Pictonary, Theology and You - Contribute today

So I ran across this bit of art which the artist takes complex philosophical theories and displays them in basic shapes. Yes, it is very cool.

So I was wondering if the readers of this little blog were just as talented. So I am trying an experiment. 

Below is an open Google Doc which anyone can change and add to. It is a basic drawing pad which gives access to basic shapes. Can you take a theological idea and put it into a shape? Just click on the link and see if you can add to it. (Note it takes about 15 seconds for the changes to sync to this blog)

I attempted "Resurrection". Meh.

Also you will see I attempted to take the symbol for infinity and put a face on it - Incarnation?

 Bets are on that you can do better. I will leave this up for a few days to let the ideas stew.


54 sides to a story

Every night our son is like most kids, they stall going to sleep as long as they can. We read books, like many people do but that only takes fifteen minutes, which by kid standards is only a blink of an eye.  So recently, Jude has been asking for stories. 

Great. I have the story creating capacity of a wet towel. 

Then I met these little dice

In case you are new to this little blog, I have a bit of a nerd side to me that exhibits itself through games that involve dice.

Needless to say I am now in love with these dice. They allow me to roll dice (when Jude lets me) in order to tell a story while working my creative muscles.

This does not mean I have moved from wet towel to George Lucas, but there is nothing better then when your kids love and your love cross paths.

What is true learning? Not addition.

A church person once told me that they attend church in order to learn more and "grow in their faith". When pressed on what they mean when they say "grown in their faith" this church person said to grow in faith is to be built up in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
Like creativity, growing in Christ
is about subtraction.

That sounds like a great church answer. 

Of course we are looking to be shaped in the ways of Christ. But let us address something that maybe we know but forget.

Learning is not about addition. It is a common understanding that when we learn it is like just filling up a container (our brain) with more information and data. This is a big reason we want our children to go to college, so they can learn "more" because there is a sense of lack without that education. 

If you have attended any level of education and reflect on your experience, it is clear that leaning is about subtraction rather than addition. 

We do not come to school with a lack but with an abundance of "what we know to be true" and the challenge of education is that it asks us to not add to "what we know to be true" but calls into question "what we know to be true". Learning is, at its core, about subtraction. 

When we attend church, and if we are there to grow in the knowledge and grace of Christ, then we must be reorient ourselves away from addition and toward subtraction or (ironically) we will never grow.

*On a separate note, this is post #800!

The Idea Store

My friend Kyle and I have been thinking of ways to generate and encourage people to share ideas around the conference and between churches. When we ran across the "Idea Store" by Double A Projects, we decided to contact them to see if we could create our own version. They were nice enough to say yes and at the Annual Conference in June, in Waco, the first ever CTCUMC Idea Store will launch.

More pics will come, but in the meantime, here is a little animation to get you thinking of how it "works".