Tom has just completed a new MSA resource entitled Turbulent Times Ready or Not! A Creative Response Manual for Missional Communities 2010. Don’t break out the party hats yet! As we crawl out of the worst global recession in 70 years the troubles are far from over. Turbulent Times Ready or Not! A Creative Response Manual for Missional Communities 2010-2020 will list some of the waves of change that are likely to hammer our lives and communities as we race into the second decade of the 21st century. This study resource also is designed to help you re-imagine create new ways now to live and serve our most vulnerable neighbors. Turbulent Times Ready or Not Manual for Missional Churches 2010- 2020 will be launched with the upcoming Seed Sampler. This is an opportunity to re-imagine how to live and serve God in uncertain times. This PDF manual will be available to download for $10. Check it out here
This is a topic that really intrigues me because I find that not only am I not good at changing my habits but most of those in the churches I am involved in aren't good either. I think that the same suggestions for changing a bad habit in this article are good for reinforcing a good habit which is of course what establishing sustainable spiritual practices is all about. What concerns me is that often we don't change our bad spiritual habits because we want a quick and easy fix that takes no discipline and little effort. Changing habits just does not happen like that. What are the most effective ways that you have found to change bad spiritual practices into good ones?
Our daily lives are often a series of habits played out through the day, a trammeled existence fettered by the slow accretion of our previous actions.
But habits can be changed, as difficult as that may seem sometimes. Read the entire article
I love animal stories, as I think does every child or people kid (as Paul calls adults) and in this little book Paul has brought together a whole array of wonderful animal characters who are sure to steal your heart. They are on a quest to find where Christmas is because they believe that it is a place where they will get lots of presents.... Hmm now that sounds familiar. In a beautiful and simple way Paul talks about the things that most kids in our society are looking for at Christmas - coloured lights, presents, lots of food. In the end however they discover what Christmas is really all about. To be honest when I first read Paul's book I was not sure how well it would connect to young kids - maybe because it is so long since I was a young kid myself. However six year old Catie Rosario Kilmer loves it which is probably a much better recommendation than any I can give. The book captures the innocent delight of the search for Christmas as experienced by a child. Telling it through the forest creatures who embark on this quest makes it even more appealing. The book is also filled with wonderful illustrations and colourful images that appeal to kids of even younger age. The timeless and ageless message means that it will appeal to those that read it as to those that hear the story. Paul is a gifted story teller and poet so I thought that I would end this post with one of his poems which he not only recited but also performed for us when he and his wife Arlene visited over the summer. You can check out more of his poems here
From a young boy’s face, I snitched a nose. I stuck it down between my toes. Now, what do you suppose that you would do if the nose between my toes belonged to you?Would you laugh? Or would you cry? Or would you simply try to get by without a nose upon you face, and live your life in a total disgrace? From a young girl's face, I plucked a smile. I hid it down the road about a mile. Now, what do you suppose that you would do if the smile that I plucked belonged to you? You couldn't laugh without first having a smile So you'd have to talk about sad, sad, things for awhile. But maybe you would learn to get by. And you'd share a smile that was in your eye. From another boy's head I took an ear. And I hid it away for about a year. Now, what do you suppose that you would do if the ear that I took belonged to you? Would you hold your hand up on your head and not take it down `til you went to bed? You couldn't wear glasses `cause they'd slide off your face, and you'd look awfully silly running in a race. From another girl, I got two eyes. And I hid them away in some apple pies. Now, what do you suppose that you would do if the eyes in the pies belonged to you? You couldn't look around `cause you couldn't see so you'd never be able to find out it was me. But you might one day eat some apple pies and you might just find that you've found your eyes. Then from a boy and a girl, I grabbed one mouth each and I hid them in a sandcastle upon the beach. Now, what do you suppose that you would do if the mouth in the castle belonged to you? You'd have to get there before high tide, or your mouth would float high and wide and you'd never be able to make a sound, unless on the beach your mouth you found. But, you've got a nose and you've got a smile and I love it when you flash it every once in awhile. You've got your eyes and your cute little ears And you've had them all for a number of years. And you've got your mouth to complete your God given face and no matter what you look like, you're no disgrace. Yes, the face that you have, it belongs to you AND HERE IS WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSE TO DO. LIKE YOURSELF! LIKE YOURSELF! BECA-- USE IT'S THE WAY GOD MADE YOU. .
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