A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Wholeness

This unfolding series about how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and a Christianity, which is expansive in nature, can be conversation partners has been exciting to explore. One of the things that AI brings to Christianity is the reminder that things are always unfolding. That such a reminder is necessary may surprise some. The reality is that Read more…

What About Us? What About Love?

It is amazing where and how these musings begin. In the Christian context, we might call this the direction of the Spirit. This week’s blog has two catalysts: Right to Die and Generational Tensions.

A Deacon’s Musing|The Story of Then

This tale of historical fiction arises out of a way to use art – literature – as the introduction to my PhD project with the Taos Institute and Tilburg University (Humanities). The use of story is intended to offer some context to a very old Christian debate, which occurred between two church leaders in the 4th century CE: Pelagius and Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|June ’17 Verses

Patterns swirl recognised & unnoticed acknowledged & avoided In cadence & repetition potential’s symmetry awaits awakening’s alignment Inspired by patterns spied …

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Positive

Planting seeds – a practice that has an old literal and metaphorical pedigree. It is clear from a context that ranges from the planting of urban flowers and herbs, micro & community gardening to large scale agribusiness, the soil in which we plant, the time to nurture and curate often results in efficient terms like Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Poetry|Fear & Courage

Creator’s gift courses through us from stem to vein thought to action when life imperilled Be fear choice beckons fight or flight protect or retreat fear and wisdom dawning dancers Be

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Poetic

Where we look is what we will see. When we focus, we will see more clearly. What we want hope, desire and want influences the way we will see an opportunity. If we look for what is broken and inefficient, inadequate and flawed, then that is what we will find. If we look for what Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing|Canary Weaponised

I recently had the privilege to sit with Brothers and Sisters from Augustine United Church. We were continuing our work around evangelism in the context of social media. One of the things we wrestled with was moving away from seeing the medium as simply a bulletin board, but more as the commons or town square Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: #MicroPoetry|May ’17 Verses

Every month I tweet #MicroPoetry! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. I look forward to sharing them with you and hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Anticipatory

As I have recently explored, in respect to Expansive Christianity, Jesus’ ministry was informed by the prophetic tradition of the First Testament. There are many examples in which his ministry can be explored through this Testament, which can serve to illustrate the Anticipatory Principle. In fact, biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann’s work – such as The Read more…

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