Friday Stream of Consciousness – 96
Oct11

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 96

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: I can tell I’m in a bit of a bad mood this morning. I’m a little run down physically. But, it’s more just a random funk. We all have them now and then. I’m pulling for the Dodgers all the way at this point. I think they have a great shot against the Cardinals based on pitching matchups alone. The same goes for the Red Sox against the Tigers. The Tigers may only get one start out of...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 95
Oct04

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 95

Here’s what’s on my mind this Friday morning: Frankly…not a whole lot. However… If a government shuts down and no one’s there to hear it… At least over the noise of the pundits… The blaming that is going on shows poor leadership on all sides. Just once, I’d love to hear someone stand up and say, “You know, I wish I’d done this differently,” or, “Here’s what we’re going to do differently going forward.” Seeing the Pirates and...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92
Sep06

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 92

Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning: This Sunday will be the grand reopening of New Vintage Church. By “reopening” I don’t mean we were ever shut down. I mean “reopening” to full capacity based on our worship center being under remodel through the summer. The entire thing (a capital campaign and remodel) brought with it some risk for our young church, which is still only two years and four months old since our launch....

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The Missional Excuse
Feb11

The Missional Excuse

I’ve observed an occasional correlation between those trying to be “missional” and those frustrated with the internal turbulence in their congregation or own soul. Of course, not all churches suddenly trying to be missional have gridlocked leaderships or frustrated ministers–but many do. You can’t tell from what they write in books or articles. You can’t always tell from what they say behind a...

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Ask a New Question
Jun27

Ask a New Question

Imaginative gridlock is a term Edwin Friedman uses to describe the thinking processes of systems that are “stuck.” In trying to solve a particular problem, stuck systems (like churches) try harder to provide the right or better answer to the same questions. Unstuck systems are able to ask new questions. A stuck system might ask, “What can we do this time to really draw people to our mid-week service?” An...

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