Archive for November 2007

The New Conspirators

I had the delight of meeting Tom and Christine Sine at their Seattle home on Monday. They’re both terrific people, and a real delight to be around – gracious and hospitable. We were mainly just meeting for the first time, but we spent some time talking about Tom’s new book, due out in early spring, called The New Conspirators. Related to the book release, Mustard Seed Associates is putting on a really great looking conference by the same name. It’ll be Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2008. They’ve assembled a really terrific lineup of speakers, from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Check it out . . . and stay tuned here. We may try to throw together a little shindig at The Purple Door after the conference.

Funny little things

I just noticed that in the Facebook e-mail environment, the spell-checker flags “Facebook” as a misspelled word. And since I’m talking about it, is it just me, or is Facebook super slow today??

Intense Week

Wow, this has been a heavy set of days for me. Having come off of two conferences last weekend (one of which involved around 12 hours of driving round trip to attend), I’ve had a heavy school project working – hard work on structuring my dissertation and outlines. Much frustration here. I know the work will pay off, but oi! It’s funny, because words and writing and ideas have always been pretty easy for me, but there have been multiple moments this week where I’ve felt the same as I did in my college chemistry classes – completely stuck. I’m making small breakthroughs, so no worries. I’m just whining. In better news, we had another teach-in with inter::mission last night. Good times. I made enchiladas, guacamole, and some cinnamon tortilla chips. Tasty, if I must say so myself. Mike Gunn, pastor of Harambee Church in Renton, WA joined us for […]

Mornings Like These

On days like today, I haul my tired butt out of bed, and at some point look at myself in the mirror and say, “Dude, you’re looking old.” Typically, I’m more oriented toward “feeling as old as I think,” which is to say, fairly young. Happily I can say on this Monday morning that I’m tired from having had a weekend of seeing good friends. I spent Thursday evening and Friday morning/early afternoon at the Off The Map Live event. Got to at least touch base with a number of friends and acquaintances that I only see at events like that. It would have been really good to be there longer and relax a little with some friends. But I had to jump in my car with a couple of my younger friends (a.k.a. my staff team) and drive many hours through the dark of night to get to eastern […]

Eliacin nails it . . .

In all the buzz and hubbub of the emerging church (a mostly Western/Northern world thing), the voices of the Church Emerging in the global South have not been heard. This is the focus of my school research, so I was delighted to read this: The rumble of the drums and the joyful voices of our brothers and sisters from the Emerging World are getting louder and louder each minute. With all due respect, dear brothers and sisters from the west and north, you’ve been speaking for quite awhile. Now it is your time to show some humility and listen. [read more] Good words. May they – and the ears to hear – increase.

Off The Map time . . .

It’s becoming a sort of default calendar item for me, but it’s the first weekend of November, which must mean I’ll be at the Off The Map event, this year codenamed Hear, Listen, Connect. I’ve been so cranking busy over the past few months that I’ve not had the time to be as involved in some of the behind the scenes stuff as in previous years, but I still love going to these things – mainly for the people I get to see. I won’t be able to stay for the whole conference, but I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’ll definitely miss seeing some friends that aren’t making the trip this year, though.