Monday, December 31, 2007
no hiccups. but there are some things that just get in the way. vices. they do seem like hiccups. every now and again the annoyance of the things i struggle with are popping up and are really annoying.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Rob Bell on teaching
Weekly teaching can be destructive to creativity.
I don't teach something that has not been a part of me for six months to a year. Think about it, if I asked you to talk about your wedding or something else that has changed you, would you really need notes?
What would happen if on Monday morning you sat at your computer and instead of staring at blank screen, you're already looking at ten teachings that could take place and decidiing which one was the most ready to be taught, or most needed to be taught?
The best messages are not purchased off a shelf or a website, but are grown in your own backyard.
As a teacher, you need to live with a text - allow it to ferment in you, take up residence in you - then connections begin to be made.
We have people who can sing notes, but where are the soul singers? The pulpit has been the home of technicians and analysts, but where are the prophets and poets - the wide eyed crazy people? Teaching should be a dangerous and daring art form, not a science.
The Bible is about real people in real places in real times. It's taking place in an on-going historical narrative. What we need to remember is that we are in the same historical flow. Teaching is about connecting real people in real places in real times with us, here, today. We live in the same flow of what God is doing in history.
Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be... to be about anything else is sin.
Are you teaching because you have to say something, or because you have something to say? People, especially outside of "Christianity" know when you are passionate. That kind of passion makes them say, "Maybe this stuff really did happen."
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
i've been reading a book titled, This Beautiful Mess by Rick McKinley. the focus of the book is taking a look at the Kingdom of God and how we ARE already a part of it rather than looking at it to be something to come. to be honest i've never really thought too much on the Kingdom, nor tried to apply the presence of the Kingdom to my life. as a minister it would be something that should of been done a long time ago, but with all events leading to where i am today i would have to say it is perfect. as well as everyone else in this world, most of us are only concerned with numero uno. i would have to place that claim on everyone, that includes ministers. well... not all... and that would include ministers as well. focusing on style of teaching, to emerging, to emergent, to experiential, to traditional, it would go down to the rootworks of the person. i've or i am being transformed to have a better understanding on the Kingdom and the picture is beautiful. for everyone to see this picture would be even better and i can't wait til the day comes when self-sacrifice is something that comes without recognition.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
i awoke today with the worst crick in my neck and has yet to go away. it’s a pain like this that can ruin such a wonderful day.
i decided that i wanted to start creating a blog for personal and networking use that i can use a resource for both the children’s and student ministries. i don’t know what’s to come of this but i would like to see it as a sounding board for discussion and the engineering of the thought process.
just like the crick in my neck i know that the church can be a pain that just gets in the way and can ruin such a beautiful day. it may just start one day when we wake up but more likely the pain is something that has been brewing for quite some time, or maybe not.
it feels that Life Bridge is in a category that i can’t quite place. i love the fact that we are from new beginnings. the foundational structure that grows straight from the Bible and away from tradition and the crap that flows out of it. but no matter the sweet comeuppance of fresh starts there are cricks that are brought into the picture by people from tradition.
i would have to assume that they mean no harm but at times i would have to beg to differ. when people hinder love from anyone and put the focus on themselves the crick is like a fat log in the most uncomfortable of places.
i am reading a couple of books right now that would have to be some of the most inspirational things that I have read since the Bible. if i can find out how to do it, i will put the list of books that i’m currently reading on the side and would like to hear your thoughts from them.
going back to the crick, these books that i have been reading have been very enlightening to the subject matter of people and their crap. we have crap. it gets in the way. it can really stink. not that God cleans up after our mess, He provides a way for us to get rid of the filth and live in a whole new refreshing way.
He is the end of the crap and the beginning of it all.