Pre-rational, rational, and transrational – part 2

A few weeks ago I did a post on prerational, rational, and transrational here. I have since come back to this on a regular basis  as I have continued to wrestle through a very specific question. Why am I most attracted to a certain kind of person, thinker, author, speaker, or spiritual leader? Some are … Continue reading Pre-rational, rational, and transrational – part 2

Pre-rational, rational, and transrational

I don’t usually write a post that is sort of me “thinking out loud,” but this post is just that. Last week I wrote a little about stages, states, and connected that to spiral dynamics. I don’t think I can overemphasize how much this has helped me makes  sense of the world, where different people … Continue reading Pre-rational, rational, and transrational

Construction – Deconstruction – Reconstruction

Construction –  the act or process of building something Deconstruct – to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition of often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies Reconstruct –  to construct again:  to establish or assemble again This is almost like a part three of an unintentional … Continue reading Construction – Deconstruction – Reconstruction

Changing American religious landscape – what does it mean for pastors?

“In times of great change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer. Recently, Pew Research Center released their findings of the changing religious landscape (More can be found here). What is clear is that Christianity is declining in all forms including … Continue reading Changing American religious landscape – what does it mean for pastors?

Lent – the death of the old and the rebirth of the new

So this Lent season I have been thinking about what Lent means to me and what it says to the world we live in today. I was not raised to pay much attention to the church calender. Of course Christmas and Easter were always a big deal, but following the church calender through Advent, Christmas, … Continue reading Lent – the death of the old and the rebirth of the new

What is the Bible?

It is my belief that many of the divisions and debates within the Christian community can be funneled down to one simple question. What is the Bible? How one answers the question determines so many other things that it is important to take the time to consider this question. In my experience, whenever I am … Continue reading What is the Bible?

What I learned from a Rabbi

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent last week in a class learning from a Jewish Rabbi, a Muslim scholar, and a Christian theologian. One aspect that I found most interesting (I was  slightly aware of before) came from the Rabbi. While Judaism and Christianity have much in common (much of our sacred … Continue reading What I learned from a Rabbi

drawn to the ancient

So I attended a few different church settings these last few weeks and I noticed a few things about myself. When I was able to pick, my choice would surprise most. Yes, this is a picture of the church I attended. What comes to mind? Likely traditional, rote, archaic, boring, ancient…maybe even Catholic? Though it … Continue reading drawn to the ancient