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Surviving Success
By Mike Chung
Recently, Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle has pled guilty to offenses against minors punishable with jail time. Fogle, who was once extremely obese, came to fame by losing significant weight while only eating Subway for a period of time. Years and years as spokesperson lead to millions of dollars and international fame but in the end, it looks like the success he has experienced led to his failure. This pattern is not unique to Fogle. The Christian Church has been rocked many times by “star” pastors experiencing significant falling. For example, former Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll stepped down and the church sold due to issues like abusiveness, plagiarism, and using money to make his book a best seller. What Fogle and Driscoll represent is something universal to humankind: Success can lead to demise.
Thin Places
By Doug Gehrman
There existed “thin places,” the early Celtic people believed, where one could experience closer access to God and the divine. You’ve maybe been to such a place, where the veil between our human existence and heaven seemed so “thin” as to be translucent. The Grand Canyon, Michelangelo’s David, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Spiritual clarity reaches a higher level and the sacred becomes visible. In the Celtic belief, God was everywhere and there was little separating the secular from the divine; you just had to look for it and experience it. The light at dusk behind a cloud, sun through rain, a moment shared, a hand offered. It could be anything or found anywhere.
The Core Value of Stewardship
By Patrick Layhee
As business professionals we bring our talents to the marketplace every working day. We exercise influence, get things done, and move our enterprises forward. Our professional tool kits are full of the latest and greatest in new ideas and strategies—we are leaders, managers, and individual producers. Underneath these worthwhile endeavors are our core values that fuel the process. These values are the foundational principles that shape our motives and impact our decisions. The products and services we deliver will change from time to time, but our core values remain the same.
Workplace Faith in Action
By Gary L. Selman
Although our country was founded on Christian principles, many Christians have been convinced by government, special interest groups, lawyers and corporate America that prayer, reading the Bible and applying their faith in the workplace is grossly misplaced and that it should come no closer to their office than the parking garage. So what is a Christian who trusts in God supposed to do when faced with daily workplace challenges, tests, and trials? Who should they turn to for wisdom and insight on recruiting, hiring, training and retaining key employees and leaders? How can they empower their workforce to higher levels of productivity and quality? How can they lead like Jesus, with love and compassion in a worldly environment geared toward power, selfishness, and greed?
CRITICAL CONFLUENCES: Planned Parenthood, a Spanish town, and a deadly schizophrenia
By Wallace Henley
Recent headlines reveal the deadly schizophrenia torturing the soul of the West. Schizophrenia is typified by many as causing a split personality, though this is not technically the case. Nevertheless, it remains a euphemism for the mental dysfunction. Planned Parenthood’s rapacious profiteering off the body parts of infant human beings, exposed by undercover videos, is the topic of one set of headlines. Just as we are digesting this horror comes this one: “Spanish town grants human rights to cats and dogs.” The leaders of Trigueros del Valle outlawed “the mutilation or death of a non-human resident” (animals having been declared “residents” in the declaration of the town’s council).
Listening To The Voice of The Customer
By Lane Kramer
Continuous innovation in a business in order to develop new lines of revenue from services or products is of critical importance. A very important part of that process is taking the time and truly being willing to listen to the Voice of Your Customer. This month I had a very interesting experience with a potential vendor at my residence. We need a new front picture window since the old one was about to bite the dust. I telephoned a company that had been highly recommended by a friend of mine awhile back. The first part of the experience was very positive. I called the salesman at 9:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and he was able to come over to my house that day at 1:00 p.m.
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