactions, before you lose your cool with them is invaluable wisdom.”

I found Thom S. Rainer’s list
Seven Personality Traits of Effective Leaders quite interesting. It might just surprise you. He writes: “If there is an overarching theme in the personality traits of effective leaders, it is that they are secure people. They are secure in their abilities. They are secure in their relationships with others. They are even secure to some extent in their weaknesses.”

Over at
ASBO Jesus: The Ongoing Adventures… I found this:


…which pretty much sums up my attitude toward pornography.

Leslie Keeney ponders the Christian response to the forthcoming anti-religious Reason Rally here:
"Why I am Not Sure That Christians Attending an Atheist Event is a Good Idea (But I Could Be Persuaded)." Specifically, should Christians put a tent outside the rally and hand out water bottles? Her immediate reaction is that it is a bad idea, but she’s been doing some reading, and now she’s not so sure….

And, over at the Emergent Village Voice Nick Fox turned up the following quote from Søren Kierkegaard about New Testament scholarship: “Wisdom from Kierkegaard”:

The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we as Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.

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