News RSS

Here s a shocking quote from Elie Wiesel s book, Night, that MUST be heard: In the beginning there was faith which is childish; trust which is vain; and illusion which is dangerous We believed in God, trusted in man, and lived with the illusion that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekkinah s flame; that every one of us carries in his eyes and in his soul a reflection of God s image. THAT was the source if not the cause of all our ordeals (pp. x f.). At the end of...

Read more

Everywhere you turn, hierarchies are being challenged from below or transforming themselves from top-down structures into more horizontal and collaborative ones (Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat. A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, p. 44). Like I ve been saying, transform or be transformed! Walk your path or be dragged (Carl Jung)! Resistance is futile (the Borg)! I m confident there is a new way of being human, a new way of being a pastor, and a new way of being a church. There is something completely new and uncreated, completely unforeseen, completely fresh. But I m also...

Read more

Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, reports a promise of God: I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them (42: 14-16). Is it possible to take this seriously? Is it possible to follow paradigms no longer, old or new, borrowed from other institutions, books, or leaders, but to become truly innovative and creative in the way God is: ex nihilo (from nothing!), to cross all boundaries and stretch wide the corners of our tents and cross new frontiers and boldly go where no one has gone before? I m challenging all!...

Read more

Unless we radically change the way we do, or are the church, we are in trouble. We are doomed to the endless cycle of human invention, even if it is ingenious. The problem is that we only think inside the box. It is the mind s predicament to limit itself to the only categories it knows. It collects what the eyes see and the ears hear to assemble thoughts. The mind can only conceive of things it creates with the raw matter it receives. It can only construct with the materials it is given. Our minds have taken years building...

Read more

Our church feels like it is on to something important. For years, we have lingered in the shadow of the valley of death, or so it seems. Not that there haven t been good times. There have. But they have been small oasis along the long journey of attrition. There feels like a fresh breeze, a new stirring, a suspicious tremble of life. I ve been cautious to say anything because I ve said things before, like We re coming around a corner! After saying that more than four times, you can safely conclude you ve just walked around the...

Read more