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 […]

Convergence

This is the word that I use to best summarize what this move to Arizona is all about and what the “Basecamp” community is all about: CONVERGENCE. Convergence is for those of us who are tired of living compartmentalized lives of “God, family, and work.” We recognize that spiritual life, social life, work life, recreational […]

Is Information the Path to Transformation? (a.k.a.,”Books are for dabblers; guides are for adventurers.”)

The title question of this post is a bit tongue in cheek since the average thinking person would say no: information is NOT the path to transformation. Despite what people say, I don’t believe protest to this title is really how the average person actually lives her/his life. Have a problem with child-raising or kids […]

The flaws of a programmatic and churched life from a Mission and Discipleship point of view

What is the opposite of organic and natural? In the realm of food, man-made, processed, artificially-created, and mass-produced. Think twinkie or sugar cereal. In the world of nutrition, the move has been towards greater health and well-being by opting for whole and natural foods. The closer it is to the way nature produces it, the […]

Faith instead of sight

I was reading Hebrews 11 for like the 100th time, and a phrase jumped out at me that I never caught before:

8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where […]

Reflections on some good advice given long ago: figure out what the gospel is (part 2)

How do these shifts (in part 1 post) interact with my take on the gospel? Here goes…

When I graduated from seminary, the gospel was a set of doctrine that had to be agreed upon in order to be truly saved; it was the elementary A-B-Cs of Christianity that could be summarized in aspects of […]

Sustainable living and a thought experiment on the illustration sources of Jesus

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of gardening-related work. Our decentralized, organic church community expression recently acquired a 3.3 acre farm as part of our desire to not just talk about convictions and values but to actually follow through. While the farm is being seen as a blessing to our community and to our ability […]

Six years after taking the “red pill”… four points of advice from my future self

It’s been six years now since we started the journey into God’s organic nature. There is so much to say and so much that we’ve learned. For the purpose of squeezing these thoughts out,I’ve decided to write myself a letter that I would hand myself if a time travel machine was to be invented in […]

Grow larger by getting smaller: a reflection on a spiritual principle as I close out my fourth decade on earth

I am fast approaching the 40 mark. And thanks to social media like fb, I can now keep track of friends with whom I grew up or attended high school. I find myself surprised at where some of these friends have ended up. I see people starting their own companies. Some of them are pretty […]