July 31, 2004

God be praised

I'm sitting here on the balcony watching something... beautiful.

The sun is setting and the sky is an incredible colour that has yet to be properly identified. A few minutes ago a cab pulled up to our gate. I guess the fare got out and left - I really wasn't paying attention. But now something remarkable is happening. Instead of leaving the driver turned off the engine, popped the trunk and got out of the car. Apparently the mat in the trunk doubles as prayer rug, because he's laid it on the ground and has removed his shoes. He's now absorbed in his prayers, being careful to face both the mat and his body to the east.

Today started out innocently enough. But, with too much time on my hands tonight and some self-indulgent aggrandizing of the past, I ended up having one of those "What have I done, and what the hell are we doing here?" kind of nights.

Now I'm watching a devout man kneeling out in front of our condo, and I feel better. Take this anyway you will, but watching him pray reminds me that God is in charge.

There is nowhere I would rather be.

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July 28, 2004

we're on a mission from God

From David Batstone at Sojourners...

To: Bush/Cheney Re-election Campaign Headquarters
From: "Rev." David Batstone
Re: Our Service to the King

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Kingdom:

I can't tell you how inspired I am by your detailed plan of action leading up to the November election. Being an evangelical pastor, I wasn't sure how I was going to mobilize my congregation to make a faithful commitment in the realm of politics. But rest assured, we are following diligently the 22 duties you so generously offered, so that God's will may be made manifest in the re-election of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for four more years.

Read the rest of David's letter to the powers that be here.

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here i am to speak spanish

OK, public service announcement time...

Back on December 30, 2002 (in my second month of blogging!) I posted the lyrics of Here I am to Worship, as it was the top downloaded song of 2002 according to somebody or other. I still get comments on that post, apparently from people looking for the lyrics in Spanish.

So if anybody has the lyrics in Spanish, or knows where to get them, please let me know and we'll help these folks out.

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July 27, 2004

good news

Iphy's I mean Renee's book site is up!

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think about it

Jordon posted this a couple of days ago. He got a lot of comments, too, some of which he says had to be deleted.

What the heck - it's been a slow day.

From the "The West Wing" created by Aaron Sorkin

President Bartlet (Martin Sheen): I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.

Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President, the Bible does.

President Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.

Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.

President Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town: touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? "Think about that, will you?

I think that bit is brilliant.

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magnificent

While up on the mountain yesterday I spent some time talking to the grizzlies and wolves. This is the shy one who never gets too close to the fence. Unbelievable. I can see how some used to associate these animals with evil intent. Beautiful, but haunting.

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July 26, 2004

todd blog

No, not mine. Todd Hunter is back blogging! Todd has had a huge influence on my thinking about the Kingdom, so I'm looking forward to his insights.

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July 25, 2004

nice night tonight

July 24 2004

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the circle widens II

I'm going. The only question remaining is do I fly or drive... big bucks or 12 hours behind the wheel?

Missional Church Forum

July 24, 2004

the circle widens

Warning: You're in for a little dead-horse-flogging, so if you don't feel like listening to me drone on yet again about connections in the Kingdom then move along friend, move along.

(Deep breath)

OK so the afore-mentioned lunch in Bellingham was with Mark Eaton who is a good friend of Wes' who I was meeting (and almost didn't!) for the first time and that was after last week when we had 3 glorious days with Wes and Judy up at Linwood House and then on Tuesday night at The Whatever Scott Idelette and of course Gabrielle joined us for the first time so during the meal they told me about the significant time they had with Wes and Judy over lunch before they came to our place and as I write this I'm sitting up on Grouse Mountain and I've just finished talking with Wes who was driving out of Eagle, Idaho after spending 2 hours with Eric Keck and Todd Hunter so now he tells me I have to get to the Allelon gathering down there in September.

(Deep Breath)

(Somewhere in the background Elton John is singing The Circle of Life...)

I said to Mark at lunch that, as trite as it may sound, I'm coming to believe that even in the simple act of connecting and exchanging our stories we are helping to build the Kingdom. I can't really explain it, but I believe it.

Wes and I have been talking about a "constellation" model of connections. We are all points of light out there, and as we hook up, we can draw a line between each of us. With each connection the constellation grows and is strengthened. (I think I saw a Star Trek episode like this once.) I've been thinking about this concept visually so much that I've actually decided to try and teach myself Flash so I can try to depict the idea graphically.

Of course, I can't ignore the "connecting" factor of my mission statement; it continues to have a huge influence on my thinking. Not only do I get excited about meeting people, I get just as pumped connecting two other people for the first time. I need a huge white board to plot this conspiracy of connections!

This is what I do.

I'm a connector.

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July 23, 2004

a conversation

HIM (a no-nonsense, Ray Ban wearing, non-smiling, armed U.S. Immigration officer at the Peace Arch border crossing): "Where are you going?"

ME (a pierced-eared, freaky goatee-wearing, smiling Canadian): "Bellingham."

HIM: "What for?"

ME: "I'm having lunch with a friend."

HIM: "A friend in Bellingham? How do you know this friend?"

ME: "Umm, through the internet." (Oops, I shouldn't have said that...)

HIM: "The internet, huh? What do you do for a living?"

ME: "I'm a pastor of a church in Vancouver." (Why the heck did I say that?! This is not going well...)

HIM: "Oh yeah? Which one?"

ME: "It's called The Whatever." (I am in trouble. Curse you, Tom Ridge...)

HIM: "What denomination?"

ME: "It's non-denominational. It's a house church."

HIM: "And you make a living doing this?"

ME: "No." (I am so going to jail...)

HIM: "So how do you make money?"

ME: "I don't." (I wonder if they use real handcuffs or those plastic things...)

HIM: "How can you afford to do that?"

ME: "We're living on savings. It's a temporary situation." (I wonder how long they can hold me without charging me...)

HIM, after a long pause: "Ever been arrested?"

ME: "No." (Not until today, anyway...)

HIM, after another long pause: "OK, Get going."

ME: "Thanks. Have a good one." (Woohoo!)

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July 22, 2004

sister act

I'm always challenged and disturbed by Sister Joan's weekly columns, and this week's is no exception. Check out this profile of the nun with attitude from USA Today.

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no more II

I read some Mike Yaconelli on the ferry this morning.

According to his critics, Jesus "did God" all wrong. He went to the wrong places, said the wrong things, and worst of all, let just anyone into the kingdom. Jesus scandalized an intimidating, elitist, country-club religion by opening membership in the spiritual life to those who had been denied it. What made people furious was Jesus' "irresponsible" habit of throwing open the doors of his love to the whosoevers, the just-any-ones, and the not-a-chancers like you and me.
Nothing makes people in the church more angry than grace...
Messy Spirituality, pg. 47

Like we said yesterday... Love everyone.

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July 21, 2004

no more tit-for-tat

Last night at The Whatever we did some lectio divina on Matthew 5:38-48 from The Message. What a powerful experience. Here are some of my notes I wrote sitting in the wicker chair out in the driveway...

Here's what spoke to me from the passage:
+ No more tit-for-tat!
+ Live generously!
+ Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst!
+ Your God-created self!

Is that all I do... love the lovable and greet those who greet me? Anybody can do that!

+ Use the occasion to practice Kingdom life!

These are the words I heard as I meditated on the passage:
"God says, 'This is what I do; I love everyone. The sun shines on everyone. The rain falls on everyone. Who are you to decide who deserves to be treated well, and who deserves a hard time? Love everyone!'"

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July 20, 2004

light for dark

Idelette has posted on her experience last week in Vancouver's downtown east side. So much of British Columbia is heaven. The DTES is our little piece of hell.

The intensity of the streets—death lurking around every corner—makes any ponderings of emergent theology obsolete. The presence of death cuts through to the essence of things. There's no time for four laws or five steps or even wondering what a new kind of Christian would do in these circumstances. Instinctively I knew that if someone could remember even just one thing—Jesus—it would be enough.

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in a fog

No time to talk right now... but this looks very cool. At the risk of appearing "trendy", I can see some great uses for it. Think creative worship.

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July 19, 2004

now but not yet

Just taking a quick breather from prepping for tomorrow's Board meeting. (The site has been down all day so you may not see much...)

Here's my favorite from Ian's CD. The music is haunting, and the words, well, they speak for themselves.

I Want to go Home

This Irish coast is breaking my heart tonight
A mystical yearning, an ache in my soul
Each crashing wave reminds me
I am living in exile

I want to go home
I want to be with my Father
Run right by His side through all His fields of grace
Yes I love my life
But isn't it right
To want to go home

Is it so wrong to want the invisible?
A time and a place where you finally belong
I could go on in this world
With just one taste of eternity

I want to go home
I want to be with my Father
Run right by His side through all His fields of grace
Yes I love my life
But isn't it right
To want to go home

This 'now but not yet' leaves me divided
Walking on earth when my soul wants to fly
But I know this journey I'm on is built on this sacred hunger

I want to go home
I want to be with my Father
Run right by His side
Through all His fields of grace
Yes I love my life
But isn't it right
To want to go home

To want to go home

I want to go home

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July 16, 2004

one way

From an editorial by Jim Wallis:

I debated Jerry Falwell yesterday on Tavis Smiley's National Public Radio show. The subject was the current talk about "values" in the presidential election campaign. Tavis first asked Falwell to name a "short list" of the values issues that were important to him. It turned out to be a very short list indeed. All the Religious Right leader could talk about was the gay marriage amendment. That was it.

I pointed out that overcoming poverty was a values issue, as was protecting the environment, as was fighting unnecessary wars on false pretenses, as was the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. As he often does when he fears he might lose a debate, Falwell eventually began to interrupt what I was saying and moved into personal-attack mode, saying that I was "as much an evangelical as an oak tree." The television preacher from Lynchburg has such a way with words.

But then he really got vicious. He challenged me: "You voted for Al Gore, didn't you, Reverend? Admit it! Admit it!" he demanded. "You didn't vote for George Bush, or George Bush Sr., or even Ronald Reagan!" He had me. I was finally exposed on National Public Radio - a Christian who hadn't consistently voted for Republican candidates. How could I ever again claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, who, as we all know, was pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-American?

It was an absolutely partisan and theocratic moment. There is only one way that Christians can possibly vote: That's exactly what Falwell was saying. And that's exactly what the Religious Right is saying. And they say the only values issues are things like gay marriage and abortion. Forget everything the Bible says about the priority of the poor, about Christian peacemaking, about respecting God's creation, or about the image of God in every human being - including our enemies.

Read the rest here, or listen to an mp3 of the debate with Falwell here.

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trinitarian community

From a Leadership Journal interview with Larry Crabb. This is intriguing...

Your model of community depends heavily on a congregation that appreciates open, caring interaction, where people "have the integrity to come clean." Can this be taught?

It starts with a recognition of impoverished theology. Eugene Peterson was scheduled to appear at a conference on spiritual formation. I phoned him to ask what he would speak on.

"Our Trinitarian theology in the evangelical church is thin," he said.

Until it gets thicker, we're not going to make much progress in this whole area of spiritual formation. God is in eternal community, a radically other-centered relationship where the Father is always saying, Isn't my Son something?! The Son's always saying, Look at the Father. And the Spirit is always saying, Look at Jesus.

Until we start pondering the mystery of the Trinity, we won't have a clue that we're a million miles from it in terms of community. People need to be overwhelmed by the Trinitarian community.

Thanks to Finker for the link.

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the lion and the lamb

Sort of...


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July 14, 2004

art

This earlier post led me to the incredible work of Kathy Ammon, and that has me thinking today about art and creativity. (Of course, it doesn't hurt that I'm sitting in the back garden of Linwood House as I write this. This is God's canvas.)

Four or five years ago in our previous life (translation: when we had money to spend) we decided we wanted to start to collect some art. Don't get the wrong impression - we really didn't know the first thing about art, other than we knew what we liked. At the time we were vacationing again in Carmel, California. (BTW, if you ever go to Carmel you need to stay here. Yes, that's really what the place is called.)

Our first time there we spent several hours wandering through numerous art galleries (I think every resident of Carmel runs an art gallery... some kind of by-law), so on our second visit we decided we were going to "buy something". Most of the people we spoke with were very happy to help educate a couple of rookies, and we finally settled on an artist-enhanced giclee of this piece:

Pigeon House
Pigeon House, By Joanny

Well, the wheel keeps turning and that first piece of art is probably also our last! That's not the point of the story, though. The point is... I'm not sure what the point is, but it definitely involves creativity. Our God is the Creator, and He continues to create.

When I see incredible works like this I see His hand.

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dreams

Anj posted a quote from James, and Lisa emailed me about it. (Now that is one of the benefits of the web)...

I dream of a place where people have to work really hard at relating to people who are not like themselves at all. I dream of a "community" that has to deal with the awkward and uncomfortable feelings of radical diversity. I want to break bread with those who have different views of politics, economics, psychology, philosophy but share a passion to bend our lives towards God. I want to be part of a community that can model reconciliation because there is a real potential for difference. I want to be in a place that forces me to value the other above myself because there really is an "other".

Right on - I think I had that same dream.

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July 13, 2004

father's day

Some powerful words from Bobbie that every man should read, and some beautiful additional thoughts from Jen.

The Blessing

The Blessing, by Kathy Ammon.

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July 12, 2004

make it stop

We just watched 30 seconds of Who Wants To Marry My Dad.

Somebody shoot me now.

Please.

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making candles

More box stuff...

Know that when you seek anything of your own, you will never find God, because you do not seek God purely. You are seeking something along with God, and you are acting just as if you were to make a candle out of God in order to look for something with it. Once one finds the things one is looking for, one throws the candle away. This is what you are doing.
Meister Eckhart

From the Bruderhof Daily Dig.

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July 10, 2004

regent radio

This could be interesting:

Regent Radio

(Regent is just across town, but I got the link from the Prodigal Kiwi. What a world!)

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new language

I'm sitting here this morning cleaning out my Inbox, which has gotten away from me "a little". The July issue of Off-The-Map's Idealab has a great piece from Heather Kirk-Davidoff on one of my pet peeves - the language we sometimes use to try and communicate our faith.

Is that all Christians have to offer hurting people? Skipping over to the promise of heaven when someone is truly suffering comes off as glib. Thoughtful people dismiss this kind of talk. It just seems irrelevant to their real life. As Christians, we can offer more, but we need to translate and define our terms. We may have to even create a new kind of language.

Read the rest here.

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July 09, 2004

The Path II

A few people have asked about upcoming dates for The Path Workshop. We've just scheduled workshops for men and women for the month of November. The women's workshop will be November 4-7, and the men's November 18-21.

You can read a little about The Path here, and also a bit on my own experience at the first-ever men's workshop here.

Come on... beautiful British Columbia in November. Where else would you rather be? And did I mention the workshop is skillfully facilitated by our good friend Idelette? We've had friends join us from the 4 points of the globe, so you do not live too far away!If you're interested you can drop us an email either here or at the address on the web site.

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beyond our limits

This morning's reading fits in well with yesterday's quote from Tom. For me, it also works with my heresy from a few days ago:

"Sadly, some Christians live as if God is under their control. They defend God, speak on His behalf, and claim to know all the latest things that God is planning to do in the church and the world. They fail to realize that God is uncontrollable. Much of what He does is unknowable.

Ellul points out that "Christians behave in all things as if the God whom they proclaim had no active reality outside themselves, their church and their dogmas."

Thankfully, neither the individual Christian, particular church, or a particular theological perspective has all the answers. God is beyond our systems. He breaks the limits we set for Him. He reveals Himself in the streets as much as in the church. He can use the stumbling seeker after truth as much as the learned priest. He is at work in the world in ways that many pious church workers will never understand."

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July 08, 2004

on the case

I love this quote sent to me from Tom Smith in South Africa:

When the service was over that day, I walked out of it into a God-enchanted world, where I could not wait to find further clues to heaven on earth. Every leaf, every ant, every shining rock called out to me – begging to be watched, to be listened to, to be handled and examined. I became a detective of divinity, collecting evidence of God's genius and admiring the traces left for me to follow. Barbara Brown Taylor

Thanks Tom. May we all be detectives of divinity today. It's all around us - we just need to look...

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July 06, 2004

our church

I have got to get one of these T-shirts...

Our church...

(Click on the shirt to check it out. Thanks to Eric for the heads-up. Of course, it's his wife's design. Way to go, Beth!)

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July 05, 2004

see the difference V - elementary

Our friend A.W. is in a mood and taking names today:

The Church: Staying in the First Grade

..forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
--Philippians 3:13,14

There are Christians who grow up and have no relish for anything
spiritually advanced. They're preoccupied with their first lessons.
The average church is a school with only one grade and that is the
first one. These Christians never expect to get beyond that and they
don't want to hear a man very long who wants to take them beyond that. If their pastor insists they do their homework and get ready for the
next grade, they begin to pray that the Lord will call "our dear
brother" somewhere else. The more they hate him the more they bear
down on the words "our dear brother." All he's trying to do is prepare
them for another grade, but that church is dedicated to the first
grade, and the first grade is where it's going to remain.

Paul said some of them went up into the second grade and gave it up,
and said, "it's too hard here," and they went back to the first.

"How long have you been in the first grade, Junior?"

"Twelve years."...

Paul said, "Forgetting what is behind...I press on toward the goal"
(Philippians 3:13b-14a). There was a man not satisfied with the
first grade.

Success and the Christian, pg 4,5.

Fits in with what I had to say in my latest heresy.

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July 04, 2004

colorado memories

mike - hoosier - small.jpg

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4th of July

Happy 4th to our American cousins! Sue and I celebrated with you last night by watching Mel in The Patriot (no offence to our British cousins!)

(Actually, I think attendance figures at the parades and picnics may be down a little this year - half the population of the United States was on the Grouse Grind with me this morning!)

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while you were out

Endangered Species Act's Protections Are Trimmed
By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 4, 2004; Page A01

Federal officials have added an average of 9.5 species a year to the endangered list under President Bush, compared with 65 a year under President Bill Clinton and 59 a year under President George H.W. Bush. They have designated as "critical habitat" only half the acreage recommended by federal biologists. And they are transferring key decision-making powers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to other agencies with different priorities.

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July 03, 2004

see the difference IV

More on transformation, from a great interview with Dallas Willard:

Shaw: Who takes the initiative here? I know God took the first great initiatives in Creation and Incarnation. But at what point does the human desire to know God become so compelling that God responds and begins to reveal himself?

Willard: I think rather late in the process. We're apt to misread cases like Paul's encounter on the road to Damascus. One of my favorite cases is Isaiah, "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord." King Uzziah was one of the best kings that ever lived in Israel. Isaiah had gained some maturity, and he's realizing now that his eyes hadn't been focused in the right place.

But God had come to him and even at that point in his life his response is "I am a man of unclean lips and live in the midst of a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts." So you see, I think it's pretty late that we begin to have that kind of revelation.

I do believe that God is constantly moving in gentle ways around people (except possibly those who have absolutely hardened themselves in their own self-will to the point where God isn't going to bother them). I think he's constantly eliciting in us the desire for himself.

When it comes to the conscious level (and I certainly have to say this for myself, and in everything I've read from others past and present) the conscious desire for God arrives rather late. Before that, there will be a lot of fumbling, a lot of misfiring, perhaps some very deep and unsatisfied yearnings that are hard to identify or act on. Hopefully there will be some good input from others - parents, family, and so on - that would stimulate this. But the answers come well down the line.

If you look at George Fox, Martin Luther, or others, it does seem to be that way. The prevenient grace of God, as the theologians call it, has usually long been at work, and at a certain point it emerges to a conscious desire to know God. A few tender souls may know this much younger, but for others, it will take a while.

Shaw: C. S. Lewis has a poem that reflects that theme, that we may think we're praying, but really, it's God praying through us, so that he becomes both sides of the conversation.

Willard: The thing we have to be careful with is - this doesn't mean we have no part. What it means is that our part is something we cannot imagine separated from God's part.

Thanks to Jordon for the link.

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tour

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program with some important news... The 2004 Tour de France has begun!

Great blog here (thanks Jonny), and the official site here. I love July!

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temperature's rising

Fahrenheit 9/11

UPDATE: Yes, I know they spelled it wrong...

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July 02, 2004

the lost message

On Wednesday Wes took me to the Denver Seminary bookstore and gave me an early birthday present. (Yes, I lived to tell the tale, and yes, the school still seems to be standing.)

Later that day while waiting at my gate, I opened The Lost Message of Jesus by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann. I finished the book as our wheels touched down in Vancouver. (Today I'm going to start it again, and I have no doubt this will not be my last time through it.)

Here's a taste:

In thinking about the beatitudes, we also should note that Jesus never suggests that they are an exhaustive list - instead they are merely examples of the oppressed, excluded and misunderstood of his day. His message was simply, "Blessed are you, the spiritually, religiously and socially bankrupt - God's Kingdom belongs to you!" Or to put it in the words of singer/songwriter Paul Simon, "the sat upon, the spat upon, the ratted on."

This message runs throughout the Gospels. Cut into the accounts of Jesus' life at any point and you will see the same thing writ large and bold. As Jesus himself explains to the followers of John the Baptist, "The blind are now able to see, and the lame can walk. People with leprosy are being healed, and the deaf can hear. The dead are raised to life, and the poor are hearing the good news. (Matthew 11:4-5). In other words, a great reversal was taking place. The Kingdom of God had arrived and the shalom of God was now present in the lives of these discarded people. The previous measuring rods of status were being replaced. Those who had previously been excluded had now become the unexpected recipients of the good news.

If Jesus preached his Sermon on the Mount today, who would he add to his list? "God bless you who are lonely, ugly, old, anorexic, bullied, infertile, displaced, overworked, redundant, underpaid, homeless, unemployed, abused - God's Kingdom belongs to you." And if he did, would the Church love him or hate him for it? (p. 92-93)

Thanks Wes, thanks Steve and Alan.

(You can download the first chapter here.)

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mike's heresy of the day - FOJ

"Follower of Jesus".

Now there's a term that could use some rethinking.

Consider the implications of following. Going to the same places, experiencing the same things, sharing the same joys and sorrows.

Follower is right up there with disciple, and my personal favorite - apprentice. It implies so much more than believer. Believer only requires us to think a certain way; the other descriptors demand action... a way of life.

Perhaps we use the term follower of Jesus far too easily. When I think about it, it appears that I'd prefer that Jesus would follow me.

Jesus, please reveal your will for my life.

Jesus, please bless my efforts.

Jesus, please do this, that and the other thing for me.

Is that the way I'm living my life?

Jesus, please teach me to truly follow you.

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lessons in humility

Overheard on the Grouse Grind this morning, as I tried to drag my very-soon-to-be-39-year-old body up the mountain in under one hour.

Him: "Well, I've done it in 40 minutes, and I'm 68 years old."

Her: "Wow!"

Him (after a thoughtful pause): "'Course, I was only 66 at the time."

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July 01, 2004

i love living here

flag-small.jpg

Happy Canada Day

(Flag image stolen unceremoniously from fellow Canadian and all around good guy Darryl.)

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back in the great white north

Well, I'm back from Colorado, and I suppose I need to start telling you about it. It's going to take some time, though. It was such a great experience that I don't really know where to start.

Let me tell you how we spent our time.

After arriving in Parker, CO on Sunday, Wes had arranged a guy's get-together that night. It was very cool to sit around the living room and share our stories. Let's see; there was Bill, Mark, James and Scott. Actually, I like the way Wes got the conversation rolling. First, he shared how he had connected with the person, and then we told our "story" briefly. And no, we didn't beat on any drums or anything... just shared our thoughts and dreams.

Monday was a day I will not forget. Wes and I wheeled on down to "The Springs" and picked up Chris. After the mandatory stop at Starbucks we commenced an eight hour, 350 mile circle through the Rockies. Incredible. We went through Fairplay, which is the inspiration, I'm told, for South Park! From there we drove up over Hoosier Pass and dropped in on Bobbie and Tom from Oklahoma City who have a beautiful ministry home called Broken Bread. We had a (late!) lunch in Frisco, then over Loveland Pass and back down to civilization. An great journey with great conversation all the way. Chris and I both commented on the phenomenon (and privilege) of almost immediately feeling like we had know each other forever. No small talk - we got right to the heart of some deep issues. Community on wheels.

Tuesday we drove over to Castle Rock and met J.R. at Crowfoot Valley Coffee. Our 3 hour conversation felt like 15 minutes! J.R. is the pastor of Pierced Chapel, which sounds like an awesome community within the huge Woodmen Valley Chapel. This guy rocks, and it was great to sit and listen to his heart, and talk about our own stretching theologies. Make sure you swing by his new blog and say hello.

In between and throughout all these great connections Wes and I talked. We talked about conversations, about story... all sorts of ideas that I'm still processing.

More later.

UPDATE: Chris, I'm listening to The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald right now. Thanks.

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