October 17, 2017

Ep. 8 April Stace


My conversation with April Stace about the role of music and worship in new faith communities. You can find April on Twitter. April is the author of Secular Music, Sacred Space and co-editor of Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith. Her forthcoming book is titled, Chaplain: Lessons from the Ledge Between Life and Death.

Also mentioned in this episode:

The Goonies

Katy Perry

Led Zeppelin

U2

Pachelbel's Canon

Anglo-Catholicism

Brian McLaren

Cedar Ridge Community Church

Tom Keith on Prairie Home Companion

Music created by Adam Powell of Best Friends Creative.

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October 13, 2017

There are no experts

There are no experts.

There are only those with experience.

Some will take that experience, no matter how limited or extensive, and assume authority.

Others will take that experience and, with humility, attempt to find out how it best applies to the situation at hand.

But this–what is happening right now, this has never happened before! The experienced know that. They're just trying to figure out how their experience might be helpful to others, no need to mention what won't.

The experts, they don't see anything as new, different, nuanced or contextual. They only see themselves.

Disasters put this on display quite well.

The experienced apply what they know, tweaking things with others, to get the job done.

The experts just keep telling you how they've seen this before.

They haven't.

There are no experts.

This–what is happening right now, this has never happened before! You, and those alongside you, you're the first to see this, do this, try this.

So bring the best of your experiences, share those lessons with others and do something new with what is right in front you.

You don't need the experts.

Why?

Like I told you, there are no experts.

October 11, 2017

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October 10, 2017

Ep. 7 Jim Henderson



My conversation with Jim Henderson about his experience in ministry start up's and his new conference, Hack the Ministry. Jim's documentary, No Joke and tour dates can be found at NoJokeProject.com. Watch Jim's Tedx Talk on the three practices on YouTube. Jim has authored and co-authored several books including Evangelism Without Additives and Jim and Casper Go To Church (in which your's truly is mentioned). You can follow Jim on Twitter.

Hack the Ministry happens on October 12 in Seattle, WA.

Bands Jim and I mentioned in our conversation:

Gregory Porter

Stacey Kent

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Alabama Shakes

Music created by Adam Powell of Best Friends Creative.

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September 30, 2017

They're Not Smarter Than You

Whether we demonize them or laud them, we tend to think that our leaders are smarter than us.

It's easier this way. It allows you to comfortably stay in your place. They lead. You follow.

But here's the truth that most want to keep hidden: They're not smarter than you. It's a lie.

It requires less of us if we can imagine that they are something beyond, or less than, human.

The demagogue is an evil genius with a conspiracy up his sleeve. They have a reprehensible plot that is far reaching. Or it just may be that they're dumb and lucky. They aren't any smarter than you or I. You may know just as much as they do. But it's easier to scream seething epithets (whether verbal or digital) rather than struggle for accountability.

The momentary flop by a noble leader really fits into her majestic long play. Besides, they know more than we do, they're smarter than us, more righteous than us. Or not. But it's easier to assume they are an absolute, unflappable moral guide and ignore the missteps leadership.

What if your leaders are not smarter than you? What if your voice, your work, is as important as theirs? What if you could do their job?

You may not think you can. But I think you could.

Is it harder up top? Are you more exposed? Yes! What else would you expect?

What is harder than blind deference or blind demonizing, and yet more noble, is to be honest. To speak up, tell us what you know. Work hard and show others what it looks like to aspire to something better for us all. Wisdom is not found in one individual but in the individual that harnesses the truth known by a whole community that is given a voice.