Most people say that they are more afraid of speaking in public than they are of death. Which is understandable on one level and crazy on another. I guess when you are dead you can’t read posts on facebook of people comment on how bad you did. I like most people was at one point in my life very afraid to speak in front of other people, but if God has called you to be a pastor and lead others it’s a fear you don’t have the luxury of retaining.
Here is the reality that even though I have preached many messages and spoken at conferences I still need to be nervous at the right time, because when and what makes you nervous tells a lot about you. I still get nervous after years of experience but what makes me most nervous presently is very different from what used to make me nervous.
For those who are new to the Christian faith, young in the Christian faith John Stott’s book Basic Christianity is a must read. I first read Basic Christianity when I was 13 years old. It was a tough read for a 13-year-old but I did it. I read Basic Christianity again in college and found it much more understandable. I am very excited that it is the free download from Christian Audio this month. I am grateful that this book was written and even more thankful that it is free over at Christian Audio. Get it now before it’s Gone.
Recently I was approached by the good people over at Logos. They asked me to provide a review of some of their products. Being a big fan of Tim Keller’s preaching it was easy to decided where to start. I know what some of you may be thinking Logos is a bit pricy. I understand I have four kids and schools coming right around the corner so the Luce household doesn’t have a ton of extra cash lying around either. Here is what is great. Logos has a great iPad and iPhone app that is free. It comes we content loaded on it and they also offer free books each month you can download from their site. If money is an object you can buy some of the books they offer without buying the whole system which is very cool.
CMLeaders is a uniquely focuses on the leadership aspect of children’s ministry. It is a TED style conference with only large group sessions specifically aimed at growing the leadership level of those who lead Children and Youth Ministry. Make sure you register now for this life-changing event.
Excellent video from Jon Tyson on spiritual leadership. He does a short talk from The Nines talking about how we as leaders forget that we are spiritual leaders that we must seek the power of God to lead not just leverage management techniques. Excellent reminder well worth 6 min of your time.