Chaos Theory

The other day I came across an interesting article in Newsweek titled “Chaos Theory – new rules of management for people who hate rules.”  In the lower sidebar there were 10 rules:

  1. Avoid workaholics – they just use up time.
  2. Hire the better writer – clear writing equals clear thinking.
  3. Forget formal education – academia leads to bad habits.
  4. Drug dealers are on to something – sell a product that people keep coming back for more.
  5. Emulate chefs – share everything.
  6. Retire the term “entrepreneurs” – it sounds too exclusive.
  7. You need less than you think – why not office out of the garage?
  8. Pick a fight – see who rallies to your side.
  9. Build an audience – draw people in.
  10. Be a curator – take ownership of the growth and development of your product.

As I have thought about these rules, it seems to me that Jesus introduced a type of chaos theory during his time on earth.  He said things like, “The last will be first,” and, “Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest.”  Modern writers have referred to this as the upside-down kingdom.  With this in mind, I would like to propose ten rules of Christian Chaos Theory:

  1. Avoid religious-aholics – they will suck up all you time wanting to discuss their latest “concerns.”
  2. Let’s be clear – love God, love people – period.
  3. Worry less about formal education. Instead, hang out with the saints who have spent a lifetime getting to know Jesus.
  4. Those who come forward for the altar call are on to something. They know that their failures are not final – forgiveness and restoration is possible.
  5. Emulate Jesus – he tended to chose forgiveness over judgment.
  6. Retire the term “emergent” – it sounds too exclusive.
  7. Live and worship simply – you do not need all the extras.
  8. Stand up for the powerless. It’s what Jesus did.
  9. Live your faith – in words sometimes attributed to St. Francis, “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.”
  10. Be a lifelong disciple – take ownership of your faith walk and spiritual growth.  It is not the pastor’s fault if you are not maturing

What would you add to this list?



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2 responses to “Chaos Theory

  1. Learn a few lessons of faith from kids:

    1. Get to know your immediate neighbors, not as a metaphor, but as flesh-and-blood people who live around you. Eat together. Talk together.

    2. Be honest about how your are feeling. My sons will whack the crap out of each other in honesty and then make up quickly in honesty. I think there is some wisdom in there.

    3. Admit that you don’t have it all figured out, not so that you look like a trendy hipster who can speak eloquently about the postmodern quandary. Instead, admit ignorance because it is the beginning of wisdom.

    4. Gaze at the moon, check out the stars, and be thankful. Last week, I was walking with Micah and he stopped me and said, “Isn’t the moon pretty?” When I said yes, he said, “thank you God for pretty moons.”

  2. Glenn

    I am always amazed by what my children teach me about God and faith. Thanks!

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