Well-known pastor and Bible teacher MacArthur looks at leadership through Biblical view, focusing primarily on the Apostle Paul, and specifically on three key events in Paul's life: his shipwreck on Malta, his letter to the Corinthian church he had established, and his final published words.
The account MacArthur gives of the shipwreck was very interesting because I had never read it so closely or heard it discussed in such detail before. Paul, a prisoner on a long and winding sea road to Rome, ends up taking de facto leadership by displaying what MacArthur has identified as Godly leadership principles. The seafaring details, as he points out, are accurate and in themselves fascinating insight into the state of naval technology and skills of the time. A book examining the complete Biblical record for accounts of contermporary transportation technology would be fascinating. If a reader knows of any such book or available sources, let me know.
Next, MacArthur considers how Paul handled a controversy with the Corinthian church over his leadership abilities and, at core, his very right to leadership. This section is not quite as fascinating as the other two sections, as it delves into more arcane issues. Still, MacArthur draws out the pertinent and applicable principles of leadership that we can apply today.
Finally, MacArthur gives us a tantalizing look at Paul's last printed words and the people he mentions for praise or criticism. Here we see Paul as a man on his deathbed looking back over a life's-worth of friends, helpers, and hindrances. Biblical authors are not faceless ghost-writers or pseudo-Gods, but human beings who endure the triumphs and pains we all face and respond to them just as we would.
From this are leaders made.
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Todd Stockslager (TStocksl)
I love reading and writing about what I have read, making the connections and marking the comparisons and contrasts. God has given man the amazing power to invent language and the means to record it which … more
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InThe Book on Leadership, best-selling author, pastor, and teacher John MacArthur sets the record straight: Leadership does not come from a job title, but from a much deeper source. Based on the writings of the apostle Paul, MacArthur presents the "26 Characteristics of a True Leader" for anyone at work, church, school, or home.