Social Justice and the Art of Listening

The Church and culture are usually at odds. For followers of Jesus, this should be neither surprising nor upsetting. Jesus warned us that our faith and obedience would often bring us into conflict with those around us, and that sometimes we would even be hated because of Him. Yet even if we find ourselves in … Continue reading Social Justice and the Art of Listening

The 80/20 Problem – A Different View (Scripture Impressions and Digressions)

[This is an impression and digression from my sermon at FBC Tulsa on 4/29/2012] Most churches today are all too familiar with the 80/20 principle. This concept is described as follows: 80% of the essential service of the church is done by only 20% of the church's people. The exact ratio will obviously vary from … Continue reading The 80/20 Problem – A Different View (Scripture Impressions and Digressions)

The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom

What happens to an organization when it moves from the "grassroots" phase to becoming a conglomerate? And seemingly overnight? The term "conglomerate" can refer to business or geology. In business, a conglomerate is defined as "a corporation consisting of more than one previously unrelated industries or divisions that is usually the result of a merger … Continue reading The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom