Beyond Organic, Theologically Speaking: Disciplemaking for a different time 

Intro

The entry point for many in the Organic Church movement has been either missiology (how to plant the most churches?) or ecclesiology (what is the church and how does she function?). They are the intellectual/theological frameworks in which a person makes sense of his/her life experience out of organized religion and into a community, […]

What place does MOVEMENT play in organic spirituality, community, and movements?

I stumbled upon an interesting quote I don’t recall reading before from Blaise Pascal – either that or I’m more keenly aware of the profundity of it 20 some years later:

“Our nature consists in movement; absolute rest is death.”

We know not much about the context of this since he often wrote isolated aphorisms […]

Beyond Luke 10: Heretical Reflections from Someone Nine Years into the Journey

I took the proverbial Red Pill nine years ago: quit the “full time” ministry job as a pastor of a church we planted in the SF Bay area, left behind organized church and evangelical culture, stopped reading every insightful book that would come out, resisted becoming a conference junkie, and stepped into a world that […]

American church spending on buildings: the good, the bad, and the ugly for where the church is, has been, and is going

So the Wall Street Journal on January 16, 2015 posted an article citing that church construction spending has gone down. You will need an online subscription to see it in its entirety.

Church construction in the U.S. has fallen 80% since 2002, now at its lowest level since record-keeping began in 1967, according to reporting […]

Interesting thought on community

Our friend, Curtis Sergeant, wrote this a few weeks ago in his metacamp blog, and it caught my attention.

Love can build or destroy community, depending on its object. One who loves the dream of an ideal community will destroy it; one who loves those around them will build it.

I will let you go […]

Interesting new read by a friend of mine: “We Need a Completely Different Kind of Education”

So I helped edit a book for a young gentleman who has some bold and innovative thoughts on education as it pertains to Kingdom living. His name is Jan Simson, son of Wolfgang and Mercy Simson. Jan is a young German entrepreneur who has skipped out on college, has travelled the world, and is starting […]

Fascinating article on the power and mobility of decentralized networks

This was on NPR just today. I loved reading about how an app is being used by grassroots foot-to-ground movements to circumvent the loss of cell and Internet communication. Chinese gvmt still has much to learn about the principles of starfish vs spider entities. This book (The Starfish and the Spider) by Ori Brafman has […]

The Gospel According to Jesus, spoken byTroy Polamalu

The above video has caught the world by storm this week. In it, All-Pro running back, Ray Rice, of the Baltimore Ravens knocks out his then fiancee with a left hook and drags her crumpled body out of the elevator. This would be the perfect time for all of us to throw stones at him: […]

Bl@ck Jesus: How a weed-smoking and N-word using Homeboy got me thinking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhV7Zusnd0s

 

So we are in the third week of Adult Swim’s new controversial show, Black Jesus. In the realm of satire, anything in that general vein promises some level of entertainment. So being an educator who is always seeking juicy writing topics from the news, I jumped on the opportunity to have students reflect […]

How do we get better at loving people? The Good Samaritan Parable, taking responsibility, and becoming our brothers’ keeper

It’s not a question we ask often — certainly not often enough given the priority Jesus puts to the verb “love” in His Good Samaritan teaching of Luke 10:25-37. That parable still remains a heckofa grenade that Jesus throws into our christian bunker. It was in response to the question about what it looks like […]