bad guys choices

November 30, 2005 | 2 Comments

I’m amazed at the conversations that spring out of the questions of a three year old mind. Story time with Macey has become much more complex in the last few months. She is always analyzing the stories we read and asking lots of questions. Some of that is because she wants to delay bed time, but most of it is because her inquiring mind wants to know.… Read more


November 30, 2005 | Leave a comment

is a pretty cool little utility that let’s you share documents between computers or online. It sets up a private (hopefully!) peer to peer network that allows you to to share specific files or folders to share between your own computers. It can also be used to access files remotely or share documents with others that you are collaborating on.… Read more

in search of paul

November 29, 2005 | Leave a comment

In Search of PaulI ran across In Search of Paul, by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan Reed, in a bookstore last year shortly after it had been released. I finally picked up a copy not long ago and dove in. After finishing it yesterday, I have a new found desire to learn good skimming and speed-reading skills.… Read more

gladwell on warren

November 26, 2005 | 2 Comments

Malcolm GladwellRick WarrenMalcolm Gladwell wrote an article in September called The Cellular Church. It’s about Rick Warren and Saddleback. This one has been linked on a few blogs, but I wanted to pass it along as well for anyone who might have missed it. I’m a fan of Gladwell’s writing, and it is good to read about Warren through a non-Evangelical (as far as I know, anyway) perspective.… Read more

insane chaotic mayhem (and perhaps a bit ridiculous too)

November 25, 2005 | Leave a comment

hard driveI’ve had little interest in the chaos that happens in stores on the day after Thanksgiving. I did stoop to looking through the ads, and nothing really caught my eye — except a nice and plump 200gb hard drive for $30 at CompUSA. I’ve been digitizing a lot of our video to our hard drives, and running out of space, so this seemed like a good opportunity for some binary breathing room.… Read more

happy thanksgiving

November 25, 2005 | 3 Comments

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how can the bible be authoritative?

November 19, 2005 | Leave a comment

NT WrightThis morning, I read the manuscript of a marvelous lecture by NT Wright called “How Can the Bible be Authoritative?” (Thanks to for making it available: HTML/ PDF. Thanks also to Mark and Gary who both recommended it to me.) This is a must read for anyone who is serious about understanding the role the Bible should play in our churches and in our culture today.… Read more

sigur rós

November 19, 2005 | 5 Comments

sigur rosJust about a year ago, I posted about my appreciation for Explosions in the Sky. Their music is a “soundtrack for life” of sorts. In the past few months, I have been enjoying Sigur Rós in much the same way. Their music has an ethereal quality to it that I find to be perfect for thinking, studying, or reading.… Read more

it’s a plural us

November 14, 2005 | 2 Comments

wheatAs I mentioned here, we spent some time last week looking at the Lord’s Prayer. In our desire to see this as a prayer of God’s work of redemption, I saw a phrase in a way I had never before seen it.

As Dean and I were talking though it, the phrase “give us today our daily bread” took on new life for me.… Read more

no weigh

November 14, 2005 | 1 Comment

What if we all spent less time trying to weigh the difference we can make, and more time trying to make a difference any way we can?… Read more

lectio divideo

November 10, 2005 | 2 Comments

This week in our home groups, we were discussing redemption. We spent some time with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). If God’s prime mission in our world is redemption, then how is the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer asking God to redeem this world? And how is it a prayer asking how we can partner with him in that?… Read more

covenant vs membership, part two

November 10, 2005 | 3 Comments

I’ve been in many conversations of late about the idea of bounded or centered sets and how that concept could help define what it means to be a part of a community following Jesus. I think I was first introduced to this thinking in The Shaping of Things to Come.… Read more

the secret message of jesus

November 7, 2005 | 3 Comments

the secret message of jesusBrian McLaren has a new book coming out this spring called The Secret Message of Jesus. This seems too similar in title and concept to The Lost Message of Jesus, so I wonder how they will differ.

At the Generous Orthodoxy conference, one of McLaren’s messages was a look at the historical message of Jesu.… Read more

portable simplicity

November 6, 2005 | 3 Comments

In the midst of starting a new church, one of the mantras I keep repeating to myself and others is, “Let’s keep it simple!” There is enough going on already. Let’s keep details to a minimum so we can focus on relationships.

One of our desires has been to record the teaching in order to make a podcast available, but the process of doing this is yet another detail amongst many.… Read more

reading filters

November 5, 2005 | 3 Comments

As I’ve been reviewing some of my underlining in books lately, I’ve noticed how prone I am to mainly underlining ideas that support things I am already thinking. I’ve also been in a number of conversations of late where someone reads a book that I have read, and we both draw completely different conclusions out of the book.… Read more

recommended reading

November 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

It seems like I am always recommending some of my favorite books to people. Some ask for my opinion, but most do not. 🙂 I’ve added a page with a listing of my favorite books broken into very general categories. I will maintain a link to the page in the reading section of the righthand column.… Read more

being missional vs doing evangelism

November 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

“How do you see the relationship between ‘being missional’ and doing evangelism?”

Aaron Ogle asked a question similar to this in a workshop today at the A Generous Orthodoxy conference this morning. I’ve been mulling on this throughout the day, so I thought I’d pitch my two cents in.

Doing good works is often seen as a way of softening people up so they will be interested in hearing our views.… Read more

a generous orthodoxy conference

November 4, 2005 | Leave a comment

I spent today at Off The Map’s A Generous Orthodoxy Conference. This evening, I shared a row with the fellers from Radical Congruency, and they were feverisly typing away. Their 15 or so entries today summed up the event pretty well, so go enjoy their labors. I also enjoyed dinner with them — thanks for sharing some time together Justin and Aaron.… Read more

November 3, 2005 | 2 Comments

planterblogs.comI’ve enjoyed reading the blogs of others in the past 18 or so months, and I’ve especially enjoyed the diversity of views. Recentaly, I’ve run across a number of personal blogs of others who are involved in church planting that have been great to read. Because I’ve enjoyed them so much, I put together a new website this past week that I’m pretty excited about.… Read more

inside out

November 3, 2005 | 3 Comments

Inside OutAs part of their 30 year anniversary, Willow Creek is doing something I think is pretty cool. They are doing something called Inside Out which involves going out to serve their community for 30 days. They also have a created a blog to share stories. Here’s is a partial description from their website:

How do believers “do church” in their neighborhoods?

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