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Ambition : What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff.

Author: Emma Ineson
Publisher: La Vergne : SPCK, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book will examine biblical perspectives on ambition and success, particularly from the point of view of Jesus and the gospels. It will affirm what is praiseworthy in the current emphasis on  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ineson, Emma
Ambition : What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff
La Vergne : SPCK,c2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Ineson
ISBN: 9780281080137 0281080135
OCLC Number: 1128704001
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (122 p.)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1 Success and failure; How will we know if we've been successful?; The success of failure; 'Success' or excellence?; 2 Climbing; Embracing godly ambition; Is it OK to be ambitious?; The roots of ambition; Ambition in the Bible; Was Jesus ambitious?; Paul's ambition; Desire and the telos of ambition; Ambition and vocation; Women and ambition; Developing godly ambition: some 'top tips'; 1 Don't be afraid of ambition; 2 Pay more attention to character; 3 Be accountable; 4 Develop a keen sense of theological reflection; 3 Counting Measuring growth and effectivenessHow do we count and what should we count?; Four good reasons for counting and measuring things; 1 The Bible plays the numbers game; 2 There is growth in the kingdom of God; 3 Numbers matter because people matter; 4 Counting helps us to know where we are; Four bad reasons for counting and measuring things; 1 Because we imagine that if we count things, they will automatically grow; 2 Because we imagine that having targets will make things work better; 4 Because we're anxious and afraid; Counting theologically; 4 Comparing; What is it to you? A culture of comparison'Church porn'; The 'talent pool'; Feeding the approval monster; How to subdue the approval monster; 1 Don't be like Diotrephes; 2 Be self-aware, but not self-obsessed; 3 Beware the lure of 'celebrity'; 4 Understand humility correctly; 5 Leadership in the image of the Trinity; A study in power and authority; What is happening to leadership?; What kind of authority?; Creator-shaped leadership: power and authority in the love of the Father; Cross-shaped leadership: success and failure with the grace of the Son Community-shaped leadership: vision and charisma in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit6 Key spiritual dispositions for ambitious people; Blessed . . .; How not to read the Beatitudes; The Beatitudes for ambitious leaders; 1 Stay (properly) humble; 2 Seek wholeness (but not necessarily only your own); 3 Show (gentle) compassion; 4 Pursue righteousness (by which we mean the holiness of God); 5 Address inequality; 6 Spend time alone with God; 7 Extend hospitality; 8 Be of good courage; Notes; Bibliography

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