see the invisible

February 28, 2005 | 3 Comments

invisible childrenI went to see Invisible Children tonight with my wife and a few other friends. It’s a must see. I would encourage every person who reads this blog to order the DVD, watch it yourself, and share it with others. It even comes with two copies, so the sharing part is pretty easy.… Read more

miller time

February 27, 2005 | Leave a comment

Donald Miller preached a message called “Selflessness” this weekend at his home church. The MP3 is already available.… Read more

books for young adult ministry

February 27, 2005 | 3 Comments

A good friend of mine is doing some studying for the young adult/college ministry he is developing at his church, so he asked me for some book recommendations. I figured I would post them here for him. Feel free to add a comment if you have other suggestions…

Here’s some books, along with some comments about each, for your study.… Read more

new blog fun!

February 26, 2005 | Leave a comment

I’ve added a few new things to the blog today:

1) There is a tagboard near the top of the righthand column. This will let you put a quick comment on the blog that might not relate to a specific entry. Thank goodness I don’t have the kind of friends who would use it to leave sarcastic wisecracks…

2) I started using a service called AudioScrobbler which tracks what you listen to in iTunes and let’s you find what people with similar tastes are listening to.… Read more

invisible children

February 26, 2005 | Leave a comment

invisible children
Invisible Children

I really don’t know much of anything about this movie except that Dave mentioned it a few weeks ago and it looks interesting. There is a screening on Monday at ASU for those of you in the valley. Check out the trailer.

Here is some more about it from Demand Media:

Invisible Children is a film documenting the effects of a rebel group in Africa’s Northern Uganda, which for the past 17 years has forcefully and brutally abducted children from their homes.

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some strange ideas

February 22, 2005 | 6 Comments

Areopagus
The rock formation above is known as the Areopagus (Mars Hill). In ancient Athens, it was a gathering place for philosophers to debate all the latest ideas.

It was to this gathering of philosphers that Paul was invited in Acts 17:16-33. Some of them had heard him speak in the marketplace, and wanted to bring him so that his ideas could be shared with all of them.… Read more

new name

February 22, 2005 | 1 Comment

I have renamed this site: SomeStrangeIdeas.com. I will explain what the new name in a forthcoming post. I still have the subvergence.org domain and the web address and email address will automatically forward to the new addresses.… Read more

postmodern children’s ministry

February 20, 2005 | 10 Comments

When I first saw that there was a book called Postmodern Children’s Ministry, I rolled my eyes. It seemed to me that we were now taking the concept of postmodern and turning into another Christian brand (ie Purpose-Driven). I feared that soon we would have book titles about everything with Postmodern in front of it, because the publishing houses knew it would sell: God’s Postmodern Politics, The Pomo-Driven Life, and Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Stories About Living at Your Full Postmodern Potential .… Read more

the clear leader

February 18, 2005 | Leave a comment

fast companyThis month’s issue of Fast Company has a short, but good article, from Marcus Buckingham. It is based on his new book, The One Thing You Need to Know. I really liked his first and second book, so I’m looking forward to this one as well. It’s worth picking up the magazine to read this article, or waiting for a month when it will be available herefor free.… Read more

trying not to sell out

February 18, 2005 | Leave a comment

Justin, a good friend of mine, has recently started a blog called Trying Not to Sell Out. He will have some thoughtful and challenging posts, and it’s one I think will be worth adding to your blogroll. I did.… Read more

upgrade

February 17, 2005 | 4 Comments

I couldn’t hold out any longer :), and I upgraded to WordPress 1.5. That also means I’ve got a new look. I’m not sure how long it will last because there are a few things laying out funny, but it seems to function at least. If you run into problems with how it is functioning, please let me know.… Read more

getting things done

February 15, 2005 | 4 Comments

Being in a major life transition, I see this as a good time to create some healthy new patterns of how I go about some things. I’m not actually that unhappy with how I organize my productivity, but I do know I could sharpen it, which motivated me to read Getting Things Done, by David Allen.… Read more

blog vanity

February 15, 2005 | Leave a comment

WordPress 1.5 is now available. I really want to upgrade, but this template isn’t available, and I really like the look of the site right now. That’s what you call blog vanity.

I’ll try to hold on for a few days and see what new themes are released…or maybe I’ll actually try to figure how to convert this one or even create my own…

But probably not.… Read more

new server

February 12, 2005 | Leave a comment

I moved the site over to a QuikBlogs server today. Please let me know if you have any troubles with anything.… Read more

the radical reformission

February 10, 2005 | 6 Comments

We were given a copy of Mark Driscoll’s book, The Radical Reformission at the Acts 29 Boot Camp. I read it on the plane on the way home. Driscoll can usually rile people up with some strong statements, but he has some good things to say. If nothing else, it is worth reading the chapter called “The Sin of Light Beer.” Here are a few things I thought of some further thought:

Pg 39 – One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Christ is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line.Read more

pathways blog

February 9, 2005 | Leave a comment

PathwaysBlog

Dean and I have landed on the name Pathways Church for the church we will be planting this fall. We have started a new blog at PathwaysBlog.com where you can follow the progress of the church.… Read more

conversation cafe’

February 9, 2005 | 4 Comments

Conversation CafeDean and I were walking around the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue tonight, and noticed a sign for Conversation Cafe’ which happens every Thursday night. It is designed to be a gathering for anyone to come and talk about diverse subjects with people from different walks of life. These are happening all over the country and you might be able to find one near you on the website.… Read more

boot camp and clear skies

February 9, 2005 | 2 Comments

I’m in Seattle for the Acts 29 church planting boot camp with Dean and it’s going really well. This one has been far more helpful to us than the one we went to in San Diego a few weeks ago. I don’t agree with everything they say, but the amount of thinking they have stirred has been invaluable.… Read more

erwin audio

February 7, 2005 | 1 Comment

It appears that Erwin McManus’ messages are finally online at the Mosaic website. I hope this is permanent, and not just for this series. I love hearing how he process through things.

Thanks to Lon for point this out…… Read more

living water in a thirsting world

February 5, 2005 | 1 Comment

streamNo one will argue with me if I say that our culture has become more spiritually aware in recent years. That’s been a popular topic for Christians to discuss. Some, however, might disagree with me when I say that one of the problems the church is facing is that many people don’t see the church as a community where they can make spiritual connection.… Read more