The Family Firm by Emily Oster

Should you get your kid a phone? A seemingly simple question like that can be quite hard to answer. What kind of phone? A smartphone? A "dumbphone"? What will you say when your kid begins pestering you because all their friends have one? Emily Oster, in her book, The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to…

Time Management for Mortals

Even though Oliver Burkeman is not a Christian, he has written a deeply Christian book. His book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, book could be summarized as saying, "You're not God!!" or as Moses wrote thousands of years ago, "Teach us to number our days, That we may┬ápresent to You [God] a heart…

Disciples Making Culture by Brandon Guindon

Why churches begin with the best of intentions to make disciples only to drift off course, falling back in pragmatic or programmatic ways of thinking? Probably because there's a culture problem argues author Brandon Guindon. Guindon points out that strategies for making disciples don't set the culture of the church. It's the other way around:…

The Big Rocks Lie

Productivity guru Stephen Covey popularized a very compelling illustration about prioritization in his book, First Things First, using a jar to represent a person's life. Typically, we haphazardly jam our lives to the full, placing in big rocks (our highest priorities), pebbles (middling priorities), and sand (things we don't really care about) in a jumbled…

At Your Best by Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof has written At Your Best to help knowledge workers do what they are best at, at their best time. He first chronicles the difficulties that many people have today being overworked, overcommitted, and overstressed. He then confronts the lies we tell ourselves about our life: "To revive some semblance of hope amid all…

When a Crisis Is Not a Crisis, But Sin

The crisis of leadership in our churches, businesses and governments is largely due to this one dilemma: men have been given power, but they are unprepared to handle it. The time of ruling is a tremendous test of character, for the king will be sorely tested to his influence in humility, for the benefit of…

Don’t Try to Measure the Unmeasurable

crop payroll clerk counting money while sitting at table

At Centratel, the staff wage scale is 50 to 75 percent higher than our competitors'. How do we measure whether this elevated pay scale is a smart thing to do? That's an easy question to answer: we don't measure it because we can't measure it. Too many variables and too much subjectivity preclude analysis. Instead,…

Blaising and Bock on the Mosaic Covenant

In the early 90s, Dallas Theological Seminary professors Darrell Bock and Craig Blaising helped to formulate a new version of dispensationalism called progressive dispensationalism. Progressive dispensationalism differed from earlier versions of dispensationalism (classic and revised) by advocating for more continuity in God's plan of redemption. Like every bibilical-theological system, the covenants place an important role…

The Betrayal of Busyness

Quotes from Eugene Peterson in The Contemplative Pastor: The word busy is the symptom not of commitment but of betrayal. It is not devotion but defection. The adjective busy set as a modifier to pastor should sound to our ears like adulterous to characterize a wife or embezzling to describe a banker. It is an…