this went thru my mind


Fear: Fearful Unto Death by Wade Hodges

“What do you do with a gospel that makes old men and women fearful unto death? I say you call it false and cast it into the depths of hell, where it belongs and where there is plenty of room for it.”

Gasoline prices: Gas Prices — How Do They Work?

“Many stand accused, including oil companies, the president, Congress, and speculators on Wall Street. Others assume that the earth is just running out of oil. The reality, economists say, is fairly simple.”

Humor: Marginalized

“Oh, my hand.”

Illustrations: Why “The Bible is our Instruction Manual” is the Worst Metaphor in the History of the World by Leslie Keeney

“While this worldview has been very successful at creating a comfortable, well-fed society, it has the added advantage of being simple. … The problem with this metaphor, however, is that it just doesn’t work.”

Jimmy Carter: President Jimmy Carter Authors New Bible Book, Answers Hard Biblical Questions

“Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States, founded the Carter Center and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. President Carter is also a Sunday School teacher and has followed that avocation since his earliest years. In this interview, HuffPost’s Senior Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush spoke to President Carter by phone about the hardest questions presented in the Bible: from gays, science, the role of women, slavery passages and more.”

Leadership: 20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

“… here we’ve collected some of the best videos for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.”

Life: The Map & the Plan by Jon Acuff

“I want a plan. I want a 10-year vision with details and steps and instructions. I want to map out the next 40 years of my life and know exactly where I am going and how I am going to get there. And every time I pray about that desire, every time I ask God for that, his answer is really simple: “No.” … You don’t need a perfect map for your life. You’ve already got a perfect Messiah. And, though it feels impossible to believe sometimes and doesn’t match your expectations, he’s got a plan more wondrous than you can even imagine.”

Meetings: How to Run an Elders’ Meeting by Andrew Davis

“By conduct, I mean how the meeting should be conducted, both practically and in submission to the Spirit of God.”

Ministry: The Subtle Art of Sabotaging A Pastor by Jared Wilson

“Suggest to your client that he works for the people, not the Enemy. This will not be a hard sell as they are faces he sees every day. Remind him who pays his salary. The quicker you can get your patient to see himself as a professional, as an employee, the better.”

Productivity: The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time by Tony Schwartz

“Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.”

War: A War Hero Returns Home, 40 Years Later by John Blake

“… some memories may always linger. Perhaps no soldier really gets over war.”