bad guys choices

November 30, 2005 | 2 Comments

I’m amazed at the conversations that spring out of the questions of a three year old mind. Story time with Macey has become much more complex in the last few months. She is always analyzing the stories we read and …


November 30, 2005 | Leave a comment

is a pretty cool little utility that let’s you share documents between computers or online. It sets up a private (hopefully!) peer to peer network that allows you to to share specific files or folders to share between your …

in search of paul

November 29, 2005 | Leave a comment

In Search of PaulI ran across In Search of Paul, by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan Reed, in a bookstore last year shortly after it had been released. I finally picked up a copy not long ago and dove in. After finishing …

gladwell on warren

November 26, 2005 | 2 Comments

Malcolm GladwellRick WarrenMalcolm Gladwell wrote an article in September called The Cellular Church. It’s about Rick Warren and Saddleback. This one has been linked on a few blogs, but I wanted to pass it along as well for anyone who might …

insane chaotic mayhem (and perhaps a bit ridiculous too)

November 25, 2005 | Leave a comment

hard driveI’ve had little interest in the chaos that happens in stores on the day after Thanksgiving. I did stoop to looking through the ads, and nothing really caught my eye — except a nice and plump 200gb hard drive for …

happy thanksgiving

November 25, 2005 | 3 Comments

Ron Dayne

how can the bible be authoritative?

November 19, 2005 | Leave a comment

NT WrightThis morning, I read the manuscript of a marvelous lecture by NT Wright called “How Can the Bible be Authoritative?” (Thanks to for making it available: HTML/ PDF. Thanks also to Mark and Gary who both recommended …

sigur rós

November 19, 2005 | 5 Comments

sigur rosJust about a year ago, I posted about my appreciation for Explosions in the Sky. Their music is a “soundtrack for life” of sorts. In the past few months, I have been enjoying Sigur Rós in much the same …

it’s a plural us

November 14, 2005 | 2 Comments

wheatAs I mentioned here, we spent some time last week looking at the Lord’s Prayer. In our desire to see this as a prayer of God’s work of redemption, I saw a phrase in a way I had never …

no weigh

November 14, 2005 | 1 Comment

What if we all spent less time trying to weigh the difference we can make, and more time trying to make a difference any way we can?…

lectio divideo

November 10, 2005 | 2 Comments

This week in our home groups, we were discussing redemption. We spent some time with the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). If God’s prime mission in our world is redemption, then how is the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer …

covenant vs membership, part two

November 10, 2005 | 3 Comments

I’ve been in many conversations of late about the idea of bounded or centered sets and how that concept could help define what it means to be a part of a community following Jesus. I think I was first introduced …

the secret message of jesus

November 7, 2005 | 3 Comments

the secret message of jesusBrian McLaren has a new book coming out this spring called The Secret Message of Jesus. This seems too similar in title and concept to The Lost Message of Jesus, so I wonder how they will differ.

At …

portable simplicity

November 6, 2005 | 3 Comments

In the midst of starting a new church, one of the mantras I keep repeating to myself and others is, “Let’s keep it simple!” There is enough going on already. Let’s keep details to a minimum so we can focus …

reading filters

November 5, 2005 | 3 Comments

As I’ve been reviewing some of my underlining in books lately, I’ve noticed how prone I am to mainly underlining ideas that support things I am already thinking. I’ve also been in a number of conversations of late where someone …

recommended reading

November 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

It seems like I am always recommending some of my favorite books to people. Some ask for my opinion, but most do not. 🙂 I’ve added a page with a listing of my favorite books broken into very general categories. …

being missional vs doing evangelism

November 5, 2005 | Leave a comment

“How do you see the relationship between ‘being missional’ and doing evangelism?”

Aaron Ogle asked a question similar to this in a workshop today at the A Generous Orthodoxy conference this morning. I’ve been mulling on this throughout the day, …

a generous orthodoxy conference

November 4, 2005 | Leave a comment

I spent today at Off The Map’s A Generous Orthodoxy Conference. This evening, I shared a row with the fellers from Radical Congruency, and they were feverisly typing away. Their 15 or so entries today summed up the event …

November 3, 2005 | 2 Comments

planterblogs.comI’ve enjoyed reading the blogs of others in the past 18 or so months, and I’ve especially enjoyed the diversity of views. Recentaly, I’ve run across a number of personal blogs of others who are involved in church planting that …

inside out

November 3, 2005 | 3 Comments

Inside OutAs part of their 30 year anniversary, Willow Creek is doing something I think is pretty cool. They are doing something called Inside Out which involves going out to serve their community for 30 days. They also have a created