Focus Friday: 5 Leadership Questions With Dr. Russell Moore


The 5 Leadership Questions Podcast interviews leaders from many facets of life and business and they ask 5 major questions:

  1. Who are you currently learning from?
  2. What is the main emphasis of your leadership right now?
  3. What are 2-3 things you must do daily?
  4. What does leadership in your home look like?
  5. What would you tell your 20 year old self?

These podcasts are like a front porch conversations and are a great resource for informal mentoring and discipleship. 

This weeks episode with Dr. Moore gives u a glimpse into the life of the leader of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission. There are many reasons I enjoy listening and learning from Dr. Moore, one of them is he provides big picture thinking in a small picture world.

A great example of big picture thinking is when Dr. Moore gives a 30 to 45 second breakdown on the ethics of driverless vehicles. His comments cause you to pause and think. 

When thinking about ethics Dr. Moore says,

 “When I find myself on ethically dangerous ground it’s because I am forgetting who I am and my place in the Kingdom of God.”

That statement is truth that packs a punch.

The podcast speaks to several topics like parenting, family devotions, friendships, mentoring and many more. 

Some of the words of wisdom Dr. Moore would leave his 20 year old self is a thought I have been meditating as I have been going through my day. 

Try to be free from anxiety enough to enjoy in the Providence of God in the moment and rest in the providence of God.

I hope you hit the DL button when you see The 5 Leadership Questions on your podcast feed. 

Some of my favorite episodes are:

Ronnie Floyd

Scott Sauls

Nik Ripken

Peter Scazzero

Nick Vujicic

Until Next Time

Soli Deo Gloria

The Early Bird Gets The Link

Perspectives After Attending the #DefundPP Rally
Since the rally, several people have asked me if I was afraid while there. I believe the Lord took away my fear and He gave me all the courage I needed to go and stand up for life. 

The Cure for a Lack of Fruit in Our Christian Lives

Assuming, then, that there is no doubt as to the ability and willingness of Christ to save those who believe, how may I be assured that I have this belief?

Growing in the faith always takes time (and it’s never complete)

Which, really, is the story of all our lives. No matter how far we progress, we’re still not there. There is still work to be done. While we still have breath, sanctification is not complete.

How and Why Did Some Christians Defend Slavery?

A history lesson worth reading.

The Key to Spiritual Breakthrough

How much enjoyment of God’s presence and experience of his power for mission are we missing out on because we do not ask God for them?

The Early Bird Gets The Link

Satan Wants to Blackmail You
A good word on concealed and unrepentant sin, run to your Father he knows.

Why Every Preacher Needs “The Doctor”

Every time I pick up Preaching and Preachers, I benefit. Here are five reasons why I think every preacher needs an occasional dose of “The Doctor” and his book.

Three Questions: Spiritual Growth

Three Questions is a series designed to put forth a few questions once a month. They can be used for personal reflection or perhaps as a way to spur on meaningful conversation in an accountability or small group.

Why Papa of The Shack Is not Aslan of Narnia

What about Narnia? If it is wrong to portray God the Father as the human Papa, isn’t it equally wrong to portray God the Son as the lion Aslan?

Five Warnings On Christians’ Thoughtless Use of Technology

Warnings to be heeded concerning tech, your children and you. 

The Early Bird Gets The Link

God Is Working in Your Waiting
Such is our dilemma as Christians. While society makes every attempt to make our life easier and faster, God works on a very different timetable. In his mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. In fact, waiting can actually be a positive good that he often uses to make us more like his Son.

Do We Really Have to Politicize Everything?

The gospel challenges this convergence. The announcement that a crucified Messiah is the king of the world must lift our eyes and our allegiance to something more ultimate than a policy proposal or a political party. The gospel, of course, has political implications, but it demotes “the political realm” to a lower place.

How Can Our Church Reach Out to the Gay Community?

There is no secret to reaching out to any community–gay, straight, or otherwise. Don’t be scared and don’t be stupid. Talk to people as real people. 

What to do when you don’t know what to do

Worthwhile read.

Deadly Doctrines: Facing Evil Likes Snakes and Doves

Jesus had taught and mentored his disciples, and he was now ready to send them on a short-term mission. They would go to their fellow Jews to tell them of the Messiah. They were like sheep being dispatched into a pack of dangerous wolves. Wolves are vicious, and sheep are helpless. Wolves are crafty, and sheep are dumb. How could these sheep survive? They would need to learn from two other creatures—snakes and doves.

The Early Bird Gets The Link

Faith in Action
Paul pointed out six aspects of the Christian’s life that must be visible. In fact, in these points, Paul provides emphasis by giving commands to these believers regarding how they are to live. For faith, without works is dead.

It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Christian

America is facing turbulent times. Political unrest is unceasing. The racial divide is deepening. Fear and frustration swirl frantically. 

This leads to only one logical conclusion: It’s a wonderful time to be a Christian.
7 Ways Leaders Seize the Opportunity of Second Failure

People will fail tomorrow in the same way they failed today, unless they change.

Wanted: Burdened Preachers

That this is one of the crying needs of our times must be obvious to all who have the prosperity of the church militant at heart. There is no shortage of men going by the titles of Pastor, Reverend, Bishop, Evangelist, etc., for they are being churned out of our Bible colleges and seminaries like comic booklets off the press. Never in the history of the church have we had so many BAs, BThs, MAs, PhDs, etc., in our pulpits. Yet, we must equally admit that very few of these men would sizzle if dropped into the Thames. Professionalism is the order of the day. Men prepare their sermons with the same cold-bloodedness with which they prepared their college assignments, and are therefore quite content when in the place of an A+ they get a “Thank you, Pastor, for that wonderful sermon” at the end of the service.

7 Trademarks Of An Unhealthy Friendship

Before you start reading, let me warn you: it will be very tempting for you to identify a friend or former friend who can be characterized by these trademarks…However, the point of this passage is for us to examine our own hearts, not convict others. 


Meditation Monday: Things Done in The Corner

image2

I was a child and I have children, so I know, when children want to hide things the go to a hidden part of the house, behind a tree, or a shady corner. They are doing this to keep from getting in trouble or others finding out their secret. They are trying to be sneaky.

In Acts 26 we read of Paul’s fourth trial, he has appealed to Caesar and is awaiting transport. Agrippa comes to town and Festus consults him for advice on what to do with this unjustly imprisoned prisoner. Who knows what Agrippa has heard concerning Paul, I speculate he has heard much of Paul’s activities.

Paul now has the opportunity to share the Gospel by sharing his story. He shares his Damascus road experience and his mission given to him by Jesus. He also explains his faithfulness to that mission is why the Jews want to kill him. Paul says enough about how Jesus transformed me, let me tell you about how He can transform you. Jesus who was foretold by the prophets, suffered and died and rose again from the dead to bring a message of light to the Jews and Gentiles.

You Are Out Of Your Mind

Festus’ first reaction is to tell Paul he is crazy. Why is it that when followers of Jesus share the Gospel people think we are crazy? Festus’ plausibility structure drove him to come to the conclusion that Paul was crazy. Joe Carter defines a plausibility structure in this way,

plausibility structures — belief-forming apparatus that acts as a gatekeeper, letting in evidence that is matched against what we already consider to be possible. Plausibility structures filter out claims that we believe cannot be reasonable or potentially true. They don’t necessarily tell us if a claim is true, only that the truth of the claim appears plausible enough for us to accept and that we are not wholly unwarranted in thinking it could be true. Whether we are gullible or skeptical, the beliefs we accumulate are those that have been filtered through plausibility structures at the individual and cultural level. These eventually form our worldview, which itself becomes a broad strainer that filters out beliefs that we won’t even consider to be possibly true.

Festus couldn’t believe because he was blinded by his unbelief, political power and the religion of Rome. Festus wouldn’t believe because he was a man in love with the glory of Rome and how the glory of Rome could give him his best life now. This was Festus’ worldview and if Christianity is true it will cause all of what Festus was living for to crumble to the ground.

Paul turns his sights to Agrippa in this courtroom drama that rivals a Perry Mason or Law and Order episode. I imagine Paul with boldness and a piercing glare telling Agrippa, “what I am saying is true and reasonable. The king is familiar with these things and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice…King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

I wish we knew what was going on in the inner workings of King Agrippa’s mind. Did he think Paul was crazy? Did he think Paul was speaking the truth? Was he so in love with his sin it didn’t matter? King Agrippa left their a proud man, his final words to Paul “do you think you can persuade me to be a Christian in such a short time?”

Christ Did Not Hide In A Corner

One thing is clear from history, when Jesus came on the scene, it was more like shock and awe than kids hiding in the corner. Jesus had a very public ministry, with miraculous events popping up all over the region of Israel. People followed him in droves to hear him teach and possibly receive a miracle. The social structures were being shaken because of Christ ministry.

His ministry was a very public event, but so was his death. Hung on a cross for all to see. Festus and Agrippa could pretend this didn’t happen, but it was Roman record they knew it happened.

His resurrection was public too. Listen to what Paul writes to the Church in Corinth,

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

The only shady dark corner deal was between the chief priests and Roman guards,

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

To say that the Jesus of the Gospels didn’t exist or say he didn’t do what the Gospels say he did is as atrocious as saying  9/11 didn’t happen, WW II is fictional or Pearl Harbor is a fabrication.

When we read Acts 26 it is almost as if Paul is testifying before us. Will we be like Festus and just brush him off as a loon because what we have been taught doesn’t quite square up with the Gospel? Our goals in life are more about serving me than serving the Lord and my neighbor? Will we be like Agrippa and brush off the Gospel because of pride and position? Or we will be like Paul and humbly submit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let it be the fuel of our lifes mission in our endeavors in this world?

Until Next Time

Soli Deo Gloria

The Early Bird Gets The Link

Feb 20 How Word Studies Go Bad: A (Slightly Funny) Example

This example was great.”Now, the word I have translated as “help” is συλλαμβάνω (sullambanō)—that clearly is the right translation—but I was struck by the fact that a word study on this term could turn out to be anything from horrible to hilarious if handled poorly. As we consider the various possible meanings for the word in the ancient world, we find the following.”

Disciples Give More Than They Take

A man’s final words are probably the most significant; it’s what he most wants others to remember. If you were making a farewell speech, what would you include? A list of your accomplishments? Words of wisdom for how to be successful?

Stop Calling Everything a Bible Study

Over time, “Bible study” has become a catchall to describe all kinds of gatherings. In the words of the esteemed linguist Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Watch an Entirely Free, Seminary-Level Course with Carl Trueman on the Reformation

Worth your time. “Thanks to the generosity and permission of Carl Trueman—Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as well as the author of Luther on the Christian Life—and The Master’s Seminary, you can basically take Professor Trueman’s course online for free. (You just don’t have to take any tests, write any papers, or get any credit!)”

Tim Keller Speaks At Google

An Evangelical Response to Fake News, Cynicism, & “PC” Conformity

What we need is not political correctness but civility. Whereas today’s political correctness often demands social conformity at the expense of personal beliefs, civility encourages us to articulate our beliefs, but to do so in a way that respects the dignity and decency of other persons. Civil citizens are smart enough, strong enough, and patriotic enough to make their political points without having to take the low road.

image-1