Assuming Consistency where there isn’t any

I just finished Phyllis Tickle’s book, The Age of the Spirit. As usual, Tickle combines theology and realpolitk like no one else.
It made me think that we assume nothing’s going to change – when, in reality, everything (or almost everything) is changing.
This shows the European borders and their changes in the past 800 years. You can see the type of churn that Tickle’s talking about. (I muted the music, but it’s America).

We don’t like the depth of change or its pace, but it’s life.
For you geeks, here’s a great illustration of exponential growth.

As Juan Enriquez says, “No U.S. President has died under the same flag as he was born under. Ever.”

We ignore change to our peril.


I Have A Thing For Women

My next book is called The Resignation of Eve what if Adams Rib is No Longer Willing to Be The Church’s Backbone published by Tyndale and Barna Books. I’ve gotten even more excited about it’s chances at getting wider exposure since Lynne Hybels (yes that Hybels) just agreed to write the foreword. Here’s a sneak peek at what Lynne had to say “I am convinced that women are our greatest untapped resource—in local communities and in the church.  Unfortunately, I fear one of the unintended results of the debate about the role of women in the church is that some women fail to take themselves seriously. “

So I admit it, following in the footsteps of my master The Lord Jesus who went out of his way to honor, and open doors of influence for them I also have a thing for women. Smart, insightful, Jesus following women really get to me. Read the stories of these women in Resignation of Eve, online and in bookstores, February 2012.