Month: July 2017

The Way to Successful Teams

I’ve been a part of successful teams and unsuccessful teams… I think these traits are spot on given my experiences (especially psychological safety): 1. Dependability. 2. Structure and clarity. 3. Meaning. 4. Impact. 5. Psychological Safety. via Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Inc.com

Embracing AI

Future generations would look back and be amazed that 21st Century life was so people-centric, he said, especially in fields, such as car driving, where human fallibility put more lives at risk than was necessary. via Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution – BBC News

Wrestling With the Text

I’ll be preaching on Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob wrestles God / Angel / River Demon / Jungian Archetype … depending on your persuasion) at First Christian Church Columbia, SC on August 6. This is probably my favorite text in the entire Bible and I’m excited that it comes up in the lectionary next week. I always wonder how others read this story. Leave me a comment here or on Facebook, Twitter, email etc and let me know. …

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Screenshots

At least 3 times a week, this panic strikes me when I see screenshots on the web… via xkcd: Screenshot

Episode 116: No One WANTS to Vote Against Romans

Gospel of Mary? Bel and the Dragon? The Apocryphon of John? Two Corinthians? Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen to cover the second round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge and give a great overview of biblical books you might not have read in a while. Special Guest: David Ray Allen Jr.. Support Thinking Religion Links: Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge – Challonge Urban Dictionary: …

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Thinking Religion 115 and Hermeneutics

Thomas is in Philadelphia this week but we still managed to sneak in a podcast episode. We start by going over the very important but often-overlooked general idea of hermeneutics and why we should take them seriously in the Age Of Trump (AOT from here on out). Then we hop into the Bible Bracket Challenge. Sorry, Ruth. Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the concept of hermeneutics and continue their ongoing quest …

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Episode 115: Your Hair is Like a Flock of Goats

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the concept of hermeneutics and continue their ongoing quest to decide the best book in the Bible from the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge. Sponsored By: Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free estimate for your church or nonprofit’s website redesign or social media campaign from the experts at Sam Harrelson Consulting this summer. Promo Code: Hermeneutics Support Thinking Religion Links: Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge – …

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Praying in Public

I don’t get it. It’s just pizza, man—I don’t know if we need to ‘beseech’ the ‘Father of lights in whom there is no variation or shadow due to change’ to bless it to ‘our bodies, hearts, and hands that we might serve thee.’ It’s not even good pizza.” via Local Man Takes On Persona Of 17th Century Puritan When Praying The Babylon Bee is a satire site, but that doesn’t mean that there’s a …

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Evangelical Crisis of Faith

The 20 percent of white evangelicals who did not vote for Trump — many of whom are conservative politically and theologically — now seem to have a lot more in common with mainline Protestants. Some in my own circles have expressed a desire to leave their evangelical churches in search of a more authentic form of Christianity. Other evangelicals are experiencing a crisis of faith as they look around in their white congregations on Sunday …

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Episode 114: Sorry About Luke

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the next round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge… with a few surprises this week! Special Guest: David Ray Allen Jr.. Sponsored By: Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free estimate for your church or nonprofit’s website redesign or social media campaign from the experts at Sam Harrelson Consulting this summer. Promo Code: Hermeneutics Support Thinking Religion …

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2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 Day

With Amazon’s Prime Day and Chik-Fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day (dress up like a cow and get a free chicken sandwich… my wife is actually doing this… seriously… I’ll take pics), made-up holidays are all the new marketing rage. In a funny way, this reminds me of those commercials from my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s that car dealers would run (throughout the year, I might add) announcing “Toyota Dealer Holiday!” etc. Funny how that’s come back …

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Episode 113: Your Grandmother’s Favorite Book in the Bible

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Allen Jr., a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, to cover the first few matches of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge. David brings his own unique understanding of sports to help Thomas and Sam make the tough calls that must be made. Sponsored By: Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free estimate for your church or nonprofit’s website redesign or social …

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