Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

Neuroscience Confirms Hardwiring for Community

April 30, 2007

“In a new book called Social Intelligence, author Daniel Goleman explores the fascinating “neural ballet” that connects humans brain-to-brain. And guess what? Goleman concludes that we are hard-wired to connect. According to the author, ‘Neuroscience has discovered that our brain’s very design makes it sociable, inexorably drawn into an intimate brain-to-brain linkup whenever we engage with another person.’” See the whole article here.

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Healthy Church Plants

April 30, 2007

I just read a church planting scorecard request. This strikes me as rather odd. The metaphor communicates that points and stats drive healthy church plants. The categories requested for the scorecard are: 1) Launch date 2) Average attendance 3) Highest attendence 4) Total baptisms 5) Average offerings. Noticably missing are: 1) Spiritual maturity 2) impact on community 3) conversions. Thoughts? Resources for healthy church (plants): Rohrmayer, Avoiding Church Planting Landmines Driscol, Confessions of a Reformissionary Macchia, Healthy Church, Healthy Disciples,

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Let There Be No Confusion: Wright is Right on on Penal Substitution

April 28, 2007

Wright, Matthew for Everyone: The Old Testament prophets speak darkly about the cup of YHWHs wrath. These passages talk of what happens when the one God, grieving over the awful wickedness of the world, steps in at last to give the violent and bloodthirsty, the arrogant and oppressors, the reward for their ways and deeds. Its as though Gods holy anger against such people is turned into wine: dark, sour wine which will make them drunk and helpless. They will

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Hiawatha's Wooing

April 26, 2007

As unto the bow the cord is So unto the man is woman; Tho’ she bends him, She obeys him. Tho’ she draws him, Yet she follows; Useless each without the other. ~ longfellow ~

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