In 1 Corinthians 15:3, the apostle Paul declares that the gospel is "of first importance." In other words, Paul is telling his audience that the gospel is the most important thing for them to know. His words have huge implications for how the church holds its beliefs and how it does theology. For if the … Continue reading How Do You Hold Your Beliefs?
It's self-evident that pastors are holier than "regular" people, right? It's obvious that those who leave their home country to take the gospel around the world are better Christians than those who stay and work ordinary jobs, right? Wrong! And the reason why those sentiments are wrong is the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation was … Continue reading You Don’t Need to be a Monk to Follow Jesus
40 Days of Focus: Adapted from Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Lent is an important season in the life of our church for personal spiritual renewal. While the church has historically practiced fasting from food during Lent, we believe that it is prudent in our current time in history to fast from screens and technology. … Continue reading 40 Days of Focus
Deep Work by Cal Newport: Cultivate focus to get important things done 4,000 Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: There are too many "big rocks" in life. You have to settle. Effortless by Greg McKeown: Bitterness and unforgiveness makes you less productive by clogging up your heart and mind. Tranquility by Tuesday by Laura Vanderkam: Batch small … Continue reading Key Ideas from Productivity Books
Former Navy Seal Jocko Willink summarize the most important principles for combat in his book, Leadership Strategy and Tactics. He codified the Four Law of Combat: Cover and Move Simple Prioritize and Execute Decentralized Command Military teams must Cover and Move. Whenever solider want to advance on a position, they need their teammates to provide … Continue reading The Four Laws of Combat