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A book about pain (light on the pain)

on April 13, 2018

In 1991, Jerry Sittser was a young theology professor making his way up the academic ranks. One night, on a lonely stretch of highway in rural Idaho, he was driving the family minivan, packed full with his 4 children, his wife and his mother. A drunk-driver, going 85 miles per hour, came across the dividing…

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Hell in the hallway

on April 13, 2018

I picked up the book Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth by Samuel Chand and following the time-tested Adler practices learned in this course, I perused the front and back, along with Table of Contents, before looking at the back inside flap.[1] There, staring at me was Dr. Chand, in all his airbrushed glory. My…

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The Pain Chand Ignores

on April 13, 2018

Samuel Chand’s book, Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth, has a distinctively prosperity-gospel flavour to it, which made it difficult for me to connect with his take on the relationship between leadership and pain. He rightly observes that within the USAmerican culture, “Christians often have more difficulty handling personal pain than unbelievers. They look at…

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Pain is inevitable…

on April 12, 2018

To be honest I was not sure I wanted to read this book. I remember sometime last semester Dr. Clark saying sometimes you will have to not read a book and still do a review, and then see if anyone notices, or something to that effect. I have had plenty of pain throughout my ministry…

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No Pain, No Gain?

on April 12, 2018

Sam Chand speaks truth in his highly acclaimed leadership book, Leadership Pain.  The premise of his book is simply this – No pain, No gain. Chand challenges the reader to embrace the idea that when leadership “pain” subsides, you are not leading effectively. Chand makes the argument that leaders grow by pursuing their vision through…

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Good Pain or Very Painful?

on April 12, 2018

Walking into a place and paying money for a person to physically assault your body seems to go against every natural fight or flight instinct we have within us. Yet this is something that is done everyday. The last time I experienced this was 2 months ago. Walking into this place knowing that the end…

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Running with the devils

on April 12, 2018

Samuel Chand’s Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth is an insightful and encouraging book to finish the 2018 Spring LGP8 Semester.  Why?  Because Chand gives leaders a no-nonsense, “count the cost” picture on how to lead in ministry while following Christ.[1]  I have been a transformational-situational-servant leadership practitioner for many years and  I frequently tell…

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The Agony of De-Ministry

on April 12, 2018

Statistics in the Ministry[1] 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week. 84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7. 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents. 65% of…

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John or Bobby?

on April 12, 2018

As a coach for several decades in sports ranging from rugby, cricket and softball to basketball, cycling and tennis, I have been the cause of a lot of pain in my athletes. (And no Kyle not just a pain in the ass.) Not all pain is good, in fact, pain generally is a sign that…

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The Pain of Gender-Imbalanced Leadership

on April 11, 2018

In reading Samuel Chand’s book, Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth, I discovered the following story shared by Lisa Bevere of Messenger International at the beginning of chapter 8. After you read it you’ll know why I had to make it the focus of my blog…   “Recently I found myself traveling on a plane…

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Leadership Pain for a 7

on April 11, 2018

It was the fall of 2003 when I accepted my first fulltime church ministry job. I had been serving the youth department at my home church during an interim season, while I had recently begun seminary at Fuller. One day I went to the doctor for a regular check-up only to learn through a couple…

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Leadership Pain

on April 11, 2018

Leadership Pain by Samuel R. Chand immediately became one of my favorite reads of this semester, partly because it was a book genre I was most familiar with. A straightforward leadership book, with equal parts inspiration, principles, and application. The thesis of Chand’s Leadership Pain is simple, “Growth=Change, Change=Loss, and Loss=Pain. Therefore Growth=Pain”[1] Such a…

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Only the Pioneers Get the Arrows

on April 10, 2018

One of my first bosses said to me, “Only the pioneers get the arrows.” Little did I know what that meant, but I now see how people may substitute the word pioneers with “leaders”.  Or maybe also, “Pastors”. My first year of pastoring, I visited a retreat center for Pastors outside of Bozeman, Montana. I…

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Diffusing Disgust

on April 7, 2018

Jonathan Haidt’s text, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion is a societally relevant and thought provoking read. His text is also highly controversial “he’s at his worst, his cringe-inducing worst, when he tries to be polemical.  He succumbs to his most embarrassingly hypocritical impulses in what are transparently intended…

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Who is our message impacting?

on April 6, 2018

A few years ago I took a seminar from a friend of mine who owns a communication company. The online seminar taught how to deliver a message more effectively. The primary take away was that communicating a message is not just about presenting the facts or a story revealing value. It includes both along with…

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She Said “God is Queer!”

on April 5, 2018

I feel pretty safe saying that we Christians love our binaries. Good and evil, saved or unsaved, heaven and hell – it’s like we aren’t comfortable unless we can label a situation with a coin of two sides. It’s part of our desire for a tidy spirituality, I think. It’s even better if we can…

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Let’s Talk About Sex

on April 5, 2018

In August of 1991 a female hip hop duo Salt-N-Pepa released a song entitled “Let’s talk about sex”. It depicted a story of a woman who was able to get any man that she wanted but was left feeling empty because it was “just sex”. No love, communication and lacked safety. The song addressed to…

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Should Christianity Listen to Psychology?

on April 5, 2018

I have often struggled with the implication made in Matthew 5:9, which showed Jesus teaching, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God;” mainly because the same Jesus also said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword[1].…

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God wants you to be Healthy, Wealthy, and Sexually Fulfilled

on April 5, 2018

  Last year I wrote more than one article about prosperity theology.  Some of the books that our doctoral cohort has read touched on the subject.  These included Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat and Nation of Rebels, Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter.  …

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