len on July 1st, 2010

The lesson Alan Hirsch identifies in The Forgotten Ways comes out of the explosive growth of the church in China. When the missionaries were expelled, and when the pastors were dead or in jails, suddenly the Church exploded in creativity and in life and growth. Too often leaders become bottlenecks in a system, stifling initiative […]

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len on June 11th, 2010

Three images from our child raising years.. 1989, 1994 and 1999. The first shot is taken in Fresno while we were at MBBS. The second is taken at Peckham’s lake under the shadow of the Rockies near Cranbrook, BC in 1994. The third is from Christmas – obviously – in 1999. Not related, I received […]

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len on April 30th, 2010

In a section titled “Our Need for Relational Wholeness,” Stephen Seamands writes about the journey toward wholeness. He asks, “How do relational problems manifest?” and then quotes Stephen Stratton in his article, “Trinity, Attachment and Love” (Catalyst 29, April, 2003). Stratton relates some things that are helpfully connected: “contemporary Trinitarian theology’s understanding of personhood with […]

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len on February 2nd, 2010

Where the earth shows its bones of wind-broken stone And the sea and the sky are one I’m caught out of time, my blood sings with wine And I’m running naked in the sun There’s God in the trees, I’m weak in the knees And the sky is a painful blue I’d like to look […]

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len on June 24th, 2009

“In the professional model that prevails in our churches, leadership orientation goes two ways: inwardly toward servicing multiform congregations of expressive individuals, and outwardly toward developing strategies for reaching the religious market. The model offered here also has a twofold direction.. First, the leaders call into being a covenant community; second, they direct its attention […]

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len on August 29th, 2008

It’s been quite a week. I dug into my dissertation again in a serious way, and that work will now be ongoing over a few months. Last weekend we invited a young lady who has been clean for three months to live with us until her new digs become available in mid September. This coming […]

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len on August 12th, 2008

The familial context is well understood in our time. Literally hundreds of thousands of hours of social and psychological research has been poured into understanding family systems. What we have learned, among other things, is that children don’t grow to maturity because of right information. This isn’t a new discovery. In a letter to Januarius, […]

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len on February 28th, 2008

Paul quotes Dick Staub, “…Here’s my basic theology in a nutshell: [Dutch scholar] Hans Rookmaaker said Jesus didn’t come to make us Christian, he came to make us fully human, and I think a full human being is a human being that is intellectually, spiritually, creatively, morally, and relationally alive, and the reason I think […]

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len on February 23rd, 2008

Michael writes, “Eugene Peterson was back leading our seminar this morning, and a night’s rest put him back on his game. “He spoke from some of the material in his upcoming book Tell It Slant, which is about the language of Jesus in Luke’s parables. He divided all pastoral-ministry language into the kerygmatic, the didactic […]

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len on February 4th, 2008

A friend is reading, “Woman, Thou Art Loosed,” by TD Jakes. I decided to cut to the chase and look for his anthropology. It’s a good idea to understand the purpose and end of a creature.. what it should look like when in perfect form.. before one attempts to fix it when broken. This book […]

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