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Insights from Day 1 at CN705

  • The pastoral ministry is one of the most (if not THE most) emotionally hazardous vocations. (Hope: But it needs not be so)
  • About 20 years ago, one-third of evangelical pastors have extra-marital sex with a member of the congregation. (Hope: It has improved since then)
  • We are facing an unprecedented period of conflict between clergy and the people.
  • Our digital lifestyle, because of the neuroplasticity of our brain, is robbing us of our ability to contemplate and threatening our capacity for spirituality. It is also making self-care a lot more difficult. (Calling: "Be still.")
  • We have to learn to live within our limits.
  • "My prayer to you all is that you will die before you are finished."
  • Success is a bonus given for our faithfulness, not the reward.
  • Resist the obsession to be successful, because it only sets us up for profound burn-out.
  • "All that is not the love of God has no interest to me."
  • "The usefulness of my life is His concern, not mine." It is not our responsibility to make sense of my life.
  • Finishing well starts at the beginning.
  • We have to learn to manage our pleasure system.
  • Boredom is a gift God has for us. (The brain as a machine needs to have its down time.)
  • The point of going on a vacation is to be bored. (AMEN!!!)
  • There is a connection between boredom and holiness ("Be bored and know that I am God"). Don't entertain people in worship, bore them into holiness.
  • Play to an audience of one instead of to the grandstand. (And we have to identify our grandstand.)
  • "I used to do conferences together with Rick Warren and Bill Hybels. They did their things and I corrected them." (To those who don't get it, this is a joke.)
  • (This is for my dear brother Felix) "Golf is not a game worth pursuing."
  • "I believe the telephone is Satanic and demon-possessed."


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  • 正如林一峰話齋,閱讀,也是一種 state of mind。
  • 所以不限文字,還有聲音影像一切雜崩能東西,都在涉獵反思消化乾坤大挪移之列。
  • 看重的只有一個字:Insight


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