"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom?" –Marvin Martian


Jason: I’m trying to get my mind around how you could possible measure whether that did or did not have any effect. For all we know, there might be communities where that movement had a large, positive effect.

Phil Vischer podcast ep. 129 touched on so many fascinating issues.

  • Chris was wondering about reducing suspensions in school (on Facebook) and this podcast talked about meaningful education based on relationships. Challenging thoughts for myself as an educator.
  • Matthew seems irritated (on Twitter) that people are late. This podcast VERY briefly mentions the radical transition from a time-focused culture (USA) to a relationship-focused culture (Dominican Republic).
  • And a discussion about having a child with a terminal illness.

Quite worth a listen. (or watch it. Video available.)

While the US national media allows our less-than-ideal race relations issues to have a moment of attention, I couldn’t help but wonder whatever happened to all that reconciliation stuff us dudes were supposed to have learned in Promise Keepers back in the late 90s/early 00s.

For those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you’re all recovering well from the turkey hangover. It looks like I’ll be the proud owner of a new (beginner’s) mandolin on Tuesday. Do any of you play? I think I’m going to have to start learning a bunch of Irish music.

The TL;DR Bible

OK, it’s probably a first quoting something from Reddit on the BHT, but this was pretty funny:

God: All right, you two, don’t do the one thing. Other than that, have fun.
Adam & Eve: Okay.
Satan: You should do the thing.
Adam & Eve: Okay.
God: What happened!?
Adam & Eve: We did the thing.
God: Guys

God: You are my people, and you should not do the things.
People: We won’t do the things.
God: Good.
People: We did the things.
God: Guys

What is your dissertation about?

Time flies

Well, I’m dropping the ball over here. I probably won’t be able to match that initial burst back in October with my dissertation looming over my head and us looking for a new youth pastor. Hate to hear about Jolly Blogger. I hate cancer. 

I was just musing over the idea that I would gladly trade much of the leadership coursework I had in seminary for more history and hermeneutics. Shea’s answers are, of course, the correct ones.

I read something sad today. I followed the Jolly Blogger back in the days when we used to read those. David Wayne always seemed to be a decent guy. His daughter posted on his Facebook that brain cancer is giving him seizures, and he’s come home to be in hospice care. Another one of the old guard is about to enter into Jesus’ rest.

It looks like The Leadership Cult Mark Galli wrote about 6 years ago is still going strong. I admit I’m still cynical about this, but unless the leadership/authority stuff leads to a deep desire for humility and discipleship in Christ we’re in for more of the same. Dr****ll will be just the start.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. *drops mic*

5 areas to address to revitalize the church

Brian Croft writes on 5 areas that must be addressed to revitalize the local church.

1) Authority: Who is in Charge?

2) Leadership: Who do I Follow?

3) Membership: To Whom am I Accountable?

4) Unity: Who is my Brother?

5) Worship: Why do we Gather?

Is it just me, or is (at a minimum) the ordering of these kinda scary? Is “who is in charge?” really the #1 question we need to answer to revitalize the church?