Archive for January 2003

After reading the book off and on for the past six months, I finally finished Missional Church the other day. Reading that book was a trippy experience for me. I really got a lot out of it, but I was distracted numerous times, which is why it took so long to get through it. In retrospect, those distractions may have been orchestrated ones, and not by me, either. It seems like every time I was able to pick the book up after not having read it for a few weeks, I read something that plugged in exactly with where I’ve been in my own journey toward understanding where I am in this whole emerging church thing. On Wednesday as I read the final chapter, it happened again. I had been doing some thinking and grappling with my church planting future and my ambivalence about doing it through my denomination. Without […]

I’ll be meeting with a church planting strategist from my denomination next Tuesday. I still don’t know what to think about that.

I’ve been super busy over the past couple of days, and haven’t kept up with my blogging or others’ blogging. However, I’ve been very interested in reading a few of the reflections on the Allelon gathering in Idaho this past weekend. I said awhile back that I was jealous of those who got to go. Now I know why. Sounds like a very similar scene as the one I experienced at Seed Stories last May. It’s such a powerful thing to share air space and look deeply into the eyes and hearts of people who are thinking, feeling, and living the same dreams, struggles, and realities as you are. Here are some of the reports from Mike Bishop, Alan Creech, Kevin Rains, and Craig Pelkey-Landis.

I’ve been a San Diego Padres fan all my life. That means I’ve put up with some really bad baseball, and at times some horrendous ownership. Now, they’re really testing my loyalty. The other day, the Padres announced that the new stadium being built in downtown San Diego will be called PETCO Park. Noooooooo!! PETCO? The new nicknames for the stadium are already flying around town – “The Litterbox” and “The Pound” for starters. It’s also a guarantee that stupid song, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” will never die. Dude, I am so embarassed right now. Chad Canipe mourns regularly about the Bengals on his blog, but I don’t know if he can top this.

Bootcamp Reflection #3 Out of the various versions of church planting bootcamps that I’ve seen out there, the reason that I chose to go to the Acts 29 bootcamp was that the churches being planting though them seem to have a strong grasp on actually applying missional concepts to their communities. They have done the hard work of deconstruction when it comes to the gospel and culture, and the harder work of reconstructing a version of church. The thing that puzzled me initially about their version of church, though, is that on the surface, it doesn’t look all that different than the version of church that we’ve come out of. I have to be honest and admit that I’ve never been with an A29 church, and that what I’ve heard about them is that when you go to one of their worship gatherings, there’s a very noticeable difference in the […]

Ummm, I’m not quite sure, but I think I might have just resigned. All will be made known in due time.

Bootcamp Reflection #2 There were some really helpful things about the bootcamp, and some that we really had a problem with. Maybe I’ll get off some blasts later, but for now I’ll focus on the good stuff. The things we enjoyed most and were challenged the most by were the conversations of applying missional concepts to church planting. Obviously in planting and developing a church of strong Christ followers, there is a need for some directed attention. We were challenged to focus that attention on developing specific pathways of applying the values of the community to the situations the community members are involved in. The church of North America has been disgustingly guilty of creating a subculture for people to retreat into and be shielded from the rest of the world. Our challenge is to engage people with the gospel in such a way that they remain integrated in their […]

So the San Diego hype has begun . . . Not talking about the Super Bowl here. It was recently announced that Billy Graham will be coming to San Diego for a crusade in May. I find myself really wrestling with mixed feelings on this one. He’s clearly had an impact on many many people, and was (is?) a powerful evangelist. However, these crusade things perpetuate the idea of a linear, one-time decision point, “pray this formula prayer and you’re in the club” sort of salvation. That’s troubling. It also continues the myth of evangelism as something that’s best left to the professionals. I actually heard these exact words in our worship service yesterday regarding the crusade – “This is going to get us [our church] in balance in the area of evangelism.” Huh??

Jason Evans is back from Africa and has some powerful words . . . I have looked into the eyes of the have-nots and have seen the souls of our very own brothers and sisters in Christ neglected while you benefit from the wealth of a human nation. And while we have been “blessed” by this nation the Kingdom blesses them, not you, with great treasures. Their smiles, their laughter carry more joy than most of you have ever known… maybe it is we, after all, who are the have-nots . . . [read more]

Back to church today. Many things flying around here. Things are hitting the fan left and right. Other things are being hoisted and aimed at the fan, but have yet to be launched. This is like watching the WWF . . . all sorts of ugly.