Basic Theology: Wesley vs. Calvin

Wesley vs. Calvin

Ever wonder what the basic theology of the church is? Much of how we lead can come from our own theological backgrounds and perspectives. I would challenge who to think about where you fall in the broad spectrum of Christian Theology.

Here is a tool to learn about the different core beliefs of each “sect” of Christianity. Take a look and spend some time reflecting on what it says and what you have read in the Bible–our ultimate authority for Christian Theology.

Enjoy the weekend and keep up the great work.

Calvin vs. Wesley

I’m Back

I am finally gearing up for a new year here on Next 2 Lead.

I hope that you—the next generation of leaders—will find helpful information on this blog. My goal is to set up those of you who are out in the world, making a difference for the Kingdom of God as Christ followers, with the tools and knowledge that I have gained over my years in ministry.

This blog is not about me. I firmly believe that my role is not to create followers of me, but to set others up so that they can continue following the Lord long after I am gone. In many ways I feel like David knowing that your generation—like Solomon— will build The Temple.

What can you expect in the following months? Hopefully, you will find consistent content that will be both encouraging and informational that all relates to serving the Lord. The goal for Next 2 Lead is to have a monthly post by me, a biweekly video of me interviewing some of the great Christian leaders and thinkers, and then a monthly Ministry Highlight that will showcase a ministry and the Kingdom work they are doing.

I hope you will join me these next few months as we try to seek after God and figure out what it means to be the “next to lead.”

Keep up the great work.

Guest Blog on the National Student Leadership Forum Part 2

Guest Post by Bonnie Lewis. Bonnie is Dan’s daughter, a junior at the University of Kentucky and a Younglife Leader at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

The weekend was almost a bombardment of great information that was relevant to my life. One of the people I met there said what he usually tries to do at events like this is to pick out one or two things he is going to take home with him and really try to apply to his life. This was such great advice because often I leave things like this with a sense of desperation because I want to use everything I have just learned in my life, but the reality of this is just not possible. We are, after all, human.

Inside the House of Representatives

So, from the event, here are my two “take-aways” that I have been trying to incorporate into my life (albeit I have not been perfect):

1. The idea of seeking reconciliation:

On the last day, we got to visit the Capitol and sit in the House of Representatives (which the nerd in me thought was really cool). Former Seattle Seahawks player and politician, Steve Largents, shared a little of his story. He spoke about his rocky relationship with his father and how the Lord challenged him to seek reconciliation with him and how important, as Christians, it is for us to make sure we have personally and genuinely tried to reconcile with those in our lives. Having fragmented relationships because of our sinful natures does absolutely nothing to help strengthen our relationship with Christ and really impedes our doing his will.

This was something that I was surprised and almost ashamed to realize I had been struggling with. My parents, while I was growing up, really instilled in me the idea of not letting the sun set on my anger and I am honestly not the type of person to hold on to grudges…however, I am the type of person to avoid confrontation and conflict, which has led to some broken relationships in my life. I was really challenged to address them because I was really shown how these blemishes in my life were drawing away from the glory of Christ in me.

When you think about it, Christ is all about reconciliation. That is what his whole life and death were about, after all—reconciling the relationship between God and his fallen creation. Why shouldn’t I try to do that as well?

2. Christ as the only priority in my life:

The first morning, Richard Archer of the Overland Partners (a Christ centered architecture firm), talked about incorporating Christ in the workplace. He said a lot of really great things, but the one thing that stuck with me was what he said about priorities. He said that a lot of Christians think that they should have a list of priorities in the order of importance (i.e. God, Family, Job, Friends, ect.). However, he argued that this is wrong. The only priority in our life is Christ. If we seek only him, all other “priorities” will fall into place. So our list should look like this: God. This was so different from what I usually think, but it made a lot of sense. If I am only trying to pursue God, then I will treat my family well, will do a good job at school or work, and will have deep and meaningful relationships with friends.

The only measure of whether or not my day was good should be whether or not I lived it fully for Christ. A little radical, I know, but isn’t Christ a little radical, isn’t being a Christian a little radical?

Guest Post on the National Student Leadership Forum Part 1

Guest Post by Bonnie Lewis. Bonnie is Dan’s daughter, a junior at the University of Kentucky and a Younglife Leader at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky.

About a month and a half ago, I had the privilege of attending the National Student Leadership Forum in Washington DC, which was a weekend full of discussions about how and where the Christian faith intersect with leadership.

The US Capitol Building

Going into it, I had no idea what to expect. Dad had told me about it, but neither of us had a lot of information concerning the specifics. So I was pleasantly surprised by the weekend—every part of it was full of interesting and important people who used their platforms in their jobs to glorify Christ.

I know this is probably said a lot, but Christian culture today really glorifies the professional missionary—not to say that there is anything wrong with being one—however, some of the greatest platforms for sharing Christ are out in the daily grind of real life. It was refreshing to hear from Politicians, Governors, Vice Presidents, CEOs, Architects, and Media Journalists talk about how their faith was an integral part of their “secular” job. They were all given talents by God and are working in places of great influence where they use their talents. I needed to have this idea reinforced, the idea that God wants us to do what we are good at, because I lose sight of it often. I can get caught up and weighed down thinking that I have to be pushed to the extreme—that the only way to love God is to be doing something I don’t want to do. But really, I think God just wants us to do things that glorify him and draw us closer to him.

I am reminded of the scripture in Colossians…

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

 This weekend was a wonderful glimpse into the professional world and I got to see how this scripture was carried out in real life—how this scripture was possible in real life.

I was challenged to think about what spots in my life I was failing to recognize a platform I had that I could use for Christ’s glory.