Thursday, November 16, 2017

Yours is the day, O God



Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. 

Psalm 74:15-16


Friday, November 03, 2017

So draw our hearts to you



A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The real law of averages, Seth Godin

Another thoughtful and interesting piece from Seth Godin today.  Well-worth a read!

And, while you're at it, go check out his blog! www.sethgodin.com

~Peter




The real law of averages

If you want to raise the standards of any group, improving the top of the heap isn't nearly as effective as focusing your effort on the base instead.
Simple example: Getting a Prius to go from 50 miles per gallon to 55 miles per gallon isn't nearly as important as getting SUVs to go from 10 miles per gallon to 15. There are two reasons for this. The first is that there are a lot more SUVs than Priuses. The second is that they use far more gallons, so a percentage increase has far more yield. (You can't average averages).
If you care about health and a culture of performance, it's tempting to push Olympic athletes to go just a tenth of a second faster. It's far more effective, though, if you can get 3,000,000 kids to each spend five more minutes a day walking instead of sitting.
Organizations pamper and challenge the few in the executive suite, imagining that one more good decision in the biz dev group could pay off. The thing is, if every one of the 10,000 customer-facing employees was more engaged and kind, it would have a far bigger impact on the company and those it serves.
I think the reason we focus on the few is that it feels more dramatic, seems more controllable and is ultimately easier. But the effective, just and important thing to do is to help the back of the line catch up.

       

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Tradition and Innovation: Seminaries that Change the World, Class of 2017-18

Glad to see my own seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary on this list in an interesting article in the Huffington Post.


Tradition and Innovation: 
Seminaries that Change the World, Class of 2017-18
11/01/2017 08:36 am ET 
I loved going to Seminary. It defined me. It challenged me. It shaped me. It broke me down and built me up. Because of it, I am who I am today.
Seminary made me into my best self and from that place I gained the courage to engage in the world with energy, creativity, experience and confidence.
In seminary, I learned about the multi-cultural context of the Bible’s literature. I learned about the courage and stamina of the Hebrew prophets. I learned about the history of our faith. And I learned that ministry didn’t have to look any certain way.
In seminary, I was challenged not to accept easy answers, but to ask tougher questions and then to lead with insight, grace and resolve.
Read it all HERE