Today’s Word “subaltern”

Ranked or ranged below

subaltern \suhb-OL-tuhrn; SUHB-uhl-tuhrn\ (adjective) – 1 : Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior. 2 : (Chiefly British) Ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain. 3 : (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.

(noun) – 1 : A person holding a subordinate position. 2 : (Chiefly British) A commissioned military officer below the rank of captain. 3 : (Logic) A subaltern proposition.

“Given the existence of many other subaltern epistemologies and ontologies hidden behind the term ‘Third World’ alone — consider Peru, India, New Guinea — we approach here the enormity of task of a transitional movement of the liberation of women.” — Inderpal Grewal, ‘Scattered Hegemonies’

Subaltern derives from Late Latin subalternus, “subordinate,” from Latin sub-, “under” + Latin alternus, “alternate,” from alter, “other.”


In the Storm

After Jesus’ disciples fought a raging storm for nine cold hours, at about 4:00 AM the unspeakable happened. They spotted someone coming on the water. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. (Matthew 14:26 MSG). They didn’t expect Jesus to come to them this way.

Neither do we. We expect him to come in the form of peaceful hymns on Easter Sundays or quiet retreats. We expect to find Jesus in morning devotionals and meditations. We never expect to see him in a divorce or a foreclosure. We never expect to see him in a storm. But it’s in a storm that he does his finest work, for it is in storms that he has our keenest attention.

Jesus replied to the disciples’ fear with an invitation worthy of inscription on every church cornerstone and residential archway, “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27).


May 11, 2018 12:01 am

Set Against Sickness

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. . . . And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. — MARK 16:15,17,18

Let’s stop and analyze something here: Which of the sick did Jesus say we were to lay hands on?

Jesus just said “the sick” — period.

Then, if God were the author of sickness — if God did put sickness and disease on people — if it were the will of God for some to be sick — this statement would be confusing. Because in it, Jesus authorized us to lay hands on ALL sick.

If God weren’t in the healing business, Jesus would have had to say something like, “Lay your hands on those that it is the will of God to heal, and they shall recover. And those that it isn’t — they won’t recover.”

But, no! God set the Church against sickness — period!

Confession: God is in the healing business. God is not in the sickness business. God is in the delivering business. God is not in the bondage business. I refuse to allow the enemy to try to get me to accept sickness or bondage as being from God. Satan is the author of sickness. God has set me against sickness!

Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 1988 RHEMA Bible Church AKA Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.


Love Wins—All the Time

Scripture:  John 21:15-17

Love is the answer to the broken home. Love is the answer to the addict. Love is the answer to fractured relationships. Love is the answer to being offended. Love is the answer to heartbreak. Love is a weapon that can shatter division and rebuild what has been broken.

What is happening in your life right now that tests you in the way you love? Did you just discover that your spouse has been cheating on you? Do you want to reconnect with the daughter you haven’t spoken to in months? Did your son just tell you his girlfriend is pregnant? Is your teenager suffering from an addiction that is overwhelming not just his life but every single person in your family? Has your adult daughter declared she’s a lesbian and she’s done with the whole God business?

Different dynamics and complexities characterize each of these situations. But they’re real. They’re hard. And they hurt.

I wonder what would happen if we decided that, with God’s help and in His strength, we are going to love like we’ve never been hurt. Instead of withholding affection, staying bitter or seeking revenge, we love.

God will begin, little by little, to release you from the past if you will reach for a new day.

It takes a lot of love and forgiveness to hold a family together. Love never fails. Keep on forgiving. Keep on loving. Keep on reaching. Keep on talking.

The Big Idea:  The ones whom you love the most can hurt you the most. Love them anyway.





Thank you for joining the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast!

If you’re a leader in just about any field, you’re going to have people second-guessing you, tearing you down, and picking you apart. The more you succeed, the more critics you’ll have. Dealing with criticism is a part of leadership. It’s that simple. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to avoid all criticism—and you shouldn’t! But learning to handle that criticism is incredibly crucial to your success as a leader.

While you cannot avoid all criticism, you can minimize some of it by leading thoughtfully. That’s what we’ll talk about in this episode. Let’s begin by looking at four practical ways to minimize criticism.

1. Build a positive culture, starting with yourself. As the leader, you set the tone. Lead from a posture of positivity. When people catch you speaking about others, err on the side of positivity. Believe the best about people.

2. Create an avenue for helpful feedback. Build a culture that demands helpful feedback and discourages unhelpful criticism. Create an environment where people don’t just point out problems, they find solutions.

3. Lead with the “why” before the “what.” People are more likely to resist change when they don’t like it or don’t understand it. When you lead something new, you’re going to have three groups of people who react to it: critics, bystanders, and advocates. The critics will be the loudest, but they won’t always represent the largest group.

4. Be wise in how you live. Leaders are held to a higher standard. Avoid shortcuts and live above reproach. Be hyper-selective about what you say, when you say it, and how you say it.

In our next episode, we’ll talk about understanding your critics and how you respond to what they have to say.

Remember, you don’t have to know it all to be a great leader! Be yourself. People would rather follow a leader who is always real than one who is always right.


Here’s an exercise you can do to grow as a leader—ask your team these questions:

1. Where do you see unnecessary negativity in your culture? What can you do to fix it?

2. What tools can you implement to get feedback early to help you eliminate critical errors in the future?

3. Is there anything you are doing in your personal or professional life that, if it were discovered, would compromise your reputation and ability to lead? If so, what are you going to do about it?


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