Monthly Archives: January 2008

Looking for a President (or a Messiah?)

Although the presidential campaign has been in full swing at least a year now, people only started voting this month (unless you count the endless polls). I haven’t seen anyone campaigning in my area. I think I may have seen … Continue reading

Posted in Elections, Politics | 1 Comment

Christian Commitment

I was asked to write a piece about my Christian commitment.  If any of you have any opinions on content, tone, style, etc., I’d love to hear it. Thanks! ************************** Statement of Christian Commitment  My commitment to Christ would be … Continue reading

Posted in Ministry, Salvation, Theology | 2 Comments

Leadership Addiction

A few days ago, in my first post on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, I noted that one of the strengths of the book was that it didn’t major on offering new ideas. One of my weaknesses is that … Continue reading

Posted in Edwin Friedman, Five Practices, Leadership | 3 Comments

Overcoming Incommensurability

Christian Amondson has an interesting post on issues of incommensurability, i.e., how communication can happen across narratival boundaries. Here’s my comment: Do we want to say that the incommensurability between the Christian world/narrative is essentially different from the incommensurability that … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Evangelism, Theology | 4 Comments

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations: Radical Hospitality

Radical Hospitality is the first of the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. That’s evangelism in plain Christianese. This is probably the new jargon I like the least. “Radical” is ok, but hospitality just seems weak in our current context. It … Continue reading

Posted in Diversity, Evangelism, Five Practices, Ministry, United Methodism | 1 Comment