len on July 26th, 2012

“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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An Emerging Dictionary is not really a dictionary, but a syllabus and anthology: a collection of thoughts, organized alphabetically by virtue of a particular conversation. The idea for this project emerged, like so many great ideas, from a free-for-all conversation around breakfast one morning. We had a diverse group of people around the table, diverse […]

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len on February 15th, 2012

Eric reflects on changing modes and the new realities represented by the iPhone and iPad. But is this a reflection leadership and structure or… ? He reflects on a post by William Rankin at Open Culture.  Rankin describes the first two ages of information as pre-Gutenberg (one on one, books cost a lifetime) and post-Gutenberg […]

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len on January 7th, 2012

In The Solace of Fierce Landscapes Belden Lane describes habitus. Habitus describes the intimate connection between spirit and place. Belden writes that this connection, “ hard to grasp for those of us living in a post-Enlightenment technological society. Landscape and spirituality are not, for us, inevitably interwoven. We experience no inescapable link between our place […]

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len on January 6th, 2012

As I was watching Žižek on Charlie Rose, I got thinking about “irony,” a state that characterizes the postmodern condition. Zizek typifies this way of living in the world. But what struck me secondly, given my fascination with words and language, as I sat and thought about irony, was how close it is to the […]

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len on January 4th, 2012

Sean Benesh reviews “An Emerging Dictionary for the Gospel and Culture.” Is it a reflective devotional on mission life? “I had Len’s book in hand and eventually found my way over to a table where I sat down and picked up where I left off from the last chapter. As I sat there and read […]

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len on November 23rd, 2011

Back in the days pre-Descartes knowing was not merely knowing in the pure and scientific sense that dominates our imaginations today. Rather, knowing was composed of two dimensions: Intellectus, and Ratio. Intellectus was more about perception, and was trans-rational. Ratio, as the term suggests, was more akin to the kind of knowledge we now take […]

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len on November 12th, 2011

When does space become “place?” William McAlpine writes, “I observe that the Western evangelical church, of which I have been a part all of my life, has substantially underestimated both the significance of sacred space and the potential for achieving a profound impact for the kingdom through reflective and thoughtful design and creative uses of […]

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len on November 8th, 2011

“As Christians, and as the church of Jesus Christ, we are called by our Lord to be “in” the world, but “not of” the world. “No longer” who we were before we came to Christ, we are “not yet” what we will be when Christ returns. This bracing call to tension in both time and […]

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len on October 28th, 2011

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Toronto, founded in 1830. For a virtual tour visit HERE. I took this shot in early October. Click for the full size image with the added quote from Bonhoeffer. See also “Reaching our cities” and “shalom for the city.”

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