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Showing Skin Continued…

I just want to acknowledge that there were and are many angles that I could have gone yesterday in my post Showing Skin at Church. I knew this going into the post, writing the post, and at the conclusion. And it was even more evident when I received lots of feedback...

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Showing Skin at Church

I don't know if this is an issue (too much skin) at your church, but it definitely is one at ours. I can't tell you how many conversations there have been about this topic. Doesn't matter how many times our pastor has talked about dress and modesty, it only seems to...

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What does it mean to be a pastor?

My co-worker RO Smith posted some great stuff on our blog Collection of Crumbs last night. We Are All Pastors Here is some of what he says: Without getting into detail, there have been some issues at our church. I know all churches have issues, so that is nothing new....

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Flock: A Browser on Steroids

Everytime I think I am advanced with the Web 2.0/New Media stuff, I realize I'm not. I usually realize it after reading one of Andrew Jones' posts. Take yesterday's post for example. His spring cleaning led to my anxiety. But don't worry Andrew, it was good anxiety....

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Pending Reviews: Soon to Come

I am really behind in some reviews, but here is what is on deck: Sex, Sushi, & Salvation: Thoughts on Intimacy, Community, & Eternity by Christian George. I am almost done with this book and will have a review shortly.  But so far, I really like what I see. ...

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Collaborative Resources

Collaborative Resources

I think most of you know by now, I have become a huge fan of the New Media and Web 2.0. But there is one aspect of it that I am most excited about: collaboration. With immediate access to amazing and simple tools we are able to collaborate more rapidly and effectively...

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Shepherding vs. Ranching: Part 2

Shepherding vs. Ranching: Part 1 In the last post I looked at these two definitions: Dictionary Definitions: Shepherding: To herd, guard, tend, or guide as or in the manner of a shepherd. Ranching: To manage or work on a ranch. I like the words used in shepherding:...

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8 Ingredients In Storytelling

Drew Sams has written a great post at Collection of Crumbs. The Power of Story in Youth Ministry (2 of 5) Drew talks about the following 8 ingredients: Ingredient #1 - Point of View Ingredient #2 - Setting Ingredient #3 - Characters Ingredient #4 - Protagonists...

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Facebook

Facebook

Just posted at Leadership Network on the new and free e-book, Facebook for Pastors. Please check it out!

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Shepherding vs. Ranching: Part 1

Listen carefully to the metaphors people use in regards to ministry. They can tell you a lot about a person's style of leadership, belief about Church structure, evangelism, etc. They seem innocuous enough, but they speak volumes in many ways. I have been involved in...

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This Isn’t Your Parent’s Prayer Chain

I've witnessed some amazing examples of how social networking is being used to connect people in prayer. Matt Singley has a great post with just one example happening in our church on Facebook. So check that out. Here is what is happening. A young woman in our...

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New Facebook for Pastors e-book (and it’s free)

It seems like Facebook has just really exploded over the last couple of months. When I got on Facebook a couple of years ago it was basically my college students who I was friends with. Which makes sense since it began as a college social network. But recently I have...

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Twitter Love

In my continued display of Twitter love, and in an attempt to understand its phenomenon more, here is a great article to read. Twitter at SWSX and Power to the People And now one story of my Twitter and how it has worked in some effective ways in ministry. Last week I...

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Daily Reflecting on God

As a college director I get to be a part of many amazing student's lives. And one of the things I enjoy the most is sitting down with them over a cup of coffee and talking about life, God, theology, their passions, etc., etc. Those of you working with college students...

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Twitter in Plain English

I was already sold on Twitter about six months ago and I have been using it more and more everyday. But if you are not sold, or if you are asking yourself, "What is Twitter?"  Then here you go.  Thanks to Jared Kleier for pointing me toward this.

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Think on this for a while…

churches that rob each other?? Written by Anne Jackson on April 17, 2008 – 12:57 pm ever since returning from africa, i’ve wondered something. is it just me, or does THE CHURCH seem to have its funds distributed fairly unequally? if we are all THE CHURCH (made up of...

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37 Signals, Barack Obama and Nonconsumption

37 Signals, Barack Obama and Nonconsumption

Over the course of the last four and half years I have blogged primarily about church, ministry, theology and anything related to it. But one area that has drawn increasing attention from me is the area of technology, specifically Web 2.0, New Media, etc. I'm still...

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Collective Muse: College Ministry Social Network

I've been dreaming and thinking a lot about the desire for, and the need to connect those involved in college ministry (i.e. pastors, directors, volunteers, etc.). There are lots of college ministries, and yet there is a certain disconnect among this age and stage of...

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Seth Godin is so right on…

Seth Godin is so right on…

Drip, drip, drip goes the Twit I trust Sarah Fishko. I don't know her, I'v'e never bought anything from her and I wouldn't recognize her if we met, but I trust her. Every once in a while, over the last few years, Sarah's voice has come out of my radio, telling me...

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Punch in the stomach…

This hits too close to home...yikes. Jesus Wants to Save Christians A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell and Don Golden There is a church not too far from us that recently added a $25 million addition to their building. Our local newspaper ran a front-page...

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Great response to my previous post

Neal Locke has written a great post responding to my previous post on the Millenials and some of my thoughts as they relate to the PC(USA). I actually agree with pretty much all that he has stated. He tends to have a more hopeful and positive outlook for the PC(USA)...

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What is the Millenial Generation About?

Here are some observations on the Milennial Generation from the Hugh Hewitt interview with Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais....authors of Millenial Makeover: MySpace, You Tube, and the Future of American Politics. Whether you care about politics or not, this...

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Great interview on the Millenials

Hugh Hewitt had a great interview today about the Millenials and how they are changing the face of politics for generations to come. I tried for several posts last month to try and capture why this generation was voting for Obama, and I gave non-political reasons. I...

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When the poor are always with us…

The poor you wil always have with you (some provisional thoughts) Peter Rollins is so articulate and right on target here: There is an intriguing verse in which Jesus is recorded as having said, “The poor you will always have with you” (Mark 14:7). Upon first looking...

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A Different Kind of Mission Trip

I have been on a lot of mission trips and I have always learned a lot from them. But one of the nagging questions I have is regarding their effectiveness in encouraging and sustaining long term transformation. A lot of mission trips are about going into a place and...

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PresbyMEME…

PresbyMEME…

Neal Locke has a PresbyMEME going around and I was tagged. Here are the questions: What is your earliest memory of being distinctly Presbyterian? On what issue/question should the PC(USA) spend LESS energy and time? On what issue/question should the PC(USA) spend MORE...

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Back in town…

I just got back in town after 8 amazing days in Mexico City with some college students from UCLA. We served with two of our partenrs, Amextra and Partners in Hope. That was my second trip with these partners and it has continued to be life changing, especially this...

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Let’s All Be Honest With Ourselves…Can We?

If you read or watch the news for any length you are bound to come across Christians who make pretty demonstrative statements about how voting for one candidate or another would be wrong as a Christian. Examples: There are those who say that if you vote for Obama, who...

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Wikinomics is blowing my mind…

Wikinomics is blowing my mind…

One of the things on my mind most recently is the concept of collaboration, and how the Church can better harness this synergy within its congregations and in its communities. But my biggest fear is that many churches will continue to maintain hierarchical structures...

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CEO’s and Catalysts: The Future of Leadership

Just posted at Leadership Network on the book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. This is a really amazing book. I was nodding my head throughout, both nervous and excited about the future of leadership. Nervous because it...

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Great News for GodblogCon

As a lot of you know, I have been invovled with GodblogCon the last few years, last year speaking on New Media Ministry to the Myspace- Facebook Generation: Employing New Media Technologies Effectively In Youth Ministries. I will be doing something this next year at...

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Let’s Talk About Music

The Habanero Hour Podcast: "It Won't Change the World, But it Might Change The Way You Think of Christian Music" I rarely talk about music because I don't really feel like I have anything ever valuable to say about it, except, "That band was good" or "I love that...

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A Must Read

Check out my latest post at Leadership Network. I posted on the new book Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw and the design team of Ryan and Holly Sharp.

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How Much Time Do You Spend In Sermon Preparation?

Jon Sampson has a good post on what he is learning from other pastors. This particular topic is about what David Fitch says he wish he had done over the last several years of church planting. It's a good read. I'm curious what you all think of David's #1. 1. Spend...

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Dealing with the criticisms of Emergent…

I agree with Andrew Jones that I AM JOSH BROWN is "the blog to watch this week." Josh is dealing with the criticisms of Emergent. Read: Challenging the Critiques of Emergent: Introduction Challenging the Critiques of Emergent: A White Man's World Challenging the...

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Leadership Network book blog

I just posted over at Leadership Network on the book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. Check it out. And if you are a parent, especially a father. Do you have any good books on parenting, raising daughters, etc. Let me know.

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Exploring College Ministry…

I'm going to blog more about this after the weekend, but I just had a great lunch with Benson Hines, who runs the blog Exploring College Ministry. Ben is on a year long road trip across the country checking out college ministries, so it was great to have lunch with...

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Ash Wednesday: The Journey Begins (from March 2006)

Growing up in a non-denominational Bible church as I did, I had no concept of Ash Wednesday. Rather, that was something my Catholic friends did, but not Protestants, and certainly not evangelical, Bible church goers. It was not until about 1999 that I attended my...

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Berdyaev on Vocation and Creativeness

Berdyaev on Vocation and Creativeness

The Gospel constantly speaks of the fruit which the seed must bring forth if it falls on good soil and of talents given to man which must be returned with profit. Under cover of parable Christ refers in these words to man's creative activity, to his creative vocation....

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I Can’t Listen To Another Sermon!

I believe that the time of long lectures, when someone spoke for an hour and the audience was condemned to sit and listen to whatever they were given, is…perhaps over–not just for me but for everyone. What we need in theology and in the church is–Oh, I don’t want to...

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A great new blog from a former college student

Brian Kiley, who was a former student in our college ministry, and is currently a student at Fuller, has a great new blog. Live Generously. I especially love his latest post on "speaching." Check it out. Brian, I'm wrestling with this right now...and have been for a...

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Fixing the Road to Jericho

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day I want to leave you with an excerpt from one of his speeches. I was reminded of this part of his speech by Shane Claiborne when he spoke at our staff chapel this last Tuesday. I started thinking about the importance of how...

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A New Year

This has definitely been a year of transitions for my wife and I as our first child, a baby daughter, was born into this world back in mid--July. That has been not only one of the greatest experiences of our lives, but definitely one of the most disorienting. Last...

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A Christmas Reflection

Flesh and Glory....great stuff from Ben Witherington. (HT: Tod Bolsinger) Excerpt: The baby lying in the manger reminds us, not of the inherently righteous character of those God came to favor. It reminds us not of the inherently good character of all humanity. It...

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Advent As A Reminder of God’s Humility

“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is found in Philippians 2:5-7, where it states that though Jesus Christ, “was in the form of God, did not...

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Check Out Leadership Network Books

I just started posting at Leadership Network Books, which is a blog that presents a great opportunity to see what other pastors, leaders, etc. in the Church are reading and learning from. I will be posting twice a month, so make sure you check it out.

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John MacArthur Is Not Taking Postmodernism to Church

John MacArthur Is Not Taking Postmodernism to Church

Ironic, that on the day I began reading a book on postmodernism and its importance on helping reshape the Church, I see that Phillip Johnson is posting a discussion on John MacArthur's book, The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception. I remember a...

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The Changing Face of College Ministry (Part 2 of 2)

In my post a couple of days ago I began talk about some of the changing trends in college ministry. This is my second post on this topic. These are trends based on my own experience, anecdotal evidence, conversations, readings, etc. As you see near the end of this...

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A New Youth Ministry Blog

A New Youth Ministry Blog

Just a reminder to check out our new youth ministry group blog Collection of Crumbs. It is a site that we hope is dedicated to thinking theologically about youth ministry. A site dedicated to integrating junior high, high school and college into the life of the...

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The Changing Face of College Ministry (Part 1 of 2)

College is an interesting age and stage to do ministry in. It's no surprise that college students are always changing and if one is in college ministry (or any ministry for that fact) long enough you are able to notice more readily some of those changes and trends....

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Hooking-Up: A Primer for those in Youth Ministry

I posted the below for Leadership Network's Book Blog because I think it's an important book for those in ministry, especially if you are working with college students, or any students in general. "Hooking-up" is not simply a college phenomenon and anyone working with...

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Changes: Out with the Old and in with the New

It's been about 17 days since I last posted anything, but that's because the last 17 days have been crazy, tiring and very exciting. A lot of great things have been happening to me personally, and a lot of great things have been happening with our ministry. Here's a...

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Last night with Rob Bell

Last night, my wife and 14 others went to see Rob Bell speak at the The God's Aren't Angry Tour in Los Angeles at the Wiltern. I can't think of any other events or venues that I have ever been to where the speaker (Rob Bell) has his name out on the marquee, next to...

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The Christian Post reflects on the conference

Here's a good write up from the GodblogCon conference this last week in The Christian Post. Here is an excerpt about my session: Thus, the demographic that would benefit most from a strong Christian presence in the new media is America's youth, according to a college...

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Some quick thoughts about my time at GodblogCon

As you probably already know (since I posted a lot about it on Thursday) I attended and spoke at GodblogCon. I had a great time: First, I learned a lot about some new technology and the new media; Second, there was great conversation, especially at round table...

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Podcast of my talk and some other thoughts..

You can hear the podcast of my talk here at Scriptorium Daily. Painful to listen to one's self....ugh. Do I sound like that? I wish I could practice this talk a few times over and over before I give it again. And if you are wondering about some of my random ramblings...

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Done with my talk….

I finished my talk at about 2:05pm. I thought it went well, but is one of those things where when you are done you wish you had said this or that. Or had a chance to do it a couple of times. But there was good discussion and questions during the talk and I've had some...

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Caution on what you write

Caution on what you write

"When I think about hiring someone and they have a blog, I'll read 6 months of their archives." Word to the wise: be careful what you put on your myspace! Matt Mullenweg who is the Wordpress originator. Interview is from Boundless Line Godblogcon, Facebook-MySpace

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the gods aren’t angry tour….

the gods aren't angry tour Part anthropology, part history, part deconstruction - this is new material that Rob hasn't taught before, exploring how humans invented religion to make themselves feel better. I'm heading to this next week at The Wiltern with my wife, and...

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Handcuffed to Numbers, Programs…

Christianity Today's blog, Out of Ur recently posted a couple of interesting blogs titled, Willow Creek Repents? and Willow Creek Repents? (Part 2). One of the interesting quotes is by Greg Hawkins who is the executive pastor of Willow Creek. In the Hawkins' video he...

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Social Justice and Youth…

Kara Powell of Fuller's Center for Youth and Family Ministry has a great interview with Shane Claiborne. Check out the interview above, as well as taking a look at the new book that is authored by Kara and Chap Clark, Deep Justice In A Broken World: Helping Your Kids...

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Qumran, virtual models and the prophets…

When it comes to church community, one thing is for sure....there are lots of gifted people that comprise that community and it's always fun to sit down with those people, hear their story, pick their brain, etc. Well, this last week my brain was definitely in...

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Social networking in place of blogging?

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that a lot of people have either given up blogging, or slowed down their blogging in favor of more social networking sites? Or social "utility" sites such as Facebook. Most of my blogging friends and peers have recently...

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Committing to a “church” community…

In 2003, Christianity Today ran an article by David Goetz called Suburban Spirituality "The land of SUVs and soccer leagues tends to weather the soul in peculiar ways, but it doesn't have to". I remember reading that article till this day..it has always stuck out in...

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Facebook…..and pretty busy times.

This is a very busy season for college ministry. Lots of schools are returning to session and so we have been gearing up. We sort of have a slow building wave. LMU, USC and a few other schools returned this week, and then at the end of September, UCLA will return with...

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letting go

I'm fascinated by the story of the potter and the clay in Jeremiah 18. There are so many things that we can learn from that story. I've blogger before about being shaped by the Potter and about six months ago I blogged about the limits and potential in being shaped in...

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Pastoral burnout…some statistics

Scot McKnight has a great post titled Burnout for Pastors, which are statistics he has reproduced from Pastors at Greater Risk, H B London, Jr., and Neil B Wiseman, Regal Books, © 2003 Though pastoral ministry is not the only vocation where burnout is present and...

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Dazed and Confused

"Artist rendition of Rhett's bloodshot eye after having no sleep in weeks with a newborn in the house" I'm so exhausted. Any really naive thoughts I had about trying to get a newborn on some schedule have been shattered. Any thoughts I had about trying to maintain...

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Bear is a man….I am not!

Every guy wants to to know or hope that deep down inside of them that they have what it takes to survive out in the wilderness. Hence, I think that's why the show Man vs. Wild is so popular, and others like it. I also think that's why Christian books such as Wild at...

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College Ministry Leadership: Recruiting Leaders

I was reading the article The Disappearing Middle over at Out of Ur and it's very fascinating, especially in its relation to ministry in church. Chad Hall states, "In a bell curve context, church leaders could expect most members to be moderately involved in the life...

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I Became a Father on Saturday!!!

Many of you know that my wife and I have been expecting our first baby...a baby girl. We ended going into the hospital and into labor about two weeks early over the weekend. For those of you who are fathers, well, then you know how exhausted you are. I feel like a...

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Young Life Branching Out Into College Ministry

Young Life Branching Out Into College Ministry

One of the most amazing college ministries in the country is UMin, which is the college ministry of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA. They have done a great job networking with other college ministries through their Ascent Network, and the conference...

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Seeing the Subtleties Around Us

"It is a record, first of all, of ecstatic discovery. Ascetism is a classic preparation for pleasure, and the lonely vigil of Muir's earlier life, far from dulling his senses, had trained them to savor every subtle facet of Yosemite's beauty. Most visitors to the...

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When God slows us down

I've been wondering if God sometimes has to bring circumstances and situations into our lives to get us to slow down...stop...reflect. And I'm pretty sure that he does. This has hit home within the last couple of days. My wife started experiencing too many...

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The Re-Orienting Work of Culture

Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trend by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson and Michael J. Sleasman. I first saw mention of this book when I was reading a post at Brent Thomas' blog. And the title intrigued my interest and I have liked...

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It has been a long time coming….

These last two years have been some very long and very hard and very tiring years. But on Saturday it all came to a great end. I officially walked across the stage at Fuller Theological Seminary's largest graduation in history, and I received my graduate degree in...

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Technology and Mission

Technology and Mission

Great article by Singaporean theologian Simon Chan. This is a timely follow up from my previous post. The Mission of the Trinity What is the place of new communication technologies in worship and mission? I believe that if we have a clear, coherent ecclesiology, if we...

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Technology and the Bible…..

Last week I had the privilege of being the guest lecturer for the class Using Media Technology in Ministry in the school of theology for Fuller Theological Seminary. I really enjoyed teaching and we spent the two and half hours talking about the use of blogging and...

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A return to Catholicism for a major Evangelical leader

This is such a fascinating article. Evangelical Leader Returns To Catholicism HT: Brent Thomas It's fascinating to me on several fronts: 1) I have several friends considering leaving the Protestant Church in favor of the Catholic Church. 2) I'm seeing a growing...

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Eugene Peterson and U2….Classic

This excerpt is taken from Relevant Magazine's latest issue, which is an interview with Eugene Peterson. So classic I think. How big of an ego-kick was it to hear that Bono was quoting you on U2's Elevation tour? He quoted your version of Psalm 116 to introduce the...

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American Idol: Charity? Transformation?

So like many of you Wednesday night I was watching American Idol Gives Back. Well, maybe your wife watches it like mine so it's one of those things you do for your wife to keep the peace...haaaa. Actually, I asked my wife to Tivo it (which we usually do) and not watch...

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Silence is sometimes golden…

Some of you may wonder why I haven't commented about the Virginia Tech tragedy at this point, mainly because I'm a college pastor and work with college students who have a certain kinship to this incident. And all I can simply think of to say is that I have nothing to...

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Women in Ministry Blog Resource

Scot McKnight is a must read for anyone who has an interest in women in ministry (he's a must read for many other things as well). His blog category Women and Ministry is phenomenal. I'm an egalitarian as many of you know. And over the course of the last few weeks...

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Boating Down the Amazon…

So I just got back from spending 8 days with 20 of our college students on a boat on the Amazon/Rio Negro. It was an absolutely amazing week. I blogged a couple of months back about our Spring Break mission trip to Brazil. Our church within the last year or so has...

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Kierkegaard in Shane Claiborne’s book

One of the most influential writers/thinkers/philosophers in my life has been the work of Soren Kierkegaard. Ever since I read his work Fear and Trembling in 1999 it has radically affected many of my views. If you don't know much about Kierkegaard (he led an amazing...

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Showing college students how Christians live…

If you are wondering where my series on Vocation and Identity went, well, I will be picking that up again real shortly. As I'm looking back over the last few months it's quite obvious that my blogging has taken a hit when it comes to the number of posts. I can blame...

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Last night with Rob Bell….

Last night with Rob Bell….

Last night, Rob Bell came to UCLA on his fifth stop on the Sex God Tour which is visiting six college campuses. Overall, let me just say that it was a great, great night. Let me begin with Rob Bell first. I have had the opportunity to work with and bring in some...

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What’s Happening?

Well, not that you come to my blog anxiously awaiting my posts, but if you do, sorry I haven't been posting. Life has been crazy and blogging seems to be the last thing on my mind. On Sunday I finished the LA Marathon which was great. That was my second marathon in...

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College Students and Vanity

Vanity on the rise among college students according to the results of this survey. Interesting. Being a good student of Research Methodologies and Statistics I will have to hold off my judgment until I read the results of the survey, its methodology, etc. It seems...

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Ash Wednesday: The Journey Begins

"Remember that you are dust, And unto dust you shall return." Instead of writing something new, I am looking back at an old post, Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of a Journey, which reflects on the journey that begins at Ash Wednesday, and how I, an Evangelical...

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Is your view of women in ministry Biblical?

Scot McKnight always has some thoughtful and provocative posts on a variety of topics, especially of the issue of women in ministry. Here is a great post, Women in Ministry: Are you Biblical?, where he makes some great observations and ask some questions, leaving us...

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Reading Donald Miller makes me laugh out loud!

It is almost always without fail that when reading Donald Miller I will laugh out loud through various parts of his book. Last night was one of those nights. Laying in bed late at night I tried hard not to wake my wife up as he was busting me up. I came across this...

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Vocation and Identity Sidetrack: Failure

Vocation and Identity Sidetrack: Failure

The following post is a sidetrack from my ongoing reflection on the book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer. To read earlier posts on the series you can click on the links below. Vocation and Identity: Part 1--True Self Vocation...

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Vocation and Identity in Pop Culture

Speaking of vocation and identity, did anyone see LOST on Wednesday night. And by vocation I mean pushing a button. But that fits into the relational aspect of vocation and identity that I discuss below. Pushing the button, which seems trivial, only has a lot of...

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Vocation and Identity: Part 5–“Whose am I?”

The following post is an ongoing reflection on the book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer. To read earlier posts on the series you can click on the links below. Vocation and Identity: Part 1--True Self Vocation and Identity:...

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Sex God Tour

I am pleased to announce that our college ministry, The Quest is helping host Rob Bell on the Sex God Tour of six university campuses. I will write more about this event as it gets closer, but we have been excited for a while. See you Thursday, March 8 at UCLA

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PYD: Positive Youth Development

Over the course of this last year I have become increasingly more interested in the topic of Positive Youth Development or PYD, both from a theoretical and practitioner standpoint. This concept can be found in many arenas of study, but I have been most exposed to it...

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Dan Kimball’s new book…

Scot McKnight has a good blurb about Dan Kimball's new book They Like Jesus but Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations. Scot summarizes some of Dan's thoughts after Dan decided to get out of his office and stop hanging out with Christians all week. Here...

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Vocation and Identity: Part 1–True Self

Yeah, I've been gone from blogging for a long time. Since January 17th. That is my longest break from blogging since I went away on my honeymoon. There were several reasons why I was away: 1) I was very, very sick and pretty much bedridden and out of it for over a...

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We Were Not Meant To Live Like This…..

We Were Not Meant To Live Like This…..

This is the mantra that has been playing, rewinding and playing over in my head for the last month or so. I have had this thought before, many times, but there is something about where I am at in life right now...maybe it's age, stage, responsibility level. I'm not...

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Wow!

Yeah, I know we are all now officially wanting, or bet yet, coveting the new Apple iPhone. I'm not usually the gadget/tech guy waiting for the new releases, but everyone I knew, including myself was either watching the keynote or super excited about the new...

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Agenting for God

Agenting for God

I love working at my church, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, and one of the main reasons is because of the large number of people in our congregation involved in the entertainment industry. Besides working with college students in a traditional four year college, one of...

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2007! Are you serious?

If you are like me you probably can hardly believe that it's 2007. I'm still wondering where 2006 went so quickly. It's January 2nd and I find myself sitting in the Fuller Theological Seminary library firing off this blog between class breaks right now. I was hoping...

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Are you feeling overwhelmed?

How we answer this question is important according to theologian David F. Ford, the Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. In his book The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life, Ford talks about being overwhelmed by everday life...

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Sex and Spirituality…

I just finished reading an advanced copy of Rob Bell's new book Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality And Spirituality. I wish I could say more about the book or post some quotes, but since it hasn't been published yet I am required not to do so...

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It’s like giving birth…

I feel like that when I first started blogging I had tons of stuff to say. I also think I was in a place where I was more willing to say certain things to cause a certain type of reaction or stir online. Not to get more traffic, though that's nice, but just to have...

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But my identity depends upon it….

These last few weeks have been pretty grueling as I have been working hard on several different projects while trying to finish up the school quarter. It's a busy time for a lot of us and with the holidays around the corner things even seem a little bit out of...

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Writing and the possibility of failure

I have been writing a blog for a little over two years now. And in that time I have done a lot of writing. One of my aspiring dreams is to be an author of an acutal published book. And not just a published book, but one that people read. Haaaaa. In fact, if you read...

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Are thorns choking out your life?

Matthew 13 The Parable of the Sower 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables,...

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What kind of theologian was Karl Barth?

Benjamin Myers has written a great post, Ten Propositions on Karl Barth. As I have said many times, Karl Barth is one of my favorite theologians and one of the most influential on my life, theology, preaching, etc. But his volume of work is so huge that one is alwalys...

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Scot McKnight on Ted Haggard….

Scot McKnight on Ted Haggard….

Scot McKnight's post Ted Haggard and the Evangelical Environment may be the best post on this issue that I have read. Thanks Scot for writing with such clarity and getting to some of the deeper issues in this matter. Scot McKnight, Ted Haggard

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Christian Machismo…

Kristie Vosper has some comments and reflections about gender roles and masculinity after her visit to Mark Driscoll's church. It's a good post by Kristie and I think an honest reflection, where she both enjoyed the church, agreed with a lot of the teaching, but...

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Kristin Armstrong’s blog….

Kristin Armstrong, whom some of you might know as Lance Armstrong's ex-wife (though I know her identity is more than that, but at least you can make the connection here) has a great blog. One of the reasons I like her blog is her writing about the connection between...

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Chicago Marathon This Weekend…

This weekend is the Chicago Marathon. I have never run a marathon before, so this will be my first. At this point I'm so anxious that I can't wait to run. I was quite hesitant to sign up for this race and wasn't feeling too good about it when I first started. But 19...

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How to dress for church?

Hilarious! This is one of the funniest posts I have read in a long time, Sometimes I dress like a pagan. And as you read it, remember it is S-A-T-I-R-E. Funny satire. HT: Andrew Jones Dress is one of those issues that seems to be a hot topic in Christian circles. I...

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College Ministry Outreach: Global Missions

One of the more remarkable parts of ministry is the opportunity given to lead college students on mission trips both here and abroad. I have led many trips in the last five years and it continues to be one of the most transformative events in not only my life, but in...

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College Ministry: Such a Blessing…

Tonight was our offical kickoff of the new school year. Seem late for a kickoff? Well, it seems that way but UCLA just returned to school last Thursday, so tonight was the first time that we had all of our schools and universities in session. I love Wednesday night. I...

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What are pastors reading in relation to their work?

I was just sent the book God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations in the mail this week by Pulpit and Pew and Dechant & Hughes. I hope to read this book fairly quickly and have a review posted up within the next two months. Right now that's...

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College Ministry: Drinking Water Through A Fire Hose

Warning: I just got home from college group and posted this at 1:00am so I hope my thoughts make sense. Many of you have heard that phrase before, "drinking water through a fire hose." Basically meaning that it's impossible to actually drink water because of the...

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Out of Context

I like Out of Ur's new feature, Out of Context. Should promote interesting discussion. Out of Ur, Will Willimon

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Feminization of the Church?

Over the last 8-10 months I have posted a few blog entries disagreeing with this whole idea that there is a feminization of the church going on, or that trying to masculinize it is some good idea or something. You can read them here and here. So it's good to see Scot...

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Dr. Mouw and “common grace”

One of the reasons that I absolutely love Fuller Theological Seminary is because of our president, Richard Mouw. This morning I was driving to work talking with a classmate who sat all weekend in a retreat with Mouw and the trustees, and my friend was telling me just...

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Scot McKnight: Woman in Ministry Series, Part 2

I appreciate the way Scot McKnight is approaching this topic. I get the impression he is going to look at it from many different angles. Today he looks at the story of Ruth Tucker and her "departure" from Calvin Theological Seminary. women in ministry, theology, Scot...

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Women in Ministry discussion…

Scot McKnight has posted two blog entries recently on Women in Ministry. You can find them here and here. And with a combined 283 comments so far on these two posts, one can see this is going to be a much read series. Here are Scot's basic ground rules for this...

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