How Feelings Take Control Rather than Play their Part

How Feelings Take Control Rather than Play their Part

I invited guest contributor, Nick Hetrick, to share some thoughts from a two-part talk entitled “Taking Your Thoughts Captive,“ which he and Chris Risley gave at our annual conference Xenos Summer Institute. Nick completed his PhD in English at The Ohio State University and serves as a counselor and Bible teacher in our church. In his essay, he tackles the confusing topic of the divided self. On the one hand, we have strong impulses and feelings. On the other, God calls on us to exercise self-control and to take our thoughts “captive to the obedience of Christ.“ Nick’s article explores this tension. Stay posted for the second installment from Chris Risley, which I will publish in the next couple weeks.

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The Confluence of Character and Competence in Leadership

The Confluence of Character and Competence in Leadership

I’ve asked a few of my friends to contribute content to my website. This week, I’m featuring an article by Josh Benadum. Josh Benadum is a teaching pastor and elder in our church. He is an incredibly sharp thinker, speaker and leader. In this article, he explains how our character can hinder further development in our spiritual leadership.

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Bride of Christ

Bride of Christ

I’ve been working on a new project —a daily devotional book about our new identity in Christ. Our new identity in Christ is crucial to our spiritual growth and development. It shapes the way we interact with God and how we view ourselves, which in turn impacts the way we act. This is a chapter on the Bride of Christ. The New Testament depicts God’s relationship to his followers as a bridegroom to his bride.

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