Ministers = McDonald's Managers?

PMPilgrim posts an interesting quote:

What would happen if McDonald’s ran its franchises like the average local church? A skilful but frazzled manager would be seen throughout the day taking orders, making change, salting the French fries, and assembling Big Macs- all while six other employees behind the counter stood off to one side, applauding politely and gushing, “I’m so impressed with the way you spread the special sauce. I could never do that. And the deft way you put those ketchup packets in the bag. You’ve had training. You’ve been to hamburger seminary.”
Ouch.

It's from the book The Disciple-Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spiritual Vitality by Glenn McDonald.

Hmmm. Something to think about.

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Impending Arrival Impends


Olivia's now at 38 weeks...and counting...

And yes, we all made it down all those steps and back up them!

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Reciprocating Some Link Goodness

The other day there was a comment on one of my posts from a man named Exzucuh Thomas Williams. A name connection all the way from Alabama!

Exzucuh, a.k.a "Lion of Judah" or E.T., has a blog at Yahoo! and is an author and composer. His sons also have a band called Silencing The Stones (official site, blog).

Thanks for stopping by E.T.!

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"God and Government" Survey, Answered

I posted yesterday on the Australian Democrats' "God and Government" Survey. As promised, here's my answers to a couple of the questions:

5. Should RE [standard Religious Education in public schools] be linked to a particular religious faith or should it be more about comparing differing religious beliefs? I struggle with these kind of "make a rule for everyone" questions because I believe Christianity is firstly a personal faith. My overriding thought answering this question is that God doesn't force us to believe certain things, so why should I? However I know that the Bible is true, and God is real, and I would like to see that continue to be taught in schools.

6. Should classes in ethics be taught as an alternative to RE? The quality and source of the material is a question here. Although I reckon it's important to know about ethics, scrapping RE for ethics is not something I'd like to see happen.

10. Should funding for school chaplains be redirected towards funding for professional counsellors? The survey makes it clear that these chaplains come from a variety of religious backgrounds (so we're not just talking a Roman Catholic priest or Methodist minister). I feel that schools should be allowed to have chaplains that are funded by the government; the "professional counsellor" sounds like a good idea, but not at the expense of a faith-based chaplain. I'm not sure exactly how chaplains are used in schools, but I see the breadth of the chaplain's role to be wide enough to incorporate counselling (with proper accreditation), whereas a "professional counsellor" seems a bit more limited.

11. Should school chaplains be subject to minimum educational qualifications regarding youth work? Yes. This might raise the bar for entry into this kind of job, but as a Dad whose son is about to start school next year, I feel safer with a level of training and professionalism from the people who work with my children.


Thoughts?

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"God and Government" Survey

Rodney points to an online survey by the Australian Democrats political party about God and Government.

It's a well-known fact that Australians don't talk about religion or politics, but it was worth my 3 to 5 minutes to complete the survey :-)

On a serious note - this is the second survey in a row that I've found tricky to answer...and here's a few questions that I had to think about:


5. Should RE [standard Religious Education in public schools] be linked to a particular religious faith or should it be more about comparing differing religious beliefs?
6. Should classes in ethics be taught as an alternative to RE?
10. Should funding for school chaplains be redirected towards funding for professional counsellors?
11. Should school chaplains be subject to minimum educational qualifications regarding youth work?
There was lots more good stuff in there. Would make for some interesting conversations.

My answers, and why, next time!

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