This season of life has me a little weary tonight. It is this odd mixture of the thrill of taking part in what we think God has called us to, combined with the constant uncertainty of what exactly that might be.
I wonder how this all worked for Paul as he traveled from city to city.… Read more
I’ve had a number on conversations in the last few weeks with people regarding what it means to identify yourself as emergent and where I think I fit with that. There are lots of good things the emergent conversation has to say, and much I have learned from it. I, however, don’t particularly feel a need to call myself emergent as it is becoming defined as a movement within the church.… Read more
Big huge massive thumbs up for Finding Neverland. This movie captures the joy of creativity. The more I have an opportunity to be creative, the more I enjoy life. I’ve been reminded lately that I need to work to exercise my creative muscles, especially in a season of life where I’ve not felt as much opportunity to express myself creatively.… Read more
Happy Thanksgiving to all!… Read more
First, Break All the Rules provides a good distinction between managers and leaders. There are a lot of different definitions floating around about these two terms and it confuses the issue. More than anything, I’ve heard that leaders are good because they push things forward, while managers are only capable of maintaining the status quo.… Read more
Sherri and I recently returned from assessment with a church planting organization called Stadia. It was intense, but insightful. We still don’t know for sure what is next for us, so I’d like to ask for continued prayers from those of you who have been praying for us.
They closed out the assessment with two either/or recommendations for us.… Read more
The latest issue of Fast Company has an interesting article about the hierarchy (or lack of) at Gore — the makers of Gore-tex and Elixir guitar strings. Essentially no one has bosses and they believe this allows them to have a more creative environment. For those of you who are asking questions about what some different kinds of leadership could look like, it’s an interesting read.… Read more
I’m addicted to The Amazing Race in a rather pathetic sort of way. There is something special about seeing people’s ugliness come out in the world’s most beautiful places. One thing I’ve noticed is that, no matter how ugly the people act, there is always a sense of joy and satisfaction when they are eliminated.… Read more
We had a great week. No details yet, but I can say that a door that was cracked open has opened a bit wider. Please keep praying for clarity and direction for us.… Read more
Sherri and I are off on a trip this week. We are in midst of a journey which will determine some direction for our life for the next several years at least, and these next few days should help to bring some clarity to all of it. Your prayers would be appreciated.… Read more
I did a little spiffing up around here today. I added images to the list of books I’m reading, and added a list of some of the albums I find myself most commonly listening to right now…… Read more
Found the following at Slashdot:
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Associated Press profiles Jeremy Jaynes, charged with sending out unsolicited e-mail messages, who just got a 9-year jail term recommendation from the state jury. With the help of 16 ‘high-speed’ lines (Associated Press probably meant T1s) Jaynes would send out 10 million e-mails a day.
From Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
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There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person.
I read this book recently, and don’t understand why it has created the stir now known as Chalke-gate. It gives a fuller picture of the message of Jesus than is normally heard these days, but not, I think, in a way that negates much of the teaching about him that has happened for the last few decades.… Read more
The best apologetic is not to be right, but to live right.… Read more
Dean sent me this quote this morning:
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Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of
religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely
found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and
a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can
never satisfy the longing of the heart.