Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Unbeliever is invited to church
Unbeliever is invited to church
Unbeliever confesses belief
Unbeliever repeats a prayer (baptism)
Unbeliever repeats a prayer (baptism)
Focus: Counting confessions
Believing enables belonging
Sojourner is invited to belong
Sojourner confesses interest
Sojourner experiences the good news
Sojourner participates in community
Belonging enables believing
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
"But don't begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, 'There's the person who started that building and couldn't afford to finish it!'
"Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? And if he can't, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
"Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! - Luke 14:25-35
Thursday, April 24, 2008
market strategiesdemographic studiesmillion dollar buildingsexclusivitystained glass fortressesperfect pews all in a rowfilled with suits and tiesbuilding programsland acquisitionsflee the inner citybuild in the suburbslock out the freakspost ushers like guardsbow to the richignore the poorfail to penetrate societyignore the screamsclose your eyesto the war in the streetsbuild thick wallsisolate yourselvespile the salthide the lightdon't get dirtyreact too slowlygrip dry traditionplay churchwhile the spiritual graveyardinches closerto your indifference.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
yah so i think the next big thing that will be used as interactive entertainment will be the integration of the web and television. Being able to watch TV while you surf the web, vice versa. You might think this is already happening but it's not. As your watching TV, say a commercial comes on for Papa Johns Pizza. This commercial in some way wets your appetite for some pie and you want to indulge yourself. So while the commercial is being played you can click on the link to order your pizza, in a separate window, order, pay and have it delivered. This can be the case for all ads "selling" products. As far as the TV programs that are out there, it will be integrated throughout the show. Let's say your watching a basketball game. Throughout this game you there are numerous facts that you might want to know for the team. During the game you might want to click the teams name for general stats about them or if it comes down to the details, while the game is being played and the players are running up and down the court, click on one of the players so you can get specific stats about the player. This could be done for all sports.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
...why the church has children's and student ministries? not that i don't feel supported or that i'm left all alone, but why are there separate ministries if normally the church is "family oriented."
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
it helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
we accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
no statement says all that could be said.
no prayer fully expresses our faith.
no confession brings perfection...
no set of goals and objectives includes everything.
this is what we are about:
we plant seeds that one day will grow.
we water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
we lay foundations that will need further development.
we provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
we cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
this enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
it may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.
we may never see the end results...
we are prophets of a future not our own.
-Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
at times i dread it because it's time consuming. and others because of who is praying with me. i would have to say that 99% of the time my outcome is one for a change of heart. i do feel better. it's worth it. but prayer.... what is it? why do we need to talk to G-d to make us feel good about ourselves? when we pray with others, why is there judgement? is it selfish on our part when we pray? if G-d knows everything why do we even need to pray?
as i'm understanding a bit more of G-d's Kingdom, Revolution, Dream, etc. i see that prayer is an act just like baptism to show our commitment to G-d. we are not in control. but our concern for other's in G-d's Kingdom is G-d's concern. we are called to love. in our faith that we believe G-d is watching over us, there's hope. hope for a better future and love for the entire Kingdom. we make a commitment through prayer to give us hope that we're not in this alone.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
if we would take away everything the church is today, the good and the bad, what is left. we would go back to the beginning of it all. whether the beginning may be the early manifestos of God's Kingdom or the start of all time.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
As they approached, Jesus said,
John 1:47-49 NLT
So to get the "BAM," i took the words from Mark Moore in his book The Chronological Life of Christ: Volume 1 From Glory to Galilee.
"Nathanael is deeply impressed that Jesus knew him. Then Jesus says. in so many words, "Oh that was nothin', watch this: I saw you sitting under the fig tree!" This so impressed Nathanael that he confesses that Jesus is the Messiah of the God."
Through the unexplainable G-d reveals himself to us. He shows us what His kingdom looks like. We see the story unravel that includes us as characters interacting with the one in the lead role. Jesus is King!