A follow up to the AllConsuming entry from yesterday…
Brian McLaren‘s latest, A Generous Orthodoxy has been the fifth most mentioned book in blogs both yesterday and today, according to AllConsuming.… Read more
I have wrestled a number of times on this blog regarding how organizational values should fit in a church. I’ve not been one who has endorsed the pure dismissal of leadership and organization as so many appear to have done, at least in principle. Stephen Shields, from what I have seen in a number of his posts, appears to think along the same lines as I do.… Read more
I’ve been visiting AllConsuming.net from time to time. It’s a website which shows what blogs have been talking about what books. You can see the most commonly mentioned books, or look up a book and see what blogs have mentioned it. If you mention a book in your blog, you can trackback to the page for that book so that someone else can find your comments.… Read more
Unless you are completely allergic to Windows, you may be familiar with this picture:
This picture is preloaded on every Windows XP machine. It is called ‘bliss’. When I see it, I want to crawl through my computer screen and run through that field. I want to lay in that grass and look at the clouds and think about nothing.… Read more
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In discussions about the contemporary mission of the Church it is often said that the Church ought to address itself to the real questions which people are asking.
Thank goodness for packaging. It’s not reasonsable for any of us to go to the store and purchase sugar without it’s pretty packinging. It wouldn’t be convenient to transport it. Without the packaging, I can think of any number of rather ridiculous scenarios of what it would be like to purchase a handful of sugar and bring it home.… Read more
I’m trudging through The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Lesslie Newbigin right now. Some good stuff, though it is taking some time to process through what he says. Here’s a quote I read this morning that jumped out at me:
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In the Fourth Gospel Jesus defines for his disciples what is to be their relation to him.
I recently heard Reggie McNeal speak, and I really like what he had to say, especially about the condition of the church and the direction it is heading if it does not change the way it does some things. Most of what he had to say is in his book The Present Future which I’m looking forward to reading based on what I heard that day.… Read more
722 did something really cool a few weeks ago. They spent the whole program in silence and directed it from the screens. You can watch what they showed on the screens through their website. Watch the one from October 5.… Read more
I have downloaded and been playing around with something called ipodder. It’s a program that lets you download all sorts audio content to an ipod or any other mp3 player. It’s very new, but has created a lot of buzz in the last few weeks. Anyone can create audio that others can download, and a lot of ‘podcasts’ have already burst on the scene.… Read more
I just ran across something called PubSub and I’m trying it out. It will let you create an RSS feed for any specific term you want and search all the blogs that it reads for that term. For instance, you can tell it to look for the phrase “orange and purple cow”, and it will alert you anytime a blog entry is published with that phrase.… Read more
Lest I take myself or this blog in particular too seriously, I respectfully submit from Everyman’s Talmud the quote found below: (I also submit this, because I think it has a shot at dethroning “cuddle parties” for the most comments.)
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A prayer for thanksgiving was included in the liturgy to be said after attending to nature’s call: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who hast formed man in wisdom and created in him many orifices and vessels.
I wish I had even the tiniest grasp on what it means to be a mystical Christian. I don’t just mean defining it — I mean being it. Of course, if I can fully grasp what it means to be mystical, is it no longer mystical. If I create a five-step process or daily regimen to experience a mystical faith, isn’t there a danger that I will miss the wind that blows wherever it chooses?… Read more
In reading The Ragamuffin Gospel, I ran across a pretty remarkable quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer I thought was worth passing along:
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He who is alone with his sins is utterly alone. It may be that Christians, not withstanding corporate worship, common prayer, and all their fellowship in service, may still be left to their loneliness.
I read the paragraph below in an article over at Next-Wave and thought it was worth passing along:
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I hold a theological conviction that churches, rightly conceived, are fundamentally personal. They exist to bring people into personal relationships with each other and with the tri-personal God. I suppose some degree of bureaucratization may be inevitable in today’s world, but I wonder how faithfully a bureaucratic scheme can fulfill the theological vision of the church?