Has the Church Let Business Leaders Down?

In a previous post, we mentioned Albert Mohler's book, The Conviction to Lead, as a recommended book on leadership.

In his Authors On the Line podcast, Tony Reinke interviewed Dr. Mohler and asked him questions very relevant to our mission at Pinnacle Forum:

  • It has been alleged by some that the modern church has failed to equip businesspeople for day-to-day decision making. Is that true?
  • In your book you say leadership is storytelling. Explain that.
  • How does a Christian leader who understands the redemptive storyline — creation, fall, redemption, re-creation — then understand what he does on Monday in relationship to that grand metanarrative?
  • You write that every company should have a sub-narrative to explain why their services or products matter. But some don't — or at least it’s not obvious. How would you counsel a businessman in a corporation that — to be honest — seems to have no compelling story to protect?
  • In what ways are Christian businessmen that you know leading well?

You can see the rest of the questions on Tony's post. And, if you can find the time, listen. You will find the interaction fascinating and uplifting.

Notice you can download or listen by using the links at the top of the page. If that doesn't work, you can listen to the interview here.

Posted on April 17, 2015 .

How Will Your Forum Answer This Question?

If God answered all the prayers of your forum for the year, what would happen to further the glory of Christ in central Illinois and around the world?

Another year for our forums will soon be over. One of the questions that the wrap-up session for When the Game is Over poses is, "If God answered all the prayers of your forum, what would happen for God's glory?"

If you look back over recent weeks and realize that your prayer life has not been where it needs to be, the point is not to make you feel guilty. Instead, let's take action!

  • Get down on your knees right now and call out to God!
  • Write out a prayer.
  • Call a forum member and pray together on the phone.
  • Schedule a prayer meeting.
  • Determine in your next forum that prayer will be the priority.
Posted on April 14, 2015 .

Change for Right Now Media

Right Now Media has changed their home page. This means we will now need to go through one more step to get to the current curriculum.

Now when you login you will see on the left side of the page a list of libraries as shown below (notice LIBRARIES on the left side of the picture. If you click on the Pinnacle Forum libraries, that will take you to a page where you will see the current study.

Alternatively, you use the search bar in Pinnacle Forum to search for the current study.


Posted on April 7, 2015 .

What Happened During Holy Week?

This is Holy Week --- the weekend when we remember the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you click through this link you can follow what happened each day of Holy Week beginning with Palm Sunday.

Posted on March 29, 2015 .

A New Movie from the Producers of God is Not Dead

Bill Ferrell, the Executive Director for Pinnacle Forum in  Greater Chicago, has written the below letter to let us know that PureFlix is releasing a new movie, "Do You Believe." You can watch the trailer for this movie at the end of this post.

Dear Pinnacle Forum Partners and Friends,

PUREFLIX, the producers of “God is Not Dead” has another faith-based movie coming out today called “Do You Believe?”

The story is about 12 different people – all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ…even if they don’t believe it. Yet.

As a result of last year’s “God Is Not Dead” hundreds (perhaps thousands) of people came to Christ and countless others were encouraged in their Christian faith.

Let's hope and pray that “Do You Believe?” has the same impact. No – even greater. Please prayerfully consider attending this movie with your family – and invite others to go with you.

The PUREFLIX production company is a result of a Pinnacle Forum Partner following his God-given passion, receiving support and encouragement from his forum, and seeking to make a difference in the arts and entertainment mountain.

Let’s support this culture-transforming effort. And – and this is a BIG AND – seriously be challenged to follow the culture-transforming passion God has placed in our hearts. What is he calling you to do? DO IT!

Because I Do Believe,

Bill

Posted on March 20, 2015 .

G.K. Chesterton: We suffer from humility in the wrong place.

G.K. Chesterton was a brilliant thinker from England. Chesterton had an amazing ability to analyze the trajectory of the modern mind. One of the points he made was that it is not a good thing to be modest about the truth. Chesterton wrote:

But what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt — the Divine Reason. Huxley preached a humility content to learn from Nature. But the new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. Thus we should be wrong if we had said hastily that there is no humility typical of our time. The truth is that there is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it is practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic. The old humility was a spur that prevented a man from stopping; not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him, work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether.” (Orthodoxy, chapter 3).

And,

We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.

Posted on March 15, 2015 .

You are Rich If . . .

David Platt writes:

If we have clean water, sufficient food and clothes, a roof over our heads at night, access to medicine, a mode of transportation (even if its public), and the ability to read a book, then relative to billions of people in the world, we are incredibly wealthy. Economics professor Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert observe how the standard of living essentially common among us is extremely uncommon in human history. They write, "At no time in history has the ever been greater economic disparity in the world than at present. "By any measure we are the richest people ever to walk on planet earth." Counter Culture, page 26.

Posted on March 8, 2015 .

The Problem is Not That We Want Too Much, We Want Too Little

C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory and Other Sermons:

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

See Why Be Motivated to Live the Christian Life?

Posted on March 3, 2015 .

Write the Reference John 14:1-6 on the Inside Cover of Your Bible

Every Christian needs to know Bible passages to turn to quickly in difficult times. John 14:1-6, in which Jesus comforts the Disciples prior to his crucifixion, is one of these passage. Read it aloud - - then write the reference on the inside cover of your Bible so that you can find it quickly.

[1] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. [4] And you know the way to where I am going.” [5] Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” [6] Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:1-6 ESV)
 

Posted on March 1, 2015 .

"Vision Leaks" So Keep Telling the Story

What Bill Hybels says of church in his book Axiom (page 52), is true of every arena in which people lead. Vision leaks.

"You or I could deliver a mind-blowing, God-honoring, pulse quickening vision talk on Sunday that leaves everyone revved up to go change the world, but by Tuesday many people have forgotten they were even in church the previous weekend . . .

Let's keep reminding people of the vision. Keep telling the story. Keep refilling "vision buckets."

Posted on February 22, 2015 .

Bill Hybels: The Best Gift You Can Give Your Organization

In the below video Bill Hybels describes how he made changes in his schedule so that his bucket was filled.

If you don't have time to watch the whole video, at least notice the point he begins to make at about the 12:00 mark in the video.

Whenever you lead an organization . . .The best thing you bring to the table every single day is a filled up bucket and a heart that’s right with God and a heart that’s overflowing with optimism because of your faith in God. When you show up at your organization with a fresh spirit and a grace filled demeanor everybody around you benefits in profound ways.


Posted on February 8, 2015 .

Read a Book on Leadership

Leaders are readers. Here is a selection of six  recommended books on leadership. You probably don't need to read them all. But you may need to read at least one!

While Collins does not write from a Christian perspective, this book affirms many Christian principles of leadership. He and his research team identified qualities that allowed companies to go from "good" to "great" and it makes for fascinating and inspiring reading.

Hybels is always worth watching, reading, or listening to where leadership is concerned. Leadership Axioms is a collection of short chapters that can be read in 5-10 minute intervals. Courageous Leadership is written more like a traditional book on leadership.

Written from a secular point of view, this is one of the classic books on leadership. The section on vision is worth the price of the book.

The president of Southern Seminary, Mohler is one of the most courageous Christian leaders of our time. His biblical thesis is that leadership must flow out of integrity.

Stanley begins with the thought, "Visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be." From there, he unfolds a practical book on how to develop a vision and share it with others.

Posted on February 1, 2015 .

Read the Day's Chapter of Proverbs

The biblical book of Proverbs sharpens the blades of our "wisdom saw." We need it!

There are 31 chapters in Proverbs. As a system of working through them, just read the chapter that coincides with the day of the month.

If it's the 20th day of the month, you might read, "It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling (Proverbs 20:3)."

Or, if it's the 21st day of the month, you might read, "The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD (Proverbs 21:31)."

Posted on January 27, 2015 .