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“I was reading the Samson story the other day from Judges 15:14-17:

As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.’ Judges 15:14-17  (NIV)

I find two things fascinating about that story: First, when he was finished, he didn’t get a drink, report to the Israelite leaders, or take a nap – he wrote a poem. He recorded the incident, and he did it in an artistic, poetic way. The value of recording incidents, telling stories, and videotaping or filming events is critical in the life of the culture. But more important, he didn’t teach or preach a sermon about it. He expressed it through art.

Second, even when something works – don’t be afraid to toss it away, in an effort to continually update and move to the next level. He just killed a thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone. I would have framed the jawbone, or put it in a nice leather holster – maybe even sold replicas. But no, Samson tossed it. Don’t get locked into techniques, styles, forms, or ways of doing things – even when they’re working. Always be changing, and always be looking for the next step in our evolution as creative thinkers.”

-Phil Cooke

According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, filmmaker and media activist Phil Cooke is rare – he’s a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. Christianity Today magazine calls him a “media guru” and his blog at is considered one of the most insightful resources on the web on issues of faith, culture, and media.

It’s nice to get a different perspective every now and then. I hope this helps you with your ministry or your view of life.


Leaders Are Learners

  • As a leader, it is our job to LEAD those who are following. However, a good leader is also following – following someone who is a better leader. Who that is, might be different for every leader; but we need to be constant learners.

Leaders Seek Godly Mentors

  • If we want to get closer to God, and have others do the same, then we need to find someone who we deem is closer to God than we are.  Then we can be mentored and taught by them.

Leaders Ask Questions

  • Ask yourself this, “When was the last time I was challenged to change because of conviction?” The more we question our leadership, and the leadership above us, the more we will learn. However, we need to make sure we’re not asking questions just to fill time or because that is what we feel you’re supposed to do.  We need to ask questions that cause change! Ask the hard questions of yourself, of those who follow you, of the leaders above you – with love.

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.
James 3:13 (Msg)

Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NASB)


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