intelligent design

September 29, 2004 | 3 Comments

Got the latest Wired magazine in the mail today. The cover story is about how intelligent design is gaining credibility as an alternative to evolution. For those of you who don’t subscribe, the article is available here.… Read more

true humanity

September 29, 2004 | 7 Comments

I would just like to hear the first thoughts that come to everyone’s mind when you read/see this phrase — “true humanity”.… Read more

pushy evangelism

September 29, 2004 | 6 Comments

A good friend posted this comment below in reponse to another entry, but I thought it was worth bringing up here for everyone’s attention…

I work at church right now that is pushes us all alot on evangelism. Which is probably a good thing in some ways. I often have to report to someone about it or in weekly prayer times I feel pressured to have some breakthrough to share about someone I’ve talked to.

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more from bono

September 29, 2004 | Leave a comment

Bono is in the news again talking about AIDS in Africa. This time it’s a story from the BBC. I appreciate how articulate he is as he discusses this topic. (Thanks to Jonny Baker for the link.)

If you’re not familiar with the work Bono is doing regarding the AIDS pandemic (or even if you are), check out DATA.… Read more

vertigo baby!

September 27, 2004 | 4 Comments

The new U2 single is now available on iTunes.… Read more

cuddle parties

September 27, 2004 | 15 Comments

I’m sure I have thoughts on this, but for now, I thought I’d just share the link:

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the parable of the black slime

September 25, 2004 | 1 Comment

I had a chance to repeat one of life’s least pleasant experiences today. (Those of you who know me outside of cyberville, please forgive, because you have likely heard a similar version of this before…) My wife pointed out to me that her bathroom sink was slow draining and needed to be unclogged.… Read more


September 25, 2004 | 1 Comment

I actually clicked on a banner ad last night. Not only that…I’m glad I did. The ad was promoting a free 60-day trial of Microsoft OneNote. I downloaded and installed it, and I love it. I was watching Hidalgo when I stumbled on OneNote, and I think that playing with this software may have even made that two hours of life worth living.… Read more

book meme

September 24, 2004 | Leave a comment

Though I also posted in his comments, I’m participating in Tim Samoff’s book meme from afar as well. This is from Bowling Alone b Robert Putnam:

Before reaching any firm conclusion about Americans’ involvement in formal social organizations, however, we need to consider changes in the worlds of religion and work.

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September 24, 2004 | Leave a comment

I added a Get FireFox button to the bottom of the right hand column today. I’ve been using FireFox for a few months and love it. If you’re not using FireFox, especially on a PC, I strongly recommend it.… Read more

quicklink pen scanner

September 23, 2004 | Leave a comment

I recently picked up a WizCom QuickLink Elite Pen Scanner. Those of you who are avid readers might find it useful. It’s a slick little device.

It’s a little scanner that is a little bit larger than a high-lighter. It’s battery powered, so you can carry it with you and scan in anything you read.… Read more

journey inward, journey outward

September 22, 2004 | 6 Comments

Wow. I had to tease Pastor Draven because he recommended Journey Inward, Journey Outward to me about 5 or 6 times in different contexts. However, I have to say it was worth every mention he made. This book describes a church that truly understood what it meant to be missional. The amazing thing is, they were doing things 40 years ago that most of us only see in our most idealistic moments.… Read more

bedtime prayers

September 22, 2004 | Leave a comment

My daughter has started saying her own prayers at bedtime. It’s kind of nice to hear, since she hasn’t yet learned how to do it ‘right’. First of all, all bedtime prayers start of with thank you for the food, since she’s used to hearing that at meal times. She’s also quite scattered and all over the place, and she often needs to be redirected back to the subject or prayer.… Read more

two spins on consumer evangelism

September 21, 2004 | 6 Comments

Ran across this quote while reviewing some of my underlined portions of Coercion by Douglas Rushkoff:

Retailers no longer pretended they were simply selling their products in the best possible light. They were doing more than just associating their wares with a desirable lifestyle. They were creating atmospheres that triggered an emotional need: to be a part of a world that was different from everyday reality.

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hell house revisited

September 21, 2004 | Leave a comment

Bruiser alerted me to a story on the Hell House production from the NY Times a few weeks ago. He posted this link in the comments to the original Hell House post, but I thought I’d bring it up here where everyone would see it. Thanks Bruiser.… Read more


September 16, 2004 | Leave a comment

David the Rambler just passed this interview with Erwin McManus along to me, and I thought others would find it interesting as well.

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a9 discount

September 16, 2004 | Leave a comment

Just noticed a fancy little formula (π/2%) by the logo on the Amazon homepage, and noticed it changed to say “A9 instant reward on” when I moused over it. It opened a pop up window telling about a discount for using A9, so I thought I’d let you all know: (which, I’m sure, is exactly what they are hoping for)

John Chandler, since you’ve been using recently, virtually everything at is automatically an additional π/2% (1.57%) off for you.

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corporate or political?

September 16, 2004 | 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking for several months about what leadership in a church should look like, and I know I’m certainly not alone. I have Summoned to Lead by Len Sweet on the way, and I’m curious to see what his thoughts are. (I’m open to other recommendations as well, so post a comment if you’ve got one.)

I’ve seen the model of pastor as CEO critiqued in many places (here is a recent example) and I tend to agree with those critiques.… Read more


September 15, 2004 | 1 Comment

Mi amigo Zach has started blogging here. I know he will have some good things to say if we can just get him to be willing to express his opinions. 😉… Read more

what does church look like? part five

September 14, 2004 | 11 Comments

I wonder why church’s like to keep calling themselves relevant. I see church websites or promo pieces all the time that describe how their message is relevant. I think the messsage of the church has to be more than relevant. To be relevant is a step down from what God has called the church to be.… Read more