Posts tagged with: Deuteronomy

The Greatest Commandment: Shaping Institutions

Meaningful engagement in institutional life – being part of a marriage, a family, a local congregation, a company, a charitable organization, a local community, a city, a state, a nation – is some of the most challenging work we do as human beings. And yet, as today’s text reminds us, that is where God’s word is to be inscribed, “on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.”

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St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

The Greatest Commandment: In Every Place and At All Times

Our task is to give witness to Jesus as Lord in the midst of the public square. As today’s text reminds us, despite our track record, abandoning the public arena is not an option for faithful disciples. In the context of each of our leadership responsibilities there is a public dimension to our faith. How are we to live it out?

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Round rocks balanced on one another under an arc highlighted by the sun shining through.

Balance vs. Submission

I am an extremely busy man. If you’re like me, the concept of balance proves elusive, seeming only to last a week at best. There are always demands on our time, not to mention the requirement to be emotionally present in every area of life. As I have wrestled with this concept of living a balanced life, I must say, with all transparency, that I have begun to rethink my perspective on balance.

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A stone from the Sea of Galilee.

The Greatest Commandment: Shaping Work and Identity

What in your journey might you use to recollect who you are and what you are called to do in your work of leadership? Perhaps it’s a photo, a piece of artwork, a book, or a saying. How might you find a place in your workspace for such a reminder?

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A picture of the cover of Max’s book “Letters to Zoe”.

The Greatest Commandment: Leaving a Legacy of Integrity

Leadership, for those of us who take the Bible seriously, means connecting our voice with our touch. What we say and how we act are meant to be congruent with one another. Today’s text reminds us that the commandment to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might,” is intended not only for us but for those who follow us –

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A person carries a life size cutout of U.S. President Barack Obama. Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Tom Hanson)

The Greatest Commandment: Living an Integrated Life

If the Parable of the Sower is about how to listen faithfully, today’s Scripture is the foundational text of what we are to hear. Mark Roberts has written a series of Life for Leaders devotionals on Jesus’ quotation of this text and how it might relate to our work as leaders. I want to add to Mark’s reflections from my own perspective.

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Keeping Christmas Well . . . by Caring for the Whole People Who Work for You

In yesterday’s devotion, we saw that Ebenezer Scrooge was transformed from someone who treated his worker, Bob Cratchit, poorly, to a boss who paid just wages. Seeking justice in the workplace is an essential element of keeping Christmas well, both in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and in the Scripture. Yet, there is more to keeping Christmas well for those of us who are in a position of leadership in our workplaces.

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Keeping Christmas Well . . . by Seeking Justice in Your Workplace

If Scrooge had been guided by Scripture in his relationship with his clerk, he would not have paid Bob so meagerly…

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