In the last few days, my work has taken me to preach in Sonora, CA (where I was able to take an excursion to Yosemite Valley and also stand upon Glacier Point
), it has caused me to spend a day at
(near Santa Cruz) helping with a youth camp, and it’s allowed me to have lunch with a worship pastor in San Francisco. And in the middle I got to hang out with some of the most amazing people in the world at Stanford University.
If you’re keeping score, that’s two instances of mountainous beauty, one day of beachy fun, one incident of cosmopolitan elegance, and several heaping sides of academically elite intellectual stimulation. All in under a week.
I’m blown away at (a) how cool my state is and (b) how delightful my job is.
If your life is insufficiently fabulous, consider coming to California to do college ministry. It rocks.
I was very surprised to see this
in my news feed when I logged onto Facebook this morning.
Dr. Wood, you are officially awesome. I previously suspected that you might be, but now I know with certainty.
Living the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve seen just about every anti‐Bush bumper sticker you can imagine. It’s rare that I see a fresh one.
Today while driving around I saw one that actually made me chuckle.
I want a president who can talk gooder.
Regardless of your political leanings, that’s funny.
I just watched an excellent lecture by Malcolm Gladwell on the challenges of hiring wisely
The same thing happens in ministry at both the clergy and the lay level. We over‐value articulate extraverts and are dismissive of those who don’t fit the mold.
But I know several outstanding ministers who break every mold you can imagine. Everyone who knows lots of ministers does. And yet somehow we don’t internalize this real‐world feedback. Like Samuel and David’s relatives, we measure the wrong things.
Anyway, all that to say that Gladwell’s talk is helpful at illustrating the extent to which we hire foolishly in our culture.
P.S. Extrovert vs Extravert. Either spelling is acceptable. I used “extravert” because I’ve noticed that’s the spelling most psychologists seem to use.