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Stuart Briscoe, in his book Everyday Discipleship for Ordinary People, tells the story about a fellow pastor who was officiating at the funeral of a war veteran. The dead man’s military friends wanted to have a part in the service at the funeral home, so they requested that the pastor lead them down to the casket, stand with them for a solemn moment of remembrance, and then lead them out through the side door. Things went well until the pastor picked the wrong door. As a result they all marched with military precision into a broom closet, in full view of the mourners, and beat a hasty retreat covered with confusion.

Sometimes, people are called to lead in difficult times, but it takes a special leader to lead in such times without embarrassing himself and those who follow.

(From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Leading Under Fire, 8/5/2011)

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