Book Review

Simply Good News, by N. T. Wright

review by Gene Breitenbach

 

I’m not usually a New Year’s resolution kind of guy, but this year I’ve made an exception. I’ve noticed that my reading has gone down a bit. Perhaps it’s the time I’ve spent on Facebook, the time I’ve spent on my video skills, or the new training material I’m putting together. Whatever the cause, it’s time to reverse the trend. So I’m back to my goal of at least 6 books a month. A safe goal, as I like attainable resolutions when I make them. My second book of the year is N. T. Wright’s small book Simply Good News (171 pages). Read more...

The Unholy Terror of Holy Wars

The terror in Paris today speaks to bigger issues that each of us must take sides on.

by Gene Breitenbach

 

Today, no Christian can afford to be silent about freedom of speech. It’s easy to speak up when we feel our personal rights have been violated, but it speaks to deeper conviction when we defend those who have expressed opinions that disagreed with ours. Today’s terror attack in Paris, France targeted cartoonists and journalists who did not necessarily represent my views, but it was an attack meant to destroy human dignity on every level, a dehumanizing attack meant to curb human creativity, thought, and communication. Read More...

Fall Semester Starts January 20 at Boston University

 

We have a full semester coming up. We have our winter retreat February 6, a mission trip to Haiti during spring break, seminars, and campus outreaches. Held us stay active and vital.

 

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Faith, Hope, Love & Farmers

by Gene Breitenbach

 

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

—1 Corinthians 13:13

 

A farmer plants his crop in hope that it will yield a harvest. If not, why put in all the work. He looks at a dried out little seed, and he see’s a rich, full crop. He can already taste the fruit that is hidden in the bitter seed he holds in his hand. All the care and nurture he will exert on a square of land will be fueled by hope. Read More...

Book Review

Creativity, Inc.

Overcoming The Unseen Forces That

Stand In The Way Of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

 

A book on leadership that is insightful and entertaining is a rare find. Ed Catmull pulls the curtain back and gives us an all access pass to what makes Pixar work. Read More...

Know, Grow, Care, But Don't Compare: Self Discovery and Growth in the Kingdom of God

by Thomas Van Der Laan

 

While recently reading Galatians 6:1-6, three big themes stuck with me: 1) knowing ourselves and growing 2) caring for others, and 3) distracting ourselves with comparison.  I felt inspired by the first two and disturbed by the last one. Read More...

Creating a Remarkable Ministry

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Get Them Talking

by Gene Breitenbach

 

One of the keys to a growing ministry is that it's remarkable. Wait, don’t leave yet. We most likely have a different definition of remarkable.

 

Remarkable is often used as if it was synonym for fantastic, extraordinary, or innovative. It is often used to describe an almost unachievable level of success. But that’s not what it means. It means “worthy of remark,” and that definition holds some important keys to growth. Read Article...

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