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Education that matters

I just saw this short documentary “Children Full of Life”, about a teacher, Toshiro Kanamori, and his fourth-grade class northwest of Tokyo. My wife is a teacher and I have massive respect for educators who are doing their job, but I have always found something stifling within our education system in the west. Volumes can […]

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Why the city can kill you

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Continuing the last few posts on “God’s bias for the city”, “why cities matter” and “why Toronto matters“; much of what makes cities great is also what makes cities dark and depressing. Cities amplify the best, but also the very worst, of humanity. City centers are fueled by individual self-interest.  Everybody goes to the city […]

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Lone Rangers

I grabbed a late night bite with Mr. Broken-but-usable JD yesterday.  The jerk called me a lone ranger. About fifteen years ago when I first entered the doors of a church I was called a lone ranger as well. Trying to not look stupid, I rarely talked to anybody about my spiritual journey.  On my […]

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I just finished reading the book “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters“, and had to share it with more people. I’ve gathered a bunch of men raising daughters to group blog through the book chapter by chapter here in two weeks. Some awesome missions-oriented guys joining the ride: Marty Schmidt Tony Sheng Sam Radford Chris Marsden Alan […]

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I don’t want to need you

I talk to people endlessly about community and the need for interdependence. The problem is though that just about everything I do in life, financially, emotionally, and even spiritually, is built towards becoming further independent. Independence and self-reliance is a highly regarding value in our culture, but I think it runs counter to humanity at […]

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Crazy guy #1

Seth Godin posted this video about a tribe that spontaneously came together at a music festival. He insightfully points out how guy number 2 and 3 make it into a ‘movement’, while guy #49 is irrelevant. I’m still caught on guy number one. Without the other two guys, he really just looks like one solitary […]

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Why tribes, not money or factories, will change the world.

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. What do you think?

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Questions on church gatherings

I’ve got lots of questions, here’s a series of questions I’ve been pondering lately on church gatherings – and by that I mean that thing folks do in the New Testament when they get together. What do you call yours?  I was going to say Sunday gathering, but lots of folks don’t meet on Sundays. […]

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