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    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 resolve them without violence. In Jonathan Haidt’s book, “The Righteous Mind” he expands on a metaphor he first used in an earlier book, “The Happiness Hypothesis.” Each of us is two parts – our intuition and our…

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    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 his time. He believed that the best thing teachers could do was to leave children alone to develop naturally. All children, he contended, have an innate desire to become adults and that is not possible with a teacher or adult hovering over them attempting to teach them lessons or…

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    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 willing to make the move. This is why I love watching the process of true entrepreneurs eliminating risk to give themselves the best chance of succeeding. I like being a part of their identifying an opportunity brought on by a change. I’ve been in…

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    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 extra few minutes. They don’t want to be inconvenienced with all the dead time waiting between the wine and the bread. I was visiting a church recently where they gave us the square of bread and a small cup of grape juice to serve…

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    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 extra few minutes. They don’t want to be inconvenienced with all the dead time waiting between the wine and the bread. I was visiting a church recently where they gave us the square of bread and a small cup of grape juice to serve…

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