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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len on December 10th, 2014

Creation waits now for the gardener to speak: And the eager weeds await their release From the bondage of being weeds. Eden and Zion lie far apart But atom and ocean, beasts and plants Wait for the one who will grant them peace. Then the planet will spin in a sabbath dance (And the dancing […]

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len on December 3rd, 2014

Meg Wheatley writes, “We are lost—as a global culture, as organizations, and perhaps as individual leaders. We are in new territory, this brave new world that operates at hyper speed, hyper stress, and hyper irrationality. Our old maps for creating capacity no longer apply; in fact they only get us more lost. So I’ve been […]

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len on November 11th, 2014

Fred Polak (1961) writes of what he calls the “broken future of western culture.” He notes it is the first time we have experienced an “absence of persuasive positive images of the future.” And isn’t that OUR story — the story of the western church? True, we still have hope — we still say that […]

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len on October 19th, 2014

Today’s church is in serious trouble. The crisis we see is a crisis in leadership, because leaders help to shape adaptive responses, like navigators reading the currents to guide a ship to harbor. Leaders cease being navigators when they fear change, or loss of influence, but also when the pressure of leadership tends to create […]

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Many foundational questions surround both theology and practice in relation to Christian leadership at this time in our culture: what does leadership look like in this in-between place? What kinds of structures will facilitate authentic transformation in this community? What sorts of disciplines are necessary to help us prepare for the social changes we will […]

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len on August 31st, 2014

Some time ago I was listening to CBC radio and a discussion with an architect on “ecology and desire.” This past week I heard part of a conversation on our ability to embrace diversity. What was interesting to me about the latter conversation was that it was rooted in BC, the province that has been […]

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len on July 19th, 2014

My friend Dave Fitch writes, “The NT church is not about whether women should be “over” men or men “over” women. It is about eliminating the “over” entirely. It is about abolishing the politics of anybody being over anybody and instead we all come together mutually under one Lord where the organization of authority is […]

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