I know that a number of readers of this blog are fairly new to following blogs, so here’s some useful info for you. The easiest way to follow blogs (and many other websites these days) is not by visiting each site.
Many sites, and almost all blogs, produce something called an RSS feed.… Read more
I’ve often heard over the past few years that pastors were operating too much like corporate CEOs. While I have shared some of those concerns, I’ve also seen a lack of reasonable models being offered instead. It seemed that those who were opposed to CEP’s (chief operating pastors) were ready to chuck leadership altogether, or they just wanted something to gripe about without offering thoughts on a better alternative.… Read more
I’ve become mildly fascinated with St Patrick’s work among the Celts, which I alluded to on St Patrick’s Day. That, along with a general favoring of history, led me to read How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill. I found the following paragraph about Patrick’s ministry among the Celts especially fascinating:
None of this would be surprising if we assume that there were characteristic aspects of Irish culture that Patrick had taken to hear and on which he chose to build his new Christianity.
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The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love. Therefore, it can never find rest or happiness in other things. It must lose itself in love. By its very nature it must seek God, who is love.
-Mechthild von Magdeburg, thirteenth century mystic and visionary… Read more
Macey turns three tomorrow. Due to schedules, she already had her birthday party. One of the presents we gave her was the NIrV Read With Me Bible.
As moral, upright Christian citizens should, we’ve been reading a few stories to her every day. So far, here’s some of the highlights, or perhaps lowlights, she has seen:
- a couple of naked people frolicking in a garden who disobeyed by doing the one thing God had asked them not to do
- a young man who killed his brother in a jealous rage
- an old man who tied his son down on top of an altar and raised his knife to kill him as a sacrifice
- a younger brother who deceived his own dad to steal his older brother’s blessing
- a father who deceived a young man into marrying his older, uglier daughter rather than the younger prettier one he hoped for
- a man who had two wives and loved one of them a whole lot more than the other
- a father who loved his youngest son the most and showed favoritism by giving him a dandy jacket
Sherri and I have pretty much cringed or chuckled everytime we have storytime.… Read more
Some final thoughts from The Shaping of Things to Come… (Previous posts, are here , here, and here.) There are lots of good thoughts on the form of leadership in the missional context that are too intensive to develop here, but here’s a couple highlights:
- Pg 188 – “And it’s one of the core tasks of leadership to help the community to dream again.
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I have added a Scripture index of all the Scriptures I have reference in entries on the site. The link is available near the top of the right hand column, and I will keep it updated. Feel free to use it to steal, ponder, or critique my thoughts on these passages.… Read more
I had a really good conversation tonight with a really good friend. He is in the midst of trying to figure out how ministry fits into his life right now. He still has a thirst for God, but is worn out. He’s a little troubled by it all.
Life has seasons.… Read more
More thoughts from The Shaping of Things to Come. (For my previous posts, see here and here.) There is some rich thinking here, so I won’t soil it with my own comments this time.
- Pg 68 – “So-called ‘good teaching’ is not occurring in a church that has no heart for its community, since the purpose of teaching is to equip Christians for service.”
- Pg 80 – “We are advocating that all church planters take the considerable time required to untangle what we do because it is commanded by Christ, what we do because it was taught by the apostles or modeled by the early church, and what are relatively recent church traditions.
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Here’s an interesting article on something new that MTV is doing called “Spiritual Windows.”… Read more
Jason Clark has started a conversation on the future of preaching that I think is interesting. I’ve already commented and will continue to follow along with the thoughts there.… Read more
Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s day. I don’t have a whole lot of green in my closet, but perhaps that’s not the best way to honor who St. Patrick was anyway.
St. Patrick’s story is worth knowing. The Roman church had no success in reaching the “barbaric” Celt tribes, and they had pretty much given up.… Read more
For those of you who live in the United States, SaveDarfur.org has set up a page that will allow you to automatically send an email to the president and your congressional representatives regarding your concern for the situation in Sudan. All you have to do is fill in your information. It’s quick and easy, and very worthwhile.… Read more
Google is experimenting with a new version of their homepage called GoogleX. It has an OS X feel, and gives access to more search features than the normal Google homepage, while still maintain it’s beautiful simplicity. Pretty much everything Google developes these days is on the mark as far as I’m concerned.… Read more
I have to confess I was a bit hesitant to include False Intimacy on my current reading list, lest visitors to this site think I am in over my head with sexual addiction. But I did decide to list it, and I want to share some thoughts from it as well.… Read more
I just placed an order with Amazon to be delivered to our new church mailing address in Washington. Because Amazon is based in Washington, I’m going to have to pay sales tax. I’m questioning everything, beginning with our call to move to Washington. How could God call us to a place where this would happen?… Read more
Rob Bell’s first book, Velvet Elvis, is available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be released this summer. You can find a preview of the first several (short) chapters in this PDF from the Zondervan website.… Read more
My good friend JJ has started blogging. Pay him a visit: Don’t Squeeze the JJ
If you think his blog title is a little offbeat, you should have seen some of the other options we discussed. My personal favorites were filthyliar.com, afraidofstuff.com (which is an inside joke, but some of you will get it), and shortsingleheterosexualmanwithasmalldog.com.… Read more
So far, The Shaping of Things to Come is living up to the opening paragraph. I’m only about a fourth of the way through it, but it has been so good, I figured I’d better start sharing some highlights now. If I waited until I finished the book like I usually do, it might be a very long post.… Read more
It’s amazing how stuff can pile up, and moving has made me so aware of that. We stuff things away for later, and never use them. Then they become a hassle when we move because we have to figure out how to dispose of them. Sometimes they aren’t easy to dispose of.… Read more