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 […]

Continue reading about in a narrow space – church and culture in transition

len on October 10th, 2014

Al Mohler is a great preacher. And he makes his point in this video very, very clear. Using a series of metaphors, he tells us that what we need in unstable times is greater certainty. When things are falling apart, we don’t want more conversations, we want action! The context of his argument is Scripture. […]

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len on October 7th, 2014

Christianity Today has run a series of interviews with Philip Jenkins, author of the title noted above. Part I Part II Part III From Part III — Ed: Some are estimating that in the next couple of decades, they’ll be more evangelicals in Brazil than in the United States… what will that do in terms […]

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len on July 31st, 2014

In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves well equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer “Every few hundred years in Western history, there occurs a sharp transformation. Within a few short decades, society rearranges itself—its worldview; its basic values; its […]

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len on April 15th, 2014

I was listening to an interview on CBC Radio, a discussion on innovation. Conservative investment is based on what we know might work: this develops many improvements but few radical innovations. It’s the innovations that move us ahead by huge leaps. The Howard Hughes foundation invests in much riskier projects, and as a result has […]

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len on February 1st, 2014

We all carry around mental models of leadership. Those models — or mental maps — are often transparent to us. One of the great values of education, experience and reflection is to make our assumptions visible. Until we take that step and move closer to something like a hermeneutic of suspicion, we are merely colonized […]

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len on January 29th, 2014

Walter Brueggemann remarks that what we see in our western culture is a religion of immanence, always a feature of a civil and static religion. The other two features are the economics of affluence and the politics of oppression. He finds these features in the transition of Israel from a theocracy to a monarchy, and […]

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len on January 25th, 2014

“Generals lose new wars because they are still fighting old battles.” From an interview on CBC Radio “When the Americans entered WWI, the British and French Allies had been bogged down in a demoralizing and costly trench warfare for nearly three years. Millions had died in meaningless attacks to take a few hundred yards of […]

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len on January 22nd, 2014

Developmental Stages offer us insight into the experience of liminality: the in-between phases of spiritual life that generate tremendous growth. * * * * * * Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend, Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend. Speaking […]

Continue reading about the critical journey

He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the […]

Continue reading about Organizational Renewal – another look at “wineskins”