Training Leaders International – have a helpful comparison between a group oriented society and an individual oriented society. Sweden as a whole is a very individual oriented society, yet as a church and for many people we know they have been raised within a group-oriented society.
After an unexpected week’s absence the sorely missed Index has returned. I hear your gasps of relief. The Strange Persistence of Guilt David Brooks of the NYT has a great column on guilt. Think about this sentence and western civilization. And yet we have no
At Grace Church God has blessed us with people from many different nations and cultures. Broadly speaking we have European, North American, South American, African, Asian and Middle-Eastern cultures (you can break those down more) which makes for an incredibly rich experience. However it all can
In the fifth chapter Mike calls for the church to be fully engaged in the world around it. This is not a new or unique call, by any means, but it always bears repeating. The world is broken and this brokenness affects every area of
I’ve written previously on the remarkable rise & progress of transgender rights. What took gays and lesbians decades to achieve is being won in years for trans folks. It’s clearly the next thing in the progressive agenda which is why I occasionally write about it. As
For a talk on how to create a culture of discipleship (starts about 7 minutes in) I recommend this by Matt Hatch – there are good notes below. He covers topics including: Discipleship is Fundamental Discipleship Facilitates Mission Be a Disciple Yourself Know Your Story How God
Excellence in the church is a subject I have strong feelings about, but there are a couple of areas that we should strive to excel in. Paul encourages the church in Corinth to excel in building up the church (1 Cor 14:12). I think whether
I’m reading Michael Booth’s The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the myth of the Scandinavian Utopia and it’s absolutely fascinating. In one of the chapters on Sweden he quotes author & historian Henrik Berggren. Sweden is set up differently. The main objective is not to be dependent