Saturday, October 27, 2007

blog-therapy

I think that it might be possible to determine my mood and level of productivity by the frequency of posts on my blog. Of late I have been in a funk and obviously not posting much. It came to a head with a much needed (and much avoided) conversation last week. The public version is that I was confronted with some stuff in my life that I was trying very hard to avoid, but it is for the best. My motivation and organization skills are lacking and they need to be bolstered for me to be effective in ministry (especially in church planting).

I'm trying to use the method that Ike recommended, but I have yet to find a tool set that works for me. Google Calendar is too light (I can't create sub-sets for projects etc.), Outlook is too, I don't know, too Microsoft--I guess. I've never been successful using a day planner or a Palm Pilot to keep myself organized. I need a tool that is ubiquitous, transparent, and powerful. Any thoughts?

Friday, October 12, 2007

Literally

I know that this has been annoying people for quite a while (anyone remember the SNL skit?), but it seems that recently there has been a rash of incorrect use of the word 'literally'. I just heard a local weatherman refer to the temperature change in the coming week by saying: "The bottom will literally drop out."

I don't claim to always employ perfect grammar, but flagrant misuse of the language easily annoys me. When using a figurative metaphor (the antithesis of 'literal') one ought not refer to it as literal; especially when one's profession is to communicate.

I just noticed that I've tried really hard to write this post using correct grammar and syntax - isn't that ironic?*


*I'm laughing to myself thinking about the fact that 'ironic' is another word this is often misused (as I just did, thereby making the entire post somewhat ironic). Oh, man - I'm so funny (to myself).

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm famous . . . er . . . something



Due to my mad commercial-identifying-skillz I was rewarded with a blog about me over nyah. I thought it was pretty funny (haha funny, not the other kind of funny). Chiggity-check it out . . . if you want to.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Reformation, Restoration, Reclamation


For those who are not familiar with church history here is a brief overview (with generalized dates):
AD 33 - The Way starts in Jerusalem
400 - Christianity is State religion of the Roman Empire
1000 - Catholic Church splits from the Eastern Orthodox Church
1500's - The Reformation breaks from the Catholic Church (and creates other denominations.
1800's - The Restoration Movement seeks to continue the work of the Reformation and restore the church to the first century teaching and practice.

Ok, are you still with me? Thanks. So in my school work I've been reading the biography of a guy named Walter Scott (you can find it here). He was one of the founders of the Restoration movement (today the Churches of Christ, Christian Churches, and Disciples of Christ). People of his day were keen on seeing themselves as reformers in the vein of Luther et al; today people are talking about a new Reformation. I used to agree (and I may still, I'm not sure), but now I think we need something different. Luther and Scott and all their contemporaries had the luxury of working to change the church which lived in a culture that was mostly Christian. Today we live in a culture where Christianity is moving more and more to the fringes of society. We don't have the luxury of trying to change other people within the church when so many outside the church are living without any relationship with God.

So here's my plea: let's start a Reclamation Movement. Stan Granberg has said on many occasions that it is the job of the church to love God's lost people, but we usually only love those in the church. We need to work to reclaim God's people from sin and pain and poverty. We need to pour our passion and energy into reuniting God and his people. Reformation and restoration will happen within the church when we focus on Reclamation, but if we keep our focus on restoration/reformation then the reclamation may never happen. So, who's with me? Who wants to join the Reclamation Movement?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wow

This is from: "Unchurched want undiluted preaching, most value Bible," Thom S. Rainer, 30 Jun 2004.


Mandy L., a formerly unchurched woman from Montana, spoke softly but firmly. "When we were lost, we were looking for something that would not be like the world we were in. We were looking, even if we didn’t realize it at the time, for the supernatural, for beliefs that transcend the unbelieving world around us. It was really sad to go to churches that thought they were being relevant when they were really just being worldly. I got out of those churches as quickly as I could."


I was reading this for a class and had to share it.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Mac vs. PC

I think these are pretty funny and I hope you will too, but here's the rule: don't get all mad at me for thinking these are funny. Ok? Ok.

Enjoy