Monday, July 13, 2009 • 10:53 pm
I’m currently rockin’ in Knoxville, Tennessee. I have the privilege of being one of the morning teachers of an event called CHIC2009 – a gathering of 5200+ high schoolers from all around the country. I’m simply teaching one message but 8x to 600+ students at a time (twice/day). I’d really appreciate your prayers.
I was asked to speak on the topic of ‘my relationship with others.’
Simple enough but it’s clearly one of those things that seem much easier said than done. My sermon – through various points – seeks to explain this:
…more and more Christians are falling in love with the idea of loving and serving our neighbors…than actually loving and serving our neighbors.
And one of the most important ways we love and serve our neighbors is if we build relationships with people.
And this is where I get a lot of push back from people. By building relationships with people, we need to let go of the agenda of “evangelism” and “let’s convert this person to Jesus Christ.” Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, church, emerging church, CHIC2009
Monday, May 11, 2009 • 12:01 am
Talk about a string of bad press! In addition to a write up in the Christian Science Monitor [The Coming Evangelical Collapse], a cover article of the Newsweek Magazine entitled “The End of Christian America,” a more readable and short article popped up last week on ABC News entitled, “Young America Losing Their Religion.”
While these articles aren’t great news, I must be a bad pastor Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, church, culture, emerging church, faith, Jesus, ministry, religion
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 • 12:15 am
Thanks to the collective wisdom of our larger staff, I pulled this “voodoo video” from last week’s Good Friday service.
But I still really like this video. Very thought provoking so I’m now sharing and showing it here on my blog – for your viewing and commentary (video below).
It’s disturbing on several levels including the usage of ‘voodoo’ in it’s title which isn’t the best word in a church context but from an artistic level, this is an amazing video. The incredible animation is created by 26 year old artist Joaquin Baldwin. I don’t know him personally but after watching this video, I suspect he may have been influenced by Christianity in some shape or another. When you watch the film, you’ll see some Christian parallels. Had I shown it, it would have taken some good explanation why I was showing the clip.
Here are the reasons this video really made me think: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, church, culture, emerging church, faith, religion, joaquin baldwin, sebastian's voodoo
Thursday, April 9, 2009 • 12:01 am
There are numerous significant theological and biblical meanings behind the Last Supper (Passover Seder) and while the pursuit of those meanings are worthwhile and powerful, here’s the most simple and as significant:
Jesus wants to eat with us.
Let me say that again. The Triune God of the cosmos not only created the world and humanity but desires fellowship, communion, and friendship. And when sin entered the world and humanity to wreak havoc and choas, God intervened again – with the redemptive mission of restoring Shalom – all that which God intended for us.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14 / The Message)
Throughout Jesus’ journey, he was eating with Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, church, emerging church, Jesus, quest church, easter, holy week, last supper, maundy thursday
Saturday, March 7, 2009 • 12:10 am
Is it ok to sometimes poke fun and laugh at ourselves? I hope so because if not, I’m in some big trouble. As in, I might get blacklisted by the Christian evangelical subculture.
In reponse to the question about the 10 Most Essential Christian Books, I received some fabulous and interesting suggestions. But I also started getting a list from people regarding the most anti-essential Christian books or in other words, books that should never be published so I’ve taken the liberty of listing some of them here. And if you’re gonna get offended, I have two things to say: 1) It’s not my list or umm, it’s not all mine. Don’t kill the messenger! and 2) Relax. It’s okay to make fun of ourselves sometimes. I hope.
If you want to laugh even more, check out 10 reasons why men shouldn’t be ordained.
I’ll share my list of essential book soon but for now, enjoy this list of the Christian Books that should NOT be Published from various commenters from this blog. You folks are mean!
And dare I ask:
What would you add to the list?
Update: I’m adding the American Patriot’s Bible to this list. The crazy thing is that it’s a real book unlike the list below.
Filed under: christianity, church, emerging church, ministry
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 • 2:50 pm
The doom and gloom news about all things economy related can be paralyzing. I know it’s impacting many individuals, organizations, and churches as well. I’ll share later this week how it’s impacted my family but I wanted to share how Quest is trying to respond. Last year, Quest was fortunate and just met our budget. I’m not certain how since a) 2008 was the first year we hadn’t numerically grown since the beginning of our church and b) 10% of our church have experienced job layoffs. As difficult as the economic climate may be, this is also an incredible opportunity for the [C]hurch to be a source of care and grace to one another and the larger city and world. Difficult times are when we can demonstrate our substance and convictions of Loving God and Loving People.
Let’s share some ideas and good news. Question:
How are you or your church seeking to care for one another and the larger city & globe?
I recently wrote the following letter to our church sharing how we are stumbling our way to care: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, church, emerging church, ministry, quest church, seattle
Monday, March 2, 2009 • 11:13 pm
I want to introduce you to Dave Gibbons. He’s known in some circles and not in others but what he has to share and offer is important to the larger Church – especially as the World changes in a way that the majority of the Church cannot see or [want to] acknowledge. I first met Dave about 14 years ago on a tour bus in Seoul, Korea [a long story]. This was before he planted NewSong Church and before Quest Church was even a thought in my heart.
One of the things that’s most impressed me about Dave – in his various roles – is his vision as a ‘social entrepeneur.’ And honestly, I’m also encouraged that he’s one of the handful of Asian-American faces that’s recognized in the so called ‘mainstream subculture of Western Christianity’. Truth be told, he’s half Korean and half Irish but we’re going to go ahead and claim him.
As my readers know, I’m working through my list of books I want to read this year and his new book, The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership in a Third Culture Church,is on that list. I had a chance to sit down Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: asian-american, christianity, emerging church, ministry, pastors, religion, dave gibbons
Monday, February 16, 2009 • 4:37 pm
I had the joy of having a great chat with Phyllis Tickle recently and she was gracious enough to shoot this video interview with me. Phyllis’ recent book, The Great Emergence, is making the waves amongst many people and it’s also on my ‘To Read’ list for 2009. She is one sharp amazing lady and I don’t want to spread rumors but I’m pretty sure she’s on steroids too…just like Scot McKnight. :)
Whether you agree with her premise of ‘The Great Emergence,’ I think it’s pretty obvious that one thing is inevitable: CHANGE.
Change happens and and will always happen and according to many, we’re in the midst of a historic change. But lest we get think too much of ourselves in the ‘Church,’ this historic change isn’t just within christendom but one that encompasses the larger world.
Here’s the interview with Phyllis and her bio from her website: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, church, culture, emerging church, Jesus, ministry, pastors, religion, phyllis tickle, the great emergence