In this blessed and welcomed season of Eastertide, we are invited to perceive new life happening all around us. With attentive senses, we allow the goodness of this world and the inbreaking of the world to come to wash over us. To that end, I’d like to share a simple
A reflection on Palm Sunday by John D. Blase. Please don’t. Please. It is what I wanted to say. But I stood silent. And who am I? I am the one some say closest to him, the one he loved. And maybe that’s why. For I knew, I knew he was
“Code is like a magnet in that it attracts people who resonate with it and are eager to be part of a similarly committed community.” —Kevin Graham Ford As we continue thinking about our beloved church and what makes Agape Baptist Church, “Agape Baptist Church,” let’s remember back to last
“The church is the body of Christ. It is a living organism, a vibrant system. And just like human bodies, human organizations thrive when they are cooperating with the wisdom of God for how that system is designed, how it grows and how it adapts to changing external environments. “You
“There’s nothing wrong with a technical solution that works! “If you can attract young families by building a gym, if you can create young adult disciples by hiring a rock band, if you can reach unbelieving skeptics by giving away copies of Lewis’s Mere Christianity, if you can reinvigorate your
Let go. Learn as we go. Keep going. Facing our sense of loss is the first step in being able to look to the future with clarity and hope. We must find a way to let go, learn as we go, and keep going…no matter what. This ability is adaptive
Loss hurts. Tod Bolsinger writes this: When the world is different than we expect, we become disorientated. When the tried-and-true solutions to our problems don’t work, we get stuck. When we are faced with competing values that demand a decision which will inevitably lead to loss, we can get overwhelmed.
He was approaching the farthest boundary of the Louisiana Territory, the Continental Divide—the spine of the Rocky Mountains beyond which the rivers flow west. No American citizen had ever been there before. This he believed was the Northwest Passage: the goal of explorers for more than three centuries, the great
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This quote, often attributed to Peter Drucker, shines a light on our best approaches to problem-solving and adaptation processes. As many new pastors begin their relationship with a new congregation, a new strategy is the expectation. “The new pastor will have the strategy that will
What if you were told, “Unless you change your behavior, it will lead to your death?” You’d probably change, right? Well, maybe not. Based on research by Alan Deutschman, 9 out of 10 people wouldn’t change their behavior. Stop drinking or you will die. Stop smoking or you will die.