Gospel, Practices

On the Edge of “Yikes”

When were you last out on the edge professionally? personally? Bob Goff reminds us that whatever pushes us to the edge evokes a “Yikes!” Bob Goff:

I’m like, “Yikes.” But you know what you guys, isn’t that where we want to live when you’re following Jesus? Right on the edge of yikes. Cause guys like me … He talks about me in scripture. He talks about guys like me, maybe some of you that are comfortable. And that’s the deal. I’ve got a beautiful wife and a pickup truck and a house and I’m living right in the middle of comfortable and he says, “Bob, live right on the edge of yikes. Cause you know what? Then you’ll actually need me.” Guys and gals that aren’t comfortable, they actually need the Holy Spirit, right? The Comforter. That’s so over my pay grade, but our job, get out on the edge of yikes.

 

Church, Meanderings

Seth Godin Asks a Crucial Institutional Question

At the congregation down the street, they’re doing things the way they’ve done them for the last few hundred years. Every week, people come, attracted by familiarity, by the family and friends around them, part of a tribe.

And just past that building is another one, a different tribe, where the tradition is more than a thousand years old.

This is not so different from that big company that used to be an internet startup, but all the original team members have long left the building. Work tomorrow has a lot in common with work yesterday, and the safety of it all is comforting.

Che, Jefferson, Edison, Ford… most of these radicals would not recognize the institutions that have been built over time.

The question each of us has to answer about the institution we care about is: Does this place exist to maintain and perpetuate the status quo, or am I here to do the work that the radical founder had in mind when we started?

via Seth Godin’s post “(re)Radical

Meanderings, Quotes

Quotes on Humility #4

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.

—JOHN SELDEN, Table Talk

From The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Quotations. (Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1992). 207.

Church, Practices, Reflections

Dr. Tom Morris at powerful and entertaining talk on the 7 Cs of Success at the NC Annual Conference (2010, via Vimeo)

Tom Morris’ summary of his 7 Cs of Success.

From Plato and Aristotle to the present day, the wisest people who have ever thought about success and excellence have left us bits and pieces of powerful advice for attaining true success in our lives. I have put them all together as a framework of seven universal conditions which I call “The 7 Cs of Success.” For the most satisfying and sustainable form of success in our lives, we need:

(1) A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.

(2) A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain that goal.

(3) A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal.

(4) A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision.

(5) An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we’re doing.

(6) A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.

(7) A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way.

These seven conditions provide the most universal framework for making things happen in a positive way, for putting our talents to work in the world, and for creating a better future for others as well as ourselves. They give us the most general strategic principles for success.