Category Archives: significance

creativity…rethinking intelligence

A friend sent me this TED talk by Dr. Ken Robinson today and it has me thinking about how we experience the world and the God who created the world.

If you want a more in depth perspective, take a look at The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World by Iain McGilchrist. Thick book but solid perspective of the brain in the Western world.

How do you understand intelligence and how do you cultivate creativity?

innovation and the church

This video is good news for the church.

In 20 minutes, author, speaker and business thought leader Gary Hamel speaks on innovation and the church. Here are some of his key ideas for churches who desire to become more innovative:

(1) Overcome our natural tendency to deny things that discomfort us.

(2) Generate higher numbers of new strategic options…experiment and fail forward.

(3) Challenge our orthodoxies or dogmas (habits on how we do or are the church).

(4) Think from the outside-in. We are called to work with outsiders as we co-design.

(5) Have a stance or posture to being open to as many people as we can.

(6) To build an organization that is innovative, we need to turn the pyramid (power relationships) upside down. For example, mission shaped communities.

(7) Stay focused on core values. The why of what we do rather than the what and the how.

What do you think about Hamel’s ideas?

Life.

My compassionate wife found this video on one of our friend’s blogs. Take a look…

When we were at Fuller Seminary, we experienced something we had never experienced before…a 100 day birthday. In Korean culture it is customary to not bring a baby out of the house until their 100 day birthday. While this may or may not be the case for Korean families…to us, we felt a sense of detachment for these children. They are not exposed to the beauty of this world that God created or the sense of a loving community or people to surround their family. After having 2 boys and immediately inviting community inot our family, I can’t imagine not including our community in the process of loving our children.

But this couple in “99 Balloons” did not let their son’s health condition stand between them and loving him as much as they did. As I reflect on the experience of this family, I am reminded of an experience five years ago when we miscarried a child after just 13 weeks. Within a time frame of a few weeks, I had begun to love that child more than I knew and it was very difficult to let go of that child when he died. Then again, I am reminded of how God gives and takes away life through our experience of losing a child just at this video describes at the end.