Monthly Archives: August 2008

Warren, McCain, Obama and the Saddleback Civil Forum

If you haven’t heard the buzz around the “Civil Forum on the Presidency” hosted by Rick Warren, Saddleback, and Faith in Public Life, aired by CNN, (July interview with Warren) it was quite the event. Below is a “live-blog” post

Warren, McCain, Obama and the Saddleback Civil Forum

If you haven’t heard the buzz around the “Civil Forum on the Presidency” hosted by Rick Warren, Saddleback, and Faith in Public Life, aired by CNN, (July interview with Warren) it was quite the event. Below is a “live-blog” post

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

The Biggest Issue – What Is Damaging American Education?

In light of the Wendy Kopp interview at the Leadership Summit, and more specifically the Gallup 20 poll that was referenced, I thought I’d post this article by David Brooks which suggests a completely opposite suggestion from Kopp’s. That is,

The Biggest Issue – What Is Damaging American Education?

In light of the Wendy Kopp interview at the Leadership Summit, and more specifically the Gallup 20 poll that was referenced, I thought I’d post this article by David Brooks which suggests a completely opposite suggestion from Kopp’s. That is,

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Antikythera Mechanism and Living in the Tension of Humanity’s Existence

My wife pointed out this article from the NYTimes.com on the Antikythera Mechanism. A video production is available at the Nature.com site. UPDATE: 2010-12-10, a reconstruction of this ancient mechanism, made out of Lego! I offer this post as a

Proving God’s Existence?…100%?…Without Faith?…With Kirk Cameron?

ABC News and Nightline hosted a “face-off” between Christians and Atheists to debate the existence of God. The ABC News page is here, and the YouTube videos begin with pt.1. CBN.com’s page. Richard Dawkins.net blog post. Ray Comfort’s site, The

Proving God’s Existence?…100%?…Without Faith?…With Kirk Cameron?

ABC News and Nightline hosted a “face-off” between Christians and Atheists to debate the existence of God. The ABC News page is here, and the YouTube videos begin with pt.1. CBN.com’s page. Richard Dawkins.net blog post. Ray Comfort’s site, The

Good To Great and the Social Sectors | Notes & Review

Jim Collins. Good To Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great (Why Business Thinking is not the Answer). Harper-Collins, 2005. (35 pages) How do social sector organizations ‘calibrate success without business metrics,’ ‘get things done

Good To Great and the Social Sectors | Notes & Review

Jim Collins. Good To Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great (Why Business Thinking is not the Answer). Harper-Collins, 2005. (35 pages) How do social sector organizations ‘calibrate success without business metrics,’ ‘get things done

Good To Great | Notes & Review

After Wendy Kopp’s session, I decided to post my review of Collins’ two works that have been influential in my thinking, leadership, and management. Collins, Jim. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others Don’t. Collins, 2001

Good To Great | Notes & Review

After Wendy Kopp’s session, I decided to post my review of Collins’ two works that have been influential in my thinking, leadership, and management. Collins, Jim. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap, and Others Don’t. Collins, 2001

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL HYBELS: Relentless

SESSION 9. Summit Page. I’ve studied many leaders, but none of them have impressed me more than the study I’ve done on Mother Teresa. Cf. 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL HYBELS: Relentless

SESSION 9. Summit Page. I’ve studied many leaders, but none of them have impressed me more than the study I’ve done on Mother Teresa. Cf. 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen

Leadership Summit 2008 | BRAD ANDERSON: An Uncompromising Focus on People

SESSION 8. Summit Page. WHY DID YOU GO TO SEMINARY? WHY DID YOU DROP OUT? Trying to honor my father’s dream. I was struggling with my own faith at that time, and the authenticity seemed to much, so I dropped

Leadership Summit 2008 | BRAD ANDERSON: An Uncompromising Focus on People

SESSION 8. Summit Page. WHY DID YOU GO TO SEMINARY? WHY DID YOU DROP OUT? Trying to honor my father’s dream. I was struggling with my own faith at that time, and the authenticity seemed to much, so I dropped

Leadership Summit 2008 | CATHERINE ROHR: Risk Taking, Barrier Breaking, Bold Leadership

SESSION 7. Summit Page. Prison Entrepreneurship Program site. “It’s not easy to gain the respect of hardened criminals. But that’s what Catherine has done.” THE COST OF THE CALL I believe that God put me on this earth to land

Leadership Summit 2008 | CATHERINE ROHR: Risk Taking, Barrier Breaking, Bold Leadership

SESSION 7. Summit Page. Prison Entrepreneurship Program site. “It’s not easy to gain the respect of hardened criminals. But that’s what Catherine has done.” THE COST OF THE CALL I believe that God put me on this earth to land

Leadership Summit 2008 | CHUCK COLSON: Defending the Faith

SESSION 6. Summit Page. “The reason the church is not making disciples is because we’ve bought into a lie. We’ve traded in our commitment to truth for therapy.” 1. Train the troops. 2. Inspire a bigger vision. 3. Follow Me.

Leadership Summit 2008 | CHUCK COLSON: Defending the Faith

SESSION 6. Summit Page. “The reason the church is not making disciples is because we’ve bought into a lie. We’ve traded in our commitment to truth for therapy.” 1. Train the troops. 2. Inspire a bigger vision. 3. Follow Me.

Leadership Summit 2008 | CRAIG GROESCHEL: IT – How Leaders Can Get IT and Keep IT

SESSION 5. Summit Page. IT. How many of you have walked into a church experience and it was … “dead?” In the beginning of LifeChurch.tv, we didn’t have what most people thought was necessary to have church (technology, etc.), but

Leadership Summit 2008 | CRAIG GROESCHEL: IT – How Leaders Can Get IT and Keep IT

SESSION 5. Summit Page. IT. How many of you have walked into a church experience and it was … “dead?” In the beginning of LifeChurch.tv, we didn’t have what most people thought was necessary to have church (technology, etc.), but

Leadership Summit 2008 | JOHN BURKE & EFREM SMITH: Leading in New Cultural Realities

SESSION 4. Summit Page (Burke), (Smith). JOHN BURKE “Making and maintaining good soil is everything when it comes to growing [flowers] and people. What kind of soil are we cultivating so that people really can grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6) “We

Leadership Summit 2008 | JOHN BURKE & EFREM SMITH: Leading in New Cultural Realities

SESSION 4. Summit Page (Burke), (Smith). JOHN BURKE “Making and maintaining good soil is everything when it comes to growing [flowers] and people. What kind of soil are we cultivating so that people really can grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6) “We

Leadership Summit 2008 | WENDY KOPP: Stand Up and Lead

SESSION 3b. Summit Page. Teach for America. (interview with Bill Hybels. Due to the nature of the interview, blogging about it was difficult. These are just scattered notes and excerpts, and in some cases, personal summary notes.) AS CHURCH LEADERS,

Leadership Summit 2008 | WENDY KOPP: Stand Up and Lead

SESSION 3b. Summit Page. Teach for America. (interview with Bill Hybels. Due to the nature of the interview, blogging about it was difficult. These are just scattered notes and excerpts, and in some cases, personal summary notes.) AS CHURCH LEADERS,

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL GEORGE: Finding Your True North

SESSION 3a. Summit Page. “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson (excerpt from Return To Love) “If we

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL GEORGE: Finding Your True North

SESSION 3a. Summit Page. “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson (excerpt from Return To Love) “If we

Leadership Summit 2008 | GARY HAUGEN: Just Courage – Charging the Darkness

SESSION 2. Summit Page. International Justice Mission. “There are leaders who were able to bring about justice, and to do it without war. Their leadership mattered. I think that we want our leadership that actually matters; to God, and to

Leadership Summit 2008 | GARY HAUGEN: Just Courage – Charging the Darkness

SESSION 2. Summit Page. International Justice Mission. “There are leaders who were able to bring about justice, and to do it without war. Their leadership mattered. I think that we want our leadership that actually matters; to God, and to

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL HYBELS: The High Drama of Decision Making

SESSION 1. Summit Page. “We teach leadership, unapologetically from a Christian perspective. Leadership’s highest usage is not for money or power, but to advance the purposes of God in this world.” “So much of leadership is about decision making, and

Leadership Summit 2008 | BILL HYBELS: The High Drama of Decision Making

SESSION 1. Summit Page. “We teach leadership, unapologetically from a Christian perspective. Leadership’s highest usage is not for money or power, but to advance the purposes of God in this world.” “So much of leadership is about decision making, and

Leadership Summit 2008 | NANCY BEACH & NANCY ORTBERG: Gifted To Lead – The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church

PRE-CONFERENCE CONFERENCE. Summit Page. I may have been one of the first to register for this segment of the conference (I signed up last year at the announcement), and the last to ever attend :-). In attempting to add a

Leadership Summit 2008 | NANCY BEACH & NANCY ORTBERG: Gifted To Lead – The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church

PRE-CONFERENCE CONFERENCE. Summit Page. I may have been one of the first to register for this segment of the conference (I signed up last year at the announcement), and the last to ever attend :-). In attempting to add a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a

Evolution in Genesis

A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a

Old Skool Cafe – A Youth Run Supper Club in San Francisco

I had dinner recently at a friend’s house and learned about her endeavors to reach the young people in San Francisco. The “Old Skool Cafe” is a youth-run supper club that employs at-risk youth, providing them a way out of

Old Skool Cafe – A Youth Run Supper Club in San Francisco

I had dinner recently at a friend’s house and learned about her endeavors to reach the young people in San Francisco. The “Old Skool Cafe” is a youth-run supper club that employs at-risk youth, providing them a way out of

A Failure of Philanthropy

This article by Rob Reich of the Stanford Graduate School of Business is a fascinating, a bit provocative look, and a mini expose of charitable giving in America. (Website link) Below is my short review. Reich begins his report by

A Failure of Philanthropy

This article by Rob Reich of the Stanford Graduate School of Business is a fascinating, a bit provocative look, and a mini expose of charitable giving in America. (Website link) Below is my short review. Reich begins his report by