Blog http://lcileaders.org/blog en Chesterton and Pascal on Original Sin http://lcileaders.org/blog/chesterton-and-pascal-original-sin <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Chesterton original sin quote" src="/sites/default/files/styles/chesterton_original_sin.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 422px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-size:22px;">Original sin is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. </span>G.K. Chesterton</span></p><p><img alt="Pascal original sin quote" src="/sites/default/files/styles/pascal_original_sin.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 500px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">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</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Pascal and Chesterton tell us two (at least) things about original sin.</span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:59:23 +0000 lcibrice 724 at http://lcileaders.org Alcoholism - Not a Spectator Sport http://lcileaders.org/blog/alcoholism-not-spectator-sport <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="alcoholism quote" src="/sites/default/files/styles/alcoholism.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 472px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;"><em><span style="font-size:24px;">Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport.<br>Eventually the whole family gets to play.</span></em><br>Joyce Rebeta-Burditt</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">You are going to play the game. Your only choice is how you will play the game.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><span style="color:#006400;">Brian K. Rice<br>Leadership ConneXtions International</span></strong><br><a href="mailto:BrianRice@lcileaders.org">BrianRice@lcileaders.org</a></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div></div> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:51:10 +0000 lcibrice 723 at http://lcileaders.org Don't be Wrapped Up in Yourself http://lcileaders.org/blog/dont-be-wrapped-yourself <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="self centered quote, narcissistic quote, pride quote" src="/sites/default/files/styles/self_centered.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 450px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;"></p><p><span style="color:#0000cd;"><em><span style="font-size:18px;">At the very best, a person completely wrapped up in himself (or herself) makes a small package.</span></em></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Expand your life - get involved with others.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;">Brian K. Rice<br>Leadership ConneXtions International<br><a href="mailto:BrianRice@lcileaders.org">BrianRice@lcileaders.org</a></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div></div> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:46:21 +0000 lcibrice 722 at http://lcileaders.org Jesus Was Not a "Bore" http://lcileaders.org/blog/jesus-was-not-bore <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="To do them justice the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore, Dorothy Sayers quotes" src="/sites/default/files/styles/jesus_crucified_sayers.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 495px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;">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*</span></p><p><br /><span style="font-size:14px;">This is a theme that has grabbed hold of me through the years. Whether it was the old Larry Norman - <em>Outlaw Son</em>g, or Mr. Beaver telling the children that Aslan is not a tame lion, or the "wild Messiah" of <u>reJesus</u> (Frost and Hirsch), or the more recent <u>Beautiful Outlaw</u> 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.</span></p></div></div></div> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:33:03 +0000 lcibrice 721 at http://lcileaders.org An Unwavering Dedication to Reality http://lcileaders.org/blog/unwavering-dedication-reality <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="mental health is an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs, M. Scott Peck" src="/sites/default/files/styles/peck_reality.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 491px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Here is the full quote by M. Scott Peck. For easier internet reading, I broke it into sections. You can find it in <u>The Road Less Traveled</u>, page 50.</span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>Truth or reality is avoided when it is painful. We can revise our maps only when we have the discipline to overcome that pain. </em></span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>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.</em></span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>Conversely, we must always consider our personal discomfort, relatively unimportant and, indeed, even welcome it in the service of the search for truth.</em></span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:19:26 +0000 lcibrice 720 at http://lcileaders.org Jesus http://lcileaders.org/blog/jesus <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/jesus_life_to_us.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 563px; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="color:#b22222;"><span style="font-size:20px;">I came that you might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). </span></span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">We are blessed. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">First because God loves to bless us. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">Second and even greater, because God loves to bless others through us. </span></p></div></div></div> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:52:00 +0000 lcibrice 719 at http://lcileaders.org Holistic Learning: Heart, Mind, Soul, and More http://lcileaders.org/blog/holistic-learning-heart-mind-soul-and-more <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="font-size:26px;"><span style="color:#ff8c00;"><strong><span style="background-color:#faebd7;"><img alt="love the Lord your God with all your heart" src="/sites/default/files/styles/love_god_mind_soul_heart.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: right;" />A Preliminary Proposal</span></strong></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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...</span><br /> </p></div></div></div> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:48:49 +0000 lcibrice 718 at http://lcileaders.org 10 Thoughts About TLCs (Transformative Learning Communities) http://lcileaders.org/blog/10-thoughts-about-tlcs-transformative-learning-communities <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="color:#0000cd;"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">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.</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">It doesn't work because it ignores the way Jesus used to bring about transformation.<br />It doesn't work because it misses core insights the Apostle Paul gives us about change.<br />It doesn't work because it doesn't understand the essential nature of our human makeup.<br />It doesn't work because it neglects the best methodologies for how adults learn and grow.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">So here are a few introductory thoughts to renew your thinking.</span></p></div></div></div> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:47:51 +0000 lcibrice 717 at http://lcileaders.org The Way of Renovation http://lcileaders.org/blog/way-renovation <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/brain-744207_1920.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 387px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px 6px; float: right;" /><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color:#000080;"><strong>How do we change?</strong></span></span><br />How do I change?<br />How are we / am I changed?<br />Why is change so hard?</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">To be in the Christian ministry is to be deeply associated with reformation, transformation, and renovation of the heart.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">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.</span></p></div></div></div> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:04:55 +0000 lcibrice 716 at http://lcileaders.org Radical Discipleship http://lcileaders.org/blog/radical-discipleship <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="Dallas Willard, there is nothing wrong with your life that discipleship cannot set right" src="/sites/default/files/styles/willard_discipleship.png" style="width: 750px; height: 427px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>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, <span style="color:#0000cd;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ffffe0;">teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.</span></strong></span> And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.</em> Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 (emphasis added)</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>Those who aren't following Jesus aren't his followers. Followers follow and those who don't follow, aren't followers.</em> Scott McKnight</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><em>Discipleship is putting into practice everything that Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God.</em> Dallas Willard</span></p></div></div></div> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:37:51 +0000 lcibrice 715 at http://lcileaders.org Imitate Don't Copy (Find Your Own Voice) http://lcileaders.org/blog/imitate-dont-copy-find-your-own-voice <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong><span style="color:#0000cd;"><span style="font-size:16px;">Opps...<br />This was a draft that was posted by mistake... in that it was incomplete thoughts... I did a quick touch-up on it... still not as finished as I would like, but use it as a starting point...</span></span></strong></p><p> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">ONE<br />Imitation means you learn from the example of others as they model the way, but don't make yourself a "cheap copy" of someone else.</span><br /> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">TWO<br />Borrow the best you can find, but process it deeply and allow your processing and life experiences to morph what you find.</span><br /> </p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">THREE</span><br /><span style="font-size: 14px;">Piece together in new creative combination, differnet best ideas/methods/models from others. There are very few leaders who are truly original. Most of our "originality" is really a creative rearranging of the best we find from others. That itself is an act of originally.</span><br /> </p></div></div></div> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 04:54:05 +0000 lcibrice 714 at http://lcileaders.org Ten Reasons Leaders (and anyone for that matter) Don't Finish Well http://lcileaders.org/blog/ten-reasons-leaders-and-anyone-matter-dont-finish-well <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/styles/finish_well.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 275px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /><br />I don't know who the original creator of this image is, you can find it at many places on the internet. My gratitude to the creative individual behind the image.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">I can't tell you enough how much I have been influenced by J. Robert Clinton (i.e. Bobby Clinton, and no relationship to a "power couple" in the USA). Bobby Clinton was in the Fuller School of World Missions, where his focus was on leadership. He is a prolific author, although his books are not easy reading. They are loaded with complex systems of development, filled with a terminology that must be grasped, and not especially well-written. However - they are priceless in their content and well worth the time to gather the substance and wisdom on every page.</span></p></div></div></div> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:32:32 +0000 lcibrice 713 at http://lcileaders.org Vision: It Takes a Community to Craft One http://lcileaders.org/blog/vision-it-takes-community-craft-one <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="font-size:26px;"><span style="color:#006400;">Vision Casting and </span><em><span style="color:#0000cd;"><strong>Vision Collecting</strong></span></em><span style="color:#006400;">: A Big Difference!</span></span></p><p><img alt="Peter Senge vision, vision casting, vision collecting" src="/sites/default/files/styles/senge_vision.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 560px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em>Visions that are truly shared take time to emerge. They grow as a by-product of interactions of individual visions. Experience suggests that visions that are genuinely shared require ongoing conversation where individuals not only feel free to express their dreams, but learn how to listen to each other's dreams.</em>  Peter Senge</span></p></div></div></div> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:08:37 +0000 lcibrice 712 at http://lcileaders.org Three Beautiful Thoughts on Reading http://lcileaders.org/blog/three-beautiful-thoughts-reading <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong><span style="color:#006400;"><span style="font-size:28px;">From Merton, Foster and LeClercq</span></span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">I am just going to provide the quotes with the images I found, without commenting on any of the quotes.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;">My only encouragement is to read, read a lot, read a lot of really good books, reflect on what you read, have conversations about what you read, and put into practice what you read and learn. May God hover over your heart and mind as you do this.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><span style="color:#006400;">Brian K. Rice<br />Leadership ConneXtions International</span></strong><br /><a href="mailto:BrianRice@lcileaders.org">BrianRice@lcileaders.org</a></span><br /> </p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><img alt="Thomas Merton on reading" src="/sites/default/files/styles/merton_on_reading.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 544px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px;" /></span></p></div></div></div> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:48:22 +0000 lcibrice 711 at http://lcileaders.org What is the Church? http://lcileaders.org/blog/what-church <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img alt="C.S. Lewis on the church, diversity in the church, church" src="/sites/default/files/styles/lewis_on_church.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 353px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;" /></p><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><em>It takes all sorts to make a world; or a church. This may be even truer of a church. If grace perfects nature it must expand all our natures into the full richness of the diversity which God intended when He made them, and Heaven will display for more variety than Hell.</em> C.S. Lewis</span></p><p><br /><span style="font-size:14px;">During my Sabbatical, I am doing all kinds of reading and reflecting on the church and its mission. The other day I had three books as conversation partners.</span></p></div></div></div> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:10:20 +0000 lcibrice 710 at http://lcileaders.org