Illation on Leaders 4

Illation on Leaders 4, December 2017

Consider Paul’s Concepts of our Faith as presented in the Book of 1st Corinthians

I calibrate how the church should define itself by using scripture, prayer, meditation, and study.  In contemplating the roles of leadership in the church, I have been looking for verses in the New Testament Letters, searching for offices, duties, and topics; to gather information and, therefore patterns and inferences that can be gleaned.

Going book by book, 1st Corinthians, alone, amounted to more than 2,000-words. Continue reading “Illation on Leaders 4”

Illation on Leaders 3

Illation on Leaders 3, November 2017

Meditate on the Leadership positions:

Apostle

Prophet

Pastor

Teacher

Evangelist

Leader

Deacon

Elder

Overseer

Shepherd

Bishop

 

Other positions to kick around (not necessarily Biblical):

Counselor – various kinds

Cardinal

Pope

Father

Music Director

Father

Mentor

Illation on Leaders 2

Illation on Leaders 2, November of 2017

Now to negate some of the first post on this topic.

While Leaders are to be servants, God has certainly given Leaders the right to make decisions and give instructions.

Give some thought to:

  • What kinds of decisions are shown in the New Testament texts
  • Is there a strict hierarchy of power
  • How does the Holy Spirit figure in
  • How do we evaluate a person’s leadership skills

Jeff

 

Illation on Leaders

Illation on Leaders 1 – October of 2017

I am seeking to review the New Testament verses teaching about Leadership in the church.  I have realized my assumptions, however dear they are to me, are not organized enough to begin a detailed writing.  In creating space for writing these thoughts, I am critically asking:

“Why?  Why do I hold these assumptions?”

Unraveling and sorting them for this blog requires more organization and details.  Read through Paul’s letters picking out verses that talked about aspects of Leadership: Titles (Pastor Deacon, etc.) and job descriptions (duties).  But I soon captured more tags:  a leader’s character, relationships to other people or positions, demeanor.

So I gathered, as I read through each letter, a list of verses bearing a pertinent aspect of leadership.  After reviewing a good chunk Continue reading “Illation on Leaders”

Love Driving?

It is, sometimes, wearisome, when a church does not accept you for what you are…

Love to drive?  I do:

slow down,

speed up,

turn down the roads I like most,

choose the places I want to visit.

With God along for the ride, we can go it together, forever.  It’s fun.  It’s good.  We go lots of places — both in real life and metaphorically speaki, err, driving. Continue reading “Love Driving?”

the focus of your purpose

Make sure the picture, or rather, the event, you are composing is a reflection of God.

. . . ramble?  yes, this essay rambles. . .   rambling is what life is for. . .   sometimes.  Especially when you want to Focus!  🙂 🙂 🙂

Have a clear purpose when planning.  But make sure your purpose and your end product creates a noticeable view to God, unimpeded by distractions that take us away from Focusing on God:  the glittery objects our eyes are drawn to, salacious endeavors to please our flesh, and, amongst others, self-absorption.

Glittery:  as we look at a scene our eyes are naturally attracted to light, especially lights that are flashing, dancing.  This holds our Focus from seeing the rest of the scene.

Flesh:  our physical body needs to take care and not be allowed to roam off course.

Self-absorption:  it is very easy to place yourself (I need to replace “yourself” with the word “myself”) ahead of someone else and your (my) ideas as more important than your (my) teammate.  We are Friends,

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Some Sights of Spring 2017

Some Pictures from the yard mostly taken this spring.  Winter dragged on some and the weather has been cooler, rainier, and overcast.  But never-the-less: Spring has come to the western edge of the Adirondacks!  The bird is a female Eastern Phoebe.  She and her mate used a lot of moss to bring last year’s nest– situated on top of an outdoor light underneath the soffit, a very, very safe place away from cats, rain, hail, or wind — back to life.  It will not be long until the eggs will hatch.

It is like our God to bring life where, for a while, there was none.

The first Eastern Phoebe picture, in the top row, shows the Mother-to-be incubating the eggs.  And she is in the larger photo, on the left, at the bottom.  To her right, the Male is at the nest.  This was witnessed only two times and both were to feed the fledglings by stuffing a bug into a mouth — one bug, one chick, one feeding.  Then go find another bug.

Note the differences between the adults.  The male’s chest and belly are more rounded than the female.  This was more distinct after all the eggs were laid.  Also, the markings on her underside are more subtle and fewer in number.

Everyone “flew the coop” either late on Sunday evening (Father’s Day) or before 7:30 Monday morning — it is hard to say just when.  After a thunderstorm Sunday evening, as the sun was beyond the horizon (in was fairly dark out and it is shaded where the nest is), I could not tell if anyone was in the nest.  We have not seen or heard their calls since.

And, presently, Summer is here!

Jeff