As Groucho Marx said:

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

The fact is that books are our friends. Unlike human friends, they never change.

But we do. Important books stick with us. As we change, they remind us of who we used to be.

While I hope that this this episode provides some great resources for you, I really hope that it helps you seek out a few good friends.

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Legend has it that Karl Barth once said that preachers should have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in another. I’d like to think that if he were alive today, Karl would say that we should have a Bible in hand and a podcast in our ears.

I won’t mention the obvious listens like This American Life or Radiolab. Chances are if you don’t listen to them already it’s because you don’t own earbuds.

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Can Humans Absolve Shame?

Chris —  February 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

The following is an excerpt from a recent talk I gave at Austin Mustard Seed for the first week of Lent.

In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Psalm 25:1-3

The Poet begs that God deliver him from shame.

I find it interesting that he does not ask outright for success. He doesn’t beg God for a win. He says don’t let me be ashamed.

The Fear of Shame

What is it about shame that is so terrible it sends us begging for God’s help?

What he’s describing here is a public humiliation. Think Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter, where the protagonist Hester Prinn gets pregnant out of wedlock and is marched down the street with a red letter A sewed to her bodice. Perhaps a more relevant example comes from dogshaming.com.

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There’s a new Tear Gas and Gumdrops podcast episode live in iTunes today!

Secrets I'm afraid to tell my church.

Kyle and I share about some of the things we’re afraid to talk about….like how I am afraid to admit that I don’t really care about sports, or how sometimes we feel life people don’t like us.

This one’s from the heart, folks.

Listen here.

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In their book The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World authors Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk state that “discontinuous change” is the defining feature of the environment where church leadership takes place. Such change requires new, rather than simply adjusted, forms of leadership. The book describes the course a church takes as it navigates change, and describes the type of leadership that such change requires.

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