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Judy Hall's picture
What Do You Have in Mind?

You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. -Revelation 3:17

Doug Hall's picture
Cause-and-Effect: Do we really have control?

 I’d like to pick up where I left off last week, talking about cat mode vs. toaster mode, and the questions, “How do I do the job?” vs. "How does the job get done?"

Doug Hall's picture
Cat Mode vs. Toaster Mode

I tend to define things by looking at their opposite. So here I want to begin to define how cat thinking and actions work by looking at their opposite—toaster thinking and action. Yes, we laugh at treating a cat like a toaster, and using “toaster tools” on a cat, but this is what many of us are doing in ministry. And we don’t even know when we’re doing it!

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Implanting Organization

Last week, I wrote about the limitations of organization and the danger of having it become the focus in our ministries. I’d like to discuss this further here, this time looking at how we can use organization and technology appropriately to benefit a living system.

Doug Hall's picture
Crossing Beyond the Organization Threshold

In our modern culture we are greatly enabled by our organizational skills, but at the same time, are also greatly limited by them. I don’t think I need to say much about the benefit of organization and programs to accomplish multitudes of tasks in our society. Our problem is rather that we know very little about the limitations of organization.

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Living in a Fallen World

The other day, Doug, Judy and I were discussing what’s involved in ‘doing’ the Bible. How does the Bible teach us what to do in our ministries? The Halls were quick to mention that it all starts with first acknowledging that we are sinful people who live in a fallen world. By keeping this in mind, we move forward in our ministry in a humble state before God - acknowledging our dependency on Him – and are aware of the fact that because we are not perfect and live in a fallen world, unintended negative consequences are highly possible.

Judy Hall's picture
The Limitations of the Works Method: “What could possibly go wrong with this?”

We have a very common way of approaching problems in our culture, which we call the “Works Method.” We all use it, and it seems very simple and straightforward. But it doesn’t really always work very well, especially when we use it with people. In fact, it has a lot of limitations! Let’s look more closely at it. See if you can figure out, “What could possibly go wrong?” by using the Works Method.

     
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