It’s Friday the thirteenth. That’s bad right? Maybe something fun will happen today.
I took a week off so today there are four bits of goodness for your weekend reading. Be encouraged, perplexed and try to keep rhythm.
The week began with the sad news that a well-known pastor had taken his own life. Jarrid Wilson was a Southern California mega-church associate pastor and author. He also was a vocal and active advocate for raising awareness of mental health issues as he shared of his own struggles with depression.
In light of this loss Justin Taylor shared snippets from Mark Meynell’s When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend: Reflections on Life and Ministry with Depression.
Three things you can do to help friends with depression are be present, persist, and reassure.
Read the list here. And if you find yourself on the edge please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
Next from Tyler Braun, a piece on the reluctant leader. Braun shares how he has questioned his own calling and finds a general reluctance from those that are truly called. In fact it is something that has kept him humble in ministry.
While it can be a good sign, it can also be a negative if it hides laziness or fear etc.
This is why reluctance can be powerful in leadership. From the start there is a sense of unknowing: is this the right fit? These questions keep the leader from believing they are bigger than the task.
There is also a great sense of hard-nosed tenacity toward the responsibility of leadership because reluctance never allowed the task to become too glamorous. Letdown is far less likely an outcome because the reluctant leader never believed it was going to be glorious.
The piece resonated with me because i have often noticed a soft reluctance in a leader indicates more preparedness for the role, at least in the church.
Read Braun on his blog Man of Depravity.
This week I also noticed this article on the STEM education and the waste it is. Of course I am interested because I have kids in STEAM (they have to include arts again) programs and am keenly interested. And it doesn’t appear to be a hit job from a classical education advocate.
The point is that technology corrupts education. Let that stew.
I need to finish it but wanted to share it with you. Especially given that the proven most effective piece of technology in the classroom is an overhead projector used by a competent teacher.
Read Jared Woodward’s article on American Affairs.
Lastly, a newsletter from John Starke on being rhythm oriented rather than goal oriented. It has me thinking.
As my wife says though you may not be either, it isn’t black and white.
That’s it homies. Listen to some George Clinton and the P Funk Allstars. Enjoy the weekend. You matter. People love you. Reach out. Breathe deep and experience the grace of Christ.