Do You Reflect These 4 Characteristics of an Emotionally Unhealthy Leader?

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The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero

When you think of an unhealthy leader, who do you picture? What kinds of adjectives would you use to describe them?

Angry, controlling, aggressive?

Avoidant, inauthentic, passive?

Unaware, self-absorbed, over-worked?

Here’s how Peter Scazzero describes such a leader in his new guide on the matter, The Emotionally Healthy Leader:

The emotionally unhealthy leader is someone who operates in a continuous state of emotional and spiritual deficit, lacking emotional maturity and a “being with God” sufficient to sustain their “doing for God.” (25)

Leaders who ignore their own emotional and spiritual health will suffer and will hurt others around them. As Scazzero explains, “The deficits of emotionally unhealthy leaders impact virtually every area of their lives and leadership.” (25) Which is why it’s crucial for ministry leaders to honestly self-evaluate their leadership.

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Mounce Archive 13 — How Should Bible Translations Deal with Metaphors?

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

Today’s “classic” asks a question Mounce asked over five years ago regarding Bible translations and metaphors: Where should Bible translations draw the line when it comes to the texts use of metaphors?

Mounce provides three solid examples to illustrate why his question is important, concluding:

The Bible was not written at a “Dick and Jane” (another metaphor) level. It is deeply textured, and there is a beauty and depth to how the biblical writers were inspired to communicate God’s truth. It is a challenge to find that center ground between presenting God’s truth to a new culture and language in ways that are…

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Unshaken Courage [Awakening Faith]

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Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat.” (Revelation 7:15 – 16)

“The sufferings of this present time are not to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Who would not wholeheartedly strive after such glory, to become a friend of God and immediately rejoice with Christ, to receive heavenly rewards after earth’s torment and suffering? Soldiers of this world take pride in triumphantly returning to their home country after they have defeated the enemy. How much greater is the glory in returning triumphantly to heaven after conquering the…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.27.15 — Racial Heresy, Hengel’s ‘Crucifixion,’ and Book of Mormon History

Jeremy Bouma on 3 days ago.

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Al Mohler on the The Heresy of Racial Superiority

Among Christians, the word heresy must be used with care and precision. Not every doctrinal error is a heresy, though all doctrinal error is to be avoided. A heresy is the denial or corruption of a Christian doctrine that is central to the faith and essential to the gospel. The late theologian Harold O. J. Brown defined heresy as a doctrinal error “so important that those who believe it, who the church calls heretics, must be considered to have abandoned the faith.”

Today, we just recognize and condemn another heresy that has reared its ugly head in recent days, and murderously so. The killing of nine worshippers gathered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina is a hideous demonstration of the deadly power of this heresy. The…

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Professors, Reimagine the Pastorate; Pastors, Don’t Bury Your Gift — An Excerpt from “The Pastor Theologian”

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The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson“The renewal of the church depends on a renewal of theology,” which “depends on the resurrection of the ancient vision of the pastor as ecclesial theologian.”

That’s the premise of a new book I wish I had when I was still in pastoral ministry.

The book is The Pastor Theologian, written by pastor theologians Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson.

In championing this oft neglected pastoral role, the two have specific words for two constituencies in the excerpt below: professors and pastors.

For professors: “as an academic theologian, you play a vital role in reimagining the pastoral vocation…Because of this, the cues you send to the next generation carry tremendous weight.” (124)

And for…

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Leader, Face Your Shadow for the Sake of Your Ministry — An Excerpt from “The Emotionally Healthy Leader”

Jeremy Bouma on 5 days ago. Tagged under ,,,.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter ScazzeroEvery leader has one, yet few leaders want to explore it, deal with it, confront it.

While leaders read countless books and attend conferences on improving their external leadership and management styles, executive skills, and productivity, few seem interested in confronting the “inner labyrinth” of who they are.

Pastor Peter Scazzero, author of the new book The Emotionally Healthy Leader calls this our shadow:

Your shadow is the accumulation of untamed emotions, less-than pure motives and thoughts that, while largely unconscious, strongly influence and shape your behaviors. It is the damaged but mostly hidden version of who you are.

In the excerpt below, Scazzero explores this often unaddressed aspect of leadership, especially ministry leadership. He helpfully explains how…

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Zondervan Mourns the Death of Verlyn D. Verbrugge, Editor, Writer, Pastor, and New Testament Scholar

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Verlyn Verbrugge

Verlyn D. Verbrugge, longtime Zondervan editor, teaching pastor, author, and New Testament scholar, died on June 21, 2015 following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

His death serves as a deep loss to family, friends, and publishing colleagues; the academic community, especially those working in the areas of New Testament studies and Biblical Greek; and the Christian church at large, including the numerous pastors and leaders around the world whose lives and Bible knowledge he shaped.

Since June 1986, Verlyn (or V2 as colleagues fondly called him) has served as one of Zondervan’s principal production editors for Bibles and academic resources in biblical and theological studies. His versatility, however, extended far beyond the academic publishing arena. Verlyn effortlessly traversed between scholarly and popular landscapes, serving as a trusted editor for both church/ministry resources and popular…

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Bible Interpreters Need to Remember Scripture Isn’t Fragmented

Jeremy Bouma on 6 days ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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Jay E. Smith, coeditor of Studies in the Pauline Epistles, shares an interesting concept, one I haven’t considered before but makes sense as a teacher and exegete.

As Smith explains, “There’s this notion sometimes among people in the church that [the biblical documents] are random fragments spun out by these great religious teachers…they’re more proverbial. And my job is to read through them and find the verse for the day.”

Yet he realized each author is making an argument we need to carefully follow from beginning to end.

Perhaps this seems basic, but this notion led Smith to realize early on that Scripture isn’t fragmented, but interconnection—which made an important impact on his life…

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The Latest Must-Have Guide to the Current State of Pauline Studies

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What are the latest thoughts on Paul’s use of scripture and the Jesus tradition? What new considerations are being given to exegeting Paul? What’s the latest “perspective” on Paul—is the “new” old and “old” new again?

These questions that sit at the heart of the latest must-have resource in Pauline studies, Studies in the Pauline Epistles.

In honor of the illustrious career of Doug Moo, this Festshrift assembles the most relevant voices in Pauline scholarship to guide readers into the current state of Pauline studies, including: G. K. Beale, D. A. Carson, James D. G. Dunn, Stephen Westerholm, and N. T. Wright.

As co-editor Jay Smith explains, “Studies in the Pauline Epistles offers readers a very current window…

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Peter Scazzero’s Journey Toward Emotionally Healthy Leadership

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,,.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero

Peter Scazzero’s got a story church leaders need to hear, because he describes the leadership journey that seems to mark many people in ministry.

In his new book The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Scazzero opens his personal storybook to share his twenty-plus year journey through emotionally unhealthy leadership to help ministry leaders become healthy.

In the introduction to this crucial guide, Scazzero describes the four stages of a personal journey that often marks others too:

Agnosticism to Zealous Christian Leader Emotional Blindness to Emotional Health Busy Activity to Slowed-Down Spirituality Skimming to Integrity in Leadership

Scazzero believes “if we hope to transform the world with the good news of Jesus, we must begin by embarking on a personal journey, one that will lead us through a deep, beneath-the-surface transformation in our own lives.” (23)

How did Scazzero become an emotionally healthy…

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Mounce Archive 12 — Can Translations Co-Exist in the Same Universe?

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

Today’s “classic” asks a question Mounce asked almost six years ago during a paper presentation at ETS: “Can the ESV and TNIV Co-Exist in the Same Universe?”

While his original post and paper focused on the ESV and the now-retired-TNIV, the major premise is as relevant today as it was six years ago. He shares seven principles to help pastors and teachers “play fair” when it comes to translations:

Ephesians 4:29 We must never question motive Never question competency Respect translation philosophies Keep separate things separate Separate fact from preference Don’t simplify the debate

Consider the excerpt below and read the original in the…

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Gaining the Riches of Divinity [Awakening Faith]

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, the fountain of life and immortality, the image of the archetype, the immovable seal, the perfect likeness, the definition and Word of the Father: he is the one who comes to us, his own image, and takes our nature for the good of our nature and unites himself to an intelligent soul for the good of his soul, to purify man by manhood. He takes to himself all that is human, except for sin. He was conceived by the Virgin Mary, whose…

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