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Posted on: April 19, 2018
A new grant opportunity is available for pastoral leaders to investigate issues related to Christian ministry and leadership.  If you've always wished you had the time and resources to afford to explore an important issue facing culture or the church, this might be the opportunity for you.  The Louisville Institute, based at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, was established by the Lilly Endowment in 1990 and serves to help make accessible and effective the religious resources that a flourishing and humane society depends on.  To apply for the grant, or to find out more: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants…
Posted on: April 19, 2018
This past weekend I challenged our church to a greater emphasis on prayer. Prayer is the fuel of the church—and our individual lives. In prayer, we come in contact with God’s purposes and plans, and we open ourselves to his power. Prayer is not meant to be an afterthought, but the driving force behind everything we do. Even the nicest, most expensive, fastest car is useless without fuel. You could have your dream car—a Ferrari or Lamborghini—and without gasoline, it’s a really expensive lawn ornament. If you want to go somewhere, it’s better to have an old clunker with gas in the tank than a luxury car sitting on E. In the same way, it’s better to have a praying church that does everything wrong than a cool, hip, cutting-edge church that’s based primarily on human effort.  Too often we…
Posted on: April 11, 2018
As of late, I've been spending quite a bit of time studying Cybernetics. Cybernetics is the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things. In other words, it is the scientific study of how humans, animals, and machines control and communicate with each other. One of the things that have most fascinated me in this is the Law of Requisite Variety. This law, coined by Ross Ashby in 1957, posited that for a system (be it an organization, or the human body) to deal with the diversity of problems thrown at it, the system must have a bank of responses that equal or exceed the number of problems.  The idea here, really, is that an organization must be able to meet the many challenges it faces with just as many responses.  So, nerdiness aside, why…