The iconic television series Downton Abbey, set in early twentieth century England, has much to teach us about the culture wars in America today. And here’s the lesson: remnants of Christian culture collapse with the loss of Christian convictions.
John Calvin famously referred to the heart of men as idol factories. This is a statement packed with imagery. We know the purpose of factories is to churn our products. Factories are set up to mass produce commodities. So it is staggering to consider our hearts as factories that mass produce idols.
Patrick Lencioni wrote a book in 2002 that has remained a best seller from the time of its publishing until this day. The book is entitled The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It is a leadership classic beneficial to businesses, churches, families, and any other environment where people need to live and act as a team.