It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
These defenses of Jesus came from a misunderstanding of His character and mission; they happened because even those closest to Him failed to realize that He was not the conquering king but the suffering servant, and that even (and most especially) the lowest and least had a place with Him. They misunderstood Jesus, and the result was an impulse to defend Him, even if it meant defending Him from Himself.
Eight Questions to Help Us Elevate the Dignity of Each Guest. (via @JasonYoungLive) I had the privilege of hearing Jason give this talk live a few weeks ago. He’s a master-thinker when it comes to guests and the church. These questions deserve your attention.
Question 4: Do we empathetically prioritize the guest enough to naturally go the second and third mile?
“Do we prioritize the guest so much that it becomes our DNA to never think of going the extra mile as the exception? Rather, we gladly go as many miles as it takes to deliver a feeling of comfort and care. This becomes the expectation and norm.
Our view of three words influence our response to this question:
1. Hospitality – focus is on the guest and the feeling being delivered
2. Service – focus is only on the actions
3. Entertain – focus is on you, the experience provider”
This Massive Machine Renews Railroad Tracks with a Mobile Assembly Line. (via @LaughingSquid) This is just fascinating. I dare you not to watch it all.