Recommended reading

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My weekly Saturday roundup of the blog posts I like best.

A woman determined to elude identification wrote a lyrical piece about marriage for the long haul, its beauties and its uncertainties. Man, I hope I get there one day. Read When the dust falls

I’ve worked for several entrepreneurial companies, and some have really fixated on how much they think they’re worth. Writing for Signal v. Noise, Jason Fried, a founder of software company Basecamp, calls valuation nonsense. Read How much are we worth? I don’t know and I don’t care.

David Heinemeier Hansson, also writing for Signal v. Noise, on the importance of saying goodbye gracefully. When my employer said goodbye to me this summer, they weren’t unkind, but they weren’t graceful, either. Read Graceful goodbyes

It’s normal in my church for the pastor or an elder not to be alone with a person of the opposite sex who isn’t their spouse. We want to avoid the appearance of anything not completely above board. I get it, but still, it has always bothered me. I couldn’t put my finger on why until I read Ty Grigg‘s post. Read How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Billy Graham Rule and Love Like Jesus

Default positions: things you will fall back on if your current venture doesn’t work out. I really enjoyed Elisabeth Hanscombe‘s meditation on her default positions. Read The joys of smoking


2 responses to “Recommended reading”

  1. Maureen Avatar

    Didn’t entirely agree with Ty Grigg’s post. We’ve always had a similar ‘safety’ rule, and I didn’t feel that it in any way limited my pastoral involvement. In fact for Rod and myself it was a plus…

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      As we say on the Internet, YMMV.

      I find it enormously frustrating when a woman needs a ride home from church and I can’t provide it without a chaperone, one of which is seldom available as people are leaving the building. In my church, an inner-city mission filled with the problems of poverty, this is a pretty common thing.

      OTOH (more Internet slang, see what I did there?), I know a pastor who was wrongfully accused of sexual contact with a teenage girl. It takes just a moment in the wrong place at the wrong time to mess up your life for a while. Fortunately, he was exonerated.

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