Monthly Archives: January 2008

Happiness is overrated and unproductive

During the J-term course on systems theory I made a passing comment in class about the current use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications (over)prescribed in our culture. It was made during a moment of rabbit-chasing while we were talking about … Continue reading

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Using desists in classroom management

One of my all-time favorite cartoons growing up was Quickdraw McGraw and his faithful companion, Babalooi (does that date me?). Do you remember them? Quickdraw was the noble but naïve, quick-on-the-trigger sheriff who fought off wicked desperados who inevitably found … Continue reading

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Book review: Urban Disciples, by Paris and Eyring

Jenell Paris and Margot Eyring have prepared a most useful tool for those involved in missional efforts, whether leader or participant. Urban Disciples: A Beginner’s Guide to Serving God in the Inner City (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2000. 99 … Continue reading

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Book review: Teaching Them Obedience in All Things by Elliston

Edgar Elliston’s chapter in the book, Teaching Them Obedience In All Things: Equipping for the 21st Century (Evangelical Missiological Society Series Number 7. Pasadena, CA: William Cary Library, 1999. 286 pages. $9.95. ISBN 0-87808-381-2) is the seventh in a series … Continue reading

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Leaving Well (If you’re going to go, go!)

I’ve been consulting with several clergy who are contemplating leaving their ministry settings. It’s not unusual for these consultations to come in waves, and it’s always interesting that they do. It seems that issues, crises, and topics have their seasons. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christianity for the Rest of Us by Bass

Much is said and written today regarding the emerging church. In Christianity for the Rest of Us, Diana Butler Bass shares stories from mainline Protestant congregations experiencing renewal and transformation through re-connection with historic Christian practices. In reality, she debunks … Continue reading

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Book review: Fashion Me a People by Harris

The title of Maria Harris’ work, Fashion Me a People: Curriculum in the Church (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989), engages the reader from the outset. Here is a work about the Church claiming its identity as the people of God … Continue reading

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