Tip it Over – The Parable of the Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair

We have a Jungle Gym in our back-yard. Yet, it’s invisible to most. If you entered our back yard, you wouldn’t see it. All you would see is a table and chairs, a few toys and a fallen over rocking chair. It has a way of falling over ever afternoon, because Norah, our 2-year-old, pushes it over so she can use it as her own personal climbing set. At first, we fought it. Norah would climb up into the seat of the chair, stand up, and start rocking–with great risk of falling over. Plus, to us, rocking chairs were for rocking.

Thankfully, one day, it blew over in a wind storm or something, and we saw her climbing on it. She loved it. Now, the rocking chair is hardly upright. It’s not a rocking chair any more. It’s a gym.

On Change – The Ferris Wheel Principle

I got to take my daughters on a Ferris Wheel for the first time over Thanksgiving. At least, it was the first one of any size. It all started out wonderful. The wait in line was uneventful and built anticipation. Taking our seats was also exciting.  What wasn’t well received was the incremental creep up […]

On Making Big Changes in Churches

People are not fundamentally rational beings. We are emotional first. Rational, second. I know we like to think we are more rational than emotional. We just aren’t when it comes to church. I also know our feelings often feel quite rational. It just isn’t the reality. I was first challenged with this idea by Edwin […]