links: this went thru my mind


Change, church, leadership & ministry: Your Three Options When Instituting Change

“Change is hard no matter where it happens, but it seems like it can be hardest in churches.”

Choices, decision-making, poverty & time: No Money, No Time

“When Mr. Shafir first began to study poverty, he came in with an overarching assumption: The poor made the same mistakes in judgment as everyone else, except theirs ended up being more costly. He soon learned he was wrong. ‘They were making mistakes that were different. They weren’t the typical decision errors. They were worse,’ he recalls. ‘When you don’t have enough, you focus on the little you have, and it leaves you with less attention.” And the “little you have,” he found, didn’t have to come from financial hardship.'”

Ecology, eschatology, future & hope: Jesus is Coming: Go Plant a Tree

“Yes, we need to be saved; Yes, we are saved by Christ; but Why? So we can bring glory to God as God’s Eikons ruling creation on God’s behalf.”

Intercession, prayer & public prayer: Praying for Others in Public

“Hope is at the core of prayer, and this means we need to be immersed in Scripture in order to see how God has acted so we can know how God will act. We need to name God’s faithfulness as the foundation for our intercession. We need to dare to be imperative before God the Father. The resurrection, the transfiguration and the incarnation form the core of our intercessions. We ask — we don’t hint or suggest or go all vague. Expect results, spell them out, express our hopes. Be the change or become the answer to the intercession. Pray for the church to become what God wants it to become.”

War: After All – On the Folly of War

“In my lifetime, we have not fought in one single war that was a declared war, or met the Geneva conventions for a justifiable war. Not one.”

this went thru my mind


Arguments & debate: Winning Arguments by Ted Gossard

“I prefer to think in terms of sharing, as much preferable to debating.”

Decision-making: Why Basing Your Next Ministry Decision on Precedent Might Lead You to the Wrong Choice by Eric McKiddie

“When a leadership team faces a dilemma, ‘What did we do last time?’ is a question that tends to pop up. The assumption is that past precedents help you make the right decision now. While this is true, it’s not true as often as leaders expect. Here are five reasons why arguing from precedent might lead your ministry in the wrong direction.”

Politics: A Visual History of the US House poster and Interview [infographic]

“It depicts the progression in political ideology of every House seat from 1789 to 2010.”

Shepherding: Ministry Inside.97 by Jim Martin

“Shepherds should expect people to change. … Shepherds move people toward Jesus when they practice being authentic believers. … Shepherds need to remember that the goal of ministry is discipleship, not pacifying the least mature. … Shepherds who will compromise their integrity in order to keep people happy will find that in the eyes of the immature no compromise is ever enough. … Shepherds are called to help a congregation move toward maturity in Christ.”

love busters (2)

To help you and your spouse make fair decisions, I encourage you to follow a policy I created with that goal in mind. I call it the Policy of Joint Agreement. Never do anything without an enthusiastic agreement between you and your spouse. Let me repeat that policy to you with emphasis. Never do anything without an enthusiastic agreement between you and your spouse. The purpose of this policy is to remind you how important it is for you to take each other’s interests and feelings into account whenever you make a decision. That way, you will be making fair decisions.

But the Policy of Joint Agreement does more than help you make fair decisions. It helps you deposit more love units and avoid withdrawing them. Since just about everything that you and your spouse do is going to affect each other, either depositing love units or withdrawing love units, it makes a lot of sense to pay attention to which of those things decisions are doing. Are they depositing love units? Where are they withdrawing love units?

Were not plugged into each other’s feelings in marriage. We have no way to directly experience the way we affect our spouse. The only thing we know for certain is how our spouse affects us. So couples need a special rule to force them to share information with each other regarding how they are being affected. The Policy of Joint Agreement is that rule.

Love Busters: Overcoming Habits That Destroy Romantic Love by Willard F. Harley, Jr. (Revell, 2005), p.55