Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Vision Check

From the Spreading Goodness Blog: Let me raise a vision issue I’ve considered before in my Spreading Goodness site.  It invites a revisit.  Post-modern thought begins with a simple and seemingly obvious insight: we all view life from a unique … Continue reading

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Big Towers and Big Names

From The Blue Fish blog: God said multiply and fill the earth. Humanity multiplied, and tried to stand together.Standing together is fun because when you’re big you can do a lot, you’re safer and stronger and more unified. You can maintain common … Continue reading

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Solomon’s Heritage

From the A Spreading Goodness blog: Solomon made a mess of things. God loved him and gave him unique privileges. As David’s favored son Solomon was made the head of an eternal kingdom. He became God’s inaugural temple-builder—what his father … Continue reading

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The Most Risky Profession (3)

From Christianity Today: The inadvertent effect of all this is that most pastors have become heads of personality cults. Churches become identified more with the pastor—this is Such-and-Such’s church—than with anything larger. When that pastor leaves, or is forced to … Continue reading

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The Most Risky Profession (2)

From Christianity Today: This is not because the senior pastor is a control freak—or if he is, the church wants him to be. Churches on their way up the growth curve like to know that someone is in charge, that … Continue reading

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The Most Risky Profession (1)

From Christianity Today: Why you need to pray for your pastor! It’s refreshing news to hear of pastors taking a leave of absence not over sexual or financial misconduct, but over pride. Such was the case with John Piper last … Continue reading

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Mission and Culture – the Jesus Jargon

From the Blog and Mablog blog: One of our central difficulties with missions is that we have not yet identified the bane of benevolence. We have not yet figured out how to protect the mission field from destructive do-gooding. Not … Continue reading

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