This was a really enjoyable read. Did it as sermon research for a series called Blood Work. Written in the first person by a gay man who is learning aThis was a really enjoyable read. Did it as sermon research for a series called Blood Work. Written in the first person by a gay man who is learning about blood through watching his HIV-infected lover struggle with the disease.
Some really good work here on how churches work and what makes them successful.
Thankfully, authors Rainer and Geiger don't just give us opinions, butSome really good work here on how churches work and what makes them successful.
Thankfully, authors Rainer and Geiger don't just give us opinions, but back things up with ample statistical data.
The fact is that when it comes to churches, simple is better. Fewer ministries means more focus and more lives reached.
Churches with meetings every night of the week and 64 different ministries competing for money in the budget and space in the bulletin often have tons of sideways energy and end up doing significantly less than they could to impact the kingdom.
Mike had our entire Service Planning Team read this before our off-site meeting last month, and led some great discussion on it. It was really time well spent and I recommend this one highly to all church staff members everywhere.
This was a seriously interesting read. DaVinci was an amazing individual. Never been another like him. I mean, I know that's technically true of every This was a seriously interesting read. DaVinci was an amazing individual. Never been another like him. I mean, I know that's technically true of everyone, but he was really something unusual.
He not only dabbled in, but mastered several different disciplines including painting, sculpture and architecture. He built weapons (although none were ever used to injure another during his lifetime), designed the parachute and drew sketches that eventually helped to invent the helicopter.
Once, when hoping to receive a commission, he wrote the following resume:
Most illustrious Lord, having now sufficiently seen and considered the proofs of all those who count themselves master and inventors of instruments of war, and finding that their invention and use of the said instruments does not differ in any respect from those in common practice, I am emboldened without prejudice to anyone else to put myself in communication with your Excellency, in order to acquaint you with my secrets, thereafter offering myself at your pleasure effectually to demonstrate at any convenient time all those matters which are in part briefly recorded below,
1. I have plans for bridges, very light and strong and suitable for carrying very easily...
2. When a place is besieged I know how to cut off water from the trenches, and how to construct an infinite number of...scaling ladders and other instruments...
3. If because of the height of the embankment, and the strength of the place of its site, it should be impossible to reduce it by bombardment, I know methods of destroying any citadel or fortress, even if it is built on rock.
4. I have plans for making cannon, very convenient and easy of transport, with which to hurl small stones in the manner almost of hail...
5. And it is should happen that the engagement is at sea, I have plans for construction many engines most suitable for attack or defense, and ships which can resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon, and powder and smoke.
6. Also I have ways of arriving at a certain fixed spot by caverns and secret winding passages made without any noise even though it may be necessary to pass underneath...a river.
7. Also I can make covered cards, safe and unassailable, which will enter the serried ranks of the enemy with artillery, and there is no company of men at arms so great as not to be broken by it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow quite unharmed and without any opposition.
8. Also, if need shall arise, I can make cannon, mortars and light ordnance, of very beautiful and useful shapes, quite different from those in common use.
9. Where it is not possible to employ cannon, I can supply catapults, mangonels, traps and other engines of wonderful efficacy not in general issue. In short, as the variety of circumstances shall necessitate, I can supply an infinite number of different engines of attack and defense.
10. In time of peace I believe that I can give you as complete satisfaction as anyone else in architecture, in the construction of buildings both public and private, and in conducting water from one place to another.
11. Also IO can execute sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay and also painting, in which my work will stand comparison with that of anyone else whoever he may be.
12. Moreover, I would undertake the work of the bronze horse, which shall endure with immortal glory and eternal honor the auspicious memory of the Prince of your father and of the illustrious house of Sforza.
And if any of the aforesaid things should seem impossible or impracticable to anyone, I offer myself as ready to make trail of them in your park or in whatever place shall please your Excellency, to whom I commend myself with all possible humility.
Leo got the job.
This book is not only a look into his life, but a guide to how to think more like him. Honestly, it's brilliant. But like any book, if you don't apply anything, it's all academic.
Read it and apply it. Doesn't necessarily mean you'll paint the next Mona Lisa but it will definitely expand your horizons.