What I’m Crunching — December 17, 2023

Book I’m Reading

I’ve read little about Winston Churchill over the years and I thought it was time to fix that. Churchill was a remarkable leader who was placed in his position sovereignly by God (as all leaders are, Romans 13:1). He was exactly who England needed at the helm to hold back the Nazis.

Interesting tidbit: he hated whistling! He didn’t do it himself and couldn’t stand for anyone around him to whistle. I do not share that trait.

From the Goodreads summary:
“On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–and willing to fight to the end.”

Podcasts I’m Listening To

Here’s a wonderful Q&A conversation between Ray Ortlund and Sam Allberry about building a gospel culture in the church or organization you lead. Here’s a summary to whet your appetite:

  • How to lead a staff team in building a gospel culture, emphasizing the importance of eye contact, laughter, openness, and vulnerability.
  • Imposter syndrome in Christian ministry, sharing stories, and insights on how to cope with feelings of inadequacy.
  • The transformative power of the gospel and the need for a shift in preaching focus—from challenging people to presenting Christ and his promises.
  • The role of church membership in establishing a gospel culture and the importance of setting expectations for behavior within the church community.

Tweets I’m Reading

If you have feedback for me, if something resonates and you want to see more of it, reply in the comments below. You can also tweet at me on Twitter @the_cody_hall.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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