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 be halfway through a lot of books!), but I’m pretty eager about this one.… Read more

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, consider our thoughts to be only partially formed. (In fact, many of mine probably classify as embryos at best!) We blog so that others can contribute and help us develop our thoughts further.… Read more

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 want no part of ‘organized religion’. Structures can become corrupt, but we shouldn’t assume that all structure is therefore evil.… Read more

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 playing around with Pluck as well. It looks like it could be great if I take the time to get it all set up.… Read more

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.… Read more

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 the emergent church, and yet I’m not quite as eager, as some seem to be, to completely abandon everything that happens in most evangelical churches.… Read more

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 that we come to a point of wholeness in our lives.… Read more

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 Rapids. From listening to it, I think the topic must have been “Reaching the Next Generation” or something like that.… Read more

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 not Mary Magdalene was the girlfriend of Jesus. His reasoning was that it just didn’t seem reasonable that Jesus could remain celibate for 33 years.… Read more

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 for me to post. I still will have a few things to add to get this site up to speed, but then again…is a site ever finished?… Read more

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 commentary for my devotional reading: Paul for Everyone: The Pastoral Letters by Tom (NT) Wright.… Read more

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, but its total way of life.” (emphasis mine)… Read more

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.… Read more

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 them that times of refreshing will come when they repent and turn to God.… Read more

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 my desktop monitor, or if these colors are a little more difficult.… Read more

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 as ‘Christian’ or ‘non-Christian’ (secular) is to judge such things only on their superficial merits — for example, whether or not they talk explicity about Christian themes."

I very much agree that to judge something as Christian or secular is to make a very superficial and surface judgment.… Read more

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 widely used term, it seems to me that we don’t all mean the same thing by it.… Read more

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 and service:

“Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, ‘Well, isn’t that fabulous?… Read more