Month: October 2017

If I Could Parlay With Pachyderms

If I Could Parlay With Pachyderms

How many times have we heard the phrase, “Come, let us reason together”? Like many, I’ve thought if only we could sit down and be rational about our differences, we could come to a reasonable understanding. After all, we are mature adults, right? We all want what is best. Well, it turns out that reasoning out our differences is a very small part of coming to understand what they are and how we res ...[Read More]

Organizing Genius

Organizing Genius

A.S. Neill was the iconoclast founder of the Summerhill School in England. His educational philosophy of allowing children to pursue their own interests free from the interference of artificial standards, adult experts and the use of “teaching through fear” gave him both accolades and scorn. Neill himself, while a poor student, became one of the most influential (and controversial) educators of hi ...[Read More]

Be Ruthless

Be Ruthless

Like many Gathering participants, I have an affinity for entrepreneurs. That is one of the reasons so many of us look forward to Praxis being with us at the annual conference. Entrepreneurs are often identified (mistakenly) as risk-takers who don’t calculate before acting. Nothing could be further from the truth. They work hard to eliminate as much risk as possible but having done that they are wi ...[Read More]

Perpetual Pursuit of the Rainbow's End

Perpetual Pursuit of the Rainbow's End

“You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.” Exodus 13:10 We have a hard time understanding permanent traditions, don’t we? We even have difficulty with an infrequent observance of the Lord’s Supper. Many churches once announced ahead of time when they would observe it but stopped because attendance went down. It worked better as a surprise. People don’t want to spend the ...[Read More]