Tuesday, May 17, 2011

making room

one of the speakers for the congress this fall is christine pohl. i have decided to try and read each of the main speakers books before they come to winnipeg in november. christine's book "making room: recovering hospitality as a christian tradition" has been really challenging.

many of us, especially when we compare ourselves with much of the world's population, live in abundance, not scarcity. but we often act as if resources are scarce; we fear there won't be enough, even before we begin sharing what we have. the problem may have much more to do with our willingness to respond than with our resources. p.135

i think the challenge for us right now is not to determine, 'how much is enough?' but rather 'am i willing to give until it costs me something?'

will we live our lives for ourselves or for others? will we focus inward or outward? will we be known for our love and hospitality, or for our seclusion and indifference?

peace to you,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

church planting congress

so looking forward to this time together in november. will be good to gather and continue the discussion of what it means to be about the mission in our consumer society. plan to be part of it...online registration will be available soon.
peace to you,

Monday, March 21, 2011

incredible music for lent

came across this album last week and it has been on repeat on my ipod nearly non-stop. stop in and download it for free...please leave a tip for the artist as I am fairly certain you will not only enjoy, but be enriched by it.
peace to you,
(click here to get the download)

Saturday, March 12, 2011


here is a little calendar to help guide you through some suggested activities as you focus your life in this season of lent. (thanks to mars hill for the inspiration)
peace to you,

Saturday, March 05, 2011

the tangible kingdom

great book that gives you a glimpse into what we are all about...been doing this about 4 years now and just read a book explaining a journey that looks very similar to ours. worth the read.
peace to you,

Monday, February 14, 2011

a group of people who could change everything

A community of people who begin to wake up to the covert curriculum in which they swim each day would want to band together to share their insights about it. They would help one another not to be sucked in, not be massaged into passivity, not to be malformed by this powerful education process occurring in a multimedia classroom without walls or vacations. They would remind one another of the alternative framing story they had come to believe was good, beautiful, and true, and they would seek, together, to live by this alternative framing story, the radical good news.
They would develop practices of spiritual formation so they and their children for generations to come would be able to learn, live, and grow as a part of the solution, not part of the problem; as agents of healing, not as carriers of the disease; as revolutionaries seeking to dismantle and subvert the suicidal system, not as functionaries and drones seeking to serve and preserve it.
They would understand that at every moment, their identity as revolutionaries remains under assault; the gravity of compromise pulls and drags to hunch their backs, slacken their step, and lower their gaze. They would be on guard for ways they themselves could sabotage themselves--by becoming preoccupied with trivia, or by working from the system's logic and values when trying to fight the system, or by slipping into dual narratives as the Pharisees and religious scholars of Jesus' day did, or by substituting talk for action or activity for fruitfulness.
So through word and deed, song and ritual, holiday and daily practice, they would seek to be the revolution they wished to see in the world, and they would work to spread their vision and extend the invitation to others to join their revolution in every way they could.
A group of people like this, functioning in a difficult environment dominated by a hostile system with a covert curriculum, would make lots of mistakes and need continual renewal. But it would be worth the effort and sacrifice--as long as it understood its sacred and unique role as bearers if the revolutionary good news, the message of hope: another world is possible, available now for all who believe.
This kind of group would be the current expression of Jesus' original band of disciples. It would be the church as Jesus intended. It would be an exciting thing to be a part of: a community that forms disciples who work for the liberation and healing of the world, based on Jesus' good news of the kingdom of God.
Groups like this wouldn't need buildings, pipe organs, rock bands, layers of institutional structure, video projectors, parking lots and so on...although having these things wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, and could possibly be useful. What they would need would be simple: a passion to understand Jesus and his message and a commitment to live out that understanding in a world in which everything must change.
- an excerpt from Brian D. Mclaren's Everything Must Change

i long to be this kind of christian...this kind of church.

peace to you,