Are We Very Shrewd?

January 30th, 2012

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I often wonder if we’re very shrewd. Or if I am very shrewd.

By shrewd I don’t mean slick. I mean being discerning, as Jesus said he wants us to be. After 36 years of working as a church planter, pastor, and consultant, I’m not so sure we’re very shrewd. I know I haven’t been at times. The next five weeks are going to be a mea culpa as a way to consider what a shrewd faith looks like.

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Forty years ago Roe v. Wade was decided. Today, an average of 1,225 abortions are performed everyday in the U.S. Millions of Americans grieve over this atrocity. They pray Roe v. Wade will be overturned as thousands gather today in Washington to protest. The comfort is that God is writing the final chapter in this story.

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Nearly every big firm claims to be building a caring and ethical culture. Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics, is skeptical. He should be. Surveys indicate bosses are eight times more likely than the average worker to believe the company has a healthy culture. Hadomi’s solution is a Devil’s Advocate. That’s interesting. The idea of a Devil’s Advocate comes from scripture as well as church history.

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Nearly every big firm claims to be building a caring and ethical culture. Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor Robotics, is skeptical. He should be. Surveys indicate bosses are eight times more likely than the average worker to believe the company has a healthy culture. Hadomi’s solution is a Devil’s Advocate. That’s interesting. The idea of a Devil’s Advocate comes from scripture as well as church history.

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Boxed In

January 9th, 2012

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This past Thanksgiving, hundreds of churches across the nation distributed “Boxes of Love” to needy families. Delivering food boxes is a good thing – a worthwhile project. However, research indicates Big Box stores help the poor even more.

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This has been a tough two weeks for American churches. With Christmas and New Years Day falling on successive Sundays, attendance was way off. Some even cancelled Sunday services. Churches may be happy that Christmas only falls on Sunday every few years, but cancelling or scaling back services might be reinforcing a troubling tendency.

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