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My Hiatus

A few months ago I introduced a discussion I was going to have on my blog about what is wrong with the church. Since that initial post I’ve been wisely advised to let some time pass before I enter into that discussion. Some have recommended as much as a year before trying to write some of my thoughts. While I don’t know if it will be that long, I think they are correct in that I need to get some of my transition under by belt before I take on some of the deeper topics I want to write about.

Rest assured, though, that the urge to have these discussions is still on my heart and I will, at the right time, pick them up again.

The Dual Concern Model, Part 3

The graph above demonstrates the proposal made by Blake and Mouton regarding the concern for people vs. the concern for production. In their original publication, they added grid lines for both axes numbering 1 through 9. This was to facilitate the understanding that there were various places on the Managerial Grid that people could fall.Continue Reading

NBC – No Body Cares

NBC – No Body Cares

After high school I was looking for a way to earn money for college and support a young family. I found both of these options in the U.S. Army. I served for three years as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare Specialist. The recruiting material made it sound like a laboratory job… but it wasContinue Reading

Information Bubble

I’m a big fan of TED. They do some really cool talks on a wide variety of topics. This one interests me because of the implications both for technology but also for church and ministry. It is common practice in the conservative Christian community to surround ourselves with people who think like us, both spiritually,Continue Reading

Principles for Leadership

A couple of years ago we went through the process of selecting new shepherds. The ensuing months were filled with the normal excitement and growth pains that come from changing church leadership. In that process, we all sat around and came up with a list of leadership principles for Bristol Road Church of Christ. TheseContinue Reading

Because the Cross Was Made of Dogwood – Thoughts On Evangelism, Part 3

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment on the last post! I claimed that there is something that non-Christians/new converts hate about the behavior modification approach to Christianity. Your responses were in the same place that mine were, except that I pull all of those responses together into one umbrella term: authenticity. Authenticity isContinue Reading

Church Bulletin

Don’t freak out, it’s not a real blog post. We laugh frequently about how tough it is to produce the bulletin. Everyone’s a critic and no one reads it (hyperbole is noted). Enjoy this little bit of ‘Pearls Before Swine’ that I found taped to my chair when I arrived at the office today.

Power Neutral Systems, Part 2

[L]ast time I covered the body of Christ implications of power neutral systems. This time I’d like to spend a few words on the idea of mutual submission. The idea of unity is a huge part of the vision for Christianity. Paul covers it at length in many of his writings. Heres a couple sectionsContinue Reading

Power Neutral Systems, Part 1

Unlike previous items where I’ve mentioned one key of healthy systems per post, I’m going to have to break this one up over several to adequately communicate my ideas. We’re now up to the fourth of six keys for healthy church systems that I laid out in an earlier post. The topic of power neutralContinue Reading

Culturally Appropriate

This is probably the one of these points that doesn’t need as much explanation as others. In order to be successful, the church system needs to match the culture of the community around it. Now, it could be argued that the system needs to match the culture of the church. However, for a church toContinue Reading