I come from a tradition that is all about restoring the New Testament church. For this very reason, we like to call ourselves the Restoration Movement. The movement came out of a desire to strip away all of the muck that built up around denominations over the years, and to simply try to be like the church was in the New Testament.… Read more
CNN is bragging that one of their correspodants is maintaining a hurricane blog. Do they not understand that it’s not really a blog without a feed of some sort? It’s really just a glorified news article.
In this instance, I do appreciate the intent. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are in Katrina’s way tonight and tomorrow — whether they are there by choice or not.… Read more
In my church history class this past week, the newness of the idea that something could be secular came up several times. The word secular essentially means something that is not at all connected with religion, spirituality, or God. This is really a 20th century concept, and an utterly false one at that.… Read more
This is as close to a political post as I’ve ever gotten. It is definitely not the first in a series, so don’t come looking for a sequel. I don’t post about politics, because I am forever wrestling with what the mix of church and politics should look like. But this might be a good start…
A few weeks ago, in our home gathering, we were talking about our church’s value statements.… Read more
I’ve become addicted to Alias I think. I had always heard what a great show it was, but had never watched until a few months ago. I started watching the 4th season with a friend I was living with, and since I have gone back and watched all of season 1 and most of season 2 to catch up on the story.… Read more
Google has released the beta version of Google Desktop 2. Google Desktop was already a great little add-in for Windows, and this takes it even further. I am typically wary of adding too much clutter to my Windows machine which slows it down, but when Google releases something like this, I’m definitely going to give it a try!… Read more
We humans commonly get in a trap of thinking: “Things will be better when _______________.” When we are in high school, we think everything will be okay when we move out and go to college. When we are single, we think things will be better when we have someone special in our life.… Read more
There are many different understandings that people have out there of what it means to be emerging. Because of this, I usually shy away from the term in favor of missional, even though that might be less descriptive as a whole.… Read more
I watched The Real DaVinci Code on Discovery last night. It’s the first DaVinci code show I’ve seen where they seriously explore the facts behind the book and conclude that Dan Brown didn’t do his research well enough. He holds that the Priory of Sion, a key organization in the book, does in fact exist as he describes it.… Read more
These paragraphs from Sacred Rhythms seemed so obvious when I read them, yet Heschel’s comment in the second paragraph is something I have never considered before:
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The rest of Sabbath is far more than withdrawal from labor and exertion. It is the rest and harmony of life as God intended it to be, an understanding that Howard Snyder equates with the biblical word shalom, which is God’s ultimate goal of health and wholeness for all humankind and the whole of creation.
Apologies to those of you who might read both, but this is a crosspost from the Pathways Blog.
Last night, at our home gathering, we watched Nooma#5: Noise. This led us to a pretty extensive discussion about the unhealthy pace of our culture. There is no way I can share all of the insights that were raised, but I thought I’d share a few of the thoughts that I have reflected on as a result of the discussion.… Read more
I’ve noticed that there are still a number of people out there who link to this site through my old domain — subvergence.org. If you are one of those, please update your links to somestrangeideas.com. Subvergence.org still works, but I don’t know if I will keep it when it comes due for it’s next renewal.… Read more
Dean and I have been sorting through the values that will shape what Pathways will look like. So I throw them out here for any feedback. If there is any language that is unclear or anything like that, please let us know.
Depth of life is developed through asking tough questions – through struggle.… Read more