David is no saint, but he sure understood leadership.
How do we seek accountability for evil leaders and remain bitter-free? While serving in another country as missionaries, my family became quite delighted with a drink called a "Chapman." It was made of Sobo orange drink, bitters, and 7Up. We enjoyed sipping on them like Southerners sip their sweet tea. Bitters, for those who do not know, … Continue reading Chapman: Bitter Justice
How do you survive the wilderness of the workplace? When you love your job and your boss makes it his job to support your creative energies, it is easy. But, when the boss is like a wild grizzly seeking whom he may devour...that is a problem. It is no less difficult as a Christian to … Continue reading Toxic Survival Guide: The Action Plan – Part 3
They just are not normal. They wreak havoc and drain the life out of organizations and their subordinates. So, what are you going to do when you work for a toxic boss? "The Toxic Boss Survival Guide" provides a map for surviving in the wilderness of the workplace. In this second part of a series on this … Continue reading Toxic Survival Guide: The Psychology – Part 2
Those who work for toxic bosses are often a bit blind to and fail to understand abuse. There are toxic bosses and there are "garden-variety bad" bosses. There is a difference. And it makes a big difference.Do you want some tactics for "navigating the wilderness at work?" Chappelow, Ronayne, and Adams have written an enjoyable little … Continue reading Toxic Survival Guide: Impact – Part 1
Abuse Trauma creates significant neurological disorder. The Church needs to be a place of safety and healing.
Is it biblical to distinguish between badnesses? I would suggest yes, but it takes removing our blinders to see the broadness of the biblical witness to brokenness. There is an Evil Norm...but there is also a Radical Evil that is apparent in scripture. As I speak and write about the abuse of power and authority … Continue reading Evil vs. Not So: Is There a Difference?
It is the Father's pre-Fall plan that mankind should excercise authority on His behalf. [Servant's Guide to Leadership] And that "authority is designed to serve the well-being of those under its care." [Shepherd Leader] Those words are life to me after following a leader who sought his own well-being over that of his sheep. The … Continue reading The Call of the Wild: Feeders of the Sheep
Offering grace does not necessarily mean overlooking toxicity. Accountability is a pearl to be offered.
A friend of mine who suffered under abusive leadership recently said, "I have come to believe that it all comes down to money." Awfully cynical don't you think? Unfortunately, there is little doubt that many organizations, businesses, and churches have become toxic because of just that: money. The God Who created the universe and sent … Continue reading Liberty U: Slaves to Image [& $]