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Catching the Wind: A Theological Theory of Strategic Action

A Term Paper Presented to Dr. Craig Van Gelder

Luther Seminary

As a Requirement in Course LD8910 The Hermeneutics of Leading in Mission

St. Paul, Minnesota

2011

Introduction

Theory of Strategic ActionThis essay presents my theory of strategic action. It explores how to lead a missional congregation through the process of decision-making and taking action in the world. I will communicate my theory by using the metaphor of a sailing vessel.1 The church is a sailing vessel that has been called to take a journey of exploration with God into this wonderful and turbulent world of postmodernity. read more

  1. I first encountered this metaphor when reading Leonard Sweet’s book Aqua Church in 2000.[Leonard I. Sweet, Aquachurch (Loveland, CO: Group Pub., 1999).] I use his basic metaphor, but I have modified it for my own purposes. []

Why Am I Doing a PhD? (am I crazy?)

Writing a PhD dissertation is hard. First you have to work through the classes and seminars that stretch your perspective through reading thousands of pages, writing hundreds of pages of peer-reviewed papers, engaging in cross-cultural discussion, and submitting to the scrutiny of your professors. Then you must pass language proficiency exams (I failed Theological German twice before I finally passed it the third time). Then, once the course work is done you must pass the Comprehensive exams, or, what I like to call, the pain-stick ritual. I studied a bibliography of over 100 books and then sat in a room all by myself for thirty-two hours over four sequential Thursdays, eight hours each day. read more

The Holy Spirit, Twitter, and Practical Wisdom

practicalwisdom_schwartzI believe the Holy Spirit moves through Twitter. I know that sounds weird, but the story I am about to tell is one that has happened often to me.

Yesterday I started writing an essay about dualisms and how we can navigate between seemingly polarized opposites. I’ll post it when it is finished. This morning I opened up Twitter and the first tweet I saw was from Brain Pickings and was a link to Maria’s review of Practical Wisdom by Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe. Maria is a great writer and her review of this book, and the quotes that she highlighted, were a great help to my essay and to my research in general. read more