Church of Trogdor Burninates

Church of Trogdor Burninates
I had a great time tonight.  The first meeting of the house church went very well.  I met some really great people.  We talked about our journey and what we are looking for in church.  I sensed God’s hand on the meeting.  About the only downside to the evening was my choice of pop.  Sprite Ice is carbonated Scope. 

Look for some new bloggers to arrive on the scene soon.  One thing we need to figure out is our name.  Next week we will meet at Stereotrap’s CD release party!

  1. #1 by scotty derksen on September 26, 2003 - 4:17 am

    LT, where are the pictures?

  2. #2 by Mark Humphries on September 26, 2003 - 2:43 pm

    Congrats on the formal start of your HC. Keep us informed about your experience and learning curve over the next few weeks…Who are you connecting with? Are there plans for kids and families or is it mostly singles and couples?

  3. #3 by Jadon on September 26, 2003 - 7:54 pm

    I wonder how Sprite Ice would mix with Dr. Pepper. After all, Dr. Pepper is carbonated cough syrup.

  4. #4 by iggie on September 28, 2003 - 3:58 am

    So why do you have to pick a name? What is up with picking a name? i don’t understand that. maybe someone else can explain it to me.

  5. #5 by Mitch Tulloch on September 28, 2003 - 8:56 am

    I think the name is some kind of joke? See


  6. #6 by LT on September 28, 2003 - 8:59 am

    We have asked that question ourselves. One thing is we want to have website so we need a domain name for it. I think the other is just to make it easier to refer to our group. It’s frustrating try to refer to a group of people with no name. For example, if you were having a inter-house church barbeque how do you say which group is going to handle which parts of the gathering?

    The downside to having a name is that it gives you an institutional identity and along with that comes the temptation to elevate the prestige surrounding that name.

  7. #7 by Mitch Tulloch on September 28, 2003 - 4:01 pm

    Here’s a practical suggestion regarding naming a church. In the early days of the Vineyard Movement, Vineyard churches in the USA were *required* to name their churches after the city or town where they resided e.g. VCF Anaheim, VCF San Jose etc. If there were multiple Vineyards in a city, they would be distinguished geographically e.g. VCF North Tahoe etc. I thought this was a terrific idea, for it simply communicated the general identity (Vineyard) and location (city) of each church.

    Then came the creative, visionary church planters who wanted nice, dynamic names like New Life Vineyard, Heartland Vineyard, Vineyard X-Treme, The Vineyard Church, Vineyard Community Church, Vineyard of Hope, etc. I personally am appalled by such “name games” and feel they do more harm than good, but what’s my opinion worth anyway…

    Maybe you can name your church after the street you meet on or something simple and informative like that 🙂

  8. #8 by Mitch Tulloch on September 28, 2003 - 4:03 pm

    BTW I’m aware your church is not part of the Vineyard denomination, my previous comment was merely meant to be an example to indicate a point 😉

  9. #9 by Justin Baeder on September 28, 2003 - 7:11 pm

    The churches of Christ are named almost exclusively by geography (city or street, or when necessary neighborhood), and some people even consider this a point of doctrine. I don’t, and it bothers me when people get picky about it, but after naming our church, I see the wisdom in it.

    Any cool name is going to be cheesy to someone else. And it becomes a pretentions marketing thing to some extent. We went with “Seattle Metro Church” because, like LT said, we have to be able to refer to ourselves, but we don’t want a cool (and soon obsolete) name.

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