August 2016

Chesterton and Pascal on Original Sin

Chesterton original sin quote

Original sin is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. G.K. Chesterton

Pascal original sin quote

Certainly nothing offends us more rudely than this doctrine (of original sin), and yet without this mystery, the most incomprehensible of all, we are incomprehensible, to ourselves. Pascal

Pascal and Chesterton tell us two (at least) things about original sin.

Alcoholism - Not a Spectator Sport

alcoholism quote

Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport.
Eventually the whole family gets to play.

Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

Some "wry humor" but penetrating in its truth. Most sins turn out not to be solo sports. Most sins don't keep others seated as spectators. Most sins pull others, family and friends especially, into the game. This is above all true - with the addictions.

You are going to play the game. Your only choice is how you will play the game.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Don't be Wrapped Up in Yourself

self centered quote, narcissistic quote, pride quote

At the very best, a person completely wrapped up in himself (or herself) makes a small package.

This is not an original thought, just a good one, that I thought I would pass on today. The Great Commandment is to be wrapped up in God and in others, to the same degree and passion, that we prefer to be wrapped up in ourselves.

Expand your life - get involved with others.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Jesus Was Not a "Bore"

To do them justice the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore, Dorothy Sayers quotes

To do them justice, the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore. Quite the contrary; he was too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium.  Dorothy Sayers*


This is a theme that has grabbed hold of me through the years. Whether it was the old Larry Norman - Outlaw Song, or Mr. Beaver telling the children that Aslan is not a tame lion, or the "wild Messiah" of reJesus (Frost and Hirsch), or the more recent Beautiful Outlaw book - it is so obvious that we try to tame, domesticate, diminish, de-radicalize, and water down the ferocity of love of this daring prophet, Son of God.

An Unwavering Dedication to Reality

mental health is an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs, M. Scott Peck

Here is the full quote by M. Scott Peck. For easier internet reading, I broke it into sections. You can find it in The Road Less Traveled, page 50.

Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful. We can revise our maps only when we have the discipline to overcome that pain.

To have such discipline, we must be totally dedicated to truth. That is to say we must always hold truth, as best we can determine it, to be more important, more vital to our self-interest, than our comfort.

Conversely, we must always consider our personal discomfort, relatively unimportant and, indeed, even welcome it in the service of the search for truth.

Jesus

I came that you might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).

Or have it abundantly, amazingly, graciously, generously . . . and to overflowing. Jesus came to lavish us with his life. He is truly the Prodigal (Lavish) God, who spares no expense and who holds nothing back. 

We are blessed.

First because God loves to bless us.

Second and even greater, because God loves to bless others through us.

Holistic Learning: Heart, Mind, Soul, and More

love the Lord your God with all your heartA Preliminary Proposal

This is PRELIMINARY. I am "in process" of designing the best way to say it. I have nuanced and adjusted this several times. This is my latest version. Take it, use it, change it, make it better - but above all - figure out how to be about the journey of adult learning and transformation using its approach.

I provide the part of our human makeup, and then suggest a few words that describe the kind of activities that engages that aspect of our being.

In part, I use the theme of loving God with heart, mind, soul, strength - as the stepping stone to knowing God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength...
 

10 Thoughts About TLCs (Transformative Learning Communities)

The Information Distribution Theory of Christianity doesn't work. That means most preaching doesn't work. Most teaching doesn't work. Most reading of most books doesn't work. Or if they work, they work inadequately, incompletely, superficially, and temporarily.

It doesn't work because it ignores the way Jesus used to bring about transformation.
It doesn't work because it misses core insights the Apostle Paul gives us about change.
It doesn't work because it doesn't understand the essential nature of our human makeup.
It doesn't work because it neglects the best methodologies for how adults learn and grow.

So here are a few introductory thoughts to renew your thinking.

The Way of Renovation

How do we change?
How do I change?
How are we / am I changed?
Why is change so hard?

These are the questions I ask almost every day. At the core of my ministry and my being - is to help people flourish. To help people flourish, I must help them change. To be in the Christian ministry is to be in the ministry of life change.

To be in the Christian ministry is to be deeply associated with reformation, transformation, and renovation of the heart.

The evangelical church has a widely held and tragically flawed theory of change. It goes like this (albeit in many different guises). Information changes you. Ideas change you. Beliefs change you. Doctrine changes you. Truth changes you.

Radical Discipleship

Dallas Willard, there is nothing wrong with your life that discipleship cannot set right

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 (emphasis added)

Those who aren't following Jesus aren't his followers. Followers follow and those who don't follow, aren't followers. Scott McKnight

Discipleship is putting into practice everything that Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God. Dallas Willard