ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT…………Yes, an anti-establishment movement happens in the Bible!

During Jesus’ day the Jewish religious establishment had its way.  Those in charge in the public temple ministry in Jerusalem were the Sadducees and chief priests.  Those in charge outside of the temple, governing the peoples’ piety, were the Pharisees and scribes.  A person either complied or faced censure.

It is interesting that many of the first disciples were not a part of the system.  James and John worked for their father.  Peter and Andrew were simple fishermen.  Luke was a doctor.  Jesus was born into a carpenter’s home.  A zeal for true worship overcame the desire to fit in with the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes.

At Peace our desire is not to fit into a model or system, it is to zealously live for true worship.  We are going to be talking about his some more this weekend as we unpack Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard (Luke 20:9-20).  Hope to see you this weekend!

CHIEF RUEBEN…………..will be here for worship this Sunday.  He will be sharing updates about the Philomath Police Department and giving us practical ways that we can partner with them in bringing peace into the community.  Thank you, Chief Rueben, for coming!

WORK PARTY TOMORROW.……..We are trying to spruce up Peace for Easter.  We will begin at 8 am, but feel free to come when it is most convenient.  Our ending target is noon.  Bring your regular yard work gear if you desire to work OUTSIDE or bring your inside cleaning gear if you want to work INSIDE.  Donuts and coffee will be ready–thank you!

IMMANUEL’S 125th…………Immanuel is celebrating its 125th anniversary on Sunday, April 10th at 3 pm.  If you would like to attend, make sure to RSVP by March 27th with the church secretary.

EGGS IN THE NARTHEX……..There are plenty of eggs left to fill in the narthex for our Easter egg hunt after Easter worship.  Take a few eggs, fill with candy and then bring back to church before Easter (March 27th).  Thank you!


WIRED WORD THIS SUNDAY.………….This story introduces us to a very relevant and down to earth subject.  In many ways it relates to the fourth commandment, “honoring our mother and father”.  What are some practical ways to diffuse a family squabble?  Thank you, Brad, for leading us in this discussion.  We will begin at 9:45 in the sanctuary.

Founder of South Korean Business Empire Sacked by His Son

Kyuk Ho Shin, 92, founder of the fifth-largest South Korean chaebol (family-owned conglomerate), was removed from his position as general chairman of the Lotte Group at the end of July by his youngest son, Dong Bin Shin, who cited concern for his father’s health. The elder Shin was instead given an honorary title without power, prompting the patriarch to denounce the move as “unauthorized and unjustifiable.”

To make matters worse, Dong Bin missed the obligatory annual memorial ceremony for his grandfather, the founder’s father, only days before these events.

After Kyuk Ho stated on Seoul Broadcasting System last Sunday that he had never selected his younger son as heir-apparent of the Lotte empire, and would never forgive him for removing him from his position of authority, Dong Bin criticized those who might be trying to manipulate his “aged” father who, he stated, “has difficulty in making judgments.”

Dong Bin, now chairman of Lotte Group, apologized publicly on Monday, pledging to work toward reconciliation with his father.

Business-related family feuds over transfer of power and dynastic succession have long been a feature of South Korea’s popular television “K-dramas.” In real life, Koreans watched such melodramas unfold in the Hyundai and Samsung groups in recent years.

“These chaebol families think they can just do whatever they want,” said Woo-Chan Kim, a spokesperson for the Centre for Good Corporate Governance (CGCG), “running and fighting over their companies as if it’s their own personal property and the shareholders don’t exist.”

Lotte began in Japan in 1948 as a chewing gum producer and has grown into a $106 billion empire with subsidiaries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia in retail, finance, hospitality, entertainment, food, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors.

Dong Bin, 60, aggressively expanded Lotte Korea overseas, posting $76.8 billion in sales in 2013. The Japanese arm of the business posted $3.3 billion in sales for the same time period. Kyuk Ho’s firstborn son, Dong Joo, 61, who ran Lotte’s operations in Japan, was forced to resign in January. Forbes magazine ranks Dong Joo and Dong Bin the 22nd- and the 19th-richest men in South Korea, with a net worth of $15 and $17 billion respectively. ”

The family feud extends well beyond Kyuk Ho’s two sons. Two daughters by two other wives, Ja Young, 73, and Mi Yoo, 32, are also involved in the business. Ja sides with Dong Joo. Kyuk Ho also has nine siblings who all have a stake in the empire.

One factor that may enter into how Koreans view the family conflict may be the discovery (or reminder) that the mother of Dong Joo and Dong Bin is Japanese. The fact that Dong Joo has focused on the Japanese arm of the business and is much less fluent in Korean than his younger brother may well have influenced the board decision to endorse Dong Bin to lead the conglomerate.

More on this story can be found at these links:

Brother Against Brother: Lotte Feud Exposes Fratricidal Rivalries Among Heirs to Korea’s Chaebol. Forbes Asia
Son Boots Out Father in Battle for South Korean Giant Lotte. The Straits Times 
Korea Inc Struggles to Keep It in the Family.
Shin Dong-Joo Refutes Claim of Father’s Problem in Making Judgements. The Korean Herald
Son Demotes Dad in Battle for Control of S. Korean Retailer. Yahoo News

The Big Questions

  1. Have you experienced family squabbles during times of leadership transition in a family business, or over the distribution of an inheritance or other assets? How did your family navigate the conflict? Has your church, as a family, had difficulty in times of transition from one generation of leadership to the next? Did people give up “power” cheerfully or even gratefully, or was there great discontent and resentment?
  2. How have you observed complicating factors such as changed and inappropriate behavior, dementia, sudden intergenerational marriages that throw a spoke into questions about succession and inheritance, etc. affecting peace within families? How can children of elderly parents make changes that may be required for the good of the family, a family business or the elders themselves, while still showing respect for them?
  3. When have you been called upon to reconcile with another family member ? What motivated the attempt at reconciliation? How long did it take to effect reconciliation?
  4. Besides money, what issues create family feuds? Can feuds last for generations? How can the effects of these feuds be managed (or resolved) over such long time spans?
  5. Have you ever missed a family event (wedding, funeral, holiday celebration, baptism) for some reason? Has it created hard feelings within the extended family? Are discussions at family gatherings still going on about it?
  6. While Jesus is considered the head of the Christian church, his ascension removed him physically from the scene. How do you think the early church handled the “succession” to the first and second generations of Christians? Do you see traces of struggle between individuals in your reading of the New Testament? How are those mirrored in your congregation or denomination today?