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Category Archives: sustainability


Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Everyone wants to be remembered for something, and to leave something in the hands of those who come after them. Teddy Roosevelt used the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 17 Comments

The Humble Path

A friend of mine, Gary Ray, posted a handy piece on humility on his blog and it got me thinking about the subject. I have had the opportunity to facilitate … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · 23 Comments

Prolepsis (A Word for the Weary)

Prolepsis is a literary term that refers to flash forwards, foreshadowing, and/or anticipation in a story. In terms of our walk with God, prolepsis is a future event that impacts our present … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment


In Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, the theme of land is prominent. This might be surprising at first glance, especially in a day where booming urban centers remind us that … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Keep up the Good Work

There is something mysterious and awesome about the account of creation found in Genesis. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

diabetes of the teenage soul

The epidemic of adolescent obesity in the USA has been increasingly documented in recent years. Recent statistics indicate that 32 percent, or nearly 1 out of every 3 children in … Continue reading

September 3, 2008 · 10 Comments

tithe of tithes

In my denomination each local church pays a tithe of tithes (TOT) that totals 10% of the members’ tithes that come into the church. Half of that TOT goes to … Continue reading

July 29, 2008 · 13 Comments

what about women?

Lots of talk going on right now (especially here) about what needs to happen at the upcoming General Assembly for the CoG. There are definitely some significant items on  the … Continue reading

July 19, 2008 · 39 Comments

how evangelism works

How did you become a Christian? Was it through a revival? Through an evangelistic crusade? Through Christian television? Probably not. Rick Joyner has been doing informal polls about this for … Continue reading

July 16, 2008 · 7 Comments

kingdom business

It was noted on Disc 1 that our approach to missions has to change. It was also noted that a more fundamentally important change that needs to occur is how … Continue reading

May 21, 2008 · 3 Comments

primal church

I’m wrestling with desires I have to see certain primitive elements restored to our manifest expressions of being church. Let me make some qualifiers. First, I agree with Don Warrington … Continue reading

May 12, 2008 · 15 Comments

colony collapse disorder

You’ve probably read about the bee crisis that has been emerging during the last two years as the apiary industry has systemitized the collection of data from apiaries across the … Continue reading

May 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

simple church

I have friends who have ventured into House Church models at various points. Some of them have eventually journeyed back to more ‘traditional’ models (that’s a misnomer here, as it … Continue reading

April 17, 2008 · 16 Comments

the church as a bridge

Skye Jethani is reporting live from Shift over on Out of Ur (this blog rocks, by the way!). He tells about Brian McClaren’s session here. I was really struck by … Continue reading

April 11, 2008 · 13 Comments

does size really matter?

The sub-prime mortgage crisis and the receding economy have revealed at least one thing, we have probably overbuilt during the last several years. Some of the situations that builders find … Continue reading

April 8, 2008 · 20 Comments

property ownership: part 3

Well, I really like talking about the issues involved in the last two posts. And I was content to not put a new post for a couple of days in … Continue reading

April 7, 2008 · 11 Comments

the hezekiah syndrome

Recently on the missionalcog blog there was a discussion about the lack of ‘youthfulness’ among our current constituency of ministers. Lots of great stuff was said. So, I would encourage … Continue reading

March 30, 2008 · 8 Comments