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As wisdom literature the book of Proverbs provides succinct and poetic biblical advice. Most of the proverbs are from King Solomon but there are other proverbs from King Lemuel and Agur.

In this blog post I will share six verses from Proverbs related to leadership.

Insights on Leadership from the Book of Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs the word leader or leadership occurs six times. This is based on the New Living Translation and the NLT Comprehensive Concordance.

1. Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership a nation fails; there is safety in having many advisers.

This proverb emphasizes the necessity of a leader to have a team around him. He needs a group of people who share his values but also offer different strengths and perspectives on the work he is attempting to lead. Continue Reading…

You can be a leader or you can develop others. Which should you do? The answer is “both.”

A leader must lead while also developing others. In this post I explain that there are (at least) four reasons leaders must develop others.

 

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I believe there are four reasons that leaders must develop others.

1. Jesus Developed Others

The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are each filled with stories about Jesus developing His 12 disciples. Jesus sent those disciples out and He developed them. He taught them and then released them to attempt ministry on their own.

Jesus had a five step process for developing His disciples:

David is one of the most well known and perhaps the most respected leader of the Old Testament. He was not perfect, but with God’s guidance he led the nation of Israel to prominence and success it had never experienced in its thousand years of history. (Even an atheist believes David to have been an important figure.)

This blog post will showcase twelve leadership principles from the life of David.

12 Leadership Principles from the Life of David

‎En-Gedi (“Spring of the Young Goat”) was s spring discharged eastward into the Dead Sea. Near the spring was the cave in which David and his men were hiding when Saul entered; David, despite his men’s urging, spared Saul’s life (1 Sam 24:1–22).

Each principle will start with a related Scripture, an observation about David, and then a principle about leadership. Continue Reading…

The study of biblical chronologies is viewed as one of the most difficult subjects of Old Testament studies. This is because the Old Testament books are arranged in chronological and theological order. Because these books were organized according to theological themes, perhaps it was not the intention of the authors of these books to provide perfectly chronological records, but instead to tell the history of Israel from a theological point of view.

Why Establishing a Chronology of the Old Testament is so Difficult

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Therefore the task of a chronologist, according to the Tyndale Bible Dictionary,  is to “examine the pertinent biblical and non-biblical information, note areas of correlation among all the data, and finally establish a working system into which the most facts can be fitted.” With this careful (and even scientific) process an accurate chronology of Old Testament events can be reconciled.

This blog post will share a few dates which are known with certainty in the Old Testament while at the same time sharing why establishing a chronology of the Old Testament is difficult.

I. Firm Dates Known with Certainty in the Old Testament

Bible scholars can identify specific Old Testament events is with good accuracy most of the time. Continue Reading…

Among Old Testament Bible characters Moses is looked upon as one of the best leaders. Moses has a unique story which showed God’s divine design for his life. In this post I will share with you 12 leadership principles from the life of Moses.

12 Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses

View from Mt. Nebo which is where God showed Moses the Promised Land. Moses died before the Israelites entered the promised land (Deut. 31).

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Each principle will start with a related Scripture, an observation about Moses, and then a principle about leadership.

1) Exodus 2:11-13 Continue Reading…

Senior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, Elliott Johnson, believes that accurate study of Bible verses and passages can only be done after the overall message of a biblical book has been determined. Similar to my last week, I am presenting a “synoptic study” of the book of Joshua in order to help people better understand individual parts of the book.

This is my study of the overall message and meaning of the book of Joshua.

I. Chart of the Content and Structure of the Book of Joshua

Synoptic Study of the Book of Joshua Chart Ch. 1-12

Synoptic Study Chart of Joshua (Chapters 1-12)

Synoptic Study of the Book of Joshua Chart Ch. 13-24

Synoptic Study Chart of Joshua t (Chapters 13-24)

II. Summary Statement of the Meaning of Joshua as a Whole

A. Theological Themes

1. What does the book say about God? Continue Reading…

Senior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, Elliott Johnson, believes that accurate study of Bible verses and passages can only be done after the overall message of a biblical book has been determined. In an effort help people better understand the meaning of the book of Deuteronomy, I am presenting a “synoptic study” of the book of Deuteronomy.

This is my study of the overall message and meaning of the book of Deuteronomy.

I. Chart of the Content and Structure of the Book of Deuteronomy

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch.1-12)

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch.1-12)

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch.13-24)

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch 13-24)

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch. 25-34)

A Synoptic Study of the Book of Deuteronomy (Ch. 25-34)

II. Summary Statement of the Meaning of Deuteronomy as a Whole

A. Theological Themes

1. What does the book say about God? Continue Reading…

For me the Christian Bible is the primary source of information about what leadership is and how people should be led. Because of that I often quote from The Maxwell Leadership Bible as well as teaching theology on this blog.

Review of NIV Leadership Bible

A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of The New International Version (NIV) Leadership Bible.

I was intrigued by the idea of another Bible that provides commentary and insights for leaders about what the Bible says and what it means. And, at the same time grateful for another valuable resource to help leaders “lead by the book” as The NIV Leadership Bible states on the cover. Continue Reading…

It is often said that the Bible is the “inspired word of God.” But, why is the Bible called “inspired?”

2 Reasons the Bible is Inspired and 3 Implications from it

Were the biblical writers inspired to write it? Did they give an inspirational performance when writing it? Were they inspired by other spectacular writings therefore created their own writings? None of these are true. Let me lay out for you two reasons the Bible is “inspired.” Continue Reading…

Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, presents what Dulles believes to be five different models of divine revelation. In this blog post, Dulles’ first model, “Revelation as Doctrine,” will be examined in light of the evangelical view of revelation. In order to understand Dulles’ model of revelation as doctrine, it is first important to note how he defines revelation.

5 Critiques of Avery Dulles' Model of Revelation as Doctrine

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Dulles defines revelation this way, “Revelation is implied in biblical and Christian faith . . . as a permanently valid body of truths communicated by God in biblical times, preserved and commented on by the church” (p. 6, 14). Now that a definition of revelation has been provided by Dulles, it is important to look at how he narrowly defines the model of revelation as doctrine and then attributes it to the evangelical view of revelation. Continue Reading…