Critical Thinking

Philosophizzle

A few months ago I wrote a post on Frederich Schleiermacher’s view of the relationship between practical, historical, and philosophical theology.  (For whatever reason, this post, “Root Rot in the Theological Tree,” has become my most viewed post of all time…)  The main point of the essay was that while […]

Creating a Type III Church

In college, I learned an incredibly important lesson about problem solving and planning.  It involved errors, and four main types of errors we make but are often unaware of.  A Type I error involves applying a good solution to the right problem, not getting the expected result, and abandoning the […]

30 Minute Expertise (Event-gelism)

How long does radical transformation take?  What is a reasonable time frame for the development, first of competency, then of mastery?  Put another way, how long would it take you to become Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods?  Think you could reach mastery by attending a weekend retreat or a one […]

How?

In strategic planning work with both conferences and congregations it is common practice to focus first on “who we are, why we’re here, and what we need to do” before moving on to “how.”  Getting to “how” to do things is the bane of successful planning — too often we […]

Stewardship TOE

          In the scientific worlds of physics and astronomy an enormous effort is underway to discover a unifying force or principle that underlies all of creation.  Scientists are pursuing nothing short of a theory of everything, or T.O.E.  Since Einstein transformed our understanding of the known world, the universe, and […]

Dan Dick Is A Jerk

A pastor came up to me with a devilish grin on his face.  “Have you seen this?” he asked, shoving a copy of an email under my nose.  It seems I irritated a prominent, high profile pastor of one of our premiere large membership congregations with my thoughts on the […]

Root Rot in the Theological Tree

Friedrich Schleiermacher offered an interesting, and at the time controversial, challenge to teachers and preachers of the Christian faith in 1811 when he proclaimed that “Christianity needs to be researched and taught.”  His Brief Outline of Theology as a Field of Study, pointed out that much of what Christians believed […]