This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well..
Judgment is a Lazy Substitute for Intimacy –Michael Kelley
Judgment is lazy. …when judgment rears up; that’s when I’m tempted to make a snap evaluation of a person based on a given snapshot I see before me.
What I don’t know is the truth of the situation… I don’t know, and I’m content not to know. That’s because judgment is, frankly, easy.
It takes no time. It takes no real effort. And it certainly takes no sacrifice. It is based purely on assumption. This is why you could say that judgment, among other things, is a lazy substitute for intimacy. And this is not the way of Jesus.
Most of these are way too common…
5 Ways Ministry Leaders Start the Journey to Failure
One of the hardest things I do in ministry is interact with those who are no longer in ministry, but wish they were. They’ve been derailed. They messed up and either they got caught or the guilt got the best of them and they confessed.
In recent years, I’ve had numerous ministry friends who lost their ministry due to moral failure, poor leadership, or simply burnout…
Watching this process over the years there appear to be some common reasons failure occurs. It doesn’t start at the failure. It starts months – and, perhaps years – prior. My hope is if we expose some of them we can catch a few people before it is too late.
So, let me ask, do any of these apply to you? …
Is Performance A Dirty Word? (And What it Means for Worship Musicians) –David Santistevan
In more conversations than I can count, I’ve heard performance thrown around as a dirty word.
“This is not a performance. This is worship.”
I get where these comments come from. Matter of fact, I’ve said them myself. What I want to guard against is demonizing performance. If you play music in your local church, there’s no need to avoid the word performance or think of it as something less than true worship.
Performance and worship don’t need to be mutually exclusive…
Not quite as intimidating as the original…
(But I gotta admit, these guys are pretty good.)