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David’s Story of Integrity

In think~be~do by Russell Minick0 Comments

Question: Some argue that imperfect Old Testament leaders, like David, are proof that we should not have high standards for our political leaders. Is that right? What does David’s story tell us about the role of sinful men in government leadership? Goliath David would not wear Saul’s armor to fight the offending enemy of God’s people. Everyone thought he was throwing his life away, and throwing away the chance of winning the contest. The story of David and Goliath is a story of integrity and faith. Saul David would not betray the …

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Beauty > Ugliness

In Bible exposition, Social Issues by Russell Minick0 Comments

I admit it. I am weak. I’ve always hated the fact that I live in a world where ugliness at a soulish level is rewarded and celebrated. I tried to be hard, harsh, unconcerned about the vulnerable, but I could not sustain it. I was changed. Since then I have been seeking community that will not give into ugliness; even when it means sacrifices of power, popularity, and wealth.   In my weakness I am sad. I’m saddened watching ugliness exalted as a means of fighting other forms of ugliness. There is no beauty in this, just variations …

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Love via Think/Be/Do Cycles 

In Crown Heart World, discipleship, think~be~do by Russell Minick0 Comments

Jesus says the goal/telos of life is love. Love the LORD in your thinking, being and doing. Love your neighbor as someone who is also created to love in their thinking, being and doing. We pursue the goal via repentance, realignment and renewal. Repentance changes our beliefs; how to think. Realignment changes our identity; who to be. Renewal changes our actions; what to do. This dynamic forms a continuous growth cycle of THINK/BE/DO that begins and ends with Love. God’s love coming into us and then from us is developed through disciplines of study, prayer and practice. …