lead by demonstration

April 26, 2005 | 1 Comment

{The following paragraph might be a little difficult to follow, but the links are interesting to track down and make the context of the quote below all the more compelling.}

Scoble has posted some thoughts about Microsoft and a Washington state anti-discrimination bill. Brian Bailey, from Fellowship Church, responded on his blog.… Read more


April 25, 2005 | 3 Comments

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mars hill graduate school

April 25, 2005 | 1 Comment

I started the application process with Mars Hill Graduate School this past week to pursue a Master of Divinity. I’ve looked a Mars Hill a few times in the past, but being up here, we discovered it’s less than half an hour away from where we will likely be planting the church.… Read more

preach church or preach jesus?

April 24, 2005 | Leave a comment

A quote from Wolfgang Simpson (Houses That Change the World, pg 229) for Dean and I to ponder as we move forward in the church planting journey:

He {Vincent Donovan, a missionary to the Masai tribe} sums up his experience in two lessons. The first was that if you preach the church, the response will look like the church that sent you out; preach Jesus, and the response looks very different.Read more

mail order chickens

April 23, 2005 | Leave a comment

mail order chickensI got an email from a friend a few days ago about Mail Order Chickens. As best as I can tell, it’s a satirical site from Christian Aid/Pressureworks to draw attention to injustice in Ghana. Visit the site and begin the adoption process to get to the point of it.… Read more

combining passion and service

April 20, 2005 | 2 Comments

Kids With CamerasThrough a post today on Flickr’s blog I was introduced to Kids With Cameras. Their mission statement reads as follows:

Kids with Cameras is a non-profit organization that teaches the art of photography to marginalized children in communities around the world. We use photography to capture the imaginations of children, to empower them, building confidence, self-esteem and hope.… Read more

two sides of leadership

April 20, 2005 | Leave a comment

I found this statement from Inspire! What Great Leaders Do interesting:

When we ask leaders to define leadership, and then ask their employees the same question, the difference in their answers is astonishing. It is the difference between the elite and the street. Leaders will tell you that the hallmarks of great leadership include having a clear vision, defining strategic goals, being decisive, winning in the marketplace, dominating the competition, hiring brilliant people, and motivating them.Read more


April 20, 2005 | 1 Comment

The first week or so of life without Tivo was somewhat traumatic as I missed a few episodes of 24 and Alias. Thanks to BitTorrent, I’m now all caught up on 24 (without commercials!), with a few episodes of Alias waiting for me.

Most traumatic was last night, when the people whose house we are staying at flipped on Americal Idol as Gilmore Girls was beginning.… Read more

don’t be a copyfrog

April 16, 2005 | 1 Comment

As I hoped, Inspire! What Great Leaders Do has been a very good read. There were many thoughts I marked for ongoing thinking, and I will likely post several on the blog, but in different entries, because I think each is worth separate consideration.

One of the initial thoughts he writes about in the first chapter is the idea of the copyfrog syndrome.… Read more


April 12, 2005 | 3 Comments

CatalystThe Catalyst Conference rolled out their website for the 2005 conference recently. I’ve always wanted to go to this conference, but it’s never worked out for me, and this year will very likely be no different with the church targeted to launch the following weekend. If it’s a possibility for you, I’d recommend it.… Read more

christian morality

April 11, 2005 | 1 Comment

People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, ‘If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.’ I do not think that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before.Read more

clear your head

April 8, 2005 | 3 Comments

brainThe mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch

I am enamored with the concept behind this quote. Now more than ever, in the information age we live in, it is commonly concluded that the chief role of the human brain is to remember and store all that information we come across.… Read more

for jj

April 8, 2005 | 3 Comments

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on the road

April 2, 2005 | 1 Comment

We are leaving for Washington in the morning, so I’m not sure I’ll have a chance to post anything of any substance over the next week or so. I will be posting progress on our journey over at the family blog, so feel free to follow along there.… Read more