Insecure Leaders: Saul vs David

A previous blog looked at the behavior of insecure leaders through the interaction of Samuel with Saul, 1 Samuel 8-15. In this message, we continue by focusing on the relational dynamic between David and Saul, 1 Samuel 16-28. The insecurity of Saul now comes out in more overt ways, from envy to covert plotting, then abuse and rage leading to violence. Saul’s insecurity complex, self-centeredness, and more imperils the nation of Israel. There are many lessons learned in these passages that can apply to church leadership. The greatest security, the greatest “antidote” to all of this is to be simply rooted in the love of Jesus and one’s identity as a child adopted into the kingdom of God.

Author: Dieter K Mulitze, PhD

Dieter has written three books on the ministry of transforming and healing prayer. One of Dieter’s main roles in this ministry is teaching the seminar series and speaking at conferences. Dieter’s three books serve to articulate and strengthen the theology and practice of the ministry of transforming prayer for the whole person. Dieter graduated from the U. of Guelph (BSc) and holds a PhD in quantitative genetics from the U. of Saskatchewan. Dieter was an associate professor with the University of Nebraska, and has co-authored scientific papers in several professional journals. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., with the Master of Christian Studies (MCS) degree, concentrating in spiritual theology. Dieter has served as an elder in a number of churches. Dieter is bi-vocational, serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for Agronomix Software, a software development company which develops, distributes and supports a software application for plant breeders and agronomists worldwide. With his experience in the corporate world, Dieter has also taught on the theology of work. Dieter is no stranger to international travel – having lived in Syria and Morocco for a total of 6 years and travelling to over 50 countries worldwide for business or ministry. Dieter and his wife Ellen live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have one daughter, Karissa, who lives in France with her husband and children.

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