Matthew Paul Turner is sharper than Jethro Bodine. I suspect even Jethro Bodine could cipher resignation as used by James MacDonald. But, he may not have been as insightful as Matthew Paul Turner,
After reading and rereading what Mr. MacDonald writes in his resignation, I can’t help but wonder if the man should actually resign. Because his words seem laced with anger, retribution, and exhaustion, and too, they seem coded in such a way that make them readable for everyone but intended for a small few. Mr. MacDonald makes a number of choices in this blog that, when gleaning between the passive aggressive lines, might offer a good bit of wisdom for those of us who work in ministry (heck, perhaps to anybody in leadership).
If that did not prompt you to click over and read the piece, then consider these four lessons Turner considers,
Lesson 1: “Resignation” is not a synonym for confession
Lesson 2: Passive aggressive communication is not communication, it’s manipulation, vengeance, and weak…
Lesson 3: What we DON’T SAY is often just as important as what we DO SAY (sometimes more)…
Lesson 4: Don’t play the blame game…
Sometimes we learn from the positive side of a story. Other times we learn from the negative side.