These seven words have come to represent the worst in writing. Contests to see who can match or even surpass this level of literary failing are held. As an author there is no way you want to create a dark and stormy night sentence, paragraph, chapter, or even worse, book. (more…)
We are what we like about our brand of church experience. We look in the mirror and see what we would call the picture of a Christ follower. It’s not that we feel we have got it perfect, it’s that we see someone on the right track. This means there will be denominations that [will or] will not fit our version of living our lives as Christ followers. (more…)
A great look at true forgiveness
Empathy is not forgiveness. That was a real stumbling block for me, but empathy can be a bit like trying to rationalize away sin. We’re seeking a logical explanation for human behavior, some cause and effect, and trying to walk in someone else’s shoes compassionately. That all sounds very good, very charitable on the surface, but it is not the supernatural grace of forgiveness.
You will wind up extending mercy to everyone but yourself. We’ll call it “self-abuse,” because you’ll be filled with forgiveness, confusion, frustration, while attempting to rationalize away the entire world’s poor behavior.
Battered women do this all the time. He doesn’t mean it, it’s not his fault. People married to alcoholics do it, they rationalize, it’s just the addiction talking. We do it in crime, bad childhood, lousy neighborhood, poor job training. What winds up happening in the end is that you are surrounded by…
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It is a business just like any other business. It needs a structure that best enables its leaders to meet targets and increase buy-in or it will fail. Relying on the old ways of doing things is just resistance to change. The research has been done, the polling complete, now it’s time to put it into practice. (more…)