"You have to work hard to offend Christians. By nature, Christians are the most forgiving, understanding, and thoughtful group of people I've ever dealt with. They never assume the worst. They appreciate the importance of having different perspectives. They're slow to anger, quick to forgive, and almost never make rash judgments or act in anything less than a spirit of total love . . . No, wait--I'm thinking of Labrador retrievers!" David Learn, 1998

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Grace Grieving 10: "Difficult decisions"

     You all received the "Letter from Grace Leadership" last Thursday. Chairman Carl called us "to refocus our attention on the mission God has called us to fulfill. . . to strengthen our community and covenant together to serve God's Kingdom. As leaders, our role is to direct that passion to pursue a greater purpose. But, as a body, we cannot fully embrace our calling without personal and missional alignment among church-wide leadership---including staff, elders, teachers, and volunteers. Achieving such alignment will involve wisdom and possibly some difficult decisions to get us all moving in the same direction. . . For this reason, we ask for your prayers that this can be accomplished wisely and lovingly in the best interests of all concerned."
     Carl's "wise and loving" guillotine, wielded "in the best interests of all concerned" to accomplish "personal and missional alignment" and get us all "moving in the same direction" fell on Bible teacher Rick Byrd the very next day. We expect more such blows.
     "Difficult decisions"? These decisions aren't hard for the EBOE. Just hard-hearted.

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