WHY? The Box of Ideas
For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. (Mat 25:14-15)
The third servant in this parable hides what he has been given in the ground because he is afraid to take a risk. In 2000 as I began to look back on more than two decades of ministry in the United Methodist Church, I came to believe that too much of what I had done creatively had been buried in the ground, hidden away out of fear of criticism or rejection. It was safe in the ground, but what we are given comes to us to be used rather than stored away. I began to consider how I might dig up all the ceative ideas that I had buried, and provide it in such a way that anyone who was led to it could use it for the benefit of all concerned.
This blog is one part of my solution; it is a means for anyone to browse and utilize any information they find useful. I hope to create a virtual box of ideas from all kinds of sources which people can explore – my ideas, the ideas of others that I’ve found, and a place for people to share their ideas as well. There are too many prophetic ideas that just drop out of sight, buried in the ground, oppressed or intimidated by “the way we’ve always done it before.” These ideas are buried in term papers, in dissertations, in sermons, in journals, on Facebook, in newsletter articles – and lost from sight.
If something from the box of ideas blesses you, feel free to share it abroad; if not, please leave it lay in the box. (Please remember to identify the original source and location when you share something – I hope to feed information into a lot of footnotes, and students need to identify their sources.)
Items in this box of ideas come from all over … if I have included a quote or an image against the will of the owner by copyright, for example, please let me know so I can remove it immediately. This site is about the promotion of ideas, sharing micro reviews of material written by myself and others, and linking new readers with authors and artists wanting their work to be seen and discussed. If I’ve shared or quoted something of yours and you want it removed, please let me know. It’s my hope to promote books for sale and authors seeking readers, not harm them.
So that others may benefit, if you share this information with others, please let them know it came from www.ambidextrouschurch.com (or www.disciplewalk.com) so that they also might visit. Happy exploring!