I’ve been reflecting on the need for spiritual resilience recently. Resilience is our ability to recover from difficulties. To “spring back into shape” emotionally and spiritually after a hardship.
This past Wednesday was the Feast of Epiphany (which means “revealing”), and here in the US a LOT was revealed as a violent, racist mob stormed the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to suspend proceedings and shelter in safety until order could be restored.[Read more…] about The Fear and Violence of White Supremacy
Reading, both widely and deeply, is a vital discipline for any leader. But reading is especially important for the Christian leader, because our way of leadership (following Jesus) isn’t just pragmatic. It’s a inherently theological pursuit that demands we reflect deeply on our relationships regularly.
We asked some of our team to give us a few favorite books from 2020, and we’ve got a fantastic list below, in no particular order. (Note: these aren’t necessarily books that were released this year, just books we happened to read this year.)
In Gravity Leadership Academy, one of the core practices we train leaders in is to proclaim good news like Jesus did. (And I’m not talking primarily about preaching, by the way.)
To proclaim good news (like Jesus did) is to announce, in words and actions, the truth of who God is, who we are because of who God is, and what’s really real because of who God is and what God’s done.[Read more…] about Why is it So Hard to Proclaim Good News Like Jesus Did?
I’ve noticed that one of the subtle effects of social distancing for 6 months (it’s been 6 months!) is that the less often I see someone I care about in person, the easier it is for me to tell myself uncharitable stories about their motivations, or their feelings toward me.
I recently finished reading The Solace of Fierce Landscapes, by Belden Lane. It’s an exploration of “desert” and “mountain” spirituality in the church fathers, combined with personal reflections from visits to monasteries around the world, and his own mother’s slow journey toward death.[Read more…] about Attentiveness and Indifference: Curated Links Sept 4, 2020