Moving Day…

How sad will I be not to watch this sunrise each morning? We're moving a couple of miles away to Multnomah Village, much closer to the center of town, within biking distance from where we'll be having our 3rd gathering.  We're renting out our townhouse and renting another bigger place, just a block from a[…]

Wisdom…

"You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down, and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of good literature." -Gandhi (ht: Thomas Ward)

Lent 2009

Lots of people talking about Lent- what it means to them, struggling to get it to mean something to them, struggling with the whole idea of giving things up… Why give up bad things for Lent? If they're bad- give them up period. Why give up good things for Lent (like Facebook community, etc)- if[…]

Evergreen’s Next Steps…

Evergreen is getting ready to take a new step as a community- starting a 3rd gathering, not in a pub space on April 5th, 2009.  On Feb 15th, we gathered as a community in the evening (occasionally, we get bumped from one or the other of our pubs in the morning) at a church building[…]

The Death of Preaching

It's a pretty bold statement to say that video venues will eventually mean the death of preaching… but I think I can make the case.  In his new book, Flickering Pixels (which I encourage you to check out!), Shane Hipps makes this point: "Every medium, when pushed to an extreme, will reverse on itself, revealing unintended[…]

Others weigh in…

Some other thoughts on these issues… Local pastor/Friend Eric Costa: Maybe this has been said before; people listen to too many online sermons. Sure, the problem is probably limited to reformed-ish churchgoers, but that‚Äôs the tank I swim in, so it seems like everybody. I‚Äôve noticed a few damaging side effects that I would like to share[…]

Franchise ahoy!

I've been predicting for awhile that Mars Hill Church in Seattle would try to plant a video venue here in Portland, notwithstanding the two to four (depending on how you count) Acts 29 planted churches in the metro area.  Then today, I got this Facebook invite: ""Hey guys for those of you who have enjoyed[…]

Lent Prayer Guide

I have "put together" (read: written, adapted and outright stolen from various sources) a Lent Prayer Guide.  And Kobie Moore, an Evergreener with an amazing design-eye, has made it look pretty. (you should see what she does with greeting cards- and the most amazing thing- each card is usable twice- I know, I know- how[…]