len on July 3rd, 2017

In 2007 David Fitch offered an overview of the work that Mark Lau Branson is doing around appreciative enquiry. Alan Roxburgh likewise applauded the benefits of using”appreciative enquiry” in local congregations as part a transformation process. Alan suggested AI as a tool which enabled people to be “listened into speech.” Mark’s book is Memories, Hopes, […]

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len on January 26th, 2017

The manuscript is off to the publisher. I’m going to post a link to the Introduction and first chapter here. And this is the Abstract — Our organizations are failing; as leaders we’re struggling. Nothing seems reliable anymore. How do we respond to adaptive challenges? Why do we feel so lost? The Franklin expedition failed […]

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len on December 1st, 2016

Yahweh, Yahweh Always pain before a child is born Yahweh, Yahweh Why the dark before the dawn? – U2 Few of us are very good at waiting.. We wait in a thousand ways… We wait in an airport for a plane that is delayed. We wait in a dentist’s office for our turn in the […]

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len on November 30th, 2016

O Come O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.. This prayer is still ours as we wait for the return of Jesus. We are God’s people in exile, a broken people, at some times worshipping the true God, at other times worshipping an image of godness, self-created, a dead idol that will not confront our […]

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len on November 10th, 2016

This book project is feeling more relevant than ever today. Here are the first few pages of chapter one. *** *** We don’t need the Pew Survey or the Barna Group latest report to tell us that we have a problem. Christian leaders are well aware of the exodus from church. Studies like that of […]

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len on March 4th, 2016

On the way home from getting my muffler renewed on the old Impala, I was reviewing some work I am doing on leadership paradigms. Paradigms, models, mental maps, frames — these taxonomies are all ways of making sense, or organizing in a way that illuminates. That’s what language does for us. But like all things, […]

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len on February 25th, 2016

[T] he key to dealing with a real crisis, one that goes beyond our personal realities, is in our abilities to move outside what we think of as normal. If the crisis is big enough, we have to reconsider the narrative or we can be destroyed by it. —John Ralston Saul, The Comeback

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len on June 8th, 2015

In Introducing the Missional Church Roxburgh and Boren describe the early stages in shifting a church culture as “experimenting into change.” They warn first of risk aversion. What shapes a risk averse culture? 1. some of the theologies of conversion push toward perfectionism 2. a culture of professionalism pushes us toward a need for control […]

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len on February 16th, 2015

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may […]

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len on December 12th, 2014

Scot McKnight once noted that one of his favorite Christmas hymns is, “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century hymn originally penned in Latin. It wasn’t until 2008 that I heard the Latin version and since then have heard two more renditions in Latin – the most recent being a version sung by Enya, […]

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