January 15, 2018

"Like his messiah Jesus Christ, he was a revolutionary."

On this day, I'm reminded of something rapper Killer Mike, of Run the Jewels fame, wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. a few years back:
"Martin was a young father who at the threat of death dared to push forward on behalf of all humanity against the global reign of America and her allies' evil, perpetrated through war. He was a man of conscience who valued the life of all humans. He believed the philosophy of Jesus in a deeper way than just anti-homosexual rhetoric and conservative right-wing dogma. He was disgusted with the government and its use of power to oppress in the same way Christ had been. He defended the principle of all humanity having value and being equal-like his savior. He was not a flower-giving, other-cheek-turning sucker. He was a fiery preacher, returning from the mountaintop with a message that would turn the world as people knew it on its ear. Like his messiah Jesus Christ, he was a revolutionary."
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January 10, 2018

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January 9, 2018

Ep. 12 Steven Tomlinson

My conversation with Dr. Steven Tomlinson. Dr. Tomlinson has coached both tech entrepreneurs and church planters. He teaches at Acton and Seminary of the Southwest. You can follow him on Twitter. View his TEDx Talks on YouTube.


Here are the books and other links mentioned during our conversation:

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Disarming Beauty by Juli├ín Carron 

Dr. Tomlinson mentions the personal practice popularized by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist's Way.

Jacob Breeze on "pop up" church in episode 10.

My top 10 podcasts for 2017.

Music created by Adam Powell of Best Friends Creative.

Next week: meet Claudio Oliver.

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January 8, 2018

Annual Missional Community Survey

As I mentioned a little while ago, my office is collecting data on missional community development across the Diocese of Texas at this time of year. Our growth rate last year compels me to believe that there are new communities starting that I don't yet know about in our region. If you read that and know that could be you (or if you and I know each other well), I'd appreciate it if you take a couple minutes and fill out this simple survey.