Slow down…

"In a faster world, maybe we need a slower church."- Leighton Ford I'm sitting, thinking about these words, thinking about our community, what it means to be the people of God… Like many, I have a mixed relationship with my evangelical past. There are things I look back on and wish had been done differently. Read more about Slow down…[…]

MessiahWatch

"More than a presidential portrait," writes artist D'Antuono on a website touting the painting, "'The Truth' is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation's current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue." Like others in the news who have depicted Obama in Christ-like imagery, D'Antuono insists he isn't Read more about MessiahWatch[…]

Virtual Community: Problematic, but maybe not how we think…

I love social media- Twitter, Facebook, etc. I use and enjoy them, and plan to post on some of their positive uses/effects. But for now…

I was there at NPC when Shane Hipps somewhat famously declared that virtual community is "one but not the other", that is, it may be virtual but isn't real community, igniting a flurry of blog posts and comments… 

I know I'm late to the party, and really wanted to jump in on Out of Ur, but this all came down during a blog-slump, and though I had some thoughts, it felt as though others were carrying on the conversation just fine. 

But looking back, I'm not sure anyone quite made the point I wanted to, and I'm rethinking all of this in light of an interview I'm doing tonight with a public radio show on Social Media.

I absolutely dig where Shane is going here and his concern about virtual community- that it may be virtual but it isn't community. My concern however is a little different- I'm pretty sure it is community, and that it's not simply virtual… and therein lies the problem. 

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Recommendation: The Divine Commodity

Skye Jethani has a great new book The Divine Commodity, discussing "consumer Christianity." Others have tackled the subject, but probably not with as much style and imagination. Here's a description from Amazon: "A growing number of people are disturbed by the values exhibited by the contemporary church. Worship has become entertainment, the church has become Read more about Recommendation: The Divine Commodity[…]

Good Friday

Some of my most stressful moments as a pastor have been those minutes just before a gathering- when everything is going wrong. Why won't the sound come through this channel? Is the video STILL rendering?? Seriously- they aren't going to be here?  Oh man… One magnifier for these feelings is the whole "big rock" effect Read more about Good Friday[…]