Too Big for Your Own Britches {A Leadership Antidote for Pride}

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“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment,either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.” ~Deuteronomy16:18-20 Someone’s got to be in charge, right?  I’ve watched this unfold thousands of times with children at play.  Put three children in a room and the leadership vacuum … Continue reading

Trying to Manage God {Quotable}

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Consider the following quote:

“The holy God of Scripture will not be managed by religion: he demands everything from us.  Perhaps the holy could be managed if it were merely a matter of difference and distance.  But the holy God is love.  He will not be satisfied with an occasional sacrifice or prayer.  He will not give in to our request for holy indifferences, for some space to be ourselves, for a little spot of ground to call ‘mine.’  He will not leave us alone.  He will give us no space and no time to experiment with corruption, slavery, injustice, sin, falsehood, and death.  He loves us, and therefore he will not be satisfied with anything but our total, free, receiving, and returning love.  God is holy; God is love; God is holy love–those are terrible and wonderful words.”  (Ron Highfield, Great is the Lord: A Theology for the Praise of God, 2008)

Agree or Disagree?  How does religion–or religious individuals–attempt to manage God?