12 Things Good [Pastors] Believe

I believe that there is value in taking the best practices from business and considering application within the church. I recently found a great example at The Conversation Blog from the Harvard Business Review – 12 Things Good Bosses Believe. I believe they can translated to apply to pastors or other church leaders. Here are a few directly from the post:

  • My success ā€” and that of my people ā€” depends largely on being the master of obvious and mundane things, not on magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
  • One of the most important, and most difficult, parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
  • How I do things is as important as what I do.

I invite you to check out the full post (12 Things Good Bosses Believe) for the rest of the list.

Mowing as Spiritual Discipline

I mowed the grass last night and it felt great. I was tired by the end, but it was well worth it. Not only were the grass blades, which had been knitting themselves together in a bit of a jungle, trimmed down to a reasonable level but my soul was watered by the experience.

  • When I mow the lawn, my brain has to stay engaged in what I am doing, but not so much that it can’t wander if necessary.
  • I bring some level of order out of some level of chaos.
  • When I am done, I can see the results.
  • There are no shortcuts – I have to push that mower across every bit of lawn.
  • The physical exercise is good.

Ahh, mowing the lawn…

This is Good Juice!

Last night I had the great opportunity to serve communion at KidsCOR for family communion which gives families an opportunity to receive communion together as a family. One of the interactions with the kids was priceless.

Child: (a few feet away, to Mom) What do I do?

Mom: You go get the bread first.

(Child receives bread from server. I kneel down and offer the cup of juice.)

Me: The cup of salvation for you. Dip your bread in the cup.

Child: (dips bread in cup and steps back a couple steps) When do I eat it?

Me: Right now. You can eat it right now.

Child: (exclaims) This is good juice!

Me: (recognize the profundity of his statement) It is good.

Communion is good. Christ for all is very goood news.

Grasping the Trinity

How do you feel about the Trinity? How long did it take for you to start to get a grasp of it?

I feel good about the Trinity. I agree with deviantmonk in the comment on Physics of the Trinity.

As far as Iā€™m concerned, [the Trinity is] the bedrock of Christian theology, worldview, ethics, and whatever else.

As far as getting a grasp of the Trinity, I believe that there is really only a continual journey deeper into the mystery. The more I think I know the more I realize I do not know. However, I would say that beginning to grasp the concept of the Trinity started thinking about analogies (some of which were mentioned at the taster), such as neapolitan ice cream, a shamrock, water in three phases. However, I do caution these comparisons as greatly lacking and should not be the end of seeking to understand. I think that the most faithful way of understanding the Trinity is to begin with the narrative of scripture.

Different forms of this question were common – look for some additional thoughts on this topic soon.

This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”