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A corporate confession of sin
All earthly civilizations are indeed corruptible and must one day perish.
Name: Philip Humber
Why you’ve heard of him: As a starter for the Chicago White Sox, he pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012.
Position: Currently, Humber is pitching in the Oakland Athletics organization for their Triple A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats.
Previous: Humber was selected third overall in the 2004 MLB draft by the New York Mets. In his major league career, he has pitched for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, White Sox, and Houston Astros.
Education: He turned down an offer by the New York Yankees out of high school and chose to pitch for Rice University. He received numerous honors and recognitions during his time there.
In his sophomore season, he helped lead the Owls to their first national championship in any sport by pitching a complete game 14-2 win over Stanford University in the deciding game of the 2003 College World Series.
Why he’s important: A perfect game in baseball happens when a pitcher (or pitchers) win a game that lasts at least nine innings and never allows an opposing base runner. That means no hits, no walks, no errors. It has only happened 23 times in major league history (21 since the modern era began in 1900). Philip Humber, along with all-time greats like Sandy Kofax and Cy Young, is one of the pitchers to accomplish the rare feat.
A member of Green Acres Baptist Church, Humber’s faith became a topic of conversation after the perfect game. The Chicago …
Links for your weekend reading
Part of Luke’s ethical vision of imitating Christ is not expressed in commands, but by the narrative itself.
Interesting links for Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Leadership books come and go; one batch quickly replaces another on bookstore shelves. Because of the urgent tone that runs through these types of books, their initial sense of immediacy contributes to their short shelf life, causing them to pass rapidly from the conversation and seem out of date, only later to be supplanted by books that make similar points in different ways. Rarely does a leadership book transcend the cultural moment in which it is born and offer counsel that is still relevant years or even decades after first appearing.
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders is one of those rare books. First released in 1967, Spiritual Leadership has been through multiple printings and a major revision. It is hailed by some of the most well known names in evangelicalism, including John Maxwell and John MacArthur, an interesting combination since Maxwell represents a highly pragmatic stream of evangelicalism and MacArthur generally eschews pragmatism.
What makes Sanders’ book stand out, decades after its first release, is the breadth of topics it covers and the personal experience of its author. As the consulting director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship and a preacher who served in multiple countries, Sanders had the ability to see what leadership elements are spiritual in nature and thus transcend cultures. For this reason, even with the major cultural shifts we have experienced in the past forty years, Sanders’ work remains beneficial.
Sanders’ View of Leadership
Spiritual Leadership begins with a necessary chapter justifying a person’s ambition …
Interesting links for August 27, 2014.
Now that the middle identifies more with secularism than with nominal Christianity, devout Christians are taking public flak for their views.
Interesting links for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.