Ernie, roll away the stone!
Um, what? Jesus, surely you didn’t mean what I thought you said.
Yes, I did. Roll away the stone!Continue reading
Our church may need to move.Continue reading
It is World War II. Sort of. (They have web forms.)
The old lady is a Jew, as are most of the orphans she cares for.
I am the commando assigned to get them out.Continue reading
Pilate wanted us to behold Jesus
Perhaps hoping he could free Jesus
Or free himself
Of the responsibility
Of seeing more
Than he wanted
Than he could handle
Than he was free to believe
Historically, the Body of Christ has relied on three interdependent roles:
• Infants, who receive what they are taught
• Mystics, who seek their own truth
• Paternalists, who create the context for Infants
I am on a people-mover
Like a train of roller-coaster cars
But we are stopped on level ground
At least for a moment
Each car represents a different level of leadership
I am in the third or fourth
Perhaps moving from third to fourth Continue reading
[A 12-week class I might build. Feedback welcome!]
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“We have forgotten — or perhaps never really understood — what it means to trust that God is in control.
But we have forgotten that good political leaders were supposed to be our gift to the world.
Now we think they are something the world has to give us, so we can truly practice our faith — or feel good about ourselves.
So whenever we see a leader — inside or outside the church — who doesn’t seem to honor our truth, we are filled with anguish; and act like God has abandoned us… ”
I am at another startup
We have just gotten a new interim CEO
Everyone is skeptical
Especially the Engineers
Because the CEO
is actually the (former?) mayor
Of a nearby town
(Small but with a large population)
Everyone is expecting him
To be a slick extrovert
With no substance
Or Intellectual depth
It is a hot day.
I leave my dog in the car.
Based on everything I have learned over the last several years, here is my current practice for how to confront someone I love that I am concerned about.
It reflects many painful learnings about what I have found to be counterproductive, but I am sure there is still room for improvement. Let me know your thoughts!Continue reading
This week is the “Jubilee” recap, ending Season 1 (2021A) of Discipling by Jesus.
Season 2 (2021B) starts the week of April 11th and runs through Pentecost.
Registration will be available soon.
Robby and I are inclined to NOT host any sessions for Season 2, in order to create space for new people to Host. Instead, we are inclined to act as Sponsors to walk alongside new Hosts, who have full autonomy to manage their Sessions as they see fit.
Please let us know ASAP if you are interested!
This week on the Biastes we will be attempting a “FishBowl Dialogue” between Ernie P. and David J. This blog post is Ernie’s attempt to organize his thoughts in advance, based on his current best guess about David’s underlying Concern. Tune in next Tuesday 9/29/2020 to find out what actually happens!
Question: What exactly is Ernie trying to accomplish with The Great Reset?
Perspective: Show the Body of Christ how to empower disciples of Jesus to keep growing closer to Him — rather than us.
See also: David and Ernie’s follow-up video.Continue reading
How should members of Christ’s Body best relate to internal and external human authorities and institutions, in order to continually increase God’s Kingdom?Continue reading
Leadership is a perilous venture, for the very attributes that make leaders great also carry the seeds of our downfall.
But surprisingly, there is a very simple cure — albeit a very unpleasant one…
Read more to pursue answers in [Joshua 3]
The following is based on 1 – Introduction – The Training of a Knight – Age of Chivalry – Thomas Bulfinch, adapted surprisingly little to match the challenges of a preschool boy in modern America.
I added the converse, to help clarify appropriate versus inappropriate behavior.