Archive for September 2003

A few thoughts for the older “Younger Evangelicals” . . . One of the things I was thinking about in reflection of this weekend’s unconference, and especially the people who were there, was that there are some folks that are part of this conversation/movement/revolution/cultural shift/emerging church that play a huge role, but may feel as if they’re outsiders. In particular, I’m thinking of the baby boomer aged folks – and let me just say that I hate resorting to that term to classify them. While the vast majority of their peers (according to physical age) have gone right along with all of the systems of the modern church and have yet to wake up to reality, I’ve met several who I can say with confidence that they “get it.” They see the changes and aren’t scared by them, they’re excited by them. They are eager to learn the new language […]

Things are settling a bit in my mind again. I had been having a pretty rough couple of weeks there – trying to slug a lot of things out on my own, knowing all the while that I’m not capable of handling all of this stuff of life on my own. It was a good reminder this weekend that I’m not the one building the church. All I can do is follow Jesus, and ask others along the way to come along with me. It’s God’s role to produce growth. That all sounds so simplistic that I too easily dismiss it . . . and yet the truth of it is profound and devastating. I’m looking forward to what the next several weeks have in store. I’ve decided to accept an invitation to a house church retreat this coming weekend, several hours north of here. Then the next weekend, Michelle […]

O.k., enough whining about my IT woes. I’m too stoked on a great weekend at the Unconference to complain, anyway. It was indeed a good, Spirit driven and Christ honoring weekend. As we were debriefing in Jason’s living room this morning, one of the words used to describe it was “trinitarian.” Yep, the Three in One showed up and we had a beautiful experience. I fully expected this, but Jason and Brooke did an amazing job of hosting this thing in their home. The whole Matthew’s House community was wonderful in preparing meals and helping out behind the scenes too. I was so pleased to spend time with some friends I had known only through the internet before now. Kevin and Tracy Rains were generous in taking time out of their 10th Anniversary vacation to be with us, and Tawd and Sharon Bell from Cincy came out too. The VC […]

I’d hate to jinx anything here, but it looks like things are finally coming together for me in computer land. It’s been a very frustrating ordeal for the past couple of weeks. I’m still trying to install some of my tools and get functional again, but I’m at least able to limp along for a little bit. I’ve also been spending a lot of time selling coffee . . . more time than I’d prefer, but I’ve learned a lot about where my priorities are, have been, and perhaps should be. Michelle and I are both fighting annoying head colds. She’s been under a huge load of stress at work for the past several weeks, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any in the near future. We’ve been pretty torn lately on selling our house and moving into the area where we’ve been looking to plant […]

Tough days around here. Still having lots of computer issues. I’m at a public library again . . . kinda sucks to have to do that just to check my e-mail. I actually have some things I’d like to write about, but can’t. Oh well. There’s always tomorrow.

How lame is this??? I’m actually sitting in a public library to do this post. My computer hard drive crashed in a big way the other day. I’m having it worked on by someone who knows a little more about computers than I do (o.k., so just about any five year old would qualify for that one). Anyway, things aren’t going so smoothly in the connectivity department. I’m hoping to have things back in some workable order by tomorrow. Ugh.

I’m not going to be fake here – I only recently listened to a whole album by Johnny Cash, and that was at a birthday party, so it wasn’t exactly a quality, uninterrupted listen. I have no grounds to say what a great artist he was . . . only that I find myself really regretting not having been more familiar with him, and that I look forward to a better late than never acquaintance with his art. I can say that I saw the video he did of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” a few months back – powerful stuff.

Just spent a good bit of time casually surfing the blogs. It’s been a long long time since I’ve done that. It seems like I’ve been way too goal oriented with my online time for a while. That bums me out, because I get so much out of the stumbling around without and end in mind. It’s a lot like life. In other news, I guess I should throw a more serious church name into the ring for consideration . . . what do you think of “CenterPoint Community”? It’s appealing in a couple of ways to me, but I can’t say it’s got that full on umph or ring to it that I’d like. I’d steal this one, but I think I’d get in trouble. Another random thought . . . I’ve been developing a casual friendship with someone recently. This someone told me about “coming to know Jesus” […]

This feels like a really crass, silly and trivial thing to me right now, but it’s a pressing issue, so I’m looking for some help: We’ve recently come to the place in our church start experiencing where we need to open a bank account for the church. We’ve received some offerings given as acts of worship to God, and we’re responsible to be good stewards of that. Opening the account is o.k. with me. The thing I’m struggling with is the fact that we’re gonna have to name the account something . . . and we don’t have a name for the church yet. Frankly, I’m not comfortable with assigning a name to it just yet because I’d really prefer that whatever name we use be developed from within the community in an organic sort of way. Naming it at this point seems a little artificial and superficial. So what […]

Whew, I’m glad last week is over. It was good at times, less good at others, but exhausting all the time. So, as I mentioned, we went back to the old church on Sunday, and I preached (if that’s what you want to call it . . . there seems to be an active discussion going on about what that means . . . for now I’ll leave that alone. I spoke on the Sermon on the Mount (or as Dallas Willard is fond of calling it, the Discourse on the Hill) – oooohhhhh, original, huh? I have to say I wasn’t sure of what to expect, but it was a weird thing to be back with them. Definitely good to see some old friends and stuff, but I really kinda felt out of place. I love them and they love me, but it was pretty clear to me that […]