In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Scott Sauls. Scott is the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and is the the author of two books, Jesus Outside the Lines and Befriend. Before pastoring in Nashville Scott served alongside Tim Keller in New York and prior to that was a church planter and pastor in the midwest. He is an insightful and gracious expositor of culture and you can find his writings at ScottSauls.com. You will appreciate his openness, humility, and keen observations as both a pastor and leader.
“I try to learn from in my theological camp and outside.”
“Ann Voskamp just believes Jesus is bigger than she is and she lives in that.”
“When people are proud of their own voice they get harder to listen to.”
“You can’t take credit for what God is doing.”
“When growth is happening around you it’s really important to kick into high gear with intentional humility.”
“I have plenty of ego I want to protect other people from.”
“I have to have quiet, contemplative time every day.”
“Writing for a talk is no substitute for uncluttered, no agenda encounters with Jesus.”
“God was the perfect parent, and look at us – we’re far from perfect children.”
“Your kids know what you believe because they hear you preach it every week. Live it, walk it, make it part of life.”
“Your best example is being the repenter in your home, not the chief law keeper.
“When you’re 30 your 20-year-old self was an idiot. When you’re 40 your 30-year-old self was an idiot.”
“Do whatever you need to for your soul to keep the fear of man from coming your true north.”
“If you’re going to be a leader there will be people who just don’t like you. There were people who disliked Jesus.”
“People will dislike you because you’re too much like Jesus or because you’re not enough like him.”
“Let’s say 10% of the people you lead despise you and 10% worship you. Ignore both. Neither will give you the perspective you need.”
“You need a good shot of grace and a good shot identity in Christ.”
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Return of the Prodigal Son – Henry Nouwen
The Wounded Healer – Henry Nouwen
Abba’s Child – Brennan Manning
Ragamuffin Gospel – Brennan Manning
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