Bad Breath?

December 29th, 2008

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Occupational hazard
One way to learn if you have halitosis is to get hitched. I was blissfully unaware of my morning mouth until I got married. Scientists say we don’t smell our own breath odor due to a biological process called habituation – we become comfy with our bad breath but can’t bear bad breath in others. The occupational hazard of habituation is desensitization – a warning to faith communities teaching “worldviews,” since all worldviews are habits. In learning to detect bad breath in others, we might no longer smell our own.

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A Foot on His Neck

December 22nd, 2008

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Slithering and sinister
The stories of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Jesus’ birth originally featured slithering princes. Snow White’s prince slipped in and locked himself away with her dead body. The prince in Sleeping Beauty slithered in while she slept and got her pregnant. The prince in the Christmas story, however, was a darker, more sinister character. Yet Christmas would be richer if we kept him in the story… keeping a foot on his neck.

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Mechanically Mundane?

December 15th, 2008

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Waiting in the wings…
Lee Iacocca guessed that Ford would sell 100,000 Mustangs in the first year of production. They sold over 100,000 in the first four months. Yet the 1965 Mustang wouldn’t have changed the auto industry without two improvements that were waiting in the wings. This is a story of what faith communities do very well, but what must be waiting in the wings to change the world.

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BCS & BS

December 8th, 2008

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Fanciful thinking…
When Tom Clancy’s fictional character Jack Ryan became President of the US, he learned how little he could change. If Barack Obama pushes for a college football playoff, he’ll learn that talk of changing the BCS is closer to BS. The Bowl Championship Series is a story about the power of culture – and why making culture ought to be a priority for faith communities.

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BCS & BS

December 8th, 2008

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Fanciful thinking…
When Tom Clancy’s fictional character Jack Ryan became President of the US, he learned how little he could change. If Barack Obama pushes for a college football playoff, he’ll learn that talk of changing the BCS is closer to BS. The Bowl Championship Series is a story about the power of culture – and why making culture ought to be a priority for faith communities.

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Street Smarts

December 1st, 2008

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Streetwise people…
Faith communities aiming to change the world ought to pay attention to how streetwise people are doing it. For instance, look at three reasons the Democrats did so well in the recent 2008 elections. Then consider how they apply to us.

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