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Megan Fox’s religion was just one of the things discussed in the most recent edition of Esquire magazine.  Fox opened up to the magazine about her own experience, past and present, with church.  It all started when she was 8 years old, and spoke in tongues for the first time:

“The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen.” “They’re going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is? Whatever’s going on there, it’s for real.” “I’ve seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during Praise and Worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I’d have to shut it off because I don’t know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back.” “It feels like a lot of energy coming through the top of your head — I’m going to sound like such a lunatic — and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you’re not thinking because you have no idea what you’re saying. Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can’t control it. The idea is that it’s a language that only God understands. It’s the language that’s spoken in heaven. It’s called ‘getting the Holy Ghost.'” “I have to feel like I’m in control of my body. And I know what you’re thinking: Then why would I want to go to church and speak in tongues?” she laughs. “You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you’re safe in God’s hands. But I don’t feel safe with myself.” The last line of the quote stood out to me: You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you’re safe in God’s hands. But I don’t feel safe with myself.” Read more here.
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Leadership
The Resurgence.com recently ran a post entitled “Simple Things Good Pastors Say”.  I thought… well, it’s Monday morning… what a great time to resolve to say some of these things in our work this week.  Here are the suggestions.  Keep them in mind in your meetings, your phone calls, your elder/board meetings, your interactions with your staff and congregation… maybe even try them out at home.  Here are the 10, along with a link to the main article over at Resurgence: 1.  Please forgive me 2.  You’re right 3.  You’re wrong 4.  Jesus loves you. 5.  I love you. 6.  Me to. 7.  Any time. 8.  Thank you. 9.  Grace is true. 10.  You’re approved. Here’s the link. What do you think?  How often do you say these things?  What would you add (or remove) from this list? Have a great week! Todd
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One of the blogs I really enjoy reading is called SAMBA.  Today, I read a particularly interesting post (I like the posts at SAMBA because they’re all really short!) about the importance of our words.  Let’s face it… words mean things, and as church leaders, we think that the WAY we say things is important.  I would also argue that the WORDS we use are also of primary importance.

Here’s the premise from the SAMBA post:  “We often use ambigous language to shield ourselves from reality.”

We say we want get “healthy” because it’s easier to say than “lose 30 pounds”.

I made “some” sales calls yesterday…hides the fact that we only made “3”.

Declaring to our colleagues that someday we’d like to run for a “national office” because we’re too embarrassed to say “I want to run for President.” Words are particularly important for those of us involved in ministry.   Ambigous language can very easily be seen by others as lying (or at the very least, not telling the whole truth).

When you’re dealing with your staff or the people in your church, choose your words wisely.  Don’t shield yourself from reality or try to cover for yourself.  Shoot straight.  Tell the truth, in love.

People know the truth anyway.

And if they don’t hear the truth from you, or if they feel that you’re sugar-coating anything, it will eventually undermine your leadership.

Choose your words wisely.  People are listening to you.  Make sure your word is truth.  Your credibility depends on it.

You can read this post (or others) on SAMBA now right here…

Todd

QUESTION:  Has your own ambigous language ever gotten you in trouble?  Care to share?

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