Category: nations

Berlin rocked!

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Great trip to berlin earlier this Summer! Our dear friend Kerstin Hack, who runs a publishing house in berlin (Down to Earth – Shop), hosted me and gave me some serious and fun business coaching as we took in the remarkable city of berlin! She is a life coach and really has those practical down to earth tools which rest on deep Kingdom insights, which make life work. Here are a few she gave me.

If you want to see something grow from 3-5, look how it grew from 1-3. Then ask, what would it look like at 7!

Another, tip she gave me, was to build as many bridges as possible to the same content (four gospels, one story etc)–internet, hardcopy, pamphets, workshops, books, seminars, t-shirts, whatever… This way you make it as easy as possible to share the gifts you have. Most artists don’t like promotion and marketing and even distribution. But, even The Father advertised Himself through His Son! He makes Himself known, reachable.This is how people get to be blessed by the gifts you carry. So she suggested spending more time on marketing and distribution, as we have plenty of creativity. Simple, but sound advice to a bunch of hilarious artists leaders!

We also talked a lot about what true wealth is–resources to serve with; and ways to invest. She spoke of having realistic ideas about the pacing you expect to get yields from your investments. Certain investments-even relationally-take longer to bear fruit. Others are quick yielding. Having many types of investments allows you to enjoy the various timings of each yield.

Anyways, fun talking business and spirituality with a real friend.

We also went to an amazing light installation at the national museum. The artist Olafur Eliasson created an entire environment exploring color, space and light. Specifically, this show was about how color effects the body and our mental states. The artist used the primary colors but made huge rooms of color with fog, where one color faded into the next, so you were slightly disoriented as the primary colors overlaped–allowing you to really feel the color physically as it transitioned. Great show, and very playful as well, while being educational. Thanks Kerstin for being open to art and carrying His business wisdom. You are a rare gem!

Kerstin will be here in August, and starts publishing some of her books in English this year with Moody Press. This should be an exciting year for her as she continues to mentor and write and publish her much needed and remarkable books of insight into English, so even more people may be blessed! While here, we are hoping to have her teach in our community on art and business, and bring her unique spiritually refreshing perspective on both.

The releasing of the Bible in Czech Republic

Sometimes both space and time foreground a God-event. Such was the case in Czech Republic last week, where I attended and performed in the launching of our friend Sasa Flek’s translation of the bible. This is the first modern translation since the nation was under communism. It was a sixteen year labour, and is a gift for all of Europe. Many ambassadors and leaders from various nations attended the launch, which was an artistic and cultural restorational event.

The launch happened in Jan Hus chapel, where Hus originally preached the seeds of the reformation for which he was intensely persecuted. He had a dream that one day he would return and see the painting of the gospel stories on the walls restored by artists! On this day, last week, that dream started to come true!


Sohne Mannheims

Derek and I first heard this singer, Xavier Naidoo, in Berlin about 5 years ago. He’s German and most of his songs are in German, but in spite of the language gap there’s something about his music that we really dig. Something spiritual and soulful. It’s hard to find the records here but I imported them all from Amazon. He had one sort of hit here in the U.S. with a song called Ich Kenne Nichts with RZA (Wu-Tang Clan fame). He has a band now called Sohne Mannheim.

Anyhow, check it out–I think it’s worth a listen. It’s classy music (never thought I’d call music “classy” but hey, it works)–some soul, some hip-hop, some pop, some reggae. I think he’s got something to say.

England again

A bit more to add to Derek’s post earlier today–

A few years ago while we were in Paris we met a man from Kenya who was working as a bellhop in our hotel. Within minutes of walking with him he told us his story of how he had only been in France for a short while and this was the best way he could support his family. He also talked about Jesus a lot, and by the time he left us he had prayed with us. It was a very powerful moment as it was the first time I had felt hope in Paris. God had been showing us for some time that he was going to send Africans into Europe, without the guilt of colonialism, to thank Europe and tell the nations that they had indeed brought the gospel to them.

A short time after He showed us this, *Time Magazine* came out with a cover story about the rise of African missions into Europe and America. It documented the growing native African churches in New York City–many of which had raised money in their home land specifically to take the gospel back to America. It also documented the African pastors and churches in London, one of whom specifically said he was called as “a prophet to thank England for bringing Africans the gospel.”

So we were very excited to read about the new appointment of this Ugandan minister to the post of Archbishop of York. Some quotes from the archbishop this weekend:

>Dr. Sentamu, Archbishop of York“I speak as a foreigner really. The English are somehow embarrassed about some of the good things they have done. They have done some terrible things but not all the Empire was a bad idea. Because the Empire has gone, there is almost the sense in which there is not a big idea that drives this nation.”

>…He described English culture as rooted in Christianity and, in spite of attempts by secularists to marginalise it, the Church still had a central role to play. “I think the Church in many ways has to be like a midwife, bringing to birth possibilities of what is authentically very good in the English mind.”

>”I come from a clan called the Buffalo clan. Its responsibilities are to be the guardians and protectors of the king. Sentamu means *the one who keeps the king’s fire burning*. If I had not gone to university I would be outside the palace stoking the fire. That would have been my job, stoking the fire. I just hope with Rowan [Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury] I will be stoking the fire.”

–from an [article today in *The Times*](,,2-1882591,00.html).

In another interview:

>(The archibishop) Sentamu imitates the average English vicar praising God with an unenthusiastic allelujah to a near empty church. Then he gives *his* version, thumping the table and crying allelujah to the skies. The miserable, ancient cottage at Lambeth Palace where we are talking, with its false ceiling, laminate doors, storage freezers and cold white lights, *suddenly feels an awful lot hotter, a bit more Africa than England*.

>I tell the archbishop this and he looks momentarily shocked. “I was raised an Anglican on [the Book of Common Prayer],” he says. “The gospel I got in my country was so good. *I am simply telling the English, it is my job now, to simply remind you of what you taught me.*”

–[from another *Times* article](,,2-1882589,00.html).

While not just speaking about the church, Sentamu had a lot to say on the subject of english culture–how the English should be proud of their culture (even what has been perceived as the majority culture). I also think the speaks very honestly about how England is not a multi-cultural nation–it has more of a singular identity than America, which is more of a melting pot. Part of how he described England was more like a father, welcoming those of other backgrounds under its covering but without losing its essential “englishness”. It’s also very interesting that an African is saying this. I know this is a hot subject for Europeans, but England really is a father, and a KING in the spirit as well.

I love England, I think my english friends are the coolest.