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Bye Bye Mubarak – a short video from the streets of Cairo

Just 20 minutes after Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that President Mubarak had resigned, Egyptian filmmaker Ramy Rizkallah headed into the streets of Cairo with his camera. Here’s how describes it.

For the first time in 7000 years or more, egyptians peacfully were able to overthrow their Dictator. No one in Egypt could’ve imagined this happening.
I shot this 20 minutes after the VP announced the president’s departure, people are chanting that the army and the people are one hand and the army closed the road to help people celebrate.

I just witnessed history.

I shot this on a high ISO so please excuse the noise in the Video.

Bye Bye Mubarak.

And, here’s what he saw.


Flotsam and jetsam (weekend edition)

We generally like to think of ourselves as individuals and appreciate our unique qualities, but when thrown into a group we can become very different people. Ideas and actions can spread like viruses until your individuality is completely wiped away. This is called deindividuation and here’s how it works.

If you are a planter, let me encourage you to think long-term. Don’t make the mistake of focusing on the 7 for a few months and then dropping them. Most of these issues have no quick fix-solution and will have impact on your influence as long as you are planting.

Lazy? Who has time to be lazy? Of course, there are the verses that speak to laziness. By my count, there are fourteen such verses in Proverbs alone, starting with “Go to the ant, you sluggard!” So, can it actually be right to think that laziness is a way to the Lord?

Recently, I wrote about how leaders must learn to handle criticism and overlook offenses. I think this is the number one way that leaders can get derailed and rendered ineffective.

Hard as it may be to believe, one of the things that gives privately-educated children the edge is their knowledge of Latin….I mean there is actually a substantial body of evidence that children who study Latin outperform their peers when it comes to reading, reading comprehension and vocabulary, as well as higher order thinking such as computation, concepts and problem solving.

What reveals who you truly are?

Who are you? If someone really wanted to get to know you and find out what kind of person you truly are, how should they go about doing that? They could talk to people who know you well: your spouse, friends, coworkers, children, or people at church. But, would that reveal the true you? They could find out how you spend your time, what you invest your money in, and what hobbies you have. All of these things would tell them something about you, but even then, would they really know you? What if they took a peek at your computer and checked out your browsing history? I’m sure that would be enlightening.

But, would it tell them everything?

What reveals who you truly are?

I don’t know what it is for me. You could look at my books, read my blog posts, even ask my wife and daughters, but I don’t think any of these things really tells the whole story about who I am.

I don’t know what could.

You’d think it would be even harder for God. After all, he’s God. How could we possibly know even a small fraction of what it means to be God – his glory, majesty, power, grace, goodness, wisdom, love, justice, and more. If I can’t think of a way to show people who I am, surely it must be that much harder for an infinite God.

But, God doesn’t have that problem. He knows exactly how to reveal himself to us. And, he has done just that.

Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. (Jn. 14:9)

What an amazing statement. No hesitation, no uncertainty, no doubt. Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father and without missing a beat, Jesus points to himself—I reveal the Father so perfectly that if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.

Take a moment and think about that.

Some guy—a regular person, a construction worker—tells you that he and God are so tight that if you just look at him, you will see the Father. How would you respond?

And, Paul agrees.

According to him, Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15; cf. 2 Cor. 4:4). Although we were all created to be God’s image bearers in the world, revealing God in creation, Paul sees Jesus as the only one who really gets it right. The only hope for the rest of us is to be re-shaped in the image of Jesus so that we can again image God the way we were supposed to (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:49).

Indeed, Jesus reveals God so perfectly, that the author of Hebrews says that “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3).

How can a human being reveal the infinite God? I don’t know. But, he did.

Immanuel…God with us.

From the very beginning of the story, God has been revealing himself to us, reaching out to us and calling us to know him. Although always failed to understand, God never gave up. Instead, he promised that one day he would send a true prophet who would come and tell us about God.

Once again, God has done more than we expected. He didn’t send just another prophet with words we could ignore.

He sent the Son himself.

God promised, Jesus came, true revelation.

[You can read the rest of the posts in this series on the Gospel book page.]

Saturday morning humor – Should you accept your parents Facebook request?


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9 aberrant forms of church leadership

Christian leadership can go wrong in so many different ways – moral failure, destructive relationships, bad theology, etc. But, many people fail at leadership because they started out with a bad model of leadership in the first place.

Michael Jensen addresses this problem and offers 9 forms of aberrant church leadership that we need to avoid. You’ll need to read his post to see what he thinks about each of these, but here are the 9 forms of leadership he addresses.

  1. The Narcissist. The easiest way to spot a narcissist is when they are confronted by criticism.
  2. The Control Freak. The control freak will always want to live in a world in which they are able to be omniscient and omnipotent.
  3. The Wimp. The weak and indecisive leader is often imprisoned by the awareness of their own weakness and so becomes the opposite: authoritarian.
  4. The ‘I don’t do windows’ leader. This leader has isolated their leadership role to one particular gift and doesn’t stray much from it.
  5. The Macho. This leader has a reading of complementarianism that anchors it in a particular reading of maleness and femaleness, and is unaware how culturally bound it is.
  6. The Member of the Guild. The aim of this Christian leader is to match it with his or her peers from college (or wherever).
  7. The Self-legislator. The self-legislator is a child of the revolution.
  8. The Change-averter. The change-averter is deeply conservative and will put the breaks on any change whatsoever as a point of principle.
  9. The Pragmatist. Whatever works is the bottom line here.

What do you think? Which of these nine do you think is the greatest problem of Christian leadership today? Or, do you think Jensen’s missed something and you would argue for a different problem as even more fundamental?

What would you do if you had to throw away all of your books?

Some of you have probably already heard about Brian Fulthorp’s distressing situation. If not, the short version is that his house was infected with toxic mold and, as a result, he’s had to throw out his entire library. Brian pastors a small church near the Grand Canyon and is working on becoming a missionary with the Assemblies of God to continue is ministry in the area. So, as you can imagine, resources for replacing an entire library like this are somewhat limited.

A number of people have asked Brian how they could help with his situation, so he has posted a list of the most important books he’s lost. Please go check it out and see if you can send anything from your own library or, if possible, even order a book or two from Amazon for him. Joel Watts has also suggested checking out Brain’s Amazon  wishlist to find additional resources that might help.

Let’s see what we can do to help out.

Steampunk David and Goliath

Nothing like a little steampunk to bring a different perspective to a well-known story.

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More Gospel-Centered Resources

Justin Taylor points out that you can now download the audio from the recent Gospel-Centered Life conference. I haven’t listened to any of them yet, but I’m particularly intrigued to hear with Michael Horton had to say.

Here are the presentations:

“This is when you know we’re going to hell.”

This was too much fun to pass up. I’m not sure what profitable use this could possibly be in your ministry, but I’m sure you could come up with something if you really tried. Thanks to Jim West for posting this and providing us all with an enjoyable (and devastating) two minutes.