Episode 20

Os Guinness

The Pastor and Writer as Subversive

Os Guinness is one of the world's foremost Christian thinkers. His books such as The Call, have already become modern Christian classics. Os joins me to talk about the lost art of persuasion and how pastors and writers must learn to be subversive.
Os Guinness is one of the world's foremost Christian thinkers. His books such as The Call, have already become modern Christian classics. Os joins me to talk about the lost art of persuasion and how pastors and writers must learn to be subversive.
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Show Notes:20. Os Guinness — The Pastor and Writer as Subversive

Os Guinness is one of the world’s foremost Christian thinkers. His books such as The Call, have already become modern Christian classics. Os joins me to talk about the lost art of persuasion and how pastors and writers must learn to be subversive.


“In short, many of us today lack a vital part of a way of communicating that is prominent in the Gospels and throughout the Scriptures, but largely absent in the church today—persuasion, the art of speaking to people who, for whatever reason, are indifferent or resistant to what we have to say. They simply do not agree with us and are not open to what we have to say.” — Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk

“Our modern lust for technique comes from the fact that we live in the great how-to age. The age of technology and technique is the age of endless methods, formulas, recipes, seminars, how-to manuals, twelve step programs and the constant lure of efficiency. Our temptation then is to pursue the admirable goal of becoming more persuasive and to fall into a common trap: becoming preoccupied with technique, as if persuasion could be learned by observing the process carefully, reducing it to reason, reversing it and then repeating it ourselves.” — Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk

After years of working on a book, mostly in secret, it is such a wonderful gift to hear what people think. I’m so grateful for all the reviews.
After years of working on a book, mostly in secret, it is such a wonderful gift to hear what people think. I’m so grateful for all the reviews.
After years of working on a book, mostly in secret, it is such a wonderful gift to hear what people think. I’m so grateful for all the reviews.
After years of working on a book, mostly in secret, it is such a wonderful gift to hear what people think. I’m so grateful for all the reviews.
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Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
Back from filming for @bibleengagementproject with @harpcreative in Arizona. One of the coolest airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in.
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Responsibility feels like a loaded word, but what does responsibility actually mean? Technically, responsibility is nothing more than the ability to respond. To be responsible for anything doesn’t mean you’re an expert. It only means that you’re willing to answer, to show up, to enter the complexity and uncertainty of it, to give it your honest best shot. Think of responsibility as the willingness to respond.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”

The first key to fatherhood is not a head full of answers and advice, it’s simply being there. Responsibility is first presence.

#fathersday #fatherhood #father #dads
Link in Bio. Responsibility feels like a loaded word, but what does responsibility actually mean? Technically, responsibility is nothing more than the ability to respond. To be responsible for anything doesn’t mean you’re an expert. It only means that you’re willing to answer, to show up, to enter the complexity and uncertainty of it, to give it your honest best shot. Think of responsibility as the willingness to respond. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote, “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” The first key to fatherhood is not a head full of answers and advice, it’s simply being there. Responsibility is first presence. #fathersday #fatherhood #father #dads
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2,100 pastors are about to get free copies of The 5 Masculine Instincts as a part of Church Marketing University’s new Father’s Day Kit. Special thanks to CMU and Fulfillment House, a Kansas City non-profit providing opportunities for adults with special needs. Both are amazing organizations.
2,100 pastors are about to get free copies of The 5 Masculine Instincts as a part of Church Marketing University’s new Father’s Day Kit. Special thanks to CMU and Fulfillment House, a Kansas City non-profit providing opportunities for adults with special needs. Both are amazing organizations.
2,100 pastors are about to get free copies of The 5 Masculine Instincts as a part of Church Marketing University’s new Father’s Day Kit. Special thanks to CMU and Fulfillment House, a Kansas City non-profit providing opportunities for adults with special needs. Both are amazing organizations.
2,100 pastors are about to get free copies of The 5 Masculine Instincts as a part of Church Marketing University’s new Father’s Day Kit. Special thanks to CMU and Fulfillment House, a Kansas City non-profit providing opportunities for adults with special needs. Both are amazing organizations.
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