Friday, December 2, 2016
Today I wanted to talk to you about the difference between holistic leadership and orthodox leadership.
When a leader changes his style and way of relating with every person he interacts with, this is holistic behavior. Holistic practitioners also believe that each person is different and that our approach to healthcare will be different for every person. When we relate to everyone based on their backgrounds, style and needs differently, this is not a fault, but rather accepting that everyone is different. This is a flexible form of leadership that resists labels and categories for people.
When a leader acts the same with every person, and his smile never wavers, his approach is always the same, this is orthodox leadership. An orthodox society believes that the rules should be the same for everyone, and it is only fair if everyone get the same treatment. Orthodox practitioners, such as medical doctors have the same approach for every person. It is a standardized approach, that they are taught to use, so no one gets missed.
Has Jesus' ministry on earth changed at all in the last two thousand years? Does his approach to us change in modern times? If I told you that Jesus in the new millennium has more freedom to practice holistic leadership, this might be a step forward. Jesus is able to vary his way of relating so that it is emotionally relevant to you personally. This is what makes a prophetic moment so special.
An orthodox response to humanity would be to tell them simply that they are going to heaven or hell. This orthodox response is something many people react to. It's time to think like a modern Jesus and see what would meet an individual's need for a connection with God in a modern culture. It is different for every person. What Jesus will say to connect with them personally will surprise you every time.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A prophetic moment is like asking for 'Raspberries in January'. It is something decidedly out of the ordinary. We notice because we were not expecting God to meet us in this way. He speaks and suddenly we are quiet: we listen to that still small voice that Elijah heard once in a cave.
It was Murray Dueck, the director of Samuel's Mantle, a prophetic school in Abbotsford, who said that when Jesus passed by the fig tree and cursed it, it wasn't even the right season for figs. That would be like us in Abbotsford expecting raspberries in January. As such, I have named my prophetic blog.
I want to discuss going beyond religion for awhile with you.
This life goes on and we seldom have time to talk, I mean really discuss what religion is and what character comes of it. What is beyond religion . . . if religion affects us in a positive way, we will eventually go beyond it to discover our spiritual nature.
Our spiritual nature looks for a god to fill its spiritual vessel.
This is like being a vase, and hoping to be filled with flowers. Flowers might represent God's blessings. Let God's special touch fill you with flowers today!