This week, Dr. Rick Steele’s “From the Associate Dean’s Desk” entry on the SPS blog, SignPosts, is entitled, “Three Rules of Thumb.”

“There is a scene in the movie ‘Rudy’ (1993), in which the title character, a young college student who desperately wants to play on the Notre Dame football team, asks an elderly priest to solicit God’s help in the matter. Rudy believes that although his own fervent prayers have so far been unavailing, those of the priest will surely have the desired effect. ‘Son,’ replies the priest, ‘in thirty-five years of religious study, I’ve come up with only two hard, incontrovertible facts: There is a God…and I’m not him.’ I now have about forty years of religious study under my belt, and I don’t have any ‘hard, incontrovertible facts’ that can beat those. But I do at least have three rules of thumb that have proven useful to me in my work as a pastor, professor and seminary administrator. I learned them the hard way, either by breaking them myself or by watching others break them.”

To learn Dr. Steele’s “three rules of thumb” and his full post on handling pastoral and administrative problems, click here:

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