Beyond “God’s Plan”

This weekend I’m headed to Montreat Conference Center (aka God’s Second Home) to learn, teach and play with the good folks of Trinity Presbyterian Church–Charlotte. Topic is The Improvising God: A New Theology for an Imperfect World.

Through conversation, scripture study, video, and some interactive stuff, we’re going to move from this:



To this:


Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living — to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff, even if you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead, because you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead.

This might sound risky — and you know what? It is. It’s really risky. But the greater risk is to choose false certainty over genuine ambiguity.

-Daniel Pink, in a commencement address
to Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Read more about the theology of improvisation here. Or join the Facebook group. Or heck, invite me to come lead a workshop or conference for your group! Get in touch.


*Mo-Ranch in the Texas Hill Country is God’s True Home.

4 thoughts on “Beyond “God’s Plan”

  1. Monica

    I am certainly glad you clarified things with that asterisk. I’m going to be in God’s True Home next week! Perfect time of year.

    Have a great time at the Second Home, and good luck with the workshop.

  2. Sarah Erickson

    Enjoy the scenery, and the leadership experience. May all go well, yes-and ing all the way.

  3. Mike

    The Atlantic (October 6) had a good essay last week entitled: The Benefits of Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty. It discussed the importance of ambiguity and how one might increase one’s capacity for ambiguity.


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