God, Just a Good Idea? Christmas is cool, it’s full of great things that bring out the best in people. (Ok, some of our not-so-great traits too, but we’ll overlook that for the moment.) Christmas being about God and Jesus and all that stuff, however… not so cool. One could say that claiming God’s presence in the world has become the territory of fanatically religious people and if you don’t want to be one of them, then you are left with God, the Good Idea. Are those really the only two choices? Or are we trying to answer the wrong question. Thanks for listening!
This podcast is an experiement! We love those.
Listen in as Greg Meyer and Melissa Lock discuss some insights about 'The Journey to Better Than Compromise' on Monday morning that didn't make it into Sunday's message. They are exploring how creating the sort of relationships we need for BTC rely on strong social capital*, and what that is and how it happens. They also link it to our Jacob's Well ideas about creating a Growth Zone between our Comfort and Danger Zones**.
*Hat tip to Robert Putnam's book, Bowling Alone, NY Simon & Schuster, 2000.
**More on the Comfort/Growth/Danger Zones at PrecariousPastor.net.
November 20 – The Journey to Better than Compromise starts with you, but moves quickly beyond you. It has one tool that it cannot travel without. This week we’ll learn about and practice that tool. It is one you already own and are familiar with, but you probably don’t realize that it works at times when you’ve been relying on another tool. There is something better than compromise, something that brings dignity, possibility and hope to us. It is not easy, but the destination is worthy of the journey.
A Commitment to The Big Win
That’s what it takes. It’s the win that understands that everything on the table, including what you brought, isn’t as good as it could be. You won’t realize that if you are still seeing the world from your perspective. So what does it take to see the world the way someone else does? Or the way God does? And not only see it, but value it that way? When that happens, then ‘The Big Win’ becomes something you’d do anything for, even though you’re still just discovering what it is.
What’s Wrong with Compromise? Tuesday we elect a new president, members of congress, governors, and more. Predictions are that half of us will be winners and half losers. But if we look at it that way we are actually all losers. There is another possibility… if we so choose, we can turn this and every situation into one in which we are all winners. There is something better than winning and losing, and it isn’t compromise. It is a wholly new creation that takes more than we have right now. Ready to discover what’s better than compromise? Great! Thanks for listening.