So, you don’t want to wade through the 80-odd pages of my dissertation. That’s fine; unless you particularly get off on academic prose, I can understand that. Here’s a kinder, gentler version. Read more about Japanese house church leadership - summary
Well, my dissertation is now submitted and can’t be changed, so I am happy to publish it here as well. (Facebook readers will have to click through to my blog to read the paper.) Read more about Leadership in the Japanese house church
I am not a particularly patient person. I’m an activist, I like to make things happen. I am not very good at waiting around for other people to make things happen. So it’s kind of ironic that my two current pastimes - homebrewing and Christian publishing - both require a lot of patience.
I won’t say much about the first, because, well, Japan missionary and all that, and because that’s just impatience with things - waiting for things to mature - which is not really that much of a problem. The impatience that I have when publishing is impatience with people, and that’s deadly. Read more about Patience and impatience
They love the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, and to have people call them ‘Rabbi.’ But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. And call no one your ‘father’ on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
I wonder when we’ll get these verses. I mean, really get them. Read more about Self-aggrandisment
Philosophy matters. It matters more than most people realize, because philosophical ideas that have developed over the centuries enter our culture in the form of a world view and affect us in thousands of ways. Philosophy matters in the academic world because the conceptual frameworks upon which entire academic disciplines rest usually have roots in philosophy - roots so deep and invisible that they are usually not even noticed.
Everyone wants to talk about leadership in churches. You can find hundreds of books and seminars and magazines all dedicated to the subject. I have heard hardly anyone talking about power in churches. But the two are so intimately linked… Read more about Power
One of the things that the emerging church movement has done for us has been to bring the importance of orthopraxy back into the foreground of Christian life. Or at least, we’re talking about orthopraxy a lot more. But of course, talking about orthopraxy is not orthopraxy. Read more about "So then, let us"
When Christians attack each other, that makes me sad; we’re supposed to be a unified body.
When Christian leaders publically fire accusations of heresy at each other of heresy first and Matthew 18:15-16 be damned, that makes me sad; we’re supposed to bear with one another in love.
But when Christian leaders unfairly abuse their authority to baselessly and unfairly attack others, throwing in accusations of heresy just to make a point, that makes me angry. And I’ve just read something that made me really, really angry. Read more about It makes me angry, then it makes me sad