Archive for April, 2003

Worship.Freehouse lives up to its name

Worship.Freehouse lives up to its name
I didn’t know what to expect.  A bunch of Christians gathering to worship God in a bar and to be with each other.  Call me a crazy Charismatic but I sensed the “presence” of God just being in that room earlier on during the setup.  I didn’t expect that.  I read part of a spoken liturgy and that was an anointed experience for me.  I’ve never done that before.  The band was great.  The music was good.  The images on the TV screens scattered around were well done.

However what I really liked was the conversation.  We were all gathered around tables chatting it up.  At my table the discussion was real and meaningful.  I saw one guy sitting by himself so I invited it to my table and found he was a church planting pastor.  The setting made it very easy to connect with people and to dialogue.  It seems the best way to kill churchyness is to have half the people drinking beer.  I saw people free to be themselves and to talk. That in and of itself is very refreshing.

Next time I hope we incorporate some more participatory expressions of worship.  Perhaps a longer more involved liturgy.  Perhaps some open sharing. 

All in all the gathering really reflected its name.  It had worship and it had the kind community you find in a bar. 

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An Interview with Robert Webber

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Turn It In

Turn It In
I’ve been watching my website stats.  Last night my traffic literally doubled to over 500 hits in one day.  It seemed really odd so I did a little investigating.  I traced the IP address to Turn It In.  A site dedicated to fighting plagarism.  My guess is that they had some spider crawl through my blog and index all the content.  I’m not sure if what they are doing is any more effective than Google but hey it makes the stats look good. 

It looks like they have a pretty cool peer review feature.  I think peer to peer evaluation is very under used in discipleship and education.

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The Failure of Youth Ministry

The Failure of Youth Ministry
Mike Yaconelli calls on the church to completely rethink youth ministry.

Link via Re-Imagine Youth Ministry

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The Failure of Youth Ministry

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Management by Blog?

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Berkman Center fellow Dave Winer wants to get Harvard blogging:

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Democracy in Iraq?

Democracy in Iraq?
The Coalition promised that the Iraqi’s would be able to run their own country.  As the threat of an Islamic government grows stronger it appears the coalition promise has some modifiers.  Iraqi’s can run their own country as long as they serve US interests in the region.

 

Administration officials were focused on the overriding goal of defeating Saddam and paid little attention to the dynamics of religion and politics in the region.

“It is a complex equation, and the U.S. government is ill-equipped to figure out how this is going to shake out,” a U.S. State Department official said. “I don’t think anyone took a step backward and asked: What are we looking for? The focus was on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.”

Complicating matters is that the United States has virtually no diplomatic ties with Iran, leaving American officials in the dark about the intentions of the government in Tehran. The Iranian government is the patron of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the leading Iraqi Shiite group.

The CIA has cultivated some Shiite clerics, but not many, and not for very long.”We don’t want to allow Persian fundamentalism to gain any foothold,” a senior administration official said. “We want to find more moderate clerics and move them into positions of influence.”
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New Models: Preparing the Whole Person for Ministry

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Could the curse be over

Could the curse be over
Many of my friends didn’t want me cheering for their hockey teams because whoever I cheered for would lose.  They called it the curse of death.  But this year things have changed.  I’ve cheered for the followings teams.

Dallas over Edmonton
Anaheim over Detroit
Vancouver over St. Louis
Minnesota over Colorado
Philadelphia over Toronto
Tampa Bay over Washington

4 down, two more to go!

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