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len on March 15th, 2016

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out through IVP is around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological […]

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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 October 2nd, 2015

There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books. George Santayana I returned from Hong Kong on October 1st – and its tough to summarize the experience of this dense, Asian, multi-cultural city […]

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len on March 21st, 2015

Bob Lupton does a practical study of Nehemiah in his book Renewing the City, and Nehemiah becomes the poster child for a research methodology. Nehemiah first conducts research into the state of Jerusalem and her walls (2:13,15). Then he builds community (remainder of ch 2), assembles a team around a common vision (ch 3), and […]

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len on March 20th, 2015

But praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisioned praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted praxis with what he called the “banking” approach to education, in which the teacher simply pours […]

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len on February 28th, 2015

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len on January 15th, 2015

Rubem Alves, the Brazilian poet-philosopher, died this past year. In his memory Called Keefe-Perry writes in Theopoetics, Alves had [a] vision for how it is that he could contribute: “The origin of my liberation theology is an erotic exuberance for life. We need to struggle to restore its erotic exuberance, to share this with the […]

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len on November 7th, 2014

An excerpt from “Churches, Cultures and Leadership” by Branson and Martinez (2011) “Praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand, and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisions praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted practice with what he called […]

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len on October 13th, 2014

How does a part of the world leave the world? How can wetness leave water? Don’t try to put out a fire by throwing on more fire! Don’t wash a wound with blood! No matter how fast you can run, your shadow more than keeps up. Sometimes, it’s out in front! Only full, overhead sun […]

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len on October 4th, 2014

What kind of program can prepare leaders for the new realities of a multi-cultural, interconnected world? And what method of training leaders can effectively integrate practice based learning with critical reflection? What kind of program would you build if you were free to dream, unencumbered by past models designed for a world that no longer […]

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