OK we have a wide range of Church Leader Insights today. They range from Martin Luther’s hair to Instagram stories (imagine the German monk using those back in the day!) and a superb piece on Same Sex Marriage.

As they say in cafes, enjoy!

Why Did Martin Luther Have Such A Funny Haircut?

“Daddy, why does that man have such funny hair?”

If she wasn’t but a couple years old, the fact that she didn’t know who that man was would have caused me great shame in my parenting skills. “That man” was Martin Luther and my daughter had noticed his funny hair style. “Why in the world would he cut his hair that way?”

At the time I simply told her that it was because he was a monk and that is what monks do. But soon her curiosity had become my own. Why did that man have such funny hair? Where did this practice come from and what was it supposed to represent?

If you are inspired by Luther’s sweet hair cut and you want to go to your barber the name for this unique hair style is “tonsure”. To be tonsured means to be sheared. There were three forms of tonsure. The Oriental—which purportedly followed the practice of Paul and was practiced by the Eastern Orthodox required the shaving of the whole head. The Roman—which we are likely most familiar with and which graced Luther’s head, required the shaving of the top of the head.

The practice is quite old. It’s at least as old as 633 because there the Celtic form (the third form) was considered unorthodox by the Council of Toledo. (So apparently teenagers weren’t the first ones to wear unorthodox hairstyles). The Council of Trent, as to be predicted, actually dates the practice back to the apostle Peter. This, though, isn’t very likely as the early disciples likely wouldn’t have worn a hairstyle which would have immediately invited persecution. Some sort of the practice likely began around the time of Augustine and slowly morphed into the accepted form that we see demanded by the Council of Toledo.

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Dear GetUp! RE: Your Anti-Plebiscite Video

Dear GetUp!

I recently watched your ‘Anti-Plebiscite’ video, in which you condemn the Plebiscite as a bad idea. It’s clear that you’re against the Plebiscite, for a variety of reasons. You’re adamant that same-sex marriage is an important human rights issue. And you believe Parliament, not a ‘people’s vote’, should redefine marriage. That all comes across clearly, and passionately.

However, you make other claims in the video that are unclear to me. Claims that leave me confused, and a little concerned. And so, if I may,  I would like to ask you a few questions about it.

1) You condemn the Plebiscite as an ‘

Unnecessary, expensive hate machine

’ to ‘

unleash homophobia and bigotry

’ on LGBTI people.

I’m wondering how you came to this strong conclusion?

We just saw a very similar campaign run in deeply religious Ireland, which,  according to the ‘ ‘Yes’ Campaign coordinator Tiernan Brady, ‘brought people together’, and ‘transformed Ireland by the [positive] process’.

What makes you conclude we couldn’t have such a polite tone during our Plebiscite?

After all, even high-profile opponents of SSM, the Australian Christian Lobby, were recently described by LGBTI ‘Starobserver’ reporter Shannon Power as having ‘toned down their style to help convince voters who might be leaning on the fence [in the Plebiscite]’. Does that sound like they’re gearing up to ‘unleash homophobia and bigotry’?

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Instagram Stories: How 18 Brands And Influencers Are Using It (And You Can Too!)

10 billion.

That’s the number of videos people watch on Snapchat every day. The same potential consumption (maybe more) exists for Instagram Stories —  quick videos and photos that disappear after 24 hours, just like Snapchat, but with an audience of 500 million users.

Does that sound like a channel worth exploring?

We believe so! Storytelling has always been a key part of marketing, and features like Instagram Stories are empowering us marketers to tell better and deeper stories about our brands. We’d love to provide you with more resources about Instagram Stories so that you can master this platform and see your voice spread.

In this post, I’d love to share 18 Instagram marketers who have been doing rad things with Stories to give you some inspiration on what you could do for your Instagram Stories too.

18 Creative Uses of Instagram Stories (and how you can do it too)

From my research, I discovered several creative ways brands and individuals have been using Instagram Stories. And here’s the great news: most of these strategies do not require huge budget or resources to pull off!

Before we dive into each brand and individual, here’s the full list of rockstar Instagram storytellers with links to their Instagram profiles.

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How to Trick Your Brain to Stop Procrastinating The Really Scary Stuff

Do you know why you can’t stop procrastinating the really scary stuff- despite all your good intentions?

It’s because the classic anti-procrastination tip just doesn’t work on them. It works on easier things,  like those things that are only a little uncomfortable. Take, for example, decluttering your bedroom.

But, when it comes to the really important stuff, such as the ones that are life changing and take a lot of commitment, the classic tips cease to be effective at all. This mostly happens with important milestones in your life, like quitting your job to start your dream business, losing weight, or writing the book you’ve had in mind for ten years.

It’s like cutting down a tree in a really thick black forest. You know you have to do it but you find a lot of excuses not to.

It’s really difficult, right?

There’s something about feeling ‘scared’ that makes us not to want to have anything to do with it. And there’s another good reason- pain.

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