Several events have come up where I can see that I need to be ordained. I need to have some backing behind my name so that I can walk into a congregation or a group and they’ll know that I’m orthodox, or at least I’m backed by people that are the same kind of orthodox as they are in a few points.
As I was preparing to figure out how to make this happen, I began to look into what it means to be ordained. One aspect of it is showing that you are educated in the Word, that you know and understand the Bible in a manner that you can teach, discern, and represent Christ in a great way. Another part of that is delving into church history and tradition and understanding classical fields of study such as Ecclesiology (study of the church), Bibliology (study of the Bible) and Pneumatology (study of the Holy Spirit). Some of that sounds good to me, some of it sounds like a bunch of nonsense.
At the same time, finished the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. Near the end, he says that the main point of a resume is to show how you are just like everyone else. It’s a form of showing your achievements in a bland, lifeless, search-bot friendly manner so you can be weeded out.
This is the opposite of that. This is where I’m going to go after some heady stuff, wring out the scriptures, and look at all of the drippings. I’m putting it here because it’s easier to collect in a single place and because, someday, I might ask some guys to look at it so they may consider laying hands on me and standing behind me.
We don’t always have a ’talk’ at our prayer meetings, but Nick Holovaty gave this one and I was ready to take some notes. Look at some of the stuff in here in light of the recent Osteen quotes floating around the internets.
Here are my notes from Trey McClain’s sermon from this past Sunday. I am trying to take notes in the dark, so the big purple sharpie showed up this weekend. It seemed appropriate to leave the last line from a Palm Sunday sermon up there on the first page. “Help each other, unite. Don’t be divided. Unite or stay home.”
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This was like a montage of speakers all talking about faith in the workplace. It was really good and full of Biblical stuff as each of these people shared their real-life, tangible and practical ways of working by faith in their daily job.
Some of this lady’s talk helped me to realize the difference between the good speakers and the amazing speakers at the Global Leadership Summit. There are layers and layers of filters you bring to these kinds of things, and the more you are using, the more exhausting it is to listen.
If somebody else got something out of this talk, feel free to add it to the comments.
First up, Friday morning, was Joseph Grenny and Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations. You can tell I liked this one a lot because I took 4 pages of notes. The best talks either get zero or a ton of notes.
One great takeaway was this:
“Everyone tells the truth in the hallway, where it doesn’t help anybody.”
Of course, we think it doesn’t hurt anybody either, which is why we say it in the hallway.
Read through this and see if any of it applies to your work/family/church. I’m sure some of it will.
There was a really neat introduction and some talk about Compassion International before Pat Lencioni spoke. It is worth mentioning too.
Lencioni’s comment about “If it isn’t servant leadership, it’s economics.” has really resonated with me since the GLS. There are a lot of systemic problems in organizations and churches that go back to that issue. If the leader is in it for himself or his own agenda, every decision is viewed through the economics of his agenda. Not necessarily economics of his monetary benefit, but the economics of the ROI toward his agenda.
So I must have gotten stuck from Susan Cain, because I had some trouble listening through this one too. BUT this guy brought all kinds of scripture and had some awesome connections, especially at the very end. I’m not sure if he was trying to show his authority by quoting so many people or if he wanted us to look all of those people up, but in my ADHD every time he mentioned an author’s name I veered from whatever point he was trying to make. It was kind of like listening to footnotes interrupt while listening to an audio book.
His story about giving up his diamond class ticket so that he could sit with his wife was awesome. He didn’t change his status, he just gave up the comforts of his seat so that he could be with his wife. Then he pointed to Phil 2 where Jesus gave up all of his honor so that He could be with us. Totally awesome stuff.
I have a lot of extra thoughts and commentary, but they aren’t really on this topic. There were two speakers that were obviously spiritual, but not Christian, and that rubbed me the wrong way. I wrote in my review survey that either have profound topics by secular people or any topics from Christian speakers, but don’t have spiritual speakers that will refer to other spirits in their talk, especially if the content isn’t earth-shattering. She wasn’t as bad as the other speaker that referred to multiple people inside of her, but I had some trouble with this one.
It was also kind of awkward, immediately after what my wife called an “Amway talk” to sing a song about YOU YOU YOU. My church paradigm knew we were singing to God, but the content of the talk with the song following kind of felt like we were singing an anthem to ourselves. We can accomplish anything. We can do it if we believe in ourselves! Now let’s sing, “you you you”
Maybe it was just me being a curmudgeon.
This guy works 80 hours a week as the CEO of GE.
One of my favorite things about this talk was bugging Greg Allen, who used to be a GE contractor.