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The streams of living water at Living Word. Spiritual leaders shape environments of spiritual formation... but there are...
05/01/2020
The Spiritual Journey at Living Word • Living Word Community Church

The streams of living water at Living Word. Spiritual leaders shape environments of spiritual formation... but there are lots of options out there. I think a Generous Orthodoxy of multiple streams can be powerful.

Pastor Brian Rice discusses Spiritual Streams of the Christian tradition, and how they are present in the journey of Living Word Community Church.

A 30 minute conversation between Brian and Brian on Adaptive Leadership and how we are navigating it at Living Word in t...
04/30/2020
Adaptive Leadership • Living Word Community Church

A 30 minute conversation between Brian and Brian on Adaptive Leadership and how we are navigating it at Living Word in the Time of Corona.

Pastor Brian Rice and Pastor Brian Newman discuss adaptive leadership in the Time of COVID-19.

A leadership talk I did for our staff... not refined at all... kind of a out loud processing with the team... about rene...
04/29/2020
Leadership Renewal • Living Word Community Church

A leadership talk I did for our staff... not refined at all... kind of a out loud processing with the team... about renewal.

Pastor Brian Rice discusses God's work of renewal, and how we can invite God to renew us individually and as a church.

The mini-message on LWCC's website is a little longer. It is Georgia Shaffer sharing her story... and her story is one t...
04/29/2020
Finishing Well in Life • Living Word Community Church

The mini-message on LWCC's website is a little longer. It is Georgia Shaffer sharing her story... and her story is one that is full of challenge, suffering, pain, confusion... and the grace and love of Christ. For all who feel the challenge and suffering of CoVid-19, Georgia is one who speaks with authenticity and credibility about how to live faithfully, fully, and to even flourish when life is VERY hard. Enjoy and be blessed.

Georgia Shaffer shares from personal experience how brokenness can help us encounter God's presence. Discover keys to living well in order to finish well.

Trying to show what happens when God is removed from a worldview and what we then turn to as replacements.
04/24/2020
A Series of Misplaced Hopes

Trying to show what happens when God is removed from a worldview and what we then turn to as replacements.

Content from Living Word Community Church

A follow up "sermon short" from the message, Hope Has Its Reasons.
04/20/2020
The Stockdale Paradox

A follow up "sermon short" from the message, Hope Has Its Reasons.

Content from Living Word Community Church

Leaders help others find focus and the One Word is a good tool to use.
04/13/2020
One Word

Leaders help others find focus and the One Word is a good tool to use.

Content from Living Word Community Church

03/19/2020
Disruption

A word to help you deal with the disruption of CoVid-19.

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03/18/2020
New Series Starting Soon

New Series Starting Soon

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On this confusing (and contentious) theme, here is how I navigate the GRACE of God with the truth of his Will & Word to ...
03/12/2020
Christians, Law, and GRACE (Part 2 of 3) • Living Word Community Church

On this confusing (and contentious) theme, here is how I navigate the GRACE of God with the truth of his Will & Word to us in the form of law, command, and instruction.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Yesterday’s blog post was about law in general and the audience was anyone. Today’s blog post is about moral and spiritual laws and is written specifically for Christians, although I hope anyone who is not a Christian will listen in to this convers...

Part 1 or 3 as I explore the importance, the need, and role that laws and norms have n the Christian life.
03/11/2020
Laws, Rules, Regulations (Part 1 of 3) • Living Word Community Church

Part 1 or 3 as I explore the importance, the need, and role that laws and norms have n the Christian life.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More It may be hard to live with them, but it is impossible to live without them! For the next three posts, I am going to be a pastoral theologian. I have some theological-biblical thoughts that will be applied in pastoral and spiritual ways. This is a supp...

Quotes on wisdom...
03/10/2020
Quotes on Wisdom • Living Word Community Church

Quotes on wisdom...

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More The Sunday sermon explored what God says about wisdom. The devotional resource has you looking at primary passages in the Old and New Testaments that explore the path to wisdom. Here are some quotes from other sources about the importance of wisdom. Yo...

What is God like? And how can we "think well" about this question?
03/09/2020
What is God Like? A Really Important Question (Reflection 01) • Living Word Community Church

What is God like? And how can we "think well" about this question?

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Who is God? What is God like? This may be the most important question (asked in two different ways) you will ever ask. Over the next several weeks, I’ll share a few of my “in the moment” reflections about who God is and what God is like. There .....

Resources on teaching the Christian faith: The 10 Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Apostle's Creed.
03/05/2020
Learning the Historic Christian Faith • Living Word Community Church

Resources on teaching the Christian faith: The 10 Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, the Apostle's Creed.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Resources to Help You Go Deeper Biblical instruction. Theological training. Spiritual formation. Moral renovation. The church has a responsibility to teach, train, equip, explain, guide, motivate, illustrate, illumine, and generally communicate the ent...

Quotes on Integrity
03/02/2020
Quotes on Integrity • Living Word Community Church

Quotes on Integrity

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More I hope you are diving into the sermon resources on integrity. That is where you engage the biblical teaching more deeply. There is a lot there that will help you advance into this virtue. You know I love quotes—short, pithy sayings that stimulate my ...

One of the "works" of leadership is to create learning and missional environments where character formation takes place....
02/28/2020
Character Strengths • Living Word Community Church

One of the "works" of leadership is to create learning and missional environments where character formation takes place. Here is a reflection on that, borrowing from the strengths finder model.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More In the 1990s some very exciting research was taking place and being presented to the American audience. It was the Strengths Finder research by Marcus Buckingham, Donald Clifton, and the Gallup organization. The core idea is that there are many differe...

Staying gritty in a cultural season when SLOTH may be a new norm.
02/21/2020
The Deadly Sin of Sloth • Living Word Community Church

Staying gritty in a cultural season when SLOTH may be a new norm.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More While we are focusing on virtue and not on vice, it is still worthwhile to be alert to the vices. This past Sunday, the message was on GRIT. Here is the word cloud we created to show the virtue of GRIT and its opposite, SLOTH. Sloth. Ugh! What …

The second five qualities of resilience.
02/20/2020
The 10 Contributors to Resilience (The Second Five) • Living Word Community Church

The second five qualities of resilience.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Yesterday we covered the first five contributors to resilience. Here are the remaining factors that produce resilience. For each factor, give yourself a letter grade for how strongly it is true for you. A is really high and D or F is really low. 6|| Ha...

Leaders need resilience and leaders then build resilient organizations. There are ten components to resilience. This pos...
02/19/2020
The 10 Contributors to Resilience (The First Five) • Living Word Community Church

Leaders need resilience and leaders then build resilient organizations. There are ten components to resilience. This post shares the first five. The second five will be in the next post.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More On Sunday, the core virtue was GRIT. One of the main parts of GRIT is resilience. Many researchers see GRIT and resilience as synonymous or interchangeable word. I still prefer to see resilience as one BIG part of GRIT. I decided to dive into the studi...

The Sunday message was on GRIT. Here are some thoughts on what is involved in GRIT.
02/18/2020
So Many Words • Living Word Community Church

The Sunday message was on GRIT. Here are some thoughts on what is involved in GRIT.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More We are diving into our Character Formation Series (Breaking Bad, Becoming Good) in a big way. I love the conversations that have been generated. The feedback from so many people about themes and issues God has moved to the front burner of their attenti...

Making Every Effort (A Sunday Night Workshop) • Living Word Community Church
02/07/2020
Making Every Effort (A Sunday Night Workshop) • Living Word Community Church

Making Every Effort (A Sunday Night Workshop) • Living Word Community Church

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More This Sunday, February 9, 5:00-6:30 pm, Becky and I will facilitate a workshop that explores the role we all have in the character formation process. LEARN MORE & REGISTER → I can’t begin to emphasize just how important this topic is. Many followers...

Here are three books that are very accessible for those who want to read and think more about character.
02/06/2020
Saving Graces, a Glorious Pursuit, and Loving Kindness • Living Word Community Church

Here are three books that are very accessible for those who want to read and think more about character.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Three Books on the Pursuit of the Virtuous Life of Christ In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul provides a short list of virtues. Here is how it reads in The Message: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on t...

The Source of Morality... a complex issue in a pluralistic world.
02/04/2020
Who Gets to Decide What is Good? • Living Word Community Church

The Source of Morality... a complex issue in a pluralistic world.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More The fourth question (see yesterday’s post) is one that we have not clearly asked or answered in our series. It may be one of the most important questions there is. This post is longer. It has some important philosophical-ethical concepts in it. You w...

Some of the work of leadership is an Idea Mavens (borrowing from Malcom Gladwell). We are "thought leaders." That means ...
01/31/2020
A Few FAQs (and the Third One is Really Good, I Mean REALLY, REALLY GOOD) • Living Word Community Church

Some of the work of leadership is an Idea Mavens (borrowing from Malcom Gladwell). We are "thought leaders." That means we ply our trade in words and the right words help us pass on the best ideas about the great realities. Words matter to leaders. So here are a few FAQ's I get about core words used in our character series.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Whenever we do a new series, it helps us to think about the theme. I love getting all kinds of questions from people. Some of the questions help me realize I haven’t done a very good job in defining or explaining things, such as CORE WORDS. So, here ...

Moral Leadership means we help people navigate around the barriers and press on into the pathways God sets before us for...
01/30/2020
6 Reasons Why Character Formation Is So Hard • Living Word Community Church

Moral Leadership means we help people navigate around the barriers and press on into the pathways God sets before us for the Road to Character.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Twenty years ago, in his book Becoming Good, writer David Gill described the moral scene in North America as an ethical wilderness. It is wild, untamed, unpredictable, threatening, dangerous, and thus, stressful. Some Christians choose to withdraw and....

Another post in our series on character and moral formation...
01/28/2020
Why Does it Seem Harder Than Ever to Be Good? • Living Word Community Church

Another post in our series on character and moral formation...

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More It really may not matter if it was easier to be good in 1950 than in 2020. I’m not even sure how we could make the comparison. What I can say is that it sure feels or seems as if it is harder than ever to be good. …

A good resource for leaders... especially those who work in secular contexts where morality does matter and how to have ...
01/24/2020
Moral Intelligence for Leaders • Living Word Community Church

A good resource for leaders... especially those who work in secular contexts where morality does matter and how to have "common ground" conversations about morality. So it is a nice tool for Christians to use to launch great conversations at these neutral places.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More On Sunday I referenced a book: Moral Intelligence 2.0: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success in Turbulent Times. Leaders are those whose position and role gives them a wider opportunity to influence others. A good leader will have an ex...

Leaders are aware of their motives and seek to live and lead out of the deeper motives.
01/23/2020
The Deeper Levels of Motivation • Living Word Community Church

Leaders are aware of their motives and seek to live and lead out of the deeper motives.

Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More Here is a theme you are probably thinking about, but one I haven’t covered. It has to do with the levels of motivation. Are there some motives that are higher and more noble than others? Sure. Here is a quick overview of how most moral thinkers appro...

Leaders help people take seriously what they are not taking so seriously.
07/11/2019
The Great Christian Revolutions • Living Word Community Church

Leaders help people take seriously what they are not taking so seriously.

Share via: 0 Shares Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email More “The great Christian revolutions came not by the discovery of something that was not known before. They happen when someone takes radically something that was always there.” H. Richard Niebuhr Revolution. The thesaurus says it is dramatic ...

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