Monday, February 19, 2007


Go to the people.
Live among them.
Learn from them.
Love them.
Start with what they know.
Build on what they have.

from an ancient Chinese poem, as quoted in this book.


Aaron said...

what a great quote.

bryan said...

a good nugget indeed!

Clay said...

Phil, this is completely unrelated to your post, but I thought you may like it.

Social commentary in the guise of prescription medication:

Lian said...

I like this proverb but I wonder:
who are "the people"?

elnellis said...

no clue who "the people" were in the original context. in the context of missional ecclesiology- it's a radically different approach to the standard mode of imposing a theological system upon a people with little regard for them or their culture. that's how the author of the text is using the quote- in a missional sense.
how did you hear it?

joy said...

i like this. it's so relationship and has a gentleness about it.

Josh Sandoz said...

Hi Phil.

Today I am no mere voyeur.

I like your blog.

And I like you.

elnellis said...

hey josh, traspassers, peeping toms and voyeurs alike are welcome... as long as they move towards offering the gift of their presence... eventually.
i like you too.