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Many of you responded to the article two weeks ago, about getting people off the bus. Here are highlights, along with my occasional commentary. (To read the article, visit: http://ChristianityToday.com/leaders/newsletter/2002/cln20808.html)

Challenging the bus metaphor

"My problem with this bus metaphor is that removing a volunteer from a position of leadership is like telling Uncle Harry he can't help out with the family reunion anymore because he's too obnoxious and tells bad jokes.

"Sure, we could find a better person to light the grill and help cook the hamburgers, but he's family. What are we gonna do—put him on kitchen detail? Tell him to just sit over there and keep quiet? Grilling burgers is what he lives for and he thinks he's good at it, even if he's not.

"What will we tell Aunt Sally or Grandma Kelly when they catch him moping around and feeling left out? And, how has it helped Harry become a better part of the family by taking away the one thing he enjoyed—for better ...

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