entropy and institution

I've been working on this concept of entropy in the church and I read an article by Ron Schwartz today that further amplified my thoughts.

Entropy means that when things are left to themselves, they decay, slow down, or fall apart. To me, this means that systems or individuals need dynamic input in order to not fall into decay. People need transforming power in their lives. They need vital union with God and meaningful interactions with others, giving and receiving: having dynamic interactions.

When a pastor or any other titled person "takes over", then entropy sets in for all the others. When we institute hierarchies and titles, then entropy sets in and maturing slows way down.

So, my view is that if you have titles or hierarchies, then it actually makes things harder as far as everybody growing up into Christ

dream job

Eight characteristics of meaningful work:

Optional office

I think that "the office" should be more like a central hub that can serve you rather than a cell where you serve time. I think that it's a place where you can get work done, but not where you must get work done.

Meet with people anywhere

Steve Sjogren talks about how Jesus was constantly among the people. That's where I'm coming from ( or going). People should not have to come to you, but you should go to them, one if you are truly serving, and two if you want to succeed.

Some writing

I'd like to write 5 to 50 hours a week, depending on what I'm working on. I don't want a job yet as a writer per se, but I like to write.

Some speaking, teaching

Phone consultations

Email consultations

Interpersonal & spiritual problem solving

Independent study

A few thoughts on Jeremiah 33

Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jer. 33:3

I've heard this verse quoted a lot. But did you know the context of the text, what the overall flow of the chapters there say? It's about restoration- stuff taken away, restored. It's also an invitation to go deeper, to ask more questions of God. It's an invitation to be encouraged. Jerry is listening to God and maybe writing down the words he hears and then God says, "you Jerry, ask me and I will tell you cool stuff." Don't just be passive, but call.

lost and found

Lost and found has been a theme lately. A long lost pair of glasses was found, a cell phone given up on was found, and a rented dvd that disappeared was found before we had to report it and pay.

I also reconnected with three friends who I had not spoken with or seen for a long time,

pastor factors

Peter Drucker who wrote 33 books on management, leadership, economics, and sundry issues; said that the four hardest jobs in America are, The President, University presidents, CEO's of hospitals, and pastors.

A statistic is sited that only 5% of pastors make it to retirement. "Pastors at Risk" authors London and Wiseman, say that 40% of pastors have considered quitting in that past 3 months, that pastors who work less that 50 hours a week stand a 35% greater chance of termination, and 58% of pastors need their spouse to work to get by financially.

rest and bless

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

In repentance and rest is your salvation.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

These two ideas are what I'm living in to today: rest and bless. Rest is a weapon of warfare against my enemy. It seems like a no brainer, but I come back to it again and again; that I need rest. That mostly means sleep, but also relaxation: r&r. Rest and relaxation bring renewal to me. Taking a nap or getting to bed can be a form of spiritual warfare because it makes the statement that God is in control. I'm getting my hands "off the wheel" and I'm getting rested and refreshed for walking out my life.

The second idea is that blessing God, praising God, speaking God's word, or meditating on it; is the opposite of worrying and speaking negatively.

Results Only Work Environment

Not nine to five, nor flex time, but "ROWE". I saw this piece (article) on Business Week (video) about how Best Buy headquarters is allowing workers to work "off campus", when convenient, and on campus meetings are now optional. I think this kind of thing is the wave of the future. If you're skeptical, the truth is that with the employee groups that they are trying this with at Best Buy, productivity has gone up and creative, hard working people are no longer leaving the company due to having someone looking over their shoulder too much. Very cool.

my cell phone

My cell phone has been acting up these past couple of months, so I took it in for service last night. It made me think about how easy it is to blame others for miscommunication. I have a new friend that I would call from the freeway and the reception was so bad, that I was annoyed by not being able to understand him. I totally blamed him for his shoddy telecom equipment. Now I realize that it could have been all my (phone's) fault or at least a large portion of the blame was mine.

I am remembering that communication is a two way deal. It's pretty narcissistic to make you responsible both to hear me and to speak so I can hear you. It's pretty selfish to assume that the problem is all on the other guy's end. It's funny now, but the way to honestly put it is that we have a failure to communicate. The problem's between us. We're both responsible.

Just ordered this Samsung.

Update (12/27)
I still have my old phone that does not work well!

Con mucho gusto!

With much pleasure. How many things to we do with pleasure, with much pleasure? The question is does pleasure have us or do we do with pleasure. Those are two different things.

You can eat a meal and be satisfied, but eating with pleasure is another dimention.
The same goes for drinking wine, or even smoking a cigar. (pictures deleted)

The Bible talks about giving with pleasure. Take a look at Judges 8:25 for example. I looked up "con much gusto" in a Spanish concordance and found this one:
Con mucho gusto te los daremos le contestaron.
English translation:
They answered, "We'll be glad to give them."
con mucho gusto = we'll be glad to = with much pleasure
The word "gusto" is the word that gastronome and gourmet come from: A connoisseur of good food and drink; a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink).

So, I could say, "come dine with me", and you might say, "with much pleasure", or "it would be my pleasure". Also, After being thanked for a wonderful time together, I might say, "it was my pleasure".

I see the two things coming together in this phrase, "con mucho gusto". It's the same feeling of pleasure that you might have from delicious, fine tasting food or drink; but the feeling comes from serving or giving. Giving or serving with much pleasure.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." I Cor. 10:31

Operation Red Flag (movie)

I saw this movie the other night and highly recomend it to people who are interested in air force planes and pilots, weapons and tactics. It was an IMAX film.

Sky Links, 9-27-17