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  Topic: Movies and quotes

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PostForum: Day 40: Home   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:11 pm   Subject: Movies and quotes
I think of the movie The Terminal, inspired by the true life story of Mehran Nasseri, who was stranded at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport for 15 years, how he’s waiting to go home, how that’s ...
  Topic: America as "home"

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PostForum: Day 40: Home   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:10 pm   Subject: America as "home"
I also think here of Col 1.13, that God has transferred us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Or John’s words that we have been born “from above,” or “again.” We have a ...
  Topic: Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (book)

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PostForum: Day 37: Authority and Abuse   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:08 pm   Subject: Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (book)
A good resourcs on this topic is David Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen's The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.[/i]
  Topic: Close to home

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PostForum: Day 37: Authority and Abuse   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:08 pm   Subject: Close to home
This one hits close to home. What are the dynamics that cause someone who presumably has a genuine heart and calling for the ministry to become a self-serving abuser? I think not only of my own rece ...
  Topic: Apprenticeship discipleship

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PostForum: Day 36: Finding Good Help   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:04 pm   Subject: Apprenticeship discipleship
I think of how Jesus did it. He trained his apprentices “on the road.” (I am indebted to Dallas Willard and others for their renewed emphasis on “apprentice” imagery.) There were no classes, ...
  Topic: Thoughts from Richard Rardin

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PostForum: Day 35: Think Flock   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:03 pm   Subject: Thoughts from Richard Rardin
“Contact with individual animals gives perspective for managerial oversight of his large herd.” This sentence reminded me of Richard Rardin’s model of pastoral ministry: the pastor is a servant ...
  Topic: The problem with numbers

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PostForum: Day 33: Productivity   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:02 pm   Subject: The problem with numbers
Other biblical passages that come to mind as I read this: John 15 – fruit results from abiding in Jesus, the True Vine. Apart from him we can bear no fruit. We are fruit-bearers, not fruit-produce ...
  Topic: Empower the goats!

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PostForum: Day 32: Indigenous Leadership   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:00 pm   Subject: Empower the goats!
What you wrote here about goats reminds me of a truism we would often remind each other of when I served on a particular church staff – often the people who “push back” the most against your lea ...
  Topic: Being more of a goat

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PostForum: Day 32: Indigenous Leadership   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 8:00 pm   Subject: Being more of a goat
“As we reflect on ourselves in different organizational settings…”: This meditation has prompted some serious soul-searching in me, given the events of the last six years of my life. As I’ve ...
  Topic: Sharing the work or doing it "right"?

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PostForum: Day 31: Working Together   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:57 pm   Subject: Sharing the work or doing it "right"?
“Is it possible that we have not shared the work fully enough, and that others are watching us do most of the work?”: I have witnessed firsthand the tragic results when too much power and responsi ...
  Topic: What kind of family?

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PostForum: Day 31: Working Together   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:56 pm   Subject: What kind of family?
“Do members feel like family?”: Sadly, most church/ministry staffs I have worked for did not feel like family. In most, the environment was really no different from the corporate world: just put ...
  Topic: Spiritual disciplines

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PostForum: Day 30: Righteous Ruts   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:55 pm   Subject: Spiritual disciplines
“I’m left wondering about what righteous tracks or habits of the heart…” This would be a great place to bring up spiritual disciplines and spiritual direction, I think. Are we actively engag ...
  Topic: Charlotte's Web

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PostForum: Day 29: Following the Leader   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:54 pm   Subject: Charlotte's Web
I was watching Charlotte’s Web the other day with my kids I heard a funny line. In trying to discourage a comrade from doing something foolish, one sheep says to another, “How many times have I t ...
  Topic: Vigilance or overly busy?

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PostForum: Day 27: My Sleepless Shepherd   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:53 pm   Subject: Vigilance or overly busy?
I am probably starting to sound like a broken record here, but how much of this “vigilance” and “busyness” is normal and expected and part of doing our jobs well and how much of it is an unhea ...
  Topic: Not just heresy

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PostForum: Day 26: Guard Yourselves   Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:52 pm   Subject: Not just heresy
“I wonder about my own orthodoxy too.”: I think the sheep  wolf transformation is not just a question of orthodoxy, it’s also one of personal health and wholeness (among other things – usua ...
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