What I Read Online – 09/04/2013 (p.m.)

05 Sep
    • Leadership which is evil, while it may succeed temporarily, always carries with it the seeds of its own destruction…Misleadership is something false coming through a strong personality, and the stronger the personality, the worse the ultimate crash.


      B. L. Montgomery, The Path to Leadership (NY: Putnam, 1961), 37.

    • The church is far from perfect, friends, but isn’t that the beautiful part?  The world expects perfection, but we follow the one who died for us while we were still eons and eons from perfect.
    • From Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks.
    • I know that sounds harsh and old-school, but that’s just the way it is under this roof for a while. We hope to raise men with a strong moral compass, and men of integrity don’t linger over pictures of scantily clad high-school girls.
    • Every day I pray for the women my boys will love.  I hope they will be drawn to real beauties, the kind of women who will leave them better people in the end. I also pray that my sons will be worthy of this kind of woman, that they will be patient – and act honorably – while they wait for her.
    • Act like her, speak like her, post like her.
    • The pastor may not have expressed himself eloquently. And I don’t expect his citation of the Bible to convince those who reject its relevance. But I do hope an educated Christian like Mr Rudd would know it was not an out-of-context reference to a conception of marriage that is only marginal in Scripture.


      Rather male and female becoming one flesh in marriage is a central concept that is expressed, reaffirmed, and reapplied in many different places in Scripture.


      And I hope thoughtful non-Christians are interested in understanding how Christians have typically construed the Bible. A step towards greater understanding is listening carefully to those with whom you disagree.

    • In addition, can I counsel those who claim to follow Christ to be very cautious before calling Mr Rudd an “abomination” or “pathological liar” (terms I have seen used in comments). Such pejoratives are in almost all circumstances unadvisable and unbecoming of a follower of Christ. Many politicians have broken promises and changed their minds. That may affect how we evaluate their suitability to represent us. But I do not believe we are right to pass judgment on Mr Rudd in such terms.
    • During our internship, all-nighters were a rite of passage. We discussed them in the Merrill Lynch canteen as we ate our free dinners each night. Outwardly, we expressed our loathing, but in reality, we were proud. You weren’t deemed a “proper” banker until you’d worked through the night.
    • We worked hard, but we also played hard. Throughout the summer, we were plied with perks: cocktails at the Tower of London, drinks at Madame Tussauds, dinner at Coq d’Argent, dragon-boat racing on Monkey Island… and that was on top of the free meals, company cars and central London accommodation. At the time, we felt valued, as though this was our reward for all the hard work. In retrospect, it was more like absent parents buying their children’s affections with lavish gifts.
    • They wanted “all-rounders” – not because they valued our skills on the football pitch or on stage but because a jam-packed CV was a sign of a young person who would do whatever it took to succeed.
    • Well, it turned out that no amount of money or prestige could make up for the exhaustion, the misery and the lack of control we all had over our lives. I broke after only a few months, but it took others a few years to realise this.
    • Polly Courtney is the author of ‘Golden Handcuffs – the Lowly Life of a High Flyer’, a semi-autobiographical novel based on her life as a junior investment banker.

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