Confession

I’ve been mulling this one over for a while. The use of the internet as a neo-confessional amazes me. And I think I am making some connections.

I believe the future holds a return to parish style ministry. Where I am not the youth pastor at South Albany Community Church, but I am the youth pastor from the south side of Albany. I live in and minister in the community. This, of course, requires huge institutional changes, the biggest of which is measurements of success, but that is a huge digression.

In conjunction with this return to parish style ministry, I think the present holds a revolution of confession. The glossed over stainless steel of modernism has been found wanting and the “next” want to see what the dirt under the concrete looks like. And they want to be comfortable in it. Together.

So, here’s a remarkable website involving confessions: PostSecrets.

Confession make us weak. And that…

Passover

This past week we did a passover simulation at Traffic, the worship ministry of Driven High School Ministries (a ministry of South Albany Community Church, a memeber church in the Evangelical Church of North America…been working on my licensing, is it obvious?)

So it was one of the best nights of worhsip I’ve ever been in. We did an intergrated teaching with pizza and communion with twix and coke. It was one of those nights where it just seemed like everyone was there, really engaged. And then we ended up with some really worthwhile commitment times.

Tommorrow, the actual day for the passover (according to the catholic calander) I am celebrating the Seder with my small group. I’ve never done it and I am the small group leader…should be interesting.

It would be interesting to do a Biblical study on food and worship: is eating worship?

Shalom – (aren’t we all in the mood?)

Lent

I began Lent last night to identify with my Eastern Orthodox brothers.

In the middle of this over busy time (Good Friday services, Easter preparations, licensing work, missions trip organization), I’m looking for Lent to help me to move slowly and intentionaly.

No fancy mystery or interesting posts to look forward to. Just simple.

Becoming a real Pastor!

I have been working on my licensing for our denominational credentials and it occurs to me – how is this training helping me to become a minister in a postmodern generation.

I don’t think the whole church will engage the emerging world until the educational institutions, including boards of ministry, are turned in that direction.

This is the reasons the western church is always a few years behind the culture – we are so deathly afraid of heresy that we end up Amish. Is heresy really the ultimate evil?

nope. The easter bunny may be though.

Also – Eastern Orthodox lent starts today. Gentlemen, start your engines.

Go to church

This is a special present for my dad – he always wanted this – you can click on the title link and make your own…

See ya Sunday!!