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

Trialogue – gospel, church, world

on November 1, 2014

hey all, I see you have been reading McGrath! Fun stuff eh? I’ve tended to see the engagement we have as three way — a trialogue with the gospel, church, and world (culture and our experience in the world). But it seems to me that one of the things we are learning is that we…

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The Endless Activity of God

on July 6, 2014

                                                     Introduction History does not happen to God. God is timeless. No matter the century, movement, or memorable decade in world history, God is turning the pages of time at…

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Enchanted Gardens

on June 28, 2014

It was March 1st, 1997.  I had just said, “I do!” to Naomi, who was now my wife.  It was an amazing day filled with family, loved ones and great friends.  Just as special, was our next day walking to our terminal at the airport.  See, being the hopeless romantic I decided to surprise my…

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Surrogates and god-shaped holes

on June 27, 2014

Most storms are not produced by pressure, but more by de-pressure, a vacuum that draws and pumps masses of air. It’s not always the pushing force that produces a shift and motion, but sometimes also the lack or deficit. Some think, we live in times, were religion is more and more marginalized, up to a…

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Will Man Kill God?

on June 27, 2014

I have been receiving several malicious ‘hate tweets’ over the last few days in response to my last tweet about my time with leaders and church planters in eastern India and the fact that the church is multiplying there.  The one received today I thought was interesting. It said that people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and…

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Looking for God

on June 27, 2014

One of my favorite stories I have shared with children is about Martin the Cobbler. He is the central character in Leo Tolstoy’s classic called “Where Love Is”. Martin, because of some very difficult situations in his life, has denied God. But through a visit of a missionary and a dream he believes God will…

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Philosophical Headache!

on June 26, 2014

I met a fellow benchrest shooter a few days ago and we took the opportunity to have a conversation. He was quite talkative and needed no prodding to begin a long discourse on his reloading process and benchrest shooting style. For the unbaptized, benchrest shooting is an exacting discipline that requires precise and consistent load…

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With a Little Help from my Atheist Friends

on June 26, 2014

Culture and the Death of God – Eagleton There are billboards on our interstate highway leading to downtown Grand Rapids that say……”you can be good and be atheist.”  This is quite the shocker in my very religious Reformed area of the United States (the picture I’ve included is more akin to our area!).  Eagleton, in…

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God is Dead?

on June 26, 2014

Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton is an academic world-wind history of the 300-year funeral for God and the search to replace the idea of God with something else. It’s a project that Eagleton argues has failed and will continue to fail. What’s fascinating to me is that one wouldn’t think of…

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Eagleton’s phoenix, God.

on June 26, 2014

In “Culture and the Death of God,” Terry Eagleton takes us on a fast interesting train through the variety of philosophies found in the eras of the Enlightenment, Idealism, Romanticism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism.  He specifically discusses the topic of the Judeo-Christian God and the atheistic strivings that only helped morph God into other forms and…

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A Lesson in Couponing

on June 23, 2014

It has often been advised for leaders to be lifetime learners. This is good wisdom, but does imply that it takes a lifetime to learn new skills? According to the book, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast, by Josh Kaufman, many new skills do not take as long to acquire as one…

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Unpacking Part of the Gender Controversy

on June 23, 2014

  Controversy is inevitable as long as two people are gathered together. One of the major controversies facing the local church is to openly allow gay couples within the local church. Some churches/denominations have split over the controversy. Others have made it clear that all are welcome with open arms. Ultimately, we must answer the…

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A President to Model

on June 23, 2014

 President Abraham Lincoln is by far my favorite US president. No matter the book, article, or social media conversation about him, I get this sense that there is a consistent honesty about his life, legacy, and leadership, even amongst his rivals. Doris Kearns Goodwin highlights several of his leadership characteristics in her book The Team…

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Lincoln on Leadership: How to Hire your General U.S. Grant

on June 21, 2014

Hiring is both a science and an art. A few times in my career, I have used tried and tested hiring processes by carefully screening candidates, carefully choosing behavioral questions, using multiple panel interviews, and still hiring the wrong person. Lincoln had a similar experience when he found himself hiring multiple generals until he finally…

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The Power of Story

on June 20, 2014

Stories are powerful!  Embedded in story is the ability to touch another soul.  Story goes beyond communicating facts at a purely intellectual level, rather, story communicates by touching the intellect, emotions and the soul of another.  For myself, most of my upbringing was filled with story.  My dad, the great fisherman, would at least once…

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Why Are You Leading?

on June 19, 2014

As a young pastor in my first full time pastoral position, I began facing conflict from one of the families in the church.  It was a fairly small church averaging just under 100 in Sunday morning attendance.  There were about five families that had been in leadership in the church for over 30 years.  The…

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Honest Abe

on June 19, 2014

One may assume that with the volumes of published material on the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln, nothing more remains to be written.  Doris Kearns Goodwin through her book A Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln proves that assumption wrong.  She does provide some fresh insights on the man who from…

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Lincoln

on June 19, 2014

Team of Rivals is an unparalleled and in-depth look at the circumstances and people of Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for the Presidency, the Civil War and his eventual assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Having grown up in the United States school system I felt that I knew Lincoln’s story well enough. Those illusions were destroyed by…

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