Archive for April 2007

How 'bout some positive talk?

Lately I’ve been successful in refraining from comments on the latest round of unnecessary controversy invited upon a local, well-known pastor . . . that is, invited upon him BY him. Instead, I happily direct your attention to Eugene Cho, another local (not as well known) pastor who has posted on the same topic, but with respect and love.



What is Web 2.0 . . . or . . . What is Missional?

For those of you who read this blog and don’t know me, let me just state something that’s fairly obvious to those of you who do – I’m a geek . . . but about obscure, mostly irrelevant things. The traditional image of Geek (notice the formal capitalization there) is someone who hovers over their computer keyboard, typing code, and taking occasional breaks to play World of Warcraft. I’m not that kind of geek. However, because I believe geeky technology – especially that of the computer variety – will continue to shape our culture, relationships, economy, justice, education, and religion, I have a few techy blogs in my feedreader. This morning, one of them, Robert Scoble, posted a short ditty trying to define Web 2.0. In the tech world, lots and lots of people throw that term around, companies develop business strategies around it, investors throw down huge bucks for […]



The Cobalt Season

Here’s some encouragement for you to do what I just did . . . go buy The Cobalt Season‘s new record! I can’t wait to hear the yummy goodness.



I forgot my anniversary (again)

One should not be fooled by the title of this post that I’m a negligent husband. I’ve celebrated ten wedding anniversaries with Michelle, and remembered every one of them. The anniversary to which I refer might be cleverly referred to as my “blogoversary.” Yesterday was the five year mark since I started this here blog. I’ve changed the template several times, but have been pretty consistent in bringing random tidbits about life, culture, theology, and mindlessness in a way that has produced a stunning following of at least 4-1/2 readers. I had intended to celebrate the anniversary by announcing that I was shutting the ol’ blog down . . . mostly because I’ve got a new one in the works. Alas, I had a more pressing writing project to complete and wasn’t able to get the new blog up and running in time. Perhaps over the next couple weeks I’ll […]



Capitalism is evil

Michelle and I went to the pet store yesterday to buy dog food. Michelle remembered while we were there that she wanted to buy a cat litter box scoop spoon thingy. After finding the right aisle, she was faced with a decision – which of the approximately 46 versions of an incredibly simple device was best? I’m sorry, but I just have a hard time believing that any store would need to carry more than one or two varieties – a plastic one and a metal one, maybe. But ergonomic? Comfort-grippy-handle? Hydraulic-sport-tuned-suspension-with-a-Hemi? Ionic-breeze-odor-reducer? No thanks, I’ll take the plastic one. Am I cranky this morning, or just over-tired?



"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down That Wall!"

BBC News is reporting on a concrete wall being built in Baghdad: Once the 3.6m (12 ft) wall is finished, people will enter and leave Adhamiya through a small number of checkpoints guarded by US and Iraqi forces. The US military says the barrier is the centrepiece of its strategy to end sectarian violence in the area but insists there are no plans to divide up the whole city into gated communities. U.S. taxpayer dollars hard at work to re-create a situation that clearly didn’t work well in Berlin? Decide for yourself . . . this just seemed a little on the ironic side to me.



How (Not) To Rethink Church

I attended a breakfast meeting this morning, sponsored by the international missions agency of my denomination. Amid all the frustrating things that make me wish I wasn’t part of this denomination, this agency has consistently been one of the brighter lights – I’ve met tons of people that really get the Kingdom of God . . . primarily because they’ve served in situations where they weren’t the comfortable majority, and developed some humility and respect as a result. While at the breakfast, I got to talk to some good folks, in particular, about the Church in Latin America. Good times. During the “meeting” portion of the breakfast, some good, encouraging things were said. But mixed in with them were some things that made me scratch my head. Here’s an example: “We need to help Christian in North America rethink church. What is it? A building? A worship service? What? We […]



starting fresh

Five years ago I started blogging. Life for me was very different back then . . . in so many ways that it’s truly hard to believe that only five years have passed. It’s almost as though I’ve made twenty years worth of changes. Some have been easy and fun and rewarding. Others have been painful and difficult and disillusioning (and yes, in some cases, rewarding). Anyway, to mark the five year milestone, I’ve decided to move my blogging existence over to a WordPress format. Blogger has been very good to me, but I do b’lieve this’ll do me better. Oh, and after writing under the funky blogspot.com url for all these years, I finally threw down the bones to buy the spiritfarmer.com domain. Ain’t that special? So, I’m sure life around these parts will develop slowly as I learn the new tools, etc. I know one thing I need […]



How great is the Great Commission . . . really?

Earlier this year, I read David Bosch’s game changing misiology book, Transforming Mission. It’s long, thorough, and so good in so many ways. It’s truly a remarkable work. Not an easy read, mind you, but well worth the work I put into it. I will re-visit that book many times in the years ahead. As I was reviewing some of the notes I made on it this weekend, I came across something that was very curious to me. It goes a little something like this. If you were to take a poll of evangelical pastors in North America, and asked them what the three most important verses/short passages in the Bible are, what do you think they’d say? John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 6:23, Hebrews 11:6 . . . what else? I gotta think that Matthew 28:18-20 would be included in the list that many many pastors would give. I […]



Pavlov's Breakfast Invention

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