Archive for April 2006

Telling the good story . . . Kingdom evangelism 101

As I was preparing a final project for one of my classes last week, I reviewed some notes I had taken from lectures by Todd Hunter. I don’t want to quote or paraphrase here, lest I misquote or poorly phrase what he said, but just in quickly reading through that stuff, I got all worked up and excited about the grand story that we’re a part of. Unfortunately, it’s a story that doesn’t go back far enough for so many of us. We talk about the good news of Jesus as though the reason that it’s good is that we’ve been redeemed from sin and get to live life eternal. Yep, that’s pretty good . . . but not good enough. WhachutalkinboutWillis? You see, the better version of the good story we live is that God (being eternal and all) predated this thing we call sin. He predated the need […]



What the emerging church is all about . . . or at least what it's not

Andrew Jones linked me to a podcast (actually it’s broken up into three) of a debate between Doug Pagitt and Bob Dewaay regarding the emerging church, which I went and listened to (sans iPod, mind you). It revealed something I found interesting. Pagitt spoke from a fairly generic perspective and, I thought, did a good job of talking about the emerging church “movement” as a whole. In his responses, though, Dewaay kept firing open Pagitt’s books and reading quotes that he found troubling, and going on to say why. Several times, Pagitt had to clarify that those quotes were his own, and not necessarily representative of the emerging church, even though he’s a “member” of it. It brought to mind D.A. Carson’s Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church (as did an e-mail conversation I had the other day with a new friend). In his arguments critical of the emerging church, […]



One of those days when the why gets answered . . .

Last week, I cranked on the denom again . . . this is very difficult to stay away from at times, mind you. I just like to avoid it because, well, it seems to be as effective as what my dog, Maui, is doing – she’s got some sort of seasonal allergies going on, and scratches and chews on all parts of her body that she can reach. Complaining about the denom is just like that – at the end of the day, I’m only more irritated and I have less hair. Last week I also mentioned that there are some pretty good reasons to stay connected. This past weekend counts. I got to participate in a regional spring conference. The college students there were hungry for God, and willing to go prove it with lives of service to others. Since December, our network of campus ministries has sent over […]



Earth Day is Saturday

I just took this Ecological Footprint quiz . . . and my results depress me. Want a reality check? Go take your own quiz.



I just had a great church marketing idea . . .

You know how lots of churches bought out entire movie theaters to bring people to see The Passion of the Christ? And you know how lots of churches bought out entire movie theaters to bring people to see The Chronicles of Narnia? I’m wondering how many churches would be willing to buy out entire movie theaters to bring people to see The Da Vinci Code when it comes out May 19. . . whadya think? I’ll spring for the mass-mail postcards and doorknob hangy things if you wanna spring for the movie tickets.



One of those days where I find myself asking why . . .

I don’t want to get into it too deep, but my denom is a wreck. The president of one of the denom’s missions agencies is being targeted in what looks like a thinly veiled political power play. This morning, the president the other primary denominational missions agency resigned under pressure after some questionable leadership decisions (nothing scandalous that I’ve heard of, but not exactly wise either). That, and I’ve seen first hand some of the scarier stuff of what the future leaders of the denom may look like recently. I’ve been on the fringes for a few years now, and this stuff really threatens to push me over the edge. I’ve still got some darn good reasons to stay, and I’ve got no plans to bail out just yet . . . but for crying out loud . . . I’ll just stop before the profanity in my brain leaks […]



Greetings from America, by James Leonard

Michelle and I are very pleased to own and enjoy a series of three paintings by California abstract artist James Leonard. Here’s a little taste of what we get to look at daily: This morning I Googled him to look at some of his other work . . . but found a different artist named James Leonard. While poking around, looking at this guy’s work, I found this:It caught my eye, so I took a closer look here. Go there and click around on the image to rotate it . . . it changes. Awesome.



Tee hee

I spent some gift certificate money over at Amazon today (sorry Bill . . .). By the end of the day, I had my confirmation that my order shipped – which contains an N.T. Wright book . . . aaaaaand this one.



Monday already . . . April already

Wow, I can’t believe the blur the past several weeks have been. It honestly seems like February 1st was last week. Time to catch up with reality, I guess. Especially given that the next four weeks are looking like more of the same. The weekend was busy, but super good. It started Friday night, with dinner out with the neighbors (who may now be named), Jeremy and Daniele. I’m so stoked to share life with them. Ryan and Holly came back for another visit, and gave a stellar showing Saturday night at the Purple Door. Quality people, quality art. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out their music, you gotta. Challenging, haunting, gut-wrenching passion. It’s critical of illegitimate systems of power, and yet it’s hopeful with an embrace of the Kingdom realities that make that hope worth while. At the concert, we were also graced with the presence of the now […]



"See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey" . . . or was that an elephant?

Terrific op-ed article on the political plays that try make Jesus out to be a partisan. Some may think that removing Jesus from politics would mean removing morality from politics. They think we would all be better off if we took up the slogan “What would Jesus do?” That is not a question his disciples ask in the Gospels. They never knew what Jesus was going to do next. He could round on Peter and call him “Satan.” He could refuse to receive his mother when she asked to see him. He might tell his followers that they are unworthy of him if they do not hate their mother and their father. He might kill pigs by the hundreds. He might whip people out of church precincts. HT: Jordon Cooper and Karen Ward