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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Social Imaginary and the Church

on April 4, 2013

Charles Taylor’s Modern Social Imaginaries examines the history of modernity as the development of the public square, the economy and sovereignty. The basis of these three elements is a moral order expressed in mutual benefits of equal participants (loc 38). Taylor uses the idea of a social imaginary as the thread, which connects multiple modernities. …

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Direct Access Societies

on April 4, 2013

One of my favorite movies of all time is “A Knights Tale” starring the late Heath Ledger. In this adventure comedy set in 14th Century mid-evil Europe, a young peasant boy by the name of William Thatcher was given away by his father to a knight named Sir Ector in hopes of “changing his stars”. …

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on April 2, 2013

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Common ground in a plural world

on April 2, 2013

The week before Easter I called a friend in France, who works as a teacher there.  –       „Hey, are you enjoying your Easter holidays?“ –       “Easter holidays? Are you joking? They are still coming up. I still got to work 2 more weeks.” –       “What? But then Easter is already over.” –       “Yeah, actually they’re…

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A Reflective Practioner

on March 18, 2013

I was attracted to George Fox’s D.Min program because it was designed for ‘reflective practioners’.   This past week’s reading helped me to be just that.      Being a practioner on the field speaking often, and working, in the villages with women and children, on the premise of changing the world and building God’s Kingdom, Hunter’s book…

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Resetting Agendas in Light of Biblical Values

on March 18, 2013

Many of today’s gadgets come with some type of an in-built reset option to help them refocus or recalibrate their original purpose and thus to work as designed. When internal or external damage occurs, the gadgets may need to be replaced, and the process of becoming familiar with a new piece of equipment and all…

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The Power to Change

on March 16, 2013

The Christian Faith is all about change.  In fact it is more than just ‘change’.   It is about transformation and as the Apostle Paul says, it is all about becoming a ‘new creation’.   It is about being changed and bringing about change and transformation. It was never meant to be a structured institution as we…

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How Leaders can Change the Culture of their Organizations

on March 16, 2013

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Power

on March 14, 2013

I live in Spain.  The church, and by extension Christianity has for many centuries been in a position of power and influence.  In the modern age, this power became toxic.  The church sided with the economic elite, the crown, and the powerful, often against the interests of religious freedom, freedom of speech, democracy, and the…

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What Are You Shooting At, Charlie Brown?

on March 14, 2013

Charlie Brown was shooting his new bow and arrow.  Each time he shot it; he would run to the fence and draw a bull’s eye around the arrow.  Lucy saw what he was doing and informed him that he was not doing it correctly.  His reply to her was, “It works.  I always hit the target.”…

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Shalom Living

on March 14, 2013

Yesterday, I watched as Catholics across the globe celebrated a new pope – Francis I.  I couldn’t help but be excited, part of which is due to the name he chose, evidently after St. Francis of Assisi.  I will never forget my experience visiting the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy.  This white-washed city on a hill…

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The City of Botherly Love

on March 14, 2013

Welcome to the city of brotherly love! These were the first words I heard this past weekend after pulling up to the curb at our Center City Philadelphia hotel.  Never have I experienced such service.  Being our 16th wedding anniversary, we decided to splurge a little and stay at a hotel which is usually beyond…

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Heal the world, make it a better place

on March 14, 2013

The call to make the world a better place is inherent in the Christian belief, biblical foundation and practice of Christian engagement in the world.To Change the World by James D. Hunter is a book about the possible and proper role of Christianity in American culture in the early twenty-first century.  Dealing with this topic…

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Can we Change the World?

on March 14, 2013

Is it possible to change the world? Are we called to do that? What kind of change do we desire? These are great questions that emerge for Christians who want to engage in ministry. My favorite book so far the year is the book To Change the World by James Davidson Hunter. He addresses the…

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Make a Fortune – Write a Book

on March 14, 2013

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A Second Reading

on March 14, 2013

I first read James Hunter’s To Change the World in 2010. In my excitement, I read through the book quickly (but thoroughly of course) hoping for some concrete steps on how to change the world. I got to the end of the book and was underwhelmed. Where was this world change? What were the actions…

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Why I didn’t Join the Hippies

on March 11, 2013

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Contentment: A Way Forward in A Consumer Culture

on March 11, 2013

The Rebel Sell proved to be a fascinating read this past week. It seems that this capitalist society will consume anything thrown on its plate and create a demand – supply cycle to satiate itself.  As I pondered over the idea of “Rebel Sell” andits implications for India, particularly the rural part of the country,…

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Pulse Check

on March 11, 2013

Niche markets are upon us all. As a kid, I waited with baited breath to look at one of my favorite shows of all time, The Price Is Right. Who can ever forget the voice of Rod Roddy with his jolly pitch lingering on every word, happily saying, “Come on down! You’re the next contestant…

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