Quick Hits

I am sure some don’t appreciate the tongue-in-cheek approach of this post, but I think it is good. There are times when I wonder if something as important as the gospel can be reduced to a faddish cliché.

A good example of how leaders lose their credibility.

This is a truly stunning illustration of the moral chaos that grows out of bio-medical tinkering.

Steven Hayward quotes Calvin Coolidge, from his autobiography, about the presidency:

It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.  When a man begins to feel that he is the only one who can lead in this republic, he is guilty of treason to the spirit of our institutions.

With slight tweaks, I think it fits the pastorate well too if you substitute pastor for president, congregation for country, and assembly for republic.

And here was a great illustration from General David Patraeus of what it means to serve under orders:

When Obama, at a hasty one-on-one in the Oval Office in June last year, said to Petraeus, “I am asking you, as your president and commander in chief, to take command in Afghanistan,” Petraeus’s reply was: “In response to that, there can be only one answer: Yes sir.”

In doing so, Petraeus stepped down a rung in the military hierarchy, from the combatant commander of Central Command to command in a single theater. The sacrifice was more than formal: Petraeus took a 10 percent pay cut, which means now a corresponding reduction in his pension. It didn’t occur to him to refuse the president’s request, Petraues told The Daily Beast in an interview recently.

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