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.

Four Things to Know About Happiness (From the Christian Worldview)

happiness depends on character which depends on God

The Christian faith, and its ancient interpreters are in agreement about many things.

One, that happiness is what we are meant for. We had original happiness (bliss) in the garden. We will have it one day in the future, either in the New Heavens and New Earth where there are no more tears.

Two, that happiness is not based on what you have around you, but what you have inside you. In other words, it is the interior world of virtue, character and morality that is necessary for true happiness. 

To Change Others - Change Yourself

To change others - change your self.
To change others - be the change you want to see in them.
To change others - let your life speak attractively and persistently.
To change others - show them the way and show they that way is worth their while.

It is that simple
and that hard.

At the core of the Imitation of Christ is to see Jesus as superemely attractive, and His way-truth-life as what you desire above all else. Jesus came to show us His Way. The first Christians were known as The  Way, and they demonstrated in their lives, JESUS.

Pressure and Stress Over Time Equals Beauty

The Deep Wisdom God has Structured Into His World.
Here are three images, each with a statement. They help me understand some of the most important, rich (but hard) lessons of life. I have a brief reflection after the images.

There is nothing about a piece of coal that gives any hint it may become a diamond

the caterpillar becomes a Monarch butterfly

a grain of sand is the irritant around which a pearl is formed

He is Building Himself a Palace

And you thought you were going to be a decent little cottage...!
C. S. Lewis quote, building a palace
In other words - God's plan and vision for what HE WILL DO IN YOU

A New Way to Think

. . . is needed for a New Way of Being!

We want to become New People. How does that happen? How do you change? How do you grow? How do you develop? How do you overcome bad habits that hold you down? Let's be very honest . . . Change, Growth, Development, Transformation - these are hard things indeed. And the way to real and lasting change will involve a great deal of work.

Spiritually Tone Deaf?


As a worship leader, I would occasionally come across someone who couldn't carry a tune in a bucket.  They were what the dictionary refers to as 'tone deaf'; "unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical sounds when producing or hearing them". They would love to sing which made it hard for them to be on the worship team because of the dissonance it caused.  Even though God enjoys our worship when it is a joyful noise rather than a melodious song it still doesn't blend well when leading worship.

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