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Dr. Alan Brisco
Toronto, Canada
Seeking understanding of change in light of God's character and purposes.
Interests: Ancient Practices, Ancient-Future Worship, Appreciative Inquiry, Biblical Exegesis, Change Processing, Chant, Christian Community, Contemporary Worship, Social Justice, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Traditional Worship, Witness, Worship Studies
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New blog postings, and podcasts will be available ONLY at www.alanbrisco.com. Get them delivered right to your e-mail Inbox or SmartPhone. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
What makes good people say and do not-so-good things? Perhaps, poor perspectives. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
We need sound, sensible, scriptural perspectives to counter politicizing Christian communities of faith, whether those communities be denominations, local congregations, youth groups, choirs, para-church organizations, or any other type of Christian community. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
If you see your local church or ministry as a place for politics, you are more likely to see it as a place of hierarchy, positioning, and taking sides. In contrast, an apolitical perspective enables... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Turf wars – battles over preferences - jockeying for positions, recognition, and influence; all these and more are breeding grounds for gathering people to one side or another, resulting in divisions within the body of Christ. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
I'd like you to meet Dave Pedde via YouTube; to hear about the extraordinary dream that God laid on Dave's heart many years ago. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Rather than call another person divisive, we describe the person as political. Some even casually describe reprehensible behavior blandly as "church politics"! This is absurd. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Big issues need to be addressed; yet, the church fiddles while the world burns. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
How many of us unwittingly have locked God in a box? How many of us have become so certain about where we'll find him, the condition he'll be in, or the responses we'll have to him that we can no longer experience him as he is? Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
If we fail on these unique calendar moments to take people to Jesus rather than bring them to church to see what we can do, then what are we doing? Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Our complicated responses to complexity erode simple faith in the One who created complexity. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
I have noticed an unfortunate dichotomy in people’s responses to change. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Let's be clear... confusion is not the bi-product of complexity. I have observed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
...given that change is itself a complex subject and that the increasing complexity of the world around us has a direct impact on any serious examination of change, it's worth pausing a moment to consider... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
When others seem resolved to resist, prefer debate to dialog, or simply go into a shell to avoid meaningful interaction or communication, you may find yourself unwittingly involved in a 'covert tug-of-war'. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
In our rush to resolve we drift to polarized positions and postures. People tend to resist acknowledging that an issue should be explored, contemplated and deliberated. I have noticed a dichotomy in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
The complexity of change is escalating. The forces that contribute to change are more complex. What is being changed is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Change experts Esther Cameron and Mike Green state plainly, "The rate of change and discovery outpaces our individual ability to keep up with it." Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Add to this the notion (mentioned earlier in January) that change changes change. And while we are becoming equipped to generate more change, we are not being enabled to process change well or at all. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
In order to comprehend the implications of this change storm we'll pause to consider how each of these three factors contributes to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
People who accept this inevitability can better prepare for change; or at least, not be shocked as change happens. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
Consideration of this seemingly amorphous topic (change) is helped along by acknowledging at least three realities about change in our times Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change
What is worthy change? A Christian is called to "live a life worthy of the Lord" (Col 1:10 NIV). The call to live worthy lives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Wisdom for a Change