Thought Thread: Vulnerable

We're chasing the thread of VULNERABILITY in this edition. If you'd like a streamlined version of Thought Thread, sign up for the email update by clicking here. 

The Vulnerability of Power
It's difficult to remain positive when witnessing power corrupted. But the key to contesting this abuse might actually be our own vulnerability. This piece by a USC business professor is a compelling read.

The Challenge of Doing the Right Thing Well
Too often our lack of pride prevents us from becoming a better version of ourselves. In Masters' Season, the author of this Harvard Business Review article uses Tiger Woods as an example of humility (no, really!) and suggests we challenge our views of vulnerability.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Julie Yip Williams passed away at a young age of cancer. Her life was amazing (covered by CBS in this video) but her last words are a testament to transparency. Do yourself a favor and read her last blog post.

My Thoughts: It's Real To Me!
Next week is Wrestlemania and it motivated me to be a little vulnerable and express my feelings on professional wrestling.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
We all know that the world is changing but how can we anticipate strategy when change comes so fast. I feel Kevin Kelly does an excellent job of guiding the reader through this conversation. If you're wondering whether or not to read the entire book, click here to read some selected quotes.

The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
Of all the links I've provided in the Thread thus far, I wondered if this was the least obscure. Brown has emerged as a go-to voice, but here thoughts in this Ted Talk are must listen, even if you've heard it before.

Some of the most argued texts in the Bible deal with the roles of husbands/wives and slaves/masters. In this message, you'll see that Jesus still wins because of VULNERABILITY. 

CLICK HERE to download a PDF transcript of Why Jesus Wins: Vulnerable (Colossians 3:18-4:1)

A few notes: 
1. All Scriptures are taken from the New International Version
2. The primary source of textual research used is the Smyth and Helwys commentary on Colossians by Nijay Gupta
3. Feel free to customize the message for your audience. Since these sermons are heavy exegetical, there is no need to attribute the content.  

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