it’s time to be civil (24)


# 15. Respect other people’s space. … One of the most elementary ways of being considerate is by respecting personal space. Leave enough room between yourself and others so that they won’t feel uncomfortable or intimidated. … Standing at an appropriate distance from others is a part of poise, which gives strength and authority to your words. …

What is certainly rude … is to position your car so that it occupies two parking spaces instead of one. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that this is happening more frequently than it used to. Unauthorized parking in the spaces for the handicapped is a similar breach of civility that seems to be on the rise. There is simply no excuse for it. …

Respecting others’ territory at work is also a must. Make it part of your professional identity. … Keep your voice low … Use a conference room for teamwork … Whenever you need to talk to coworkers … don’t just step into their cubicles with your problem at the ready … rather ask if you may come in and if they have time to talk.

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp. 100,102-103

this went thru my mind


Church: * The Lego Church by Geoff Surratt; * Developing Your Church’s Lung Capacity by Tim Spivey [required reading]

* “… God gives us a bag of Legos with which to build His church rather than a model and a blueprint. He gives us principles and parameters, but he expects us to use our gifts, leadership and imagination to build a unique church to impact the unique culture and unique time in which we live.”

* “One of the best things we can do for our churches is lead them to intentional sacrifice consistent with the Gospel. That’s right–we must weave intentional sacrifice into our strategies, plans, sermons, assemblies, service, and outreach. If we fail to challenge people and be challenged ourselves, we will fail the challenges that come our way. Why? We haven’t developed the heart of sacrifice that gives away our extra tunic, our last two mites, says no to lust, rejects gossip, and follows Jesus when it’s hard…really hard.”

Facebook: Take Your Photos Off of Friends’ Pages by Kim Komando

“Facebook has revamped its relationships and friends pages to match the Timeline layout. Now, whenever you click on your relationship status on your profile or look at a friendship page, you’ll see a mini-profile of your connections with that person. It shows pictures of both of you together, mutual friends and even pages you both like. It can show off posts you’ve tagged each other in, too.”

Gospel: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism: The De Facto Religion of Many Christians by Jay Guinn [required reading]

“… there are certainly strands of Church of Christ practice and teaching that take us in an MTD direction.”

Veteran’s Day: A Non-Militarist Veteran’s Day by Tim Archer [required reading]

“As someone with pacifistic beliefs, Veteran’s Day presents a challenge, one that I haven’t always met gracefully.”

Working from home: The Perks of Working From Home [infographic]

“64 million US employees are able to telecommute at least part time. If every person only commuted to work 50% of the time, we would need 1/3 less oil and gain back an average of 109 hours of our lives a year.”

word for the weak: week forty-six


The theme connecting this week’s Scripture reading in MoSt Church‘s Uncommon Truth for Common People project is choices. Following is this week’s reading schedule:

• Mon., Nov. 12 – Luke 12.13-34
• Tues., Nov. 13 – Deuteronomy 30.15-20
• Wed., Nov. 14 – Mark 2.13-22
• Thur., Nov. 15 – Matthew 21.28-32; James 2.14-26
• Fri., Nov. 16 – Matthew 13.31-34; Luke 17.5-10

This week’s memory verse is: “Now choose life … by loving the Lord your God, by obeying his voice, and by clinging to him.” (Deuteronomy 30.19b-20a)