random Saturday links

An uprising in Tunisia

JFK’s inaugural speech: Six secrets of his success

Missional Communities Series | Post #2

Missional Community series | Post #3

minimalism vs. fear
the money quote: “…sometimes being naked with fear is a good experience. It teaches us a lot about ourselves and about life. It is scary but it awakens us. Live with the fear and without the safety net and see what it’s like to be alive and uninsulated.”

ways into small missional communities

Tiger Mother Meets Mr. Moderation

Irenaeus – and missional DNA
…a plea that we need to rely more on the power of the Holy Spirit in mission. I found this intriguing, because as he begins to works out mDNA through the book (in particular the diagram on page xx), he places Jesus is Lord at the center without mention of the Holy Spirit.To me this all adds up to a reminder that mission is always a Trinitarian venture. I think in particular of Irenaeus dictum: “the Word and the Spirit as the two hands of the Father.”

How not to choose a job.

Leading from your strengths will sometimes look unusual
So one of the lessons here is: lead from your strengths, even if it means being unconventional. You will be more effective being who you are than who you are not. In fact, it’s often the most unconventional minds that make a difference because what seems unconventional is often simply counterintuitive wisdom



from Ben Sternke

In honor of a true modern-day prophet, here are the final words of Martin Luther King, Jr’s strangely prophetic speech the day before his murder.

It really doesn’t matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us, the pilot said over the public address system, “We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we’ve had the plane protected and guarded all night.”
And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say that threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

Another really great quote by MLK

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

(more) random links

Missional Communities Series | Post #1

Haiti, one year later

Revival: Ways and Means

So Do We Just Wait For Revival?

Death of a Church Plant – Some Reflections and Hope for the Future of Missional Church Planting

Please stop praying quietly.

Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade
by Andy Crouch

for those who follow foreign policy & world news
My Father Died for Pakistan

Redknapp keeps faith over David Beckham loan

Recommended Reading for Urban Church Planters

Chris Brauns Defines Preaching


thanking God for the wrong things

art, beauty and worship together

HT: Mike Breen

Vodpod videos no longer available.

random links

Great pics ! – Christmas across the globe

10 Lessons from a Failed Church Plant

$5 albums for January

keep your eyes on Redknapp & Tottenham in the English Premier League this year (mark my words!)

Killing in L.A. drops to 1967 levels
Homicides decline despite the faltering economy. The absence of a major drug epidemic may be a key reason.

GTD tips on reading material

authority & power…

very, very thought provoking blog post

love this quote ! :

“Working descriptions. For the purposes of this article I will follow Richard Sennett in describing authority as a relational bond that leads persons to give assent without coercion or persuasion because they find security in the real or imagined strength of others.2 Emphasis here is on the relational bond that leads persons to respond with assent or obedience to the authority of, for instance, a person, business firm, government, church, or set of writings. Authority inspires obedience because persons consider those in authority to have legitimate power based on their ability to act for the common good. When, in the process of social interaction, force is used, this is an indication that the authority is no longer fully in control and must be supported by other means of evoking assent or legitimacy.

(very) random links…

“I love this cover of “I Believe in Father Christmas” orignially written by Greg Lake of “Emerson, Lake and Palmer” fame. What is especially interesting about U2’s rendering is a very subtle yet thoughtful change in lyrics. What was originally: “They sold me a dream of Christmas, They sold me a silent night, They told me a fairy story, Till I believed in the Israelite.” Becomes; “But I believed in the Israelite.” About this cover, @U2.com writes: Like pretty much all of their other Christmas references, this is not a happy song. It’s about how our modern world has corrupted the simple beauty that a Christmas tree can offer. Edge’s chiming guitars sound completely in their element as a delicate, Christmassy effect. Lake used part of the Prokofiev composition “Troika” in between the verses, and Edge’s guitar version of it is utterly amazing. Adam and Larry chose to go with simple, sparse, deep rhythms that help drive home the gravity of the song. When I’m watching the video they made, with the cold-looking steam and the blinking, flickering lights all over the floor, and Bono shoots up an octave to cry out, “I wish you a hopeful Christmas. I wish you a brave new year. All anguish, pain, and sadness leave your heart. Let your road be clear,” it gives me goose bumps.” —Brad Bisco

New Years resolutions…

Old habits are hard to break, and no one is easily weaned from his own opinions; but if you rely on your own reasoning and ability rather than on the virtue of submission to Jesus Christ, you will but seldom and slowly attain wisdom. For God wills that we become perfectly obedient to himself, and that we transcend mere reason on the wings of burning love for him. –Thomas a Kempis

Hipster Christmas
“Fed up with the consumerist excesses of Christmas and the maddeningly widespread association of celebrating Christ’s birth with going in to credit card debt, some young evangelicals are opting to spend less on presents and instead are giving money to charity, as in organizations like “Heifer International” — a nonprofit where donors can gift things like llamas and tree seedlings to struggling communities across the world — or the “Advent Conspiracy”– a coalition of churches that ask their parishioners to curtail the retail habits of the holidays and instead give their money to organizations that build water wells in Africa (see video below). But I would wager that for most evangelicals my age, buying and receiving gifts at Christmas isn’t necessarily a terrible thing — as long as the gifts in question are meaningful or edifying, or just good. For them, giving a friend a hand-carved smoking pipe or a copy of Augustine’s City of God is an entirely appropriate way to celebrate the birth of Christ. An album by a groundbreaking artist or a box set of French New Wave DVDs celebrates the Advent season just as much as something traditionally seen as “sacred,” simply by virtue of the fact of its being artistically excellent.” — HT: Jesus Creed

The Other Documentary on Education
“If you have a heart, this film, and the statistics on education in this country, will rip it right out of your chest,”

10 Lessons Learned From Eugene Peterson This Year About Pastoral Work

I could relate to this…
For the Hyper-Neat, a Special Strain Comes With the Season

The (Latest) World Cup Fiasco