“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.
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,
Wright, Matthew for Everyone: “The Old Testament prophets speak darkly about the ‘cup of YHWH’s 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. It’s as though God’s holy anger against such people is turned into wine: dark, sour wine which will make them drunk and helpless. They will