Palmer, Wide Open Spaces

I just finished a long post on this book and my freaking computer can’t handle it’s business and froze up.

So, let me summarize. This has some good stuff in it, but the guy is “recovering from organized religion”. To me, that’s weak. You love Jesus but hate his bride? Whatever. I can understand if you struggle, because sometimes the bride acts badly and looks ugly, but so do I and my wife still loves me. I am just not going to sympathize with the people who go off and do their own things because they are frustrated. I equate that with getting divorced because it’s just too hard to love that person anymore.

The theology in this book is neo-liberalism that makes Jesus very personable, but pays no attention to historical orthodoxy. All that to say, I did find some great little phrases and it caused me to think, but really did not grow any from this book because I struggle with it’s presuppositions of neo-liberalism and abandonation of the church.

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Here’s a few videos that a few of the students in our youth minsitry created. All the violence is pretend, so don’t be alarmed, they’re Christian school kids so violence is a great outlet 😉

An Open Letter to The Office

Dear The Office,

How dare you?  How dare you!

I mean, sure, you are the lesser American version of a British comedy hit.  Sure, you gave me a beautiful sub-plot of Holly thinking Kevin was handicapped.  Sure, the awkwardness of Toby is beautiful comedy.  Sure, I am jealous of my two friends who have 5-K shirts.  Sure, I think there needs to be a church leadership book based on The Office.

Irregardless, your consistent revealing of the fatal flaws of Jim and Michael are absolutely destroying me.  How you could keep the two of them from the joy that is their’s for the taking is sickening.  As faithful cast members, and loyal friends, I cannot believe that you can be so mean as to write them out of opportunities that are right in front of them.  Also, having that guy’s parents at the office party is a huge plot hole, I mean, come on!

ps.  “I’m pretty sure she’s baked on a professional level” is absolutely outstanding writing.  So, I’m already exciting for next year.

Microblogging

I’ve just added an application to my life called twitter. Now, I can create blog posts that are 160 characters or less, just like a text message of what’s up. I can do these on www.twitter.com, or directly from my cell phone. You can recieve texts about me all hours of the day by texting follow JimmyFuture to 40404, or just sign up to follow me at www.twitter.com/JimmyFuture . Then, when I do the microblog, it’s automatically posted here, on my facebook, on my myspace and on the widget next to my picture on the church’s website. quick scaleable connections. That’s the future.

Futurist

I make the future.

Lonely?

meetingsThis is a great little memo that I just pick up off of Seth Godin’s blog (check the sidebar).  I love the ‘point with a stick’ comment. 

Rob Bell writes that there are pastors who are good at meetings and pastors who aren’t. 

I aren’t.