Friday's News & Ideas

Blessing Barack Obama's inauguration with controversy
Paul Weyrich, religious conservative and ex-president of Heritage Foundation, dies at 66
Serving others a key to leadership, research shows
How hard could it be?: My style of servant leadership

Blessing Barack Obama's inauguration with controversy

USA Today: While gay rights groups were objecting to the selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at the inauguration, they may have failed to notice who is giving the benediction: The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a civil rights icon and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Paul Weyrich, religious conservative and ex-president of Heritage Foundation, dies at 66

Los Angeles Times: Paul Weyrich, the blunt-tongued cultural warrior who helped to engineer the union between the Republican Party and the Christian Right, has died.

Christianity Today: The moral minority

 

Serving others a key to leadership, research shows

Valparaiso University news release: A study at Valparaiso University indicates that stewardship, community-building and other traits associated with servant leadership may boost the effectiveness of leaders.

 

How hard could it be?: My style of servant leadership

Inc.com: CEO Joel Spolsky learned about servant leadership in the Israeli Army when his sergeant major demonstrated how to scrub a toilet: "My loyalty and inspiration from that moment on were unflagging."

 

The Spark

Wonderful? Sorry, George, It’s a Pitiful, Dreadful Life

New York Times writer Wendell Jamieson loves the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But for the different reasons than most people do: “Because to me ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is anything but a cheery holiday tale… [It] is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife. It is also a nightmare account of an endless home renovation.”