Americans and the Sermon on the Mount

The world needs more Christian behavior. Unfortunately, the loudest and most powerful American Christians either disregard the Sermon on the Mount or treat it as a list of taboos.

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Don’t Punish the Behavior You Want to See

The wisdom in this graphic seems obvious, but I’m guilty of violating it and I know from experience it’s common for others to do so. It’s worth tucking this observation in the back of your mind to help you encourage someone who’s struggling when they take a step in the right direction.

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Would You Have Hired Steve Jobs?

This short essay is worth reading if you’re in a position to hire or influence hiring or placement on teams at your workplace. I can say unequivocally I would not have hired Steve Jobs. There’s no way I would have been able to discern his strengths in a short interview. That’s a very serious shortcoming and I have no good idea of how to resolve it.

Despite all the technology and experience modern companies have at their disposal to find great employees, many companies (including mine and including me personally) still make bad hires and placements. Reading about Jobs’ qualities in this post, I wouldn’t have considered him after an in-person interview.

Although I currently work on projects using modern and often very complex computing technology, I don’t rely on skills tests as gatekeepers to getting an interview. A college degree in engineering or a hard science is required, but that requirement is imposed by my company. If it were up to me, I’d consider people with proven experience on working applications/products as at least equal to those with college degrees. I hire based on how a person thinks about problems at a high level, whether they have at least some experience in a domain related to the one in which they’ll be working, and whether their personality indicates they’ll be a good fit for the team. I know from my track record with hires that my process is good but far from ideal. I’m always open to improving it.

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Trump Supporting Evangelicals Fear Actual Followers of Christ

From the New York Times:

The night before Shane Claiborne came to town to preach at a Christian revival, he received a letter from the chief of police at Liberty University warning that if he set foot on the property, he would be arrested for trespassing and face up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

At first glance, Mr. Claiborne hardly appeared a threat to Liberty University, a dominant force in Lynchburg, Va., and a powerful engine in evangelical Christianity. Wearing baggy clothes that he sews himself, Mr. Claiborne preaches the Gospel, lives among the poor and befriends prisoners on death row, modeling his ministry on the life of Jesus.

It should come as no surprise that the anti-Christian Trump Supporting Evangelicals fear actual followers of Christ.  The Christian images and rituals they’ve adopted to cover their tribalism and hatred cannot withstand the presence of an actual Christian. Their attempt to hide their true nature from themselves and the world will come undone. No doubt they’d consider a living Jesus Christ an existential threat and do their best to silence him.

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Evangelicals Hate Refugees and Attack Those Who Welcome The Vulnerable

The Pew Research Center’s latest poll shows that the majority of white evangelicals believe the US has no responsibility to accept refugees. Many of these evangelicals are actively hostile to refugees and anyone else outside their tribe. I’m not surprised these anti-Christians hate the most vulnerable. Like many before them, they plaster the images and rituals of Christianity over their tribalism and hatred, attempting to hide their true nature from themselves and the world.


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