A Generous Orthodoxy arrived today. I’ll probably break one of my personal rules and bump it right to the top of my reading list. I usually don’t start a new book until I have finished a previous one (otherwise I’d be halfway through a lot of books!), but I’m pretty eager about this one.… Read more
I’ve had a few conversations lately with some friends who read blogs like this, but they are too chicken to comment. (You know who you are!) That’s the whole point of this. I know that myself, and many other bloggers, consider our thoughts to be only partially formed. (In fact, many of mine probably classify as embryos at best!) We blog so that others can contribute and help us develop our thoughts further.… Read more
Some continuing thoughts from the previous entry…
Why do I feel drawn to less structure within church?
Structure within churches has been something that has turned off many. It is at the core of the argument for those who want no part of ‘organized religion’. Structures can become corrupt, but we shouldn’t assume that all structure is therefore evil.… Read more
Been playing around with different means of reading RSS feeds, and wondering what others like using. Up until now, I’ve been using BlogLines, which I find useful, especially the notifier that goes in the system tray. However, I’ve been playing around with Pluck as well. It looks like it could be great if I take the time to get it all set up.… Read more
I’ve been in the process for several months of thinking through what it would like it to look like if I were participate in a church plant. I like some of the thinking that is happening among those align with the emergent church, and yet I’m not quite as eager, as some seem to be, to completely abandon everything that happens in most evangelical churches.… Read more
I love the teaching of Rob Bell. I recently ran across some audio files of some teaching he did which I think represent him at his best. It is from a conference at ResLife, which is another church in Grand Rapids. From listening to it, I think the topic must have been “Reaching the Next Generation” or something like that.… Read more
I had an intriguing conversation with a friend a few days ago. He was in a conversation with a friend of his who was asking all sorts of questions about who Jesus was. One of his questions was whether or not Mary Magdalene was the girlfriend of Jesus. His reasoning was that it just didn’t seem reasonable that Jesus could remain celibate for 33 years.… Read more
I decided to switch to WordPress. It’s a little more difficult to do some of the layout on my end, but beyond that, it is just a lot more user friendly for readers to leave comments, as well as for me to post. I still will have a few things to add to get this site up to speed, but then again…is a site ever finished?… Read more
(By titling this “celebrate the residue”, I’m willing to bet that I’ve just put together a phrase that has never before been used in the whole of human history!)
I was playing around with some colors to add a little more flavor to the site. One my desktop, it’s kind of hard to read, but comes out very clear on my laptop. Don’t know if the problem is just my desktop monitor, or if these colors are a little more difficult.… Read more
Just finished The Post Evangelical by Dave Tomlinson. Chapter nine, which is entitled "Postively Wordly", extended some of thinking I described in the entry below. In it, he writes: "To categorize a record, a novel, or a system of education as ‘Christian’ or ‘non-Christian’ (secular) is to judge such things only on their superficial merits — for example, whether or not they talk explicity about Christian themes."
I very much agree that to judge something as Christian or secular is to make a very superficial and surface judgment.… Read more
Been thinking and reading a lot about cultural relevance the past few months, and what exactly that means. A conversation over lunch with a good friend helped me sort out some thoughts on the subject.
Though cultural relevance is a widely used term, it seems to me that we don’t all mean the same thing by it.… Read more
Finished reading Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott a few days ago. I’ve been entertained by memoirs of late, and that is certainly true of this one. She paints a simple little picture on page 120 of the battle between selfishness and service:
“Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, ‘Well, isn’t that fabulous?… Read more