Archive for March 2008

What was that about spring??

So that picture there . . . it was taken five minutes ago. As in, 3:40pm, Pacific Standard Time. As in March 28. Five days after Easter. Did I mention that it’s Spring Break?? Sheesh. I just talked to a friend in Houston. 80 degrees and humid. Hmmmmm. I don’t even live in Canada!



_____mergents Rise!

Over on the Emergent Village blog, there’s a post talking about all the different sub-groups developing either explicitly or in more covert ways under the “emergent” banner.  I’ll let you go check out the many varieties of the ______mergents for yourself. It does leave me curious about the denomination I’m affiliated with, and it’s multiple similar brother and sister denominations . . . namely, the Baptists.  Normally, I don’t make a habit of outing myself like this.  But I do wonder if there’s a “Baptimergent” collective floating around out there.  My hunch is that a lot of the folks who might be interested in such a conversation are: a) already of another existing ______mergent persuasion, such as Submergent or Reformergent. b) are too embarrassed to come out of the closets as Baptist, lest they get laughed at by all the cooler-than-thou emergents. c) are too scared of denominational blacklisting and/or […]



Disconnected Connectedness

In the exciting new world that is Web 2.0, it’s all about the social networking.  There are some very cool sites that help people network around common relationships, common hobbies, common web surfing habits, common wine palates, common brands of hair spray, common transportation choices, common preferences in vacation getaways, and on and on we go. I personally spend most of my social networking time on Facebook these days.  By looking at my friend totals, you wouldn’t be impressed.  I’m not one to go around requesting friends for people I don’t know.  If someone I don’t know requests me as a friend, I’ll usually agree, but as far as I can remember, I’ve only made one friend request for someone that I haven’t had a personal interaction with at least once (and by “personal,” I include e-mail conversations).  I don’t fault anyone for racking up as many friends as they […]



Tim & Jesus

When the original is so good, a sequel is sure to follow! Find the full review here.



The green apron people just made a good move

Coffee geek post here.  Starbucks announced on Wednesday that they are acquiring a Seattle coffee equipment company that makes a machine known as the Clover.  This small, funky looking gizmo is an innovative thing of beauty.  What does it do, you ask?  It brews drip coffee . . . but it does it really, amazingly well.  It basically allows your barista to treat a cup of brewed coffee the way she or he treats a shot of espresso – with personal care.  I don’t know what Starbucks’ operation manual will say, but having had coffee out of Clovers a few times at a few different places, here’s a non-technical view of how it works: 1. You choose your coffee – typically from a selection of coffees that are higher-end, and display more subtleties than you might be accustomed to in mass-marketed beans. 2. The barista grinds the beans on the […]



The Wacky Emerging Church: Reason #54

This post is part of a continuing series. You may want to read my list of disclaimers and intro remarks here, if you haven’t done so already. Reason #54: Walking backwards One thing I enjoyed about the recent New Conspirators gathering was that they kept asking the question, “What in the world is God doing?”  Sadly, much of the time, the emerging church walks around with a different question, which goes a little something like this: “What in the world is the church doing that we wish it would stop doing, so it can get back to the business of doing whatever in the world God is doing?”  The difference between these two questions is not subtle. Yes, a big part of this “conversation” is deconstructing the church, and providing a prophetic critique to the many broken systems and structures that have been added over the many years.  It’s a […]



I heart my BFF team members

It was a good, mostly mellow day at The Purple Door.  We bid our goodbyes to our friends from Texas, and now the house is back to it’s mostly quiet self.  We have large quantities of leftover pancake mix and chips and apples from the past few weeks – each team that comes in buys its own groceries, and leaves the leftovers behind.  Looks like we need to get creative with our Thursday family meal times.  Over the past three weeks, we’ve hosted just shy of 60 overnight guests.  We did have some fun, indeed.  But we’re all ready for the break.  I was thinking about how much better the past few weeks have gone, with the input and work and sleepless staff I get to work with.  Each of the team members I’ve been privileged to spend time with during this school year have been a tremendous source of […]



Texas college culture

Tomorrow morning, we say goodbye to the last of three teams of college students that have visited Seattle, and stayed at The Purple Door, while on spring break trips over the past three weeks.  One group was from Minnesota, and two were from Texas.  We have a ton of fun with most of the teams that come hang out with us (even though we all sleep less – including me, who actually lives somewhere other than The Purple Door). There were several highlights of this time, which I could go into here.  But one oddity I’ve noticed about the state of Texas when it comes to college students, seems worth noting.  The gang signs.  Every college of every size in Texas has some funky little contortion that people put their hands into to represent their school and/or their mascot.  I had been familiar with the famous University of Texas “hook […]



Happy St. Patrick's Day



The Wacky Emerging Church: Reason #2.76

This post is part of a continuing series. You may want to read my list of disclaimers and intro remarks here, if you haven’t done so already. Reason #2.76: The other white meat Sad, but true, folks. White dudes with money are still pretty much in control. If you took a poll of emerging church folks, of who the ten most influential people in this whole scene are, you’d certainly end up with a very homogenous list. Yes, we have a few prominent people that we can point to as good examples, but I think we all know that it’s not enough. As a white dude with money, I have to face my own little identity crisis here – who am I to call attention to this? All I can do is try my best to keep this issue on the table, and work to change my own practical approaches […]