Archive for April 2005

How cool is this? I just found out that this very blog is ranked #18 on Google . . . that is, for people searching for “Kumbya sheet music.” Awesome. All my dreams are coming true.

Healing for Palmer – check it out, get involved.

More thoughts on doing church on multiple levels concurrently . . . Chris Smith left a good comment (but for some odd reason it didn’t tally the comment counter so check that out here and add your thoughts as you like. Anyway, he brought up something that has been rattling around in my head a little: “My one concern is the lack of commitment. I think it is possible to have deep commitments to both groups . . .” I may have poorly worded the part of not committing to either what’s going on in the home or what’s going on in the church we may attend for corporate worship gatherings. As it turns out, I’m glad about the poor wording because it forced me into revisiting what I’m really trying to work through. I am definitely big on committing to people – wherever they may gather. Being with people […]

Yesterday was a good day ’round here . . . but we didn’t happen to “go to” church. Michelle and I each spent time with people we share faith with, but we did so in a different context than a gathering of people who follow Jesus who do their gathering for the specific purpose of worshipping together. It’s actually only the second Sunday since we moved here that I wasn’t at such a gathering. That’s o.k. But what we did yesterday may have been a step toward something that we’ve sort of been kicking around a little bit lately. Ever since we began our church/theological shift, or deconstruction, or whatever, we have been influenced by and have come to admire the ideals of the house/simple/organic church scene. And yet it’s been a difficult one for us to fully embrace. I won’t go into all the things we love vs. all […]

O.k., this is a brilliant response to some nonsense, which I’ve already grumbled about. Andrew Jones introduced me to the world of blogging . . . and as a result, I’ve been introduced to many friends who have been my true community as I’ve painfully rethought what my faith is all about.

Interesting weekend around here. Super busy, but productive, fulfilling, and helpful. Michelle and I got to hang out and talk with our next door neighbor yesterday, while watching our dogs play (as long as you consider 25mph collisions, rolling in dirt and pine needles, and then jumping up on us play). Pretty wacky stuff, but it turns out that we know some similar folks. I’ll elaborate another time. For now, it’s good to be getting to know some new friends. In a couple weeks I get to help out with a landscape project they’re working on, so I’m looking forward to that. Last night, Michelle and I spent time with the Quest community of faith. Good times. This was our first chance to hang out and worship with a simple community since moving here. We still don’t know the ultimate reason we were supposed to move up here from SoCal, […]

O.k., seems like there’s more and more talk going ’round about the whole leadership thing – particularly church leadership. Two things are striking me as ironic here . . .1. We’re engaging this important topic during the same week as an important church leader’s death is being mourned by many millions around the world. How do events in the global Church impact our current discussion, even though many of us are in a different stream?2. In the midst of all our critical talk about the focus we place on leaders, it looks like we’re still focusing on the leaders. Is it possible that in order to regain proper balance in our leaders we need to actually spend more time talking about, and especially with the people we lead?

About nine or ten years ago Michelle and I took a vacation and ended up for a day or so in Napa Valley, California. Until that time, I wasn’t much of a wine drinker. But after a couple of stops in at the wineries, we began to explore the world of wine. We’re still complete novices, but we have developed in our tastes and can appreciate some well made wine. It’s been a lot of fun, but unfortunately, the more refined we become in our tastes, the more expensive this hobby becomes – partly because we drink it more frequently, and partly because we no longer like the cheaper wines that used to satisfy us just fine. A funny thing has happened in the wine industry since we began our enjoyment of it. Like just about every other industry I can think of, wine production has been significantly altered by […]