Monday, January 30, 2012

The Kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people.... If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared?
Martin Luther.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. 
Soren Kierkegaard quoted by Joan Dempsey in The Art of Facilitation: The “Walk &Talk”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hypocrisy is not so much the result of not living what I preach but more of not confessing my inability to fully life up to my own words.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption....(Newton was one of the world’s great introverts: William Wordsworth described him as “A mind for ever/ Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.”)
....“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible,” Picasso said.
Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Opinion: The Rise of the New Groupthink.

Monday, January 16, 2012

...we are constantly learning to live our life as Jesus would live our life if he were we. The point here is that we are not trying to live his life but our life. In the flesh Jesus' life has already been lived. It is our life that needs the living.
Richard Foster. A Pastoral Letter from Richard Foster: May 2003.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend - it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension....Thus Abraham went forth from his father and not knowing whither he went. He trusted himself to my knowledge, and cared not for his own, and thus he took the right road and came to his journey’s end. ....Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge....You cannot find it yourself so you must let me lead you as though you were a bind man.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reasons not to plant a church in 2012

2. The measurement criteria of the church planting project ... is too narrow, too shallow, unholistic and ignores more vital measurable signs of a transformed society in its various spheres (economic, environmental, social, impact outside the church environment, etc).

5. The challenge for new members to commit to a church meeting rather than be involved in Kingdom mission activities in the world can often lead to a consumer mindset among new members. By not hosting an event for members but rather inviting participants into mission, a different calibre of people is attracted to the ministry.
Andrew Jones. 9 reasons NOT to plant a church in 2012

Monday, January 09, 2012

Mr. Iyer is a citizen of a world that has the international airport as its symbol.
Allan Massie. Book Review: The Man Within My Head.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Don't load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment.
Jesus as recorded by Luke in chapter nine verse three. THE MESSAGE.