Month: December 2013

Surprised by Joy

Our young waitress at lunch the other day seemed overly concerned about everything being just right. It wasn’t irritating or intrusive. It didn’t interrupt the conversation. It wasn’t the feeling of being rushed through lunch to open up the table for another waiting customer. It was a genuine interest in doing a good job, but she didn’t seem at ease about it. As I said, she ...[Read More]

Feed the Beast

What’s been stirring the pot for the last couple of weeks is the controversy over whether or not Mark Driscoll, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, plagiarized and how much of his material has been either lifted verbatim from other sources or used with only a slight bit of editing. As well, there has been some scrutiny over the role of outside research agencies like Docent th ...[Read More]

The Reward is Responsibility

Periodically, I think about retirement and what that might mean. I asked one friend about it, and his response was, “Retire from what? You have the job that everyone would like to find when they retire.” He was right, but I still think I’d like to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You can quit now.” Fortunately, that is not God’s plan for my life. I ...[Read More]

Telescopic Philanthropy

A few years ago I read William Easterly’s book, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. While the title pretty much gives you the essence of the book, the first chapter details a basic distinction between two types of people: Planners and Searchers. Planners start with basic problems and make them bigger before offering any solutions ...[Read More]