You’re creative. You’re active and working on many different projects. What is your greatest resource?Your time? Your collection of inspirational stuff? Your network of connections?How about your brain?That little three-pound organ sucks up one fifth of your body’s oxygen. It devours a quarter of your body’s blood sugar. More importantly, when it functions well, the brain … Continue reading Stay Creative – Take Care Of Your Brain
I made it a point to walk by the five-story-high scaffolding. One of our congregation members, Eric, sat on the first level, taking his lunch with the rest of the team of artists. Behind them, a flock of gigantic birds had begun to emerge on the brick wall. Eric and his team are part of … Continue reading Missional Made Real: My Friend Eric at ArtWorks
For your enjoyment, my latest Haiku Deck on 6 ways of understanding Missional. Missional is the buzziest of buzzwords in American Christianity. This is my way of cutting through the theological jargon and programmatic hype. Hope it helps. Soli Deo Gloria Russell
Is it really all that fun to be a critic? Anton Ego says “yes”Ego is one of the villains of Pixar’s Ratatouille. You know the film – it’s the story of a kitchen rodent who has an uncanny gift for culinary achievement. It’s about a rat who is a chef. Among the many challenges our furry … Continue reading Move from Criticism to Creativity
My ebook "Reviews, Rants, and Reflections" will be available for a free download from Amazon for one day only. Tomorrow, Friday July 12, will be the day. The book contains the best posts of the Eagle and Child blog from 2005. See glimpses of the gospel in such books as "Harry Potter and the … Continue reading Friday Freebie: “Reviews, Rants, and Reflections”
19th century writer Henry David Thoreau moved to the woods around Walden pond so he could experience a life of simplicity. He felt weary of the routine, unexamined life of the shopkeeping townspeople. “The mass of men,” he wrote, “lead lives of quiet desperation.” Thoreau intended to confront life, rather than fill his hours with … Continue reading For Tonight, It’s The Meaning Of Life (A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 1:3-18)
Don’t worry. Easy to say, hard to accomplish. There are so many things that needle us into worrying: the economy, cultural changes, natural disasters, taxes, epidemic diseases, violence, and mayhem. Beyond those broad cultural forces, we each have individual worries: health, career, relationships, money. I know I worry, and I’m pretty sure that you do to (but … Continue reading Overcoming Worry Through Prayer.
As I suggested in my last post two posts, we have moved out of the cynical, deconstructing era of Postmodernity and into an era that I have been calling "The New Creative Era"As I've been reflecting further on this trend, I think we might call this era "The Design Age" (I'll tease that idea out … Continue reading 6 Must Read Books for Doing Ministry in the Design Age