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It’s worth it to see it through.

Dave Brunn in “Translation and Teamwork: A Conversation with Dave Brunn, Part 2”

What’s worth it? Working with people. Partnership in the gospel. Brotherly love.

Want to improve creativity? Then pursue friendships and experiences that are more diverse and cross-cultural, according to research by Van de Vyver and Crisp (“Crossing Divides: The friends who are good for your brain,” BBC).

Face-to-Face and Spiritual Formation /

Physical presence allows Paul and Timothy — and you and me — to strengthen and establish, encourage and exhort in ways we cannot through media, however advanced that media may be. Paul made the extraordinary effort to be with his fellow believers because he knew the extraordinary potential of being face to face.

—Marshall Segal, “I Long to See You: What Apple Will Never Replace” (Jan 10, 2018)


[A]fter a few decades of experiments and tests, we can say that online education appears to be a spiritually healthy way to train men and women for ministry.

—John Dyer, “Does Face-to-Face Education Damage Seminary Students?” (Jan 13, 2018)

Josh Squires, “Are Your Relational Problems Inherited? Three Common Family-of-Origin Issues,” Desiring God (Jun 28, 2017)

When we’re addicted to online life, every moment is fun and diverting, but the whole thing is profoundly unsatisfying. I guess a modern version of heroism is regaining control of social impulses, saying no to a thousand shallow contacts for the sake of a few daring plunges.

David Brooks, “Intimacy for the Avoidant,” The New York Times (Oct 7, 2016)

“Ministerial Friendships and Longevity”: Summary /

Summary of Joe Holland, “Ministerial Friendships and Longevity,” at The Christward Collective.

… I’ve come to believe that there at least two givens and one blind spot when it comes to guarding against ministry burnout. Consider the following:

The first given characterizing the pastors that I know is that they study hard. … [W]e are not going to leave the ministry because we’ve lost our theological moorings. … [P]art of the reason we continue in ministry is due to an insatiable intellectual interest in the things of God and a desire to teach them to others.

The second given is that pastors in our circles usually work hard — fingers-to-the-bone hard. … These men may burn out from exhaustion, but they won’t quit because they’re bored.

So, for pastors that think hard and work hard, what more do they need to look out for? Can these two “givens” get them through a lifetime of pastoral ministry? The easy answer is no. Isolation can be an unexpected and crippling characteristic of a minister who is both orthodox and faithful. That is why ministers need to check their relational blind spot to ensure sustained ministry health. …

Don’t let a blind spot be your undoing. Think hard, work hard, and cultivate lasting friendships.

“10 Ways to Get Rich Quick in Relational Capital”: Summary /

Summary of Neil Miller, “10 Ways to Get Rich Quick in Relational Capital,” March 16, 2015.

Building relational capital is essential for doing business in India. Different cultures put different weight on how important it is to do business. Also, there are different rules for how you build relational capital.

Here are ten of the best methods for building relationships in India (and also getting inside someone’s circle of obligation):

  1. Get to know the family
  2. Share your family
  3. Never turn down tea/coffee
  4. Food
  5. Attend family functions and festival celebrations
  6. Go on a trip together
  7. Chat early and often
  8. Visit their home, invite them to yours
  9. Give gifts
  10. Request favors