Complexity/systems

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 February 22nd, 2016

Leaders should not seek power or status; people will not then crave power or status. If scarce goods are not valued highly, people will have no need to steal them. If there is nothing available to arouse passion, people will remain content and satisfied. The truly wise do lead by instilling humility and open-mindedness, by […]

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len on January 27th, 2016

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len on December 1st, 2015

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

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len on November 3rd, 2015

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. But meantime I’ve also been thinking about serializing it here. And then for a week later in the month I’ll make the KINDLE version available here. Here is the synopsis. Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research […]

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len on September 5th, 2015

Another great article by S. African scholar Nelus Niemandt — ” The research investigates the role of leadership in the transformation of denominational structures towards a missional ecclesiology, and focuses on the Highveld Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church. It describes the missional journey of the denomination, and interprets the transformation. The theory of ‘complex […]

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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 February 2nd, 2015

Scot McKnight comments on Simply Good News (Wright): “If your eschatology gets skewed, your present follows along. Or, as NT Wright puts it, ‘Wrong future, wrong present.’” We only lead truly when we lead with a memory of the future. Huh? How is that possible? Because the future has already been given to us, and […]

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len on December 22nd, 2014

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. SYNOPSIS Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research Center, and finds himself in the active nucleus of a scientific storm. When Tom Woodward meets Drs. Chris and Lisa Torrance at the University of Washington, he discovers that […]

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