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The Conflicted Leader

Leadership can be a struggle. It is certainly not for the weak in heart. There are difficult decisions to be made. There are times when you have to choose between two difficult options, hence the phrase, “between a rock and a hard place.” Every leader encounters a situation where there is a choice between the easy way and the right way. Not only did Paul face this choice but he reminds us that we will too. Continue reading “The Conflicted Leader”

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The Collaborative Leader

Not only was Paul a team builder but he was also an inclusive leader. We often talk about the Pauline epistles as though Paul was the sole author. In fact, he wasn’t. Paul had coauthors to which he willingly gave credit.

“Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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The Battle-Ready Leader

With quill in hand, the Apostle Paul takes up his parchment and begins a short letter to the church in Ephesus. Standing over him is a fully armed Roman guard. This isn’t Paul’s first such experience. In fact, he had been escorted all the way from Jerusalem to Rome by armed guard. He certainly overheard many of their war stories and in fact engaged in direct conversation with them. Now as he concludes his correspondence, he considers the parallel between how the Roman guard is prepared for battle and how the Christian faces spiritual warfare. Continue reading “The Battle-Ready Leader”