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Small but sustainable

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway’s book, The Four, is a dystopian vision of our world run by the Four Horsemen of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. They read our mail, they track our steps, they know in advance what we will purchase, they listen in on our conversations. They know our political convictions, they lurk among our network…

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People Look For Answers Where They Wont Be Judged…

on November 29, 2018

What does The Four have to do with ministry? Well, if as a pastor, you live and work with people whose lives are affected by these companies, then a whole lot. Scott Galloway outlines just how much influence, these four have not only in our lives but in the world economy as well. As I was…

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Open The Door!

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway is bold, and probably a bit brazen, in his attitude towards The Four – Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple Tech companies.  Galloway’s edgy demeanor stems from his twenty plus years of experience with, and study of, these companies.  Galloway is quick to admit he has personally profited from his investment in Amazon and…

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Tea and Theology

on November 29, 2018

I’ve been a long time fan of the work of theologians. I ‘met’ my first theologian as a young girl reading The Magician’s Nephew. While C.S. Lewis’s children’s books might not necessarily classified as theology, I fell in love with the author. As such, I enthusiastically tackled Mere Christianity for the first time in high…

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A shared toolbelt

on November 29, 2018

Grenz and Olsen’s Who Needs Theology? presents the idea that all believers are theologians.[1] Each interacts with theology at different levels: folk, lay, ministerial, professional and academic. Of course, the layman does not engage theology in the same way the academic theologian does, but they should engage nonetheless. I appreciated the authors’ point that theology…

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Does Theology Play A Role In Leadership?

on November 29, 2018

The book, Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God, [1] deals with a subject that can be quite cumbersome but does so practically and proficiently. Both Grenz and Olson are professional academics but wrote this book in a way that invites the causally Christian to learn at a deeper level while also…

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The Four Plus Starbucks Plus the Author Equals Six

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway is a business expert, a life achiever and coach in the way of Steven Covey for a new generation. But Scott has grit and toughness and boldness in his teaching. As a professing atheist (according to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMW6xgPgY4s&fbclid=IwAR1ZKrQYzcsCiO7YtTzkiechtBIqyTFQEgnDI8ezVu1_bMFlDx8J5XSVm6M), it seems that his conviction causes him to find his energy and drive from…

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Should we boycott the telephone and go back to morse code?

on November 29, 2018

Scott Galloway invites his readers to peer behind the curtain, take on the burden of his bitter diatribe and cover the landscape of Amazon headquarters in picket signs. In short, his aim is to dismantle and deconstruct the progression of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, aka: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. He believes…

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The end of the world or a path to follow?

on November 29, 2018

It all sounds so ominous. The transformation of Western society at the hands of four of the most powerful and influential businesses ever. The development of the digital age, the ubiquitous influence of the computer and the internet have collectively opened up the door for the rise of what Scott Galloway calls ‘The Four Horsemen’…

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Theological Adventure

on November 29, 2018

One of my favorite things about being a minister is teaching a new member class.  These classes provide the opportunity to better learn about the history and faith story of people who have chosen to make their spiritual home the community I am blessed to serve.  What an honor.   Every now and then one of…

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Missionaries and Technology

on November 29, 2018

What do The Four—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google—have to do with missionary effectiveness and sustainability in the 21st century? A lot. Global connectivity is one of the present realities that mission leaders need to address as they adapt their ministries to be relevant to the culture in which we live. Consider the story of John…

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Are the Leaders of “The Four” Truly Happy?

on November 28, 2018

Scott Galloway writes a provocative expose on the most powerful companies in the world called The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. What an interesting read, not just because I’m a tech nerd, but also because he had a very causal, easy-to-read style to his writing that kept me turning more…

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Maybe the Video will Help…

on November 28, 2018

I think you have to watch some of Scott Galloway’s videos in order to really enjoy his book.  It helps you hear his voice and understand the tone and tempo of his writing.  Galloway, a serial entrepreneur and NYU Stern School of Business professor also runs his own “business intelligence (fancy term for research) firm that…

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Phenomenal Theology

on November 25, 2018

The late great R.C. Sproul published a book in 2000 titled The Consequences of Ideas in which he traces, in survey fashion, the contours of Western thought through the ages and its resulting effects on culture. It is one of the best of its kind since it is accessibly written and yet comprehensive in its…

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Living in the Jetsons age

on November 25, 2018

Scott Galloway’s The Four is a book on how to understand, navigate, and hopefully live in a fast-paced digital age that is currently dominated by the apocalyptical Four Horsemen named Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Referred to as Biblical “leviathans” these four technological companies have gained the power to defy law, control people’s private data,…

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Leadership and Cultural context

on November 25, 2018

This book has been quite a challenge with full of leadership information based on empirical evidence and theory. It has a lot of practical reflection and to understand it has been an uphill task. The world of leadership is challenging and primarily based on different cultures with their traditional norms of life. When one lives…

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Theology in the chaos of ideas: Grenz & Olson

on November 21, 2018

Further back than I care to remember, I wrote a dissertation titled, Interpreting the Text: The Gulf between Trained Clergy and the Laity.[1]The motivation came at the end of my first year in ordained ministry. What surprised me was the cavernous gap spanning the way I viewed scripture and society in contrast to the people…

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Forced Reflection

on November 17, 2018

This week did not go as planned. Unfortunately, I came face-to-face with my humanity and how quickly my seemingly indestructible super-suit can be rendered inactive. I have been nursing a knee injury for weeks now, but a bad encounter with a staircase this week has left me down for the count, awaiting the orthopedic surgeon’s…

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Change is Good, Especially When God Is Moving

on November 17, 2018

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize you have been working in the completely wrong direction? (read that in Andy Rooney’s voice) This happened to me on Thursday, I was about to start writing my blog post for this week, and per usual, I started to glance at the other posts…

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If your actions inspire….

on November 16, 2018

Before you can lead someone else, you must be able to lead yourself.  That includes your sense of purpose, your self-actualization, discipline and humility.  But the question is:  how does one truly become a good leader?  The answer is to read and steal from others!  According to Adler in How to Read a Book, reading…

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