Today there are many definitions of leadership. For several decades now, countless books have been written, blog-posts have been posted, and conferences have been held trying to help people understand and pursue the dynamics of leadership. So many of these resources are really helpful in terms of understanding methods of leadership, but many of them lack a particular definition of and foundation for what leadership actually is. Furthermore, among those that do include a definition there is no agreement on what that definition actually is. So, what is leadership, and what is the foundation for understanding the idea of leadership?
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists and A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir (with John Woodbridge). He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University. He edited Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor and The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.
I was having coffee with a friend the other morning. He is one of the smartest friends I have, but he is also very secular in his worldview approach. In the course of our conversation he told me that he was concerned with his own worldview. “There is no cohesive system of thought in secular thinking,” he said. “It’s all disjointed; it’s all a reaction to something else.” Of course, as a Christian, I totally agree with his assessment, but I was surprised (to say the least) at his admission.
With so much talk of gender and gender confusion it leads one to ask if there are any real marks or signifiers of a true man. The following are seven marks from scripture that describe the tone and character of what it means to be a true man.
Christians can disagree with one another and not lose fellowship. Christians should never let a conversation about gun violence divide the church. Just because a person thinks that we should have stricter gun laws does not make them a “baby killing liberal.” Similarly, just because someone thinks that the Second Amendment is an important American right does not make them an “uncompassionate redneck.” Thoughtful and good Christians are going to disagree on this issue, and there are good points to be made on either side.