tsunami

December 29, 2004 | Comments Off on tsunami

I’ve been watching some of the home footage on the news channels of the tsunami as the estimated death toll keeps rising. I really don’t know how to process it all. I ran across this blog with all sorts of ways to respond, and thinks it’s worth taking a look to see if you have anything to offer from where you are sitting.… Read more

the last word…

December 27, 2004 | 2 Comments


the last word, and the word after that
, by brian mclaren

This is the third book in the A New Kind of Christian series, and it is now available for pre-sale on Amazon. It will be released in late March.
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seattle

December 27, 2004 | 4 Comments

Seattle skylineWe have made an official decision for our future. We will be heading up to Seattle in a few months to join our good friends the Kuests in preparation for a church plant. Dean has shared this journey with me over the last few years as much as anyone, so the thought of joining them is a thrilling next step for us.… Read more

reflecting on christmas

December 25, 2004 | 2 Comments

How many of the gifts passed out around trees today will still be in use next Christmas, or even six months from now? I have this conflict within me between what I hope to receive for Christmas, and what I find I am content without.

My wife and I skipped exchanging presents this year in preparation for a few skimpy months ahead.… Read more

cracking the christmas code

December 24, 2004 | 3 Comments

NT Wright has written an article called ‘Cracking the Christmas Code” for a British newspaper. He shares some thoughts regarding the contrast between ‘The DaVinci Code’ and the true Christmas story. The more liberal readers of this blog (ahem, Dean) might not agree with some of what he has to say.… Read more

visionary philosopher

December 23, 2004 | 6 Comments

I took an IQ test at Tickle.com, and this was the summary it gave me:

plato

Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns.

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crossan on the nativity

December 23, 2004 | 2 Comments

Beliefnet has an interesting interview with John Dominic Crossan. His theology will likely be too liberal for most readers of this blog, but the historical background described in it will give you some fresh perpsective on the nativity to muse on during this holiday.… Read more

quikblogs.com

December 22, 2004 | 1 Comment

QuikBlogs

I started a new, but little, project this pass week. I created a blog hosting service called QuikBlogs.

The short version of the story is, I bought some space and bandwidth on a server for another project I’m working on, and it will also host this blog soon. The deal included far more bandwidth than I should need, so hopefully this will help me cover some of the costs.… Read more

in limbo

December 22, 2004 | Leave a comment

Grant Buchholtz was an intern in our student ministry a few years ago. But now, he is the teacher and I am the student in this article he wrote for TheOoze. What a timely article to remind me why we are launching into this unknown future.… Read more

seriously?

December 20, 2004 | 3 Comments

Someone, please tell me that this is a joke.… Read more

not too hard

December 20, 2004 | 5 Comments

TheoGeek has some good thoughts here. (I stumbled on his blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed it simply because he’s open to asking questions.) I started to respond in his comments, but it was getting lengthy, so I thought I’d just add the thoughts here. Read his post first for context.… Read more

mclaren media

December 19, 2004 | Leave a comment

A website called Off-the-Map has several different streaming videos of some presentations Brian McLaren has done. I haven’t had a chance to watch them yet, but should be some good food for thought.… Read more

world on fire

December 16, 2004 | Leave a comment

world on fire screenshot
If you haven’t seen this video yet, now is as good of a time as any…… Read more

anxhiliration

December 14, 2004 | Leave a comment

Anxhiliration is the new word I invented in a conversation this morning to describe our life right now. There is continuous exhiliration as we sense that God is leading us to something new, but there are pockets of anxiety as we aren’t quite sure what that will be.

I recently heard that the Bedouin in Israel, who still primarily live among the elements in tents, on average, live beyond 100 years old.… Read more

it’s in there

December 13, 2004 | Leave a comment

Sherri and I were talking tonight about a friend of hers. Sherri is overwhelmed by this friend, because she will do pretty much anything for her. It’s humbling for all of us when we encounter people who have such a desire to help and serve us.

The beautiful thing in this situation is that Sherri’s friend isn’t a Jesus follower.… Read more

messiah that, josephus!

December 12, 2004 | 5 Comments

Josephus has been a friend, of sorts, of Christians for centuries. His historical writings of first century Judea have provided us a wealth of information to help us frame the world in which Jesus did his ministry, and even to confirm some of the events mentioned in the Gospels.

A year or so ago, I ran across something about Josephus that is not quite so popular with Christians.… Read more

favorite books of 2004

December 12, 2004 | 4 Comments

I set out at the beginning of this year to read a book a week. It seemed like a lofty goal, but I’m happy to say I’ve not only made it, but exceeded it. I’m not sure I will ever be able to do this again, because much of it has been the result of this season of life.… Read more

mosaic at ucla

December 12, 2004 | Leave a comment

Erwin McManus is one of my favorite people to hear speak. He, in my opinion, is one of the best original and creative thinkers out there. Unfortunately, his church, Mosaic, doesn’t put their messages online, so I don’t have access to that many of his messages. Today, therefore, was a happy day, because I found three messages by him online.… Read more

google suggest

December 10, 2004 | Leave a comment

This is just doggone cool. Google Suggest now suggests some of the most popular search terms based on what you have already typed.… Read more

christian party animals

December 10, 2004 | Leave a comment

Today, Will posted a link to a story over at Salon.com entitled Christian Party Animals. It’s a story about some of the evangelism efforts that have risen out of the 24-7 prayer movement, and it’s a worthwhile read. You’ll have to watch an ad to get a free day-pass to Salon to read the article.… Read more