The Week Ahead:
St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, has been abolished by Roman Catholic officials with one majestic sweep of forty-one saints that “may never have existed,” according to an announcement from Vatican City.
The announcement said that some of the abolished saints had attained their standing more through legend than truth and the decree was to set the record straight.
Included among the scratched-out names was St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers.
Reflect on that notice this week. Looking ahead.
Monday: TED Talk: How Urban Agriculture is Transforming Detroit
There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. “We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.”
Tuesday: The Light in the Dark Days of Depression
Everybody has dark days. You know those days you don’t want or can’t get out of bed. You’re afraid to face the world. You are so scared to face your anxiety, your depression, your grief, your demons. You don’t feel like it’s worth the effort. You just want to throw in the towel. You don’t want to see anybody nor do you want anybody to see you. Holidays make those days seem even blacker. We all go through dark days, a season like this.
In this series of post leading up to Christmas I want us to look today at the light of Christmas for our dark days.
Wednesday: How to Cultivate a Welcoming Heart at Christmas
The story of the Bethlehem Inn reminds us once again about preoccupation, about being unaware, and about inhospitality to the highest. And the innkeeper calls to our attention the importance of opening the door when the knock comes.
Thursday: How to Create a Church Multiplication Culture
Over the next three months, this series of posts will lay out the critical components needed to launch a culture of multiplication. It comes not from me but from years of study and observation. It is my prayer that it will help the church regain its missional sea legs.
Looking back on the week that was on: The Light Breaks Through.
Monday: TED Talk: Courage is Contagious
When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.
Tuesday: Taking a Closer Look at Generation Z
Take a look at this generation that is making Millennials nervous and the church hopeful.
Wednesday: The question of the Ages: Was Jesus the One
It is a question that John the Baptist posed as he faced execution. He needs reassurance his life and ministry was not sacrificed in vain.
Thursday: Five Ways to Expand Your Leadership Capacity
What this post will provide for leaders are the Five C’s to expand your leadership capacity. Craig Groeschel shared these five points at Willow Creeks Leadership Summit in 2015. He also shared this quote, “You are the leadership lid on your organization.”
A bonus Read: How Facebook Could Ruin My Relationships
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 Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 1168). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.