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3 Mini-Rants for a Wednesday

Mmmm... nothing like hormone-induced gigantic turkey for your families pre-Black Friday festivities.

Mmmm… nothing like hormone-induced gigantic turkey for your families pre-Black Friday festivities.

  1. Don’t shop on Thanksgiving! – This year, in a sign of pure greed, many retailers will open up their stores for pre-Black Friday sales. Target stores nationwide will open at 9:00 PM on Thanksgiving, basically destroying the holiday for their employees. Their employees started a petition to keep Black Friday on Friday. Last week I got several emails inviting me to “secret sales” where I could get Black Friday deals right now. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it. Making low-level employees work on a holiday so you can make extra money is wrong.
  2. We all pay taxes! It is true that lots and lots of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes directly. But I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with people saying that most people don’t pay taxes. We all pay taxes, lots and lots of them. And while most of the readers of this blog won’t write a check for federal income taxes we pay taxes in lots of seen and unseen places that our more affluent neighbors don’t. We all pay sales tax, property tax, payroll tax, state income tax, tariffs we don’t see, taxes added into the goods we buy like gasoline. Then there are the taxes we pay not in money, but in situations beyond our control. Can someone in the working poor pay to send their kids to an elite school? Nope… so that’s a tax on them. Can the working poor afford the best access to healthcare? Nope… so that’s a tax on them. What about the best nutrition? Or social access to powerful people. On and on and on. My point is simply that we all pay taxes!
  3. There’s more to church leadership than preaching! No, really. The more I get to know folks in a lot of contexts the more I realize that what you do off the platform is what makes you a leader in the church. And if you look away from the org chart and walk around seeing who is actually leading, almost all leadership (People leading others where they wouldn’t go by themselves) is happening outside of the preaching person and outside of the paid staff. I’m not talking about redefining what leadership is in the church… I’m talking about recognizing who are the leaders in your church. How can you go to a church, see all that goes on, and say… “Oh, this is ____’s church.” Gimme a break.

OK, I got those off my chest. Time for a second cup of coffee.

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2 Responses to 3 Mini-Rants for a Wednesday

  1. Keith Kaeppel November 14, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I’m with you on all three, Adam. Trying raising five school-aged kids in this nation and you know all about taxes.

  2. Jay Rosenberg November 19, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Man, that last one has me on my own rant lately. My aunt told me that a pastor’s main priority is his sermon. What?! I quickly disagreed…she said she had scriptural backing for it. I laughed inside, but respectfully disagreed and told her she could show me. Of course, she didn’t have time and had to go home.

    “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” If a pastor doesn’t love people then Sunday mornings would be better off in front of a mirror preaching to the person who is truly at the center of what you do.

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