Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sharing Jesus

Spengler writes in his column in the Asia Times, in response to the conversion of journalist Magdi Allam from Islam to Catholic Christianity: Muslim traditional society cannot withstand the depredations of globalized culture, and radical Islam arises from a despairing … Continue reading

Posted in Al Qaeda, Clash of Civilizations, Current events, Evangelism, Globalization, Islam | 1 Comment

Moderating Islam

Ever since 11 September 2001 people in the West have been searching for “moderate Islam.” A couple of days ago I briefly mentioned Akbar S. Ahmed’s book, Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, with particular reference to … Continue reading

Posted in Clash of Civilizations, Islam, Social Capital | 1 Comment

A Church with vision

I like learning from a wide variety of people. In just the past couple of days I’ve posted comments on what I’m learning from a Pakistani Muslim college professor and two leadership types from out west. Another person I’ve been … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Ministry, Perry Noble, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A Jealous God

I just finished reading Akbar S. Ahmed’s Islam Under Siege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, a book well worth reading. Ahmed attributes much of what we in the West see as extremism in the Muslim world as originating in … Continue reading

Posted in Clash of Civilizations, Islam, Politics | 2 Comments

Starfish and the Spider, part 3

Brafman & Becstrom, authors of The Starfish and the Spider, offer some “New Rules for the Game.” Here are their rules along with my comments. New Rules to the Game Diseconomies of scale – larger is not always better: Bill … Continue reading

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Starfish And Spider, part 2

Continuing my interaction with the book, The Starfish and the Spider, I’d like to see what relevance their discussion of discerning the one from the other might have for the United Methodist church. The authors give these questions to ask … Continue reading

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Church in Saudi Arabia?

Now that a Christian church has opened in Qatar, is it only a matter of time until a church is opened in Saudi Arabia? There are only a few million Christians there (officially, only the expatriates working there), so having … Continue reading

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Starfish and the Spider

We had a stormy day Tuesday, so I took it as an opportunity to read a new leadership book (new to me, anyway), The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman & Rod A. … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Local church, Ministry, United Methodism | 3 Comments

Better Seen than Heard

If you’re running for president, it’s better to be seen with a preacher, than for anyone to think you actually listen to one. This is especially true if the preacher looks like a preacher – the right vestments, the right … Continue reading

Posted in Barack Obama, Elections, Jeremiah Wright, Politics | 1 Comment

How Many Allegiances?

Greg Boyd blogs about participating in a recent debate with Shane Claiborne and Chuck Colson on the issue of Christianity and Government. Since Greg doesn’t allow comments at his site, I’ll post some comments here. He reports: Chuck believes Christians … Continue reading

Posted in Chuck Colson, Culture, Greg Boyd, Politics, Uncategorized, War | 2 Comments