a generous orthodoxy

August 31, 2004 | 3 Comments

A Generous Orthodoxy arrived today. I’ll probably break one of my personal rules and bump it right to the top of my reading list. I usually don’t start a new book until I have finished a previous one (otherwise I’d …

it’s all about the conversation

August 29, 2004 | 5 Comments

I’ve had a few conversations lately with some friends who read blogs like this, but they are too chicken to comment. (You know who you are!) That’s the whole point of this. I know that myself, and many other bloggers, …

what does church look like? part two

August 29, 2004 | 6 Comments

Some continuing thoughts from the previous entry

Why do I feel drawn to less structure within church?
Structure within churches has been something that has turned off many. It is at the core of the argument for those who …

rss readers

August 28, 2004 | Leave a comment

Been playing around with different means of reading RSS feeds, and wondering what others like using. Up until now, I’ve been using BlogLines, which I find useful, especially the notifier that goes in the system tray. However, I’ve been …

mere discipleship

August 26, 2004 | 1 Comment

It’s not often that I recommend books that I haven’t even finished, but I am enjoying one so much right now that I must. It is Mere Discipleship by Lee C Camp, and it is excellent.…

what does church look like?

August 25, 2004 | 6 Comments

I’ve been in the process for several months of thinking through what it would like it to look like if I were participate in a church plant. I like some of the thinking that is happening among those align with …

wholeness

August 24, 2004 | Leave a comment

Just finished reading How People Grow by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. This book presents a great picture of what growth as a Jesus follower looks like. These guys truly understand, better than me at least, that following Jesus means …

bell at his best

August 22, 2004 | 1 Comment

I love the teaching of Rob Bell. I recently ran across some audio files of some teaching he did which I think represent him at his best. It is from a conference at ResLife, which is another church in Grand …

is jesus too normal?

August 22, 2004 | 3 Comments

I had an intriguing conversation with a friend a few days ago. He was in a conversation with a friend of his who was asking all sorts of questions about who Jesus was. One of his questions was whether or …

switch to wordpress

August 19, 2004 | Leave a comment

I decided to switch to WordPress. It’s a little more difficult to do some of the layout on my end, but beyond that, it is just a lot more user friendly for readers to leave comments, as well as …

celebrate the residue

August 15, 2004 | 7 Comments

(By titling this “celebrate the residue”, I’m willing to bet that I’ve just put together a phrase that has never before been used in the whole of human history!)

For the first time in a long time, I’ve been using …

a way of life

August 15, 2004 | Leave a comment

I very much like this quote from The New Testament and the People of God by NT Wright:

“The main thing that would have struck observers of early Christianity was not its ‘religious’ side, nor indeed its early doctrinal formulations, …

mclaren on strategy

August 10, 2004 | Leave a comment

I ran across a great article by Brian McLaren which is recommended to all. Thanks to Pernell Goodyear for posting this link on his site.…

times of refreshing

August 10, 2004 | 7 Comments

Was doing some study for a teaching a few weeks ago and ran across a little insight I’ve thought about a number of times since…

In Acts 3:19, Peter is speaking to a crowd in Solomon’s Colonnade. He tell …

new site colors

August 10, 2004 | Leave a comment

I was playing around with some colors to add a little more flavor to the site. One my desktop, it’s kind of hard to read, but comes out very clear on my laptop. Don’t know if the problem is just …

engaging the previous entry

August 7, 2004 | 5 Comments

Just finished The Post Evangelical by Dave Tomlinson. Chapter nine, which is entitled "Postively Wordly", extended some of thinking I described in the entry below. In it, he writes: "To categorize a record, a novel, or a system of education …

cultural relevance

August 4, 2004 | 5 Comments

Been thinking and reading a lot about cultural relevance the past few months, and what exactly that means. A conversation over lunch with a good friend helped me sort out some thoughts on the subject.

Though cultural relevance is a …

traveling mercies

August 1, 2004 | Leave a comment

Finished reading Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott a few days ago. I’ve been entertained by memoirs of late, and that is certainly true of this one. She paints a simple little picture on page 120 of the battle between selfishness …