I come from a tradition that is all about restoring the New Testament church. For this very reason, we like to call ourselves the Restoration Movement. The movement came out of a desire to strip away all of the muck that built up around denominations over the years, and to simply try to be like […]
CNN is bragging that one of their correspodants is maintaining a hurricane blog. Do they not understand that it’s not really a blog without a feed of some sort? It’s really just a glorified news article. In this instance, I do appreciate the intent. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are in Katrina’s […]
In my church history class this past week, the newness of the idea that something could be secular came up several times. The word secular essentially means something that is not at all connected with religion, spirituality, or God. This is really a 20th century concept, and an utterly false one at that. Through a […]
I’ve talked a lot about Mere Discipleship on here, and I know some others are reading it. I ran across this blog called Mere Discipleship Discussion which focuses on the book. Enjoy.
This is as close to a political post as I’ve ever gotten. It is definitely not the first in a series, so don’t come looking for a sequel. I don’t post about politics, because I am forever wrestling with what the mix of church and politics should look like. But this might be a good […]
Google has announced Google Talk — springing them headfirst into the instant messaging arena. Supposedly, it is going to be able to interact with AIM, Yahoo, and even Apple iChat, although I don’t see options to add any of those accounts yet.
I’ve become addicted to Alias I think. I had always heard what a great show it was, but had never watched until a few months ago. I started watching the 4th season with a friend I was living with, and since I have gone back and watched all of season 1 and most of season […]
Google has released the beta version of Google Desktop 2. Google Desktop was already a great little add-in for Windows, and this takes it even further. I am typically wary of adding too much clutter to my Windows machine which slows it down, but when Google releases something like this, I’m definitely going to give […]
We humans commonly get in a trap of thinking: “Things will be better when _______________.” When we are in high school, we think everything will be okay when we move out and go to college. When we are single, we think things will be better when we have someone special in our life. When we […]
Beliefnet has this interview with Rob Bell.
If you are using my old subvergence.org feed, this is likely the post you will see, so please update your feedreader. There is a bloglines subscribe link below, and here is a link to the current feed. If you have no idea what I’m talking about (ahem, JJ), then you are probably okay. Subvergence.org is […]
Doug Pagitt posted about this article that he wrote for Relevant in order to give a synopsis of sorts of what it means to be an emerging church. There are many different understandings that people have out there of what it means to be emerging. Because of this, I usually shy away from the term […]
I watched The Real DaVinci Code on Discovery last night. It’s the first DaVinci code show I’ve seen where they seriously explore the facts behind the book and conclude that Dan Brown didn’t do his research well enough. He holds that the Priory of Sion, a key organization in the book, does in fact exist […]
Zach Lind interviewed Rob Bell this week and has made it available on his blog. It is definitely worth a listen as Rob talks about his passion for music, Velvet Elvis, and more. I see a future career as a talk show host for Zach if the drumming thing doesn’t work out for him. Here’s […]
These paragraphs from Sacred Rhythms seemed so obvious when I read them, yet Heschel’s comment in the second paragraph is something I have never considered before: The rest of Sabbath is far more than withdrawal from labor and exertion. It is the rest and harmony of life as God intended it to be, an understanding […]
Scot McKnight has been posting some great book lists the last few days. Not that there is a shortage of books out there to read, but if you need some suggestions… Top Ten Books: Jesus Books Top Ten Books: Missional Formation Top Ten Books: Spiritual Formation
Apologies to those of you who might read both, but this is a crosspost from the Pathways Blog. Last night, at our home gathering, we watched Nooma#5: Noise. This led us to a pretty extensive discussion about the unhealthy pace of our culture. There is no way I can share all of the insights that […]
I’ve noticed that there are still a number of people out there who link to this site through my old domain — subvergence.org. If you are one of those, please update your links to somestrangeideas.com. Subvergence.org still works, but I don’t know if I will keep it when it comes due for it’s next renewal. […]
Dean and I have been sorting through the values that will shape what Pathways will look like. So I throw them out here for any feedback. If there is any language that is unclear or anything like that, please let us know. Struggle Depth of life is developed through asking tough questions – through struggle. […]