breaking the missional code

May 30, 2006 | 1 Comment

breaking the missional codeI was sent a copy of Breaking the Missional Code by the authors for review on this blog. As a lover of books and gifts, this immediately endears me to both of these men. My feelings about the book are mixed.

On one hand, I really liked the general premise of the book.… Read more

postsecret

May 27, 2006 | 3 Comments

If you don’t visit PostSecret weekly, please start.… Read more

umm…what about monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, and saturday?

May 27, 2006 | 8 Comments

loverboyIt seems like pastors and Loverboy have something in common. We’re only interested in “working for the weekend”*. Unfortunately.

As a pastor, I read a lot of blogs of others pastors. Monday is reaction day. Many pastors review the day before and how they felt about their Sunday services. I certainly know the feeling, because I do the same thing.… Read more

the davinci code

May 26, 2006 | 2 Comments

the davinci codeSo I did some pastoral research yesterday and went to see The DaVinci Code. After seeing it, it’s crazy to me that the movie’s reviews have been as bad as they are. It was nowhere near as bad as the reviews have been. I think that after the first few reviews were bad, all the other reviewers are afraid they will lose their credibility if they don’t pan it.… Read more

no earthly good

May 24, 2006 | 2 Comments

We’re talking about the end times this week at Pathways. More importantly, we’re talking about how to live in anticipation of them without mentally checking out of the present day. That dialogue led me to these lyrics:

No Earthly Good, by Johnny Cash

Come hear me good brothers come here one and all
Don’t brag about standing or you’ll surely fall
You’re shinin’ your light yes and shine if you should
You’re so heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You’re so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good
You’re shinin’ your light yes and shine if you should
You’re so heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good

Come here me good sisters you’re salt of the earth
If your salt isn’t salted then what is it worth
You could give someone a cool drink if you would
You’re so heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You’re so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good
You could give someone a cool drink if you would
You’re so heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good

If you’re holdin’ heaven then spread it around
There are hungry hands reaching up here from the ground
Move over and share the high ground where you stood
So heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good
No earthly good you are no earthly good
You’re so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good
Move over and share the high ground where you stood
So heavenly minded and you’re no earthly good
No earthly good…

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…and we’re back

May 22, 2006 | 3 Comments

theohacks podcastThey say that the best things in life are worth waiting for. Maybe that’s true, but in this case, waiting for three months just get’s you a new episode of TheoHacks, hosted by Zach Lind and yours truly.
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colossians remixed

May 22, 2006 | Leave a comment

colossians remixedColossians Remixed, by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat, is both a cultural and a textual commentary. They reveal how Paul’s message in the book of Colossians was deeply subversive to the Roman Empire. However, as so many other commentaries might, they don’t stop there. They continue by projecting what it might look like for that same message today.… Read more

fullness to the table

May 20, 2006 | 2 Comments

I spent the last three days in an intensive master’s class on leadership. It was taught by Ron Carucci. Ron has been a highly respected leadership consultant for corporate executives for many years. Today, he continues that work while he serves as the COO at Mars Hill. His work as a consultant, combined with his passion for the school and students, created an enriching experinece.… Read more

right now…

May 17, 2006 | 6 Comments

Sometimes you have to get creative when you don’t have an office. ๐Ÿ™‚

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yummy

May 16, 2006 | 3 Comments

macbookApple rolled out the MacBook today. (Kind of ironic since we picked up a used iBook really cheap off of Craigslist yesterday, but I already suspected this was coming, so no regrets.) Most people will be raving about the black, which is nice, but the black costs more than the others…it’s not as if you have the option of whatever specs you want in either color.… Read more

t-mobile sda

May 15, 2006 | 5 Comments

t-mobile sdaAfter seriously considering a switch to Cingular to get a Cingular 2125, we decided to stay with T-Mobile, and we got the T-Mobile SDA. Wow.

First of all, T-Mobile came up 1st or 2nd in customer satisfaction in all the reviews I found…Cingular was pretty much the opposite. Even my own experience with that.… Read more

moblog test

May 13, 2006 | Leave a comment

Just testing a moblog post from my mobile phone!

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inter::mission

May 10, 2006 | Leave a comment

I had coffee with Steve Lewis today. Steve is yet another connection I made through the blogosphere, and it was great to connect with him to hear his heart and dreams. He does campus ministry at UDub, but is working on a year-long program called inter::mission for recent graduates to immerse themselves in intentional community, teaching and campus ministry.… Read more

planterplanet.com

May 10, 2006 | Leave a comment

The Short Version: PlanterBlogs.com is now PlanterPlanet.com. PlanterBlogs.com will no longer work, so please update your bookmarks and links on your site in order to help spread the word. (If you are subscribed to the old feed, itโ€™s address has not changed, so you donโ€™t need to change anything.)

The Long Version: Sometime in the last week, PlanterBlogs was hacked, and a fake bank website was uploaded in a subfolder trying to lure people to enter their account info.… Read more

theology as fiction

May 10, 2006 | 1 Comment

christ the lord: out of egyptA few months ago, I wrote my thoughts on Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. I had a chance to meet with Steve Lewis today and we talked about how much we both enjoyed the book. The conversation reminded me of my conclusions about the book, which seem especially fitting with the DaVinci Code’s realease next week:

With The DaVinci Code set to release this spring, there will be another cry among Christians to find a conservative and reliable presentation of the historical Jesus.

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leading with a limp

May 7, 2006 | 3 Comments

leading with a limpFor an upcoming class on leadership, we were given a copy of the manuscript for Dan Allender’s forthcoming book: Leading With a Limp. Ummm….wow. I just soared through the first third of it — not because it is an easy and smooth read, though it is that as well, but because it is so refreshing.… Read more

revernaculation: “quest for the historical jesus”

May 1, 2006 | 2 Comments

jesus(This is a continuation of the revernaculation series, which I intend to pick up from time to time. Here are the previous posts: go to heaven, relationship with Jesus, knows the word and law.)

This revernaculation is a little more in depth, as it is a link to a paper I wrote arguing how the Quest for the Historical Jesus, a modern discipline, needs to reshape itself for postmodernity.… Read more