Discerning Mission

Lessons from Apple?

apple logo with steve jobs image in it

I'm fascinated by this reflection in the Harvard Business Review blog. James Allworth dares to suggest that the pursuit of profit alone is not the key to innovation, and that Apple demonstrated this very clearly and beautifully:

When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple's problems. That was to let profitability outweigh passion: 'My passion has been to build an enduring company where people

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded

Praise God for the amazing hope, courage and activism of the three women who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. I hope that the awarding of the prize brings hope to their movement, and encouragement to women working for peace all over the world. The three women are Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Tawakul Karman. Here's a video interview with one of them, Leymah Gbowee, who is a Liberian Lutheran activist:

 

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Listening, leadership, ethnography

Dori Baker reflects on the benefits of an "ethnography of hope" at the Alban blog. She quotes Thomas E. Frank, a seasoned observer of church life, noting that he "writes about turning to ethnographic practices of listening as a way to escape what he perceived to be market-driven perspectives prevalent in church-improvement literature. He found most of that writing to be largely prescriptive, tending to depict a congregation 'as a franchise in a service industry, completely missing the remarkable imaginative

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The political novelty of God

I can't resist this quote from John Howard Yoder, which is cited in David Fitch's blog on mission and ecclesiology:

The political novelty that God brings into the world is a community of those who serve instead of ruling, who suffer instead of inflicting suffering, whose fellowship crosses social lines instead of reinforcing them. The new Christian community in which the walls are broken down not by human idealism or democratic legalism but by the work of Christ is not only a vehicle of the gospel

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Andrew Walls on the risks of becoming a "caste" in a plural society

Here's a fascinating and brief glimpse of Andrew Walls:

 

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