Monthly Archives: March 2021

Book Review: “Dealing With Difficult People” – Harvard Business Review

Book Review: “Dealing With Difficult People” – Harvard Business Review

A friend at Calvary loaned me this book. He had read it, found it helpful and was seeing if I would like it.

I found it helpful.

The book is a compilation of essays that they have previously published in a periodical. They put similar topics together for this little book. It’s part of their “Emotional Intelligence” series.

Here’s the titles of the essays:

1. To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is it Hot or Cold – Aim for warmth by Mark Gerzon

2. Taking the Stress Out of Stressful Conversations – How to talk when you’re emotionally entangled by Holly Weeks

3. The Secret to Dealing with Difficult People: It’s About You – Three new lenses to try on by Tony Schwartz

4. How to Deal with a Mean Colleague – Stand up for yourself by Amy Gallo

5. How to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Colleague – Don’t accuse them by Amy Gallo

6. How to Work with Someone Who’s Always Stressed Out – Celebrate their victories by Rebecca Knight

7. How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything is Urgent – Help them see consequences by Liz Kislik

8. Do You Hate Your Boss? – Managing up when your personalities clash by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

It’s obviously not a Christian book, but it was a helpful book, as it is dealing in the area of wisdom, specifically how to be wise in these various situations. Is it gospel? Nope… but some good suggestions, and some new approaches to what are often confounding problems.

In my case, a couple of the chapters were answers to prayer. I needed help in a couple of relationships, I had been praying about them, and felt like the Lord had answered that prayer by providing some counsel from others who had some success in similar situations.

So… helpful book!

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Posted by on March 28, 2021 in Book Review


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Spiritual Gifts Series

I did a series several years ago on the gifts of the Spirit. It’s still relevant today, and I wanted to share it here.

This came up recently, because at we took a Sunday to look at the baptism of the Holy Spirit that John proclaims in John 1:33. I had a follow up conversation with a couple of people, and the gifts of the Spirit and the baptism of the Spirit was a new topic for them.

That particular message is available by video or audio.

It was a fun conversation because one of them confessed: “I didn’t think you were one of those guys!”

I suggested listening to this series.

The backstory is that several years ago I taught through “Jude” and it left some people confused about what the Bible had to say about the gifts of the Spirit. So, we took a break from going through the Bible and went back to 1 Corinthians 12-14, and I did a series on the gifts of the Spirit.

In the first message, we looked at how the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit is very much for today, and then examined the common passage that “cessationists” use to argue that the ministry of the Holy Spirit has changed from the time of the apostles.

In the succeeding messages, we took a closer look at each one of the gifts of the Spirit that Paul lists there in 1 Corinthians 12 and how they were manifested in the Old Testament, the life of Jesus, the New Testament, and then we crowd-sourced some current examples.

The final message is a study in 1 Corinthians 14 and how Paul describes how the gifts of the Spirit are to be used in the church meetings.

Here’s the links to the audio files for those messages:

God Speaks! 1/6

Message 2/6

Message 3/6

Message 4/6

Message 5/6

Last one: Message 6/6

I’d love to hear from you, especially if these recordings helped you, or if you have any follow up questions.

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Posted by on March 20, 2021 in Bible Studies


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