When failure is an option

When failure is an option, dreams are made possible.

When failure is an option

When failure is an option, dreams are made possible.

Leadership as Story Listening…

Leadership as Story Listening…

Here is a great video I found on SwissMiss about leadership and story telling. Many of you know I have argued vociferously for change of language… of a complete doing away of the language of leadership to a language and culture of service.

I have been an advocate of listening as the key tool to effective evangelism and community, and this puts it brilliantly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8-Q…

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Wild Geese

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the…

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Frederick Beuchner

Original image by Sweetie187, Creative Commons Licence

Frederick Beuchner

Original image by Sweetie187, Creative Commons Licence

Saturday Morning questions: Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
A Fugazi gig changed the way I did church

A Fugazi gig changed the way I did church

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Have you ever say in a church meeting and listened to the preacher say something a little more than dubious? It doesn’t feel right and you want to question it?

I have… several times from big name preachers to small town pastors. More honestly- I know I’ve spouted statements which would raise a few eye-brows. Wouldn’t it be great if the audience had a right of reply or the opportunity to seek…

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Saturday Morning Questions: Raising Boys and Tanzanian Sellan

Saturday Morning Questions: Raising Boys and Tanzanian Sellan

Every Saturday I let you know How I’m doing, what I’m reading/inspired by and what I’m brewing. I want you to know what’s making me tick, but I also want to hear your answers so I can find new inspirations and coffees… in short Saturday is for connecting.

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Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph was recommended to us by a fantastic set of parents to two teenage boys. My wife had been sharing her dismay at…

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Saturday Morning Questions: The Broken Body and Sitio Canaa

Saturday Morning Questions: The Broken Body and Sitio Canaa

Every Saturday I let you know How I’m doing, what I’m reading/inspired by and what I’m brewing. I want you to know what’s making me tick, but I also want to hear your answers so I can find new inspirations and coffees… in short Saturday is for connecting.

This morning is another glorious morning. I try my best to use Easter as a process of theological reflection. It’s too easy to start looking to…

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Gift- learning how to be rich

I wanted to share this tear-jerker with you. It reminded me of Mark 12’s woman at the Temple.

Why WorldVisionUSA have finally got it right…

Why WorldVisionUSA have finally got it right…

WorldVisionUSA have finally got it right. Yes, you heard me say it.

Yesterday’s statement reversing the decision to support equal marriage says they have their priorities in order and here’s why:

They had no need to release a statement on equal marriage. They could have had a quiet policy change within the institution (and indeed many believe they effectively had), but they wanted to make a…

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Method without the madness

Method without the madness

I came across this great blog post from Aidan Ashby, but in it he highlighted this fantastic quote from Pete Greig

“We must carry on subverting our own systems without destroying what God has given to us – break rules to build relationships”

Sadly, I think we get too comfortable in our systems and methods whatever their origin (conservative or progressives)  and lose focus from journeying with…

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Undermining Friendship

“…we undermine the practice of friendship whenever we use it instrumentally. When the bonds we form in friendship are mostly a means to another end, we dishonor both the person and the relationship.” – Christine Pohl (via Jonathan Merritt)

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Stretch
Thinking out loud: The point of preaching.

Thinking out loud: The point of preaching.

I used to think the aim of preaching was to bring people to a place where they were face-to-face with God, the cross and their possible futures. These days I wonder if our aim should be to bring people face-to-face with themselves.

We can’t force God to reveal Himself, and yet we preach in a manner that suggests otherwise.

Thursdays are for thinking out loud. They are for thoughts, words,…

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Thinking out loud: The point of preaching?

Thinking out loud: The point of preaching?

I used to think the aim of preaching was to bring people to a place where they were face-to-face with God, the cross and their possible futures. These days I wonder if our aim should be to bring people face-to-face with themselves.

We can’t force God to reveal Himself, and yet we preach in a manner that suggests otherwise.

Thursdays are for thinking out loud. They are for thoughts, words,…

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