Archive for July 2002

What’s the deal with the skating thing?!! This Russian mob boss fixed Olympic skating events . . . and this is huge headline news! Why? I’m sure it’s a big deal for the .4% of the world population that’s even watched an ice dancing event, but for the rest of us, don’t you figure there’s more important stuff going on – famine, generations old tribal warfare, disease epedemic, etc.? It didn’t surprise me to see it as a top story on, but then I got in my truck and was listening to public radio and heard the story. I really thought public radio was above all that, but no. Because I’m a head case and frequently thinking in spiritual modes, I’m caused to wonder what major “news stories” are going on within the church while we waste our time on the petty items that we drum up into something […]

Man, late Tuesday afternoon, and I still haven’t caught up from the weekend. This does not bode well. Need . . . help . . . must . . . blog . . . must release . . . pressure in brain. O.k., the weekend: Saturday was a real marathon, but a fun one. Most of it was spent at a collegiate summit in San Diego – it was a first-time effort of some local Southern Baptist churches. I led out in a workshop for non-freshman collegiates. The title I was given was “Being God’s servant on campus; seeing the campus as your mission field.” It was a fun trial effort at a different approach to “teaching” for me. Instead of relying on the detailed outline I had created for the talk, I pulled out my brainstorming sheet with lots of colors and scribbles and lines and thought bubbles, and […]

I could ramble here . . . . . . about the latest in my ministry saga – more ups and more downs and more long, tiring, busy weeks. But at some level, to write and write about these things would be largely self-serving. What I all too rarely acknowledge is that my ups and downs and long, tiring, busy weeks are not just mine, they are also my wife’s. Michelle has been so very generous to me and our church. She consistently sacrifices time with me for the sake of others. It’s hard on her, and she tires, but she hangs on and stays with me through it all. She loves me with beautiful words daily, with her encouragement and enthusiasm. But more than anything, she loves me by being there. Always there. Always. I do a miserable job of appreciating her the way I should.

O.k., finally finished some preparations for this weekend. Man, it’s been a hectic week, but hopefully a productive one in kingdom terms. I’m back in a mode of wondering what God’s role for me in this blessed mess might be. Should I stay or should I go now? If I take a survey view of the past 16 months of my life, it’s clear that God has opened up wonderful new avenues of thought and ministry opportunity. I’m just still grasping for the clues that show me how and where and when to apply myself appropriately to them. I think I’ve become less sure of many things that I’ve taken for granted for far too long. I question the basics more. I quesiton my assumptions. I think less and less along linear lines. I am more honest with myself and others – even when it hurts. All of this has […]

Preach it brother! Good article on postmodern preaching over at theooze. The role of the preacher and the process of preaching has been a recent topic over at the postmodern theology discussion group. I really don’t like the term preaching as it is commonly practiced – a didactic proclamation directed toward the converted. The biblical model is that preaching is for those who are unconverted. Teaching is for the followers. Teaching has much more of an open-ended, common discovery kind of feel to it. It’s more experiential. Hey wow, right after I wrote that stuff you just read, I gave a quick scan to this article over at next-wave. It says what I just stabbed at, only more thoroughly. It’s written by a San Diego guy . . . I gotta meet him!

Ronald McDonald made me do it!! From the files of “I can’t believe people are really this stupid,” a lawsuit has been filed. Read the story for yourself. It never ceases to amaze me how we refuse to take ownership and responsibility for our own choices. After you read the story, think about how similar thought processes take place in the church all the time.

A learning opportunity . . . I’ve been kicking around the thought of joining up with a learning experience called Etrek. Spencer Burke, of theooze fame is the man behind it. I’m not sure where I’d get the money or the time off for it, but it’s intriguing. They have three tracks offered – one for lead pastors, one for youth pastors, and one for church planters (headed up by Jason Evans).

The roller coaster continues . . . . . . however, I don’t have time to write about it. I don’t really have the time to write anything. But man, this blog thing is addictive! This week I’m working on some student ministry calendaring, a children’s ministry effort, more worship leading for this Sunday, and a workshop I’m doing for a collegiate summit in San Diego this weekend. My topic is “Becoming God’s servant on campus; seeing the campus as your mission field.” I’ll be focusing on leading the folks to define for themselves how to apply a missional mindset. I’ll also be helping Jason Evans lead a workshop on postmodernism. I have no idea what the turnout will be, but it should be fun. I’ve officially spent too much time (at least, more time than I had allotted) blogging. Geez, I was just getting warmed up. That’s all

Hey, go read Jason Evans’ blog from Wednesday, July 17. Here, here Jason . . . I want on that ride!

Met with a friend over coffee this morning to discuss doing a worship & prayer oriented event. Music, arts, energy, symbols, passion. This would be an open event combining the efforts of multiple efforts – not as an outreach tool or as something to “grow the church.” Just a time to have an experience with God. If people want to follow Jesus as a result, then that’s a God thing and we’ll be ready for it. We just want to put ourselves into a proper focus before Him. That’s all