"You can’t go on ‘seeing through’ things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to ‘see through’ Read more about CS Lewis to us Emerging Church hipster-types…[…]
"Why does church matter? Because ‘church’ names the people of God who make known God’s love for the world in Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit….First, I am convinced, with many others, that the good news of Jesus Christ is fundamentally not a new set of ideas or system of belief but Read more about church…[…]
Warning: Rambling solipcistic post ahead! Be warned…
We’re 3 years on in our church planting journey, and in a concerted effort to become less-curmudgeonly and actively stave off becoming a grumpy old man (hey, I turn 38 this year!) I’ve been reflecting on some of the things I love about my life right now…
I think I went through a time in my early 30’s where I seriously wondered if to get older was to feel less intensely. It seemed as though I loved music less, loved life less, loved everything less, felt everything less. I could no longer see myself standing outside some girl’s house holding up a boom box in the rain, blasting "In Your Eyes"- if that makes any sense at all. I just didn’t feel it, and I worried that this progression was going to keep on until eventually I would be an emotionless lump of wood marking time, going through the motions.
Luckily, I think that was a phase- maybe one born out of emotional defenses because of some things going on in my life. Suffice it to say I’ve felt the pendulum swing back the other way- I sing along to music, get choked up constantly (good), worked up constantly (kind of good) and excited about the possibilities I see in this here life o’ bob.
One of the things that excites me most right now is that fact that if I were to track my feelings about certain things from the start of our church planting/lead pastoring adventure, there’s a definite upward trend. And that tells me I’m doing something right, or at least in a (mostly) healthy way.
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me Read more about real life…[…]
So time has just been flying by lately. Whizzing, actually. I’ve always thought that this was a natural side-effect to getting older. As each day represents a dwindling percentage of your life, it just naturally seems to go faster. But lately I’ve been thinking there’s something else behind the speed with which time seems to Read more about happy…[…]
Wow- I feel wiped out. Saturday we did a community dinner and baptism (pics soon!) at the Goff’s new spread. So great to have a great dinner together out on their back deck/lawn, walk down the big hill to the creek out back and baptize four people in the cold (yes! it was cold!!!) water Read more about What a weekend…[…]
Yes, I’m now the proud owner of: 1. a 150cc Scooter Laugh all you want, but 60mph and 70mpg is a nice combination. Of course, this is Portland, so that combination is only available during certain months… 2. a $500,000 life insurance policy. We upgraded 🙂
Dick Staub, author of Too Christian, Too Pagan and The Culturally Savvy Christian…