Archive for July 2007

Bikes to Rwanda

This is a very cool deal that the coffee and bicycling communities of Portland, Oregon have put together. One of the ways that Rwanda is being rebuilt after its devastating civil wars is through the coffee industry. Stumptown Coffee asked the coffee farmers what they needed, and they said bikes. So, bikes is what they’re getting. Check out the Bikes to Rwanda site. HT: tonx

Prayer for Hostages in Afghanistan

I’ve been super busy with work and school stuff lately that I am behind on my blog reading, and I haven’t been tracking with most of the news, other than a quick scan of headlines on the web. Whether it’s my problem or the U.S. media’s problem, the story of a group of Korean aid workers being kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan has escaped me. One was murdered. In the mean time, I did hear that there was some kind of CNN YouTube debate, Michael Vick is going on trial for his dog fighting operation, and Lindsay Lohan is an addict (still). If these were white, American hostages, would this story have gotten by without notice? Unlikely. Read Eugene Cho‘s summaries of the story here, and please pray for the hostages, their families, and their captors. Eugene is a pastor in Seattle, with a diverse, growing church.

We Feel Fine

My buddy Jeremy comes through again. He sent me a link to this TED video. It’s a talk by Jonathan Harris, talking through a project he put together called We Feel Fine. It’s a super fun, amazing computer program that he wrote that aggregates blog entries that use the words, “I feel” or “I am feeling.” It’s a wonderful universe of emotion, accessed through what Harris calls “passive observation.” It connects human emotion in a way that will make you smile. So go the site, and click the “Open We Feel Fine” link, and explore.

God and Country

Charles Marsh, a professor at the University of Virginia wrote a devastating article (actually, an adapted chapter from his new book) in the Boston Globe a couple weeks back. Here are a couple of snippets: These past six years have been transformative in the religious history of the United States. It is arguably the passing of the evangelical moment — if not the end of evangelicalism’s cultural and political relevance, then certainly the loss of its theological credibility. Conservative evangelical elites, in exchange for political access and power, have ransacked the faith and trivialized its convictions. It is as though these Christians consider themselves to be recipients of a special revelation, as if God has whispered eternal secrets in their ears and summoned them to world-historic leadership in the present and future. and If only holiness were measured by the volume of our incessant chatter, we would be universally praised […]

Quiet days – at least in the blogging world

You can call it a summer slump if you want to, but I haven’t posted here for a while. It actually has a lot more to do with the fact that I’m overly busy right now. I’m doing some summer school classes. They’re self-paced, but I seem to have paced myself at one course per month during July and August. This on top of a ton of transitions at work that keep me running. I’m not complaining. I’m just finding myself less connected to the things I would normally find interesting enough to blog on. There’s definitely a post or two that I’ve been meaning to write, but haven’t taken the time yet. Perhaps soon . . .

What's up with the house churches?

About six or seven years ago, when I began to rethink my role in faith, church, theology, mission, culture, etc. I didn’t know anybody who was asking the same kinds of questions I was. Oh, there were plenty of people out there that were farther along than I was – I just didn’t know any of them. I slowly began meeting some of them online. About five years ago, I began meeting some of them face to face. For whatever reason, I was meeting a lot of guys that were part of house church communities. Since that time, I’ve continued to meet new folks, and maintain contact with the others. Michelle and I have had the honor of hanging out with several house churches over the past few years. Good people, good communities. We’ve even been a part of house church expressions as our primary worship communities. Good experiences there. […]