This book is so much more than a helpful resource for leaders. Rich in biblical insights, it offers any Christian the valuable tools needed to develop genuine character and a healthy spiritual life.
Our generation is crying out for fathers who can help us grow–and Ed Hird is one of those fathers. I am honored to know him and to feed on the revelations he offers in this amazing book.
This book sharpened my leadership skills and challenged me to pursue integrity, character and humility in my ministry. I know it will do the same for you.
J. Lee Grady
Former editor, Charisma magazine
Author, The Holy Spirit Is Not for Sale
Director, The Mordecai Project
If you’re into self-centered, feel good, faddish Christianity; Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit will shake you out of your pew. Likening North American Christians to the untrustworthy, gluttonous pirates Titus met on the Island of Crete, Reverend Ed Hird challenges our ‘me first’ mantra, materialism and ‘feel good’ doctrines. If you want to remain physically flabby or morally ambivalent, this is not the book for you. But, if like the rapacious inhabitants of ancient Crete, you yearn to become a world changer, read on.
Ed Hird writes –‘healthy leadership is about strengthening our spiritual sons and daughters in our common faith.’ –This captures the heart of his new book which will help us all strengthen a new generation of healthy leaders in the church as we learn from Paul’s discipling of Titus.
The Rev. Canon William Beasley
Oak Park, Illinois
On the whole, I don’t like reading Biblical commentaries unless I need clarification about some term or background issue that puzzles me. The one exception is William Barclay’s Daily Bible Studies series which is always informative and speaks to the present.
Therefore, when Ed Hird asked me to write an endorsement for his new book, I did so reluctantly. I enjoy Ed’s writings, but a commentary on Titus did not appeal to me. What a mistake I made.
This is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time and as a commentary rivals the work of Barclay. To expound the Biblical text, Ed brings in a wealth of contemporary examples that really bring it alive. Thus the book is a highly informative delight to read which I strongly recommend.
Dr. Irving Hexham, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Calgary and author of the website www.understandingworldreligions.com
By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird
Every summer the Hird family goes away on a BC Christian Ashram retreat to Sumas Mountain. The United Christian Ashram movement was founded in 1930 by Dr. E. Stanley Jones in India. As a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, Jones wrote twenty-eight books that sold millions, including Christ of the Indian Road and Abundant Living. As the most widely read spiritual author during his lifetime, Jones left a remarkable impact that is rapidly increasing in our social media world. Jones’ short aphorisms are very quotable, being often reposted on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
For the last year, I have been rereading Jones’ book The Way to Power and Poise. Jones memorably warns us against the herd: “If we are herd-centered people, then we are insecure, for the herd is fickle and may quickly change.” Teenagers, when facing peer pressure, are often tempted to be herd-centered. When we give up self to the herd, we lose identity, focus and creativity. The desire to be popular and to fit in can be very deadly. It takes courage to be ourselves. Jones taught that if we are dominated by the herd, we are doomed by the herd – doomed to a life of up and downness.
There are four possible attitudes, said Jones, to the herd urge. We can 1) withdraw from the herd 2) defy the herd 3) succumb to the herd or 4) surrender the herd to God and then live within it.
The problem with the first attitude of withdrawal is that we are left in isolation and eccentricity. All forms of separation, segregation or apartheid backfire upon themselves. Emotional cut-off solves nothing. We are called to be in the herd but not of the herd.
The second attitude of defying the herd leaves us on the defensive. As Jones put it, you cannot live constantly objecting without becoming objectionable. Defensiveness is negative and self-defeating. Healthy people do not define themselves by what they are opposed to.
The third attitude of succumbing to the herd, said Jones, robs you of your voice: “you are an echo; you don’t act; you only react; you are not a person but a thing.” Mindless conforming is ultimately deforming. Giving up self to the herd leaves us flat and empty. Mob mentality, as with the 2011 Vancouver Canuck riot, is rooted in the herd mentality. Many young people going to that Canuck game had no idea how destructive they would become.
The fourth attitude, said Jones, is to break the dominance of the herd by surrendering the herd to God. Then we cease to be people-pleasers and become God-pleasers instead. We become people who have the courage to speak, to risk, to be different. Bullies and dictators no longer control us. When God is God instead of the herd, then we receive a peace that passes all understanding. We become non-anxious catalysts that change our families, workplaces and herds.
Only when we let go and let God can the herd become healthy. The herd will drain you of life and energy, if you let it. The herd is never satisfied. You can never do enough to please the herd. Jesus gives you the ability to transform the herd into a thing of beauty. Say no to the herd, and yes to life.
The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector
BSW, MDiv, DMin
-an article for the September 2014 Deep Cove Crier
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On #BCDay, let us remember Governor James Douglas, a cofounder of BC
Originally posted on Edhird's Blog:
How often do we give thanks for Governor James Douglas, Father of BC? BC still bears the mark of Douglas’ vision. Douglas had little to work with in terms of men, money and materials; the only thing not lacking was Douglas’ determination. Governor Douglas prophetically said: ‘It is the bold, resolute, strong, self-reliant man, who fights his own way through every obstacle and wins the confidence and respect of his fellows. As with men, so it is with nations.’
Douglas had a vision of a great highway of commerce down the centre of the mainland colony. In little more than two years, he was to achieve what seems almost a miracle: a wagon road, eighteen feet wide and four hundred miles long, connecting the wealthy new gold fields of the Cariboo to the older coastal settlements
Douglas was born in Guyana. His mom Martha…
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