Living like Jesus is the only way A summary of Tom Schreiner’s ETS address on how the belief in the exclusivity of Christ should affect our lives. And while we’re on the subject, Mike Wittmer writes briefly here on pluralism.
Steve Tobak identifies three kinds of managers who should not be running anything:
The Smartest Guy in the Room This is the guy who has all the answers and can never, ever be wrong. He doesn’t just breathe his own fumes or drink his own Kool-Aid, he makes and mass-markets it, as well. He wants everyone to agree with his grandiose vision of how things should be and makes sure of that by surrounding himself with yes-men and women and ruthlessly beating down dissenting views.
It’s All About Me Some people never grow up but get stuck in one phase or another of human development. They look just like normal adults, but inside, they’re petulant, narcissistic children with oversized egos. Since their overriding goal is to get attention, to be adulated and worshipped by all, they’re often charismatic and charming, almost chameleon-like in the way they appeal to all sorts of constituents. And their positions and strategies can flip and flop from one day to the next based on one data point, meeting, or conversation.
The Has-Been Peter was once effective and successful; at least it appeared that way. But the situation had a narrow set of boundaries and variables and now, things have changed and Peter is out of his depth, beyond his level of competency. Perhaps he was promoted, the company grew, the market changed, or he’s now in a new position in a new company. Regardless of the circumstances, Peter is no longer effective and his inability to see or believe it renders him toxic to the organization.
Read the rest here. I’m sure there aren’t pastoral equivalents, are there?
Family Life Worth fighting for This is one of the most honest blogs on the Internet. As Kara says: “Stresses of life can put the miles on your marriage. But instead of wearing a marriage out, let it establish deeply carved paths of discipline, kindness, love, and commitment.” You can read the heart-tugging background to Kara’s story here.