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Thoughts on Freedom

04.07.2011


Today is the 4th of July here in the U.S., Independence Day. A word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year, is Freedom. Here are some thoughts on freedom from Landon Whitsitt’s new book “Open Source Church.”

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The Fine Print: My Job Offer for Millennials

20.06.2011


Over the weekend, my latest article was posted on the Huffington Post in the Religion section. It’s my attempt to synthesize …

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One of the Biggest, Most Exciting Parties of the Year

16.06.2011


One week from today, my family and I will be setting up our tent in the “quiet family camping area” on the grounds at Shakori Hills, just outside of Durham, North Carolina. Next Thursday night (June 23) is the official start of the inaugural Wild Goose Festival …

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Here’s a Bold Topic: The Future of Christianity

15.06.2011


Anthony Smith and I have applied to speak on the topic of “The Future of Christianity” at the second annual TEDxCharlotte conference being held October 15 at Queens University in Charlotte. Help us get selected by nominating us today!

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Weak Stories vs. Bold Stories

13.06.2011


Church consultant Gil Rendle says this in an interview with Duke University’s Faith and Leadership blog …

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The Best Video on the Internet

11.06.2011


This video comes from the Personal Democracy Forum conference earlier this week in New York. The speaker is Jim Gilliam, founder of 3dna and an Internet pioneer/veteran. The subject is “The Internet Is My Religion,” and in this short, 12-minute TED-style talk, Jim shares his personal story and how he’s come to view the Internet as his religion.

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Appreciative Inquiry and The Resistance

26.05.2011


Appreciative inquiry is a method used in all kinds of organizations around systems change. What is working? And how can we do more of that to be more successful and/or happier? Whenever we ask ourselves these questions, there’s always resistance.

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Appreciative Inquiry and Missional Church

24.05.2011


I greatly appreciated some of Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle’s insights about the Church and the deep need for change that exists today.

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Appreciative Inquiry and Storytelling

19.05.2011


I just spent the past few days learning the appreciative inquiry model of coaching from Rev. Dr. Rob Voyle, founder and director of the Clergy Leadership Institute. One of the key insights for me was that storytelling is a key component of appreciative inquiry.

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Announcing the Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation

18.12.2010


I’m grateful to the folks at Disciples News Service for posting the following announcement earlier this week. I wanted to pass it along here to help give a better picture of what I’ll be doing in 2011: As today‚Äôs Disciples contend with shifts in the landscape of religious practice in America, particularly the rapid decline […]

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