Archive for May 2003

In the CD player: Live, Birds of Pray

I had a good time at a meeting yesterday – a bunch of church planters from my denomination who are working in the San Diego area. I had been looking forward to meeting Evan from Coastlands Church in Pacific Beach, and was not disappointed. He’s got a cool vibe and loves his place in life. The other person I had looked forward to meeting is Linda Bergquist – she is from the San Francisco area, and works for the denomination up there. After following a link to the ReImagine site I found on Jason Evans’ blog, I wanted to ask Linda if she was familiar with the Equilibrium event they have planned for October. Silly me . . . she’s one of the facilitators. As it is currently set up, it looks like there’s a little overlap issue with Soularize in Boston, though. Decisions, decisions . . .

Kinda tired right now . . . tiring holiday weekend here. Good stuff mostly, but definitely tiring. On Saturday I felt the need to outdo myself from last weekend (I waxed my truck), so I went after some weeds. Now, you have to realize that our house sits on an acre and a half, which must mean I have something close to an acre worth of weeds. And when I say weeds, I’m talking about beasts that are taller than I am. Yea, so between my weed whacker and my father-in-law’s line trimmer, I knocked out a good bit, but whew!! Yesterday we visited some close friends of ours up in Temecula, about an hour north of us. We had dinner, celebrated a birthday, and went to see Reloaded. Our friends didn’t like the movie so very much, but I think I did. Just got home a few minutes ago […]

While at the gym today, I read two different pieces of literature that seemed to flow together nicely. They are in tension with one another – one speaking of how fake men can be in our world, and the other speaking of the problem of too much transparency. Piece of literature #1: How about sports? A few years ago I volunteered to coach for my son’s baseball team. There was a mandatory meeting that all coaches needed to attend before the season, to pick up equipment and listen to a “briefing.” Our recreation department brought in a retired professional pitcher, a local boy, to give us all a pep talk. The posing that went on was incredible. Here’s a bunch of balding dads with beer bellies sort of swaggering around, talking about their own baseball days, throwing out comments about pro players like they knew them personally, and spitting (I […]

I guess I never spent enough time in the whole bar scene trying to pick up chicks . . . I’ve been wrestling with my thoughts about evangelism lately. I really prefer a non-linear approach to discipleship (which includes pre-conversion experiences). But the part I seem to really suck at is meeting new friends that I can invite to join me as I follow Jesus. Perfect example: I was headed for a coffee shop the other day, and I had myself all psyched up to just talk to whoever it was that I was sitting near – just talk, not “sell” anything to. So I walk in behind this college student looking dude (the backpack and monstrous “History of Art” textbook were my big clues . . . oh yea, and the coffee shop is across the street from a state university) and he sets his stuff down at a […]

The basic principle of lectio divina is that bible reading is a personal encounter with God, a communion which resembles (though different from) the communion of the Eucharist. This goes against what has prevailed in our Church for some centuries: the text was seen as containing a message – doctrinal or moral – and once we got the message, the text had achieved its purpose. In lectio divina, we love the text, linger over it, read it over and over, let it remain with us. from Lectio Divina – Sacred Reading, A Method of Bible Reflection by Michel de Verteuil

Yesterday, Michelle and I went to the first of four weddings we’ll be going to over the next several weeks (no funerals planned as yet). It was held at our old church, and naturally, lots of our friends were there, all anxious to hear how things are going for us. That’s cool. But while we were there, it happened again . . . several times, in fact. I was asked if I had gone to the Billy Graham thing that was in San Diego last weekend. When I tell people that no, I didn’t go, I get these blank stares back at me – not hostile, mind you, but definitely a little perplexed. Kind of like the look I would get if I was ever discovered to not be reciting the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag (but that’s another post). I don’t have anything against Billy Graham – […]

My head’s still crunching away, agitated at this meeting I had the other day with a local pastor, who had planted a church eleven or twelve years ago in one of the 188 or so suburbs of San Diego. The meeting was not my idea, but I’m always willing to listen to some advice and get pointers from people who have been where I’m going. I’m beginning to rethink that openness. I almost feel guilty about having met with this guy – mainly because he’s very busy, and it was an almost total waste of time for me, and I’m sure he’d say the same. We spoke different languages. His advice to me was along the lines of how big I’m going to have to grow my church in order to have enough programs for people. At one point, he started talking about the consumer culture that’s all around us, […]

It’s a busy week around here, for which I’m thankful. I’ve worked hard to keep myself busy since I’ve started the whole “being my own boss” thing. It’s important to me that I not sit around too much. There is much work to be done for the new community. Yesterday I got a chance to meet with a guy who does campus ministry at Cal State San Marcos. He was telling me about some of his good old days doing campus ministry at San Diego State University, UCLA and USC. He also served our denom. out in Nashvegas. There’s a ton of wisdom there. And one of the things I most appreciate is that after working within our denomination for a long, long career, he still has a brain, he hasn’t sold out to the machine, and he’s still agitated at the right things. There may be hope for me […]

More thoughts on The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church . . . (this book is infecting me to the core) In developing a mentality toward starting new communities of faith, we are not here to develop, adhere to, or promote a system or organization. We are here solely because we have experienced a fundamental and radical change personally. The change has brought hope into our lives. The change has brought security into our lives. The change has brought depth into our lives. The change has refreshed us in surprising, but profound ways. We do not worship a creed, we worship a Creator. Our creed may hold importance to us, but only as an explanation of our experience. What creed could capture or compete with our personal knowledge of Jesus – the One who died to bring life to us, and free us from the law of sin and death. We […]