Archive for February 2007

I bought my very first prom dress yesterday!!

Never one to pass up a new experience, I decided to give cross-dressing a go. I may be experimental, but I’m not stupid . . . so instead of going to a fancy department store to look at all of their fine apparel, I took Michelle (yes, I included her in this adventure) to a local thrift store, and found a lovely, shiny dress. I snatched it up and brought it home. I’m really excited to try it on, but it will need some alterations . . . 1. Take scissors to the prom dress and cut it up into a bunch of smaller pieces.2. Take the smaller pieces and stitch them in to the thrift store sportcoats I also purchased yesterday, making lovely new designs. I look forward to the creative process, and to being able to wear my new promcoat out in public. O.k., so it doesn’t actually […]

Howdy . . . I mean it . . . I really do

Just flew home from Texas this morning. I was in the DFW area for a missions event for college students. I’m going on about 3 hours sleep right now, but it was a good good weekend. I get really stoked when I see college students with a fire in their eyes to make their lives count for more than the paycheck on the other side of their degree, or the white throne on the other end of their hangover. It was a really encouraging time with some new friends. I’ll admit it – I talk too much trash about the South/the Bible Belt, and the Christian subculture that’s just so bloody thick there. But I shared worship with 200 students who are committing themselves to being on Kingdom mission as a lifestyle. Some will get assigned to short term projects away from home, and some will get assigned to projects […]

Inside the Missional Matrix

Seattle is just hoppin’ full of interesting events this spring. Including this one, brought to you by Off The Map and the Shoreline Vineyard. There’s a possibility that I’ll be out of state . . . but I may just rearrange things a little.

Art installation

The Ikon community in Ireland (home of Peter Rollins, author of the excellent book How (Not) to Speak of God) has an art installation up. Here’s one of their pieces: HT: Jonny Baker

Coming in April to University of Washington

Film, Faith, and Justice 2007 – do plan on being there, won’t you?

The Q

When I lived in San Diego, “going to the Q” meant going to watch the Padres or Chargers play ball – at Qualcomm Stadium. Many natives still call it “The Murph,” given that before naming rights wrecked the world, the stadium was named after a legendary San Diego sports journalist, Jack Murphy. Some have merged the two names, and refer to the stadium as “The Qurf”. I digress. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eugene Cho, the pastor of Quest Church in the Interbay area of Seattle. The church is about five years old, and has a really good story. They also have a cool coffee shop called Q Cafe. We talked about the cultural vibe, our histories in the church, making a new way with multiple generations of Jesus followers, and how at times our idealism comes to a point of collision with reality – how […]

Is church planting always a good thing?

Just a quick shot here – not much time to post. I’ve just been brewing on some conversations I’ve been a part of recently in which church planters are discussing their work. I hear a lot of talk about the new church, the new vision, the new approaches . . . but I can’t say I hear a lot about Jesus. In one case, I heard a church planter describe his “non-institutional” approach to church planting, and I can’t recall hearing the words “God” or “Jesus” or “Kingdom”. Don’t get me wrong – I value church planting . . . but the point isn’t to start new churches, is it? Please tell me it’s not. Please tell me that creating new environments for the King and the Kingdom to be announced and revealed has something to do with it.

Is it just me?

. . . or did Prince sing more cover songs in his Super Bowl show than he did of his own stuff? It was so strange to me that I actually pulled out my Foo Fighters CD (from which he sang “Best of You”) just to check the liner notes and make sure he didn’t write the song. Nicely done.

The Kingdom is at hand . . . but . . .

O.k., so there’s no clever or profound way of saying this – sometimes life is hard. It’s hard to living the kind of life that is in harmony with the reality that Jesus came to announce and inaugurate. Somehow the kind of hope that the new reality would seem to stir up within us seems to be just out of reach. People who work hard, speak peace, pray for justice, and give their lives away to others wake up cranky, discouraged, and dismayed that while the Kingdom may be “at hand,” it’s the middle of the night and you can’t see that “hand” in front of your face. I’m not writing this as an autobiographical confession necessarily. I certainly have my share of those feelings and experiences. But for whatever reason, over the past few months, I’ve spent time (phone time, electronic correspondence time, actual face to face time) with […]