Thistles and thorns have their purposes, but not on a farm. Farms are for cucumbers, pumpkins, wheat, and barley.
The farmers of America’s political and religious systems seem like they haven’t figured this out.
It’s not that American’s wanted thistle fields, they’ve just planted thistles expecting watermelon. Sooner or later, Americans will learn whatever comes up from the ground at harvest grows from whatever went into the ground that spring.
The lesson of sowing and reaping is more important than just reaping what our fathers sowed. The more weeds that we planted that sprout, the better. So, don’t be worried. · · · →
Poser-leaders lack the innovative creativity of founders whose footsteps they follow. It happens about every 50 years: A leader answers the problems of the times, then a poser-successor follows in his footsteps, singing the same song, long after the problems are solved. Fifty years later, new leaders raise up to expel the posers. And so history repeats—with tech companies, civil rights, China, the Church, Democrats, Republicrats, and even in the 2014 elections.
This is not a historical anomaly, but a perfect tempo. Hunger for greatness blinds posers to the demons they empower—demons who don’t know that their tempo exposes itself. · · · →
The Myth of ‘Quality Control’
“Quality control” explains the problems of manufacturing about as accurately as a two year old discussing mom’s dinner menu. The term “quality control” sounds good to bureaucrats and bean coutners, but it insults the skill and craftsmanship of good manufacturing and undermines the people who make a factory’s good stuff.
“Quality craftsmanship” is a much better term. A better factory is filled with better craftsman. Good craftsman constantly improve. Dr. Deming taught something similar.
We should expect “control” to be the myth of managers who don’t create anything.
“Control” is the opposite of “mentoring”. To become skilled, one needs mentoring. · · · →
Stay in Fellowship or in Factions? – mp3
The weekly mantra, “stay in fellowship,” common within Churchianity, surmounts to little more than control of money. Moneychangers just want loyal subscribers called “parishioners”. The Shepherd of Hermes called Church profiteers “Christ mongers”.
If weekly Sunday attendance did fulfill the Biblical mandate for “coming together”, then why has it failed at the other Biblical requirements of “loving one another” and “Christian unity”?
True “fellowship” involves communication with the wider Christian community, and doesn’t limit fellowship to 200 people. The less we know each other, the more we’ll fight like we do. Churchianity doesn’t want Christians “in fellowship”, but “in factions”. · · · →