Monday, November 7, 2011

Currently Reading

I'm consuming literature and ideas like it's my job these days (and it kind of is... after all, leaders are readers), so it's time for another edition of Currently Reading.

The Peloponnesian War
You can learn a lot about human nature from history!

The Republic

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John C. Maxwell
Half way though this with a mentor at a rate of 2 laws/month. Maxwell is "leadership lite," but provides good talking points at the very least

Depression: A Stubborn Darkness
Ed Welch

The Abolition of Man
C.S. Lewis
The dangers of a valueless society are expose in this series of lectures by Lewis. Read this book before you send your children to school!

The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell
This is an absolutely fascinating look at how ideas catch on, how massive cultural changes can occur over very short periods of time the way diseases become epidemics. I think the chapter on group sizes has very practical implications for churches. Groups cannot maintain cohesion and connectivity beyond 150's programmed into our brains. Hence the extreme importance of small group communities for churches to grow beyond that barrier (and I'm convinced one of the reasons that campus fellowships very often approach an attendance of 120-150, but rarely grow larger).

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