One of the websites I find helpful is Mike Metzger’s Doggie Head Tilt. Mike is the President and Senior Fellow of The Clapham Institute, “whose mission is to help people and organizations advance faith-centered cultural reform.”
In DNA circles, we often point out that “cult” is upstream from culture and culture is upstream from the social, political, and economic institutions of a nation. To have a flourishing community and nation, cult (that is, “worship of the Living God”) is fundamental. It is God’s nature and character that leads to godly culture which in turn leads to free and prosperous nations. The Clapham Institute, like the Clapham Sect in England, knows the importance of cultural reform.
Metzger uses the every day image of a dog’s head tilting as it ponders something that has gained its attention. He writes: “Deciphering an organization’s DNA means innovation. Innovation requires right-brain thinking. Your right brain is ticking when the doggie’s head tilts. Get ready to tilt.” His essays stir the imagination; they get people to think.
A recent offering, Clickers, talks about parables as secret codes of the kingdom of God to be used behind the enemy lines of the Enlightenment.
Western churches enjoy a “kind of comfortable cohabitation with the Enlightenment,” wrote Lessie Newbigin. Dallas Willard says one consequence is the Western church “lives in a bubble of historical illusion about the meaning of discipleship.”* It pulls apart head, heart, and hands, accounting for “the practical irrelevance of actual obedience to Christ and for the weakened effect of Christianity in the world today.” The modern church can claim to “know God” without experiencing or obeying him. Modern believers can claim to be “servants of Christ” by simply studying “servanthood” rather than serving others.
I encourage you to enjoy, and be challenged by, Metzger’s essay. You will find other treasures at the Clapham Institute website.
– Darrow Miller
*Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God (San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 1998