Are You Trying to Solve a Condition? You Can’t.

When looking to make progress on important issues, there may be technical problems and adaptive challenges. In either case, you may be able to find a solution.

Kansas City District Superintendent, Mike Chamberlain, reminded clergy at one of our district gatherings that if you can’t find a solution, it’s not a problem. It is a condition.

You can go crazy trying to find a solution to a condition.

Cat-Hawk Challenge – #UMC Campus Ministry

I believe that campus ministry in Kansas is a critical part of renewal within The United Methodist Church in the state. I am excited to share the Cat-Hawk Challenge with you. From the website:

You are invited to this year’s Cat-Hawk Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage United Methodists to become Partners- in-Ministry with Wesley KU or K-State Wesley. The Cat-Hawk Challenge offers a fun way to learn about the vital ministries of these two United Methodist campus ministries.

In what ways are campus ministries supported close to where you live?

UM Young Clergy Bracket Challenge

I cordially invite all United Methodist Young Clergy to take part in NCAA Bracket Challenge at http://bit.ly/InYNK. You will need to create a login with CBS first. After that, the password is the full name of the founder of Methodism in one word & lower case. For example (andrewconard).

Tricky, I know…

If you would like to share via Facebook or Twitter, feel free to copy this text:
invites UM Yng Clrgy to NCAA bracket challenge @ http://bit.ly/InYNK Psswrd=full name of JW in one word & lower case #umyc

I am confident in my prediction that a college from within the South Central Jurisdiction is able to go all the way. Your only hint is: rock, chalk… 😉

Speedlinking – March 6, 2009

Wild Goose Chase

“Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit – An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose'” (Mark Batterson). This is the story behind the title for Mark Batterson‘s latest book, Wild Goose Chase. About Mark from the back cover of the book:

Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of Washington D.C.’s National Community Church, widely recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches. Mark is the author of the bestselling In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and a widely read blogger. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lora, and their three children.

In Wild Goose Chase, Batterson has created an excellent text seeking to inspire the reader to step into the adventure of chasing the Wild Goose.  The main thrust of the book is to address cages that we find ourselves in that prevent us from chasing the Holy Spirit and God’s dream for our lives. Batterson covers the cages of: responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure and fear. Batterson assesses each of these with a refreshing mix of biblical narrative, personal experience, perspectives from church history, and stories from National Community Church. Each chapter closes with hope, next steps and probing questions for self-reflection.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wild Goose Chase, finding it inspiring and encouraging. Batterson writes well and uses solid examples from both inside and outside the church world. I was struck by Batterson’s use of scripture throughout the book – both in narrative examples and subtle endnoted references. This technique was quite effective and it reminded me of the style of some of John Wesley’s writing.

Wild Goose Chase will be released on August 19 and you can pre-order a copy from Amazon here or find out more about the book including a free download, preview chapter and Mark’s 10 Steps to Setting Life Goals at chasethegoose.com.

I will go back to Wild Goose Chase in the future and I heartily recommend it to those seeking to find or rediscover the adventure of pursuing God’s dream.

Speedlinking – June 21, 2008

2008 Bracket Challenge – Champions

This year, I was a part of four online bracket challenges for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. I want to pass on congratulations to the winners:

Congratulations to all! Annie, I am looking forward to having breakfast with you as the winner of the N-R Pastorate Challenge.