Today I spoke with a local pastor for my column about the end times. It’s been said before but I always think this is a sad indictment on the North American church. I think it was five years ago, the two most popular books were The Prayer of Jabez and Left Behind. When you added it all up it became for most readers how can I get more stuff and when can I get out of here. I guess it make much sense in our consumeristic, missionless churches.
Today I went to Starbucks to read and write. Every once in a while I lifted my head from my book and peered around the room. In this living-room setting I think I was hoping for something more. Maybe I hoped it would gather people seeking something like-minded, a time to speak about things that are important. People could talk about the books they were reading, poetry they wrote, philosophy they were digesting. I felt let down. It was just a group of people keeping to themselves, doing homework, listening to music with their headphones and reading the paper. I guess it seemed contradictory as I sat in this strip-mall Starbucks. It actually made the lack of community greater as it created an appearance of something social. I’ve decided that on Tuesday nights I’m going to start going somewhere just to hang out, invite friends and talk. Too much of my life is around utility, meetings, appointments, duty. I hope this will be a time to live, learn and enjoy the company of others. If you are in San Diego and you want to meet up on Tuesday night. Drop me a post…
A review of Adbusters Magazine by Duane Smets.
Adbusters magazine is unlike any other magazine because it has no ads. The magazine has become a key participating leader in a revolution brewed by people who call themselves “culture jammers.”
Culture jammers are a collective of “artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age.” Their aim, “to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.” Their name coincides with their mission, to try and jam up present ideologies and the forms that allow them to create a culture gone wild.
Full article (at Kaleo) >
I was reading a book in our living room. My wife walked by carrying our 22 month-old son to bed. She had previously asked me to clean the room, which was filled with toys from Gideon and I playing. “You know, the room isn’t going to clean itself,” she commented as she walked by. Ah, but if evolution were only true, maybe with just enough time and chance, life could start from these toys and they just might organize themselves. After that fleeting thought, I put my book down and cleaned the room. All in all, it made me miss the greatest comic strip ever, Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson.
Thousands of people who do not know Jesus Christ attend church each week. Most of these people never received the christianese Sunday school training that began with large felt boards. As preachers deliver their messages and the members back-slap each other with approval, many of these visitors walk away without any clearer understanding of Jesus Christ. Further, many preachers deliver sermons where once Christians concepts have morphed into meaninglessness. Continue reading
I went on a blog journey the other day…just random clicks and reading, here are some of the places I visited…
Many voices in the conversation. Some louder and more often but none-the-less I find it interesting to listen to what people are speaking about. It was also encouraging to hear such a swarm of Christians talking about how to be missional in our culture. (This was the unifying factor in most of these blogs) By the way, check out http://bloggingteen.blogspot.com/ this kid is 15 years old and writes about issues more important than most 30-year-old people wrestle with. (Titles of posts include, I Crucified Jesus, Calloused Hearts and Jesus.) Also there is a link to his 9-year-old sister who is journaling her Bible reading, check out a post…
I got a bible for my birthday this year and now I read it every day. Right now I am on Exodous 39.
I just read about the commands fo God, telling Moses how to make the Priestly Garments and how to set up the Tabernacle. I only have one more chapter before I reach the next book, Leviticus.
How about them apples?
Rolling Stone magazine declined to run an advertisement for a new translation of the Bible aimed at young people, the nation’s largest Bible publisher said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, USA Today quoted Kent Brownridge, general manager of Wenner Media, as saying his staff first saw the ad copy last week, and “we are not in the business of publishing advertising for religious messages.” CNN article >
This book has me thinking about how Jesus ministered to the margins. Somehow, somewhere the evangelical North American church veered left of the road Christ called us to. We need to return to a place where sinners (read all of us, not the ‘unchurched’) can walk into a church and instead of saying, “I can’t relate to anybody here. There are so perfect, proper and sin-free”, they would say, “wow. I am so glad I came. These people have shown me such love. They are real people, warts and all. They aren’t in denial of all of these problems but show me hope that Jesus brought to people like us.” Just some thoughts.
The column for this week is Christ Lutheran Church…