One of the founders of Southern Seminary, and the author of a textbook on preaching that is still in print today.
The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers:
24. Harper Lee, author of one of the great American novels and winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, had worked as a reservation clerk at Eastern Airlines for years when she received a note from friends: "You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas." By the next year, she'd penned To Kill a Mockingbird.
What Does it Mean for an Elder to Be "Able to Teach?"
The one qualification for eldership that stands out from the rest is the ability to teach. And herein lies the debate---what does it mean for an elder be "able to teach"? Well, it depends upon whom you ask.
Considering (and Surviving) Unhealthy Christian Organizations:
The organization has to be willing to listen to its constructive critics. If no one can say to the leader, "there are issues," well, then, there are issues. Big issues. Healthy organizations do not listen to every cynic (and there are many), but they do listen to discerning critics.
Tim Keller - The Priority of Character:
All the causes of either visible or pending failure stem from a failure to cultivate the inner life. Look at the list of the causes of fruitlessness. They are the results of failing to know ourselves, failing to believe the gospel, and forgetting the truth of God's word. Thus, we must cultivate the work of the inner life.