Minister's Monthly Letter
June 29th is St Peters Day when the church remembers and gives thanks for this disciple. By happy accident that date is also my mother’s birthday so easy to remember!
It is a pity that the word “saint” is very often trapped either in stained glass or a namby pamby view of being a Christian. Marks gospel was written in Rome and is based on the teaching of Peter to the church there. He does not leave out his mistakes but shows that God can shape and transform an individual’s life. God and the church often look at the world in very different ways!
The memo below explores that for all of Jesus disciples – including us
Rev Bob Sneddon
To: Jesus son of Joseph, Carpenter, Nazareth
From: Jordan Management consultants
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.
It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education, and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.
Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale.
We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic depressive scale.
One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.
We wish you every success in your new venture.
Sincerely yours, Jordan Management Consultants