On the pages of In Search of Paul, Crossan suggests that the book of Acts was not written by Luke. He claims it was written as an apologetic of sorts to convince the reader that the Christian faith was not a threat to the Roman empire.… Read more
Dean and I have really been passionate about trying to establish from the very beginning that Pathways has to be more than just a Sunday worship service. One of challenges of doing a quick ramp up church launch is that enormous energy and attention gets focused on that weekend service. That is true of the staff, the launch team, and those who begin attending at launch.… Read more
Life seems to fall into rhythms. I’ve been in a rhythm where it is difficult to read or blog. My favorite time to do both of those things has been the evenings. Right now, however, evenings seem to be the time when Ellie wants a lot of attention. She’s definitely a social night owl.… Read more
The November issue of Fast Company has an intriguing article about Jeffrey Swartz, the CEO of Timberland. It’s called Walking the Walk and it’s worth reading. The full article should be available online in a few weeks. Here’s the first few paragraphs of the story to give a taste of why I think it is so fascinating:
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Jeffrey Swartz, the CEO of Timberland Co., strode purposefully into a New York office packed with McDonald’s executives.
Pathways officially launched yesterday. However, I would argue, with little resistance, that this church has already been in existence for months. I’ve received many emails and phone calls from friends and family telling us congrats for getting up and running. Thanks so much for all of those.
Along with many well wishers who came just to be there as we got started, there were a number of people there who were looking to be a part of a community of people who are trying to understand how to follow Jesus.… Read more
With Pathways moving into high gear, it is good to have some leadership traction again. Ministry is slowly moving back into a tangible piece of life after having been mostly practiced in theory for most of the last year. I’m finding that leadership in a new church presents new challenges. Among some of the thoughts I’ve been sorting through:
- How do you give ownership without giving leadership?
Today, Apple announced the new iPod and iTunes with video capability. They already have a few TV shows, such as Lost and Desperate Housewives, available for purchase and download. This is huge. In the same way that the music store made downloading music easy for the masses (and JJ), this will do the same for TV.… Read more
I’ve spent a fair amount of time lately thinking about the life of Jesus. It has invigorated my faith to understand that Jesus did not only come to die for us, but that his life was a model to show us how to truly live as we were intended. However, something about this really clicked for me when I read the following quote from Stan Grenz in Theology for the Community of God: In confessing that Jesus is the Christ we are also declaring another dimension of the reality of Jesus of Nazareth.… Read more
(I was hoping yesterday would be a great day, but the Angels decided to keep it dramatic yesterday.) The Broncos win their fourth straight and the Angels advance to ALCS! Now…if only Ricky Martin would make a comeback.… Read more
I found this article this morning via Jordon Cooper: Purpose Driven in Rwanda. It is a great view about how God has placed Africa on the hearts of Rick and Kay Warren, and how they are finding ways to be involved there. (Rick is the pastor of Saddleback and the author of The Purpose Driven Life.) It is good to see someone who influences so many take a lead here, and it is definitely worth a read for any church leader.… Read more
After hearing some of my recent ponderings on life after death, a friend loaned me his copy of The Great Divorce in which CS Lewis explores the issue. This book isn’t meant to be Lewis’ full description of what heaven and hell might be like. Better described, it reveals where some of our current selfish forms of thinking, when played out for eternity, would take us.… Read more
It has been interesting to read through The Orthodox Church, by Timothy Ware. In the west, we tend to think Christianity is defined as Catholic or Protestant, and yet their is a whole other stream of Christianity that we usually overlook. Though it has developed traditions of its own, the Orthodox church still contains many aspects of how Christianity looked prior to the more formal organization of Catholic church in Rome.… Read more
My pumpkin loving, decaffeinated, dairy-free wife had her first ever Starbucks latte’ on this rainy eve — a tall, decaf, pumpkin spice, soy latte. She liked it. The world is a happier place tonight.… Read more