Wednesday, May 29, 2002
A bunch of us were at Search Party in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago. I've written an article of my thoughts on the whole thing. It's now on this month's edition of Next-Wave along with several others from some in this very company of bloggers - Andrew (both Jones and Careaga), Mike Bishop, and I'm not sure if Jason Evans is in this bunch but he has something up there on house churches as well. Have fun!
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Friday, May 24, 2002
a. who are the young leaders (under 35) in your nation who are leading a national prayer movement for their generation, or who are pro-actively rallying young people to pray for the nation?
b. who are the young leaders (under 35) in your nation that do not yet lead such a movement, but have the potential to kick-start something like that within the next two years?
Mail me their names and e-mail addresses and earn a free pint of beer (or milk when you're American) when we meet in Prague. :-)
Thursday, May 23, 2002
Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Tuesday, May 21, 2002
Saturday, May 18, 2002
Friday, May 17, 2002
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Karen, Alan, and whoever else is up for it, tip a pint for me in St. Louis. Track down a Newcastle Brown Ale - my favorite - if you can. Have a blast. Tell me all about it when you get back.
See you in Minneapolis. Anybody have the skinny on Soularize? Haven't heard much from Spencer and Matt recently.
this is karen ward (in the pacific nortwest region of north america).
my latest project might have been motivated by jealousy, but god can use even that, to plant seeds for the kingdom.
on some post (on the blog of alan creech), i found out about an organic church planters group that was started in the heartland of the united states called the "midwest greenhouse."
immediately, i sent alan an e-mail saying "can i come out and play?" then, i realized that in order to play, you had to be in proximity to the playground... and i was 2000 miles (3218 kilometers) away. oh lord, what to do... well, maybe we'll build our own swing-set here in "cascadia" (our own little neighborhood of washington, oregon and british columbia).
knowing that each context is different, we will not ask alan to export to us a ready-made, "add water and stir," carbon copy of the playground kit they are using in the midwest. what god wants, i think, is for us to share the same spirit, yet grow our own local expression and network. ironically, "growing your own" is what people out here are known for. our region is a haven for free spirits and "do it yourselfers," and our pioneer spirit is evident in everything from our local microbrewed coffees, to our kickin' microbrewed beers.
today, i'm meeting with two other seattle church planters, eugene cho of quest and dwight friesen of another quest, to talk about what kind of swing-set we can build in our soon to be formed "northwest hothouse,"
a place to disciple one another, to re-create, to share, to discern, to grow in the knowledge and fear of god, and to otherwise play in the fields of the lord in the pac northwest (so stay tuned...)
Monday, May 13, 2002
I was ranting on my blog on Saturday about the fact that I - yes I - live in the suburbs. Oh my Gaaawwwwdd!!! I won't go on and on about it here again. I probably did too much there. The question that arises out of my thoughts and talking to other friends is this: Where are we? Where are we who are (what are we anyway?) - who are trying to do this "nuevo church" thing - to reinvent how the community of Christ is lived out on the planet??? Are we all in the inner city? Are we all doing exactly the same things in the same ways? I think the obvious answer is no -> I point to my brother's reference to "liking rainbows" below. Some of us live in the suburbs. Some of us like it and not because we are greedy, self-absorbed, isolationist Christians. Most of the people in my neighborhood are around my age actually. I think we just live where we live. As I said the other day, we who are in the Kingdom need to be anywhere there are those outside the Kingdom - we need to infect every neighborhood and village."
I'm excited about meeting a bunch of wild people in St. Louis at Search Party in a few days. Just being together with people who are as weird as I am for a little while will be a good thing. See you there!
Saturday, May 11, 2002
Currently, Europeans make up about 28 percent of the world's Christian population, down from 70 percent in 1900, said Dana Robert, a theology professor at Boston University who has written extensively on global Christianity.
By the year 2050, six nations will each have over 100 million Christians, Jenkins projects. Only one, the United States, represents the "advanced industrialized world." The other countries are Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
Jenkins notes that "traditional heartlands of Christianity" such as Britain, France and Italy are absent from the list.
Friday, May 10, 2002
I just created a new community blog for our - well, for our community. I know it's a ch, chu, "church" but I try not to use that word as much as possible if not only to get away from my own baggage. It's called "the vine". I was obviously inspired by this thing. We're a small bunch and this blog has just gotten started but I hope it will be a very cool way for others to look into what we're doing in a real way - oh, and Kevin Rains is very jealous that I have done this - so I told him I would help them set one up as well - the revolution has begun!
Thursday, May 09, 2002
Tuesday, May 07, 2002
The latest issue of the Internet for Christians newsletter has a nice plug for my newsletter on Internet evangelism. For some reason, though, there's a broken image that should link to e-vangelism.com. Not sure what happened there. Oh well. At any rate, it's quite an honor to be listed in the newsletter. Thanks, Peggie!
Monday, May 06, 2002
Saturday, May 04, 2002
Friday, May 03, 2002
Thursday, May 02, 2002
Jesus is the Center. Our group keeps coming back to this amazing reality. It's very easy in this new time to get caught up in "what works" or what will work in our churches and miss the simple, glorious power of Jesus being the foundation of everything we do.
I heard Gordon Cosby tell a story one time about a seminar he did for a group of megachurch pastors. The seminar was called, "Vision, the Destroyer of Essence." It's easy to see how "seeker-targeted" groups can make the mistake of missing Jesus along the way, but what about us? Are we putting our trust in a new form of church (or worship or mission or community) that will take the world by storm? Or, are we willing to follow "God's secret plan" that was sculpted millennia ago, that He will bring everything under Christ's authority?
Let God build his church.
I am, we are, I think alot of people are - wrestling with a new way to do evangelism. It's new for what many of us have been trained to do anyway - probably not "new" as a whole. I mean I seem not to be the only one who's trying to look past that cold-call, bring people to a crisis decision quickly, kind of thing - on to a much slower, relational connection, walking with people on a long journey inward kind of thing. I hope that makes sense.
Not feeling like you haven't done successful evangelism because you don't have a list of 20 people who've been "saved" in the last 6 months. Maybe you've built some beginning relationships with 3 new people who are outside the Kingdom in that time, and you have begun to "be Jesus" to them over the long haul. Then at some point perhaps it becomes more "official" and they enter a period of cathechesis, of teaching and pre-formation, pre-belonging to the community of faith, and then they are a full member of Christ and the community. See what I mean?
I think the Catholics and Anglicans among us may have a little greater understanding of this. Looks like we all need to learn from each other - that God works and speaks everywhere and we need not to block Him off at the pass.