2005

I’m in the EST zone and celebrated new year’s early compared to normal. I’m going to stay up till at least three so that I can celebrate the new year in my new homeland…this was a shorter year for me, by three hours…

This is supposed to be a super introspective time and all, planing for the new year and making resolutions to break. But since I am on such a great vacation I haven’t had a lot of time for quiet and introspection. A few years ago I would have felt guilty, Lord knows the old quiet times haven’t been amazing, or daily during this fast moving vacation. But these days I am much more relaxed and secure in my salvation and relationship with Jesus. I follow Him, meaning I orient my life to do what he did and practice what he taught. It’s not a set of rules that have to be kept (legalism rules, right); but it is my close friend, who creates a universe when he is bored. Scot McKnight goes so far as to say that spiritual disciplines are for people who are immarture in their faith. You can search his blog for a link, I can’t find it right now.

So it’s a new year and we’re going to give this another whirl.

This year I hope to learn some real spiritual practices. Develop a rule of life. Become even more mellow….or i will seem to those who look at me….they don’t see the intense fire on the inside.

I’m out like 2004.

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Emergence

I got thinking about this a bit from a statement that Tony Jones made saying that the emerging church will be missional. He talks about this in the context of church polity and government. His main thrust is that the emerging church must have a thin organizational chart in order to have thick relevance. Think Carl George.

I wonder if the emerging church will be missional or if the missional church will emerge. It’s a little chicken and egg. It’s also possibly limited. But it may be a way to know who is truly emergent and who is masked evangelicalism.

That is, I think one can test the emergence of any particular church/movement to see why it is emerging. Some possibilities may include: marketing, prosytltism, booming population, and missional posture.

Many churches will emerge. I think what needs to be said is that those which are emergent are missional in their reason for emerging.

I see missional as meaning relevantly engaging the world/culture and giving redemptive life away.

So, is a commercial ministry missional?

Is a Christian t-shirt missional?

Is James missional?

Are you missional?

If you aren’t you die. Simple as that. You might look really alive. Really really alive.

But you and your religion are dead.

Online Advent Calander

via Jonny Baker

This is a great daily site with online meditations and such in the form of an online advent calander. Much ups to the Episcopal Church.  When we were kids we used to get these with little chocolates in them. This version has a stained glass with different pieces having numbers on them.

Each meditation has a modern day icon, an opportunity for giving, a written meditation and links to the daily office.

Today’s meditation contains the above picture of Joseph from a Russian nativity scene. I love how the internet is being used to help me become more spiritual.

Parables

I am having a bit of a borderline obsession with the parables. I think they might be where we can find the eternity of our faith. Which is an important question as we are struggling with the reorientation into a new way to be Xn.

So, those fantastic episcopals, with their homosexual ducks in northeast GA (another story), have a really cool online gallery of pictures of the parables. It’s another great way to use art to connect you to the revolution.

Christmas Promo

Most Christmas, heck, most church, promotion is borderline cheesy clip art crap. Looking in on Jonny Baker I found a link to this promo line, that is actually interesting. And Mary is black – call me crazy, but that is so refreshing.

So, here’s the picture that got me hooked:

And there is a whole gallery of them that will help people have proper reflection in the Christmas season. It’s all pictures of Mary that will help you to think through what she expereinced in order to give mankind their Savior.

Sean Dayton

This is a website for a kid who was in the first youth group I ever volunteered with. Great kid, although he is 20something now.

Anyways – you can enjoy some music and such from the great white north.

Great Weekend Part Three

Finally –

We had just a great neXus last night. A great group and did some Sacred Reading, I think it may have been the first time for everyone in the room, but Heather and I….but most people were sharing and all.

I tried doing some in small groups and had never done that – so it was pretty exciting…even though the focus was lost for a bit! I really enjoyed it though.

Just regular spirituality and community.

Not bad.