Friday, September 21, 2007

Holmes on Talk

I saw this quote and liked it: A good word for us blogger types.

Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both"

Author John Andrew Holmes (American physician and writer. Best known for Wisdom in Small Doses (1927))

Monday, September 17, 2007

Galbraith on Change in Thinking

Faced with the choice between changing our mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof. - John Kenneth Galbraith

I can raise my hand on this one - quite often over the last few years. Below is a brief list of radical thinking changes that I resisted, but later came to see as quite obvious.

  • Disseminated Leadership - upon joining the National Team of Campus Crusade a few years ago, I believed the best way to move ahead was to align every little niche group and tackle the direction together. Upon watching KCCC, and now Impact, it is obvious (to me anyway) that our best approach is to free leadership up to make primary decisions for their particular target. Duh! Good leaders with freedom usually generate great results.
  • Apostolic Functioning - Dave Patchin once told me that I 'prayed to receive catalytic' back in 1997. True. Before that, I had been fairly resistant to the chaos. Now, after looking at afresh at how the kingdom expands, I tend to lean more toward efforts of church planting movements . . . . which are highly catalytic in nature.
  • Volume over Precision - this relates to both things above, but, in a nutshell the best way to reach the world and have great churches / movements . . . . is to concentrate on having MORE churches / movements. If everyone is free to start one, inevitably you will end up with really good ones. (yes, this is the essence of capitalism and why the you never see Russian cars on the road).

btw - Gailbraith, who passed away in 2006, was an influential Canadian - American economist. His books on economic topics were bestsellers in the 1950s and 1960s. Now you know. (this was the only picture I found of him smiling - I am not sure if that is because he is an economist or a Canadian).

Sunday, September 09, 2007

MLK on Friends

This struck me as painfully true:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Charisma - God on Campus

The latest issue of Charisma has a cover article about God on Campus. It features some tidbits from Crusade, as well as many other quotes and comments about what is going on on campus. There are a handful of things striking to me from the article (which you can read here.)

  • The number of churches becoming engaged on the campus (something I know Leadership Network is interested in). This was not the case 15 years ago.
  • The rise of the supernatural (this article is in Charisma after all).
  • The free for all that college ministry - Crusade / IV / Navs date way back, but not there are many new players approaching the campus in many new ways.
Conclusion: Despite a huge dropout rate among the churched kids, God is up to something on the college campuses of the world.