1. The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting [essential reading]
“What role do we have, or does any older family member have, for children who are not our own but for whom we care deeply?”
2. Why Anger is a Wasted Emotion [essential reading]
“… the question I raise is this: When their fellow citizens are suffering on such a terrible scale, what are the most engaged, most resourced Americans doing with their lives?”
3. Gamla in the Galilee
“It was important for the Romans to destroy Gamla because it was the central Zealot stronghold east of the Sea of Galilee. The Zealots were among the most radical of the Jewish groups supporting the revolt. Moreover, since Gamla was near the main road connecting Israel to the great Jewish centers in Babylon, it was the natural entry point for any help the Zealots hoped for from their brethren in Mesopotamia. … Gamla is one of very few places in the Roman empire where a battle site was abandoned and never resettled.”
4. Advice for loud people on working with quiet people
“This is my advice for working with quieter people in workplaces, classrooms, or ministry settings. It is drawn from my own experience as someone who’s on the quiet side and from insights of people I know.”
Think about the churches Paul planted. Within a matter of months, he would leave the young church in the hands of new leaders, most of whom had just become believers. He felt comfortable putting such leaders in charge because they had learned how to operate the church through watching and engaging with him. They were not the strongest candidates to lead a church. They had not been believers for very long. They had not undergone extensive training on how to handle every possible scenario they might be presented with… but Paul trusted them. Or, more pointedly, Paul trusted God with them.
So, how did Paul get these new leaders ready? What kind of requirements and standards to he put in place for them? Only one – that they watch what he was doing and do the same. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells the young Corinthian leaders, “and you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ.” He called on these believers to serve as apprentices, knowing that when they had, they would be ready to be leaders.
Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups by Nelson Searcy; p.65