Sunday, January 13, 2013 • 12:01 am
In case you don’t know, Seattle has football fever. And for a city that hasn’t had much to root for, it’s an exciting season for the city of Seattle as the Seattle Seahawks advance to this Sundays’s playoff game versus the Atlanta Falcons. After living here now for 16+ years, I’ve adopted all things Seattle culture and sports. Or at least most things. I still get weirded out by the Subaru automobiles everywhere and the Starbucks coffee shop to my left, right, front, and back.
But I digress.
The Seattle Seahawks is in the playoffs and by the time you read this post, there’s a good chance that they are playing against
(and likely beating) the Atlanta Falcons. This entire week, several of our church congregants – have jokingly, half-jokingly, and seriously asked:
- “Will Quest move our church worship service times to accommodate the Seahawks playoff game at 10am?
- “Will Quest cancel services altogether?”
Heck, even the Seattle Times called to ask what I would do as the senior pastor of Quest Church.
What is Quest doing on Sunday in light of Seattle Seahawks playoff game? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , football, Jesus, seahawks, seattle
Saturday, February 18, 2012 • 4:30 am
Unless it’s Justin Bieber I don’t get star-struck, but I have to admit, it was pretty cool to meet President Barack Obama earlier this month. During his visit to Seattle on the weekend of February 16, I had the opportunity and privilege to attend one of the events he was speaking at. Specifically, it was an event at Boeing Everett to celebrate the work of American workers, Boeing, and the culmination of the work of the Dreamliner 787.
Light to the World.
As you know. I don’t run in these circles. Sitting in a special section with dignitaries and politicians including mayors, various council members, business bigwigs and the Washington governor was awkward to say the least. How I got invited to this event is a little unclear but over the past couple years, I’ve been building relationships with the White House via their Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It’s also from a commitment I’ve had – as a Christian, a pastor, and a leader – to be a light to the World and not just merely light to the Light. Translation: As we serve and love the church, we must also look outward and engage the larger culture. Folks notice and when opportunities arise, they sometimes ask for input and involvement or just merely your presence and that’s what happened.
Because of this theology and ecclesiology Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , barack obama, politics, prayer, seattle
Saturday, December 17, 2011 • 12:01 am
Let’s be honest: the issue of homelessness just isn’t as sexy as some of other ‘justice’ issues like the global water crisis, human trafficking, or shoes. Yes, I just went there.
The reasons for homelessness are numerous and complex but the numbers – indicating real people – are real. Very real.
- Approximately 2.3 – 3.5 million people are homeless each year in U.S. (Urban Institute)
- 12 million adults in U.S. currently are or have been homeless at some point in their lives. (National Coalition for the Homeless)
- The largest and fastest growing group of homeless folks are families with children, comprising 40% of the homeless population, mostly with single mother head of household. Average homeless family has 2.2 children. (HUD)
- 33% of homeless men are veterans. (HUD)
- 22% of single adult homeless population suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2001)
In the Seattle area alone, on any given night there are 7,980 homeless in Seattle/King County.
This is the main reason why Quest Church envisioned and funded a ministry called The Bridge Care Center and I can’t tell you how proud, encouraged, and convicted I am to be a part of this ministry. It’s the aspect of Quest that I’m most proud of this past year. What is the BCC? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , ballard, bridge care center, quest church, seattle
Thursday, March 3, 2011 • 12:01 am
One of the most common emails I get is about Q Cafe and it goes something like this:
How did you start Q Cafe?
and then it escalates into about 50 other additional questions. Q Cafe opened its doors in 2002 and during that time, there weren’t many folks to ask simply because there weren’t many who were doing these kinds of things. In the first couple years, I genuinely tried to be a good dude and attempted to answer those questions but eventually, I couldn’t sustain it. I stopped responding to most of the emails or at best, I responded with my infamous “Haiku Emails”…
Your vision is cool.
Go for it.
And indirectly, I ended up being a jerk not because I’m a jerk (or at least, I hope I’m not) but I just couldn’t answer all the emails and our other cafe staff are stretched as it is. This is why we’ve tried to pull some resources together to be of some small assistance and encouragement to folks.
I ended up videotaping a Q/A session Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , independent cafe, live music, non-profit, Q Cafe, seattle
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 • 12:01 am
Thank you so much for your partnership in the gospel.
I am so proud to be one of your pastors and to have had the honor of planting Quest Church almost 10 years ago. This past Sunday, while Pastor DeAnza was preaching a spirited message at Quest from our ongoing study through Philippians, I had the joy of visiting and preaching at the Burmese Karen Churchplant in Kent, Washington. On their behalf, I pass on their sincere greetings.
Several years ago, Quest helped plant this church and it is in part because of your prayers and generosity that allowed us to have a small part in birthing this beautiful church through our Quest Churchplanting Foundation.
This church and community did not exist 3 years ago. In fact, the majority of them are recent refugees and have entered this country in the past couple years. This past Sunday, I asked – before my sermon – how many of them had arrived to the United States in the past year and it appeared that over half of the nearly 150 people raised their hands! Many of them were living in refugee camps…and how amazing it must be that a church community was here to be their fellowship and support.
But for a second, I want to encourage you to think Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , burma, churchplant, karen, quest church, refugee, seattle
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 • 12:01 am
As you know, I’m a fan of music. In some ways, it’s hard to come across people that don’t like music. And while I wish I had more time to enjoy and invest, I very much love being a small-time music promoter in Seattle through Q Cafe. This past year, we’ve had another super year at the Q and look forward to another exciting year in 2011.
While we all have our list of big time favorite bands or artists,
who are some of your “not yet really discovered” musicians?
Here’s my two contributions for “not yet discovered” musicians. Check them out and thank me later. And make sure you share your contributions… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , feats in inches, josh garrels, music, seattle
Thursday, November 11, 2010 • 12:01 am
When was the last time you attended a huge “crusade?
I’ve been to a couple including one that attracted about 700,000 people in South Korea. They said it was 700,000 people but then again, I’m not really sure how you confirm that sort of attendance. While I’ve never attended a Billy Graham crusade (which I regret since he’s such an iconic figure), I once attended a Greg Laurie Harvest.
Speaking of Greg Laurie (a megachurch pastor and evangelist), he was in Seattle this past weekend for the “Seattle Harvest” whatchamagacallit in Key Arena – former home of the Seattle Sonics. From their recent press release:
Seattle is the most technologically wired city in America, and although its residents are “connected,” Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , crusades, greg laurie, harvest, religion, seattle
Saturday, October 9, 2010 • 8:06 pm
Today’s Seattle Times paper had an article about the practice of Yoga and 1) its growth in popularity and b) the push-back from some Christian leaders that believe Yoga is ‘demonic.’ Now, let me first say that I’ve never practiced Yoga but know of several folks that regularly do Yoga.
Let me also say that I’m not writing this as a back-handed slap against the two pastors/leaders that are prominently featured on the article: Mark Driscoll [Mars Hill] and Al Mohler [President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary]. I share this because pushback comes up in the form of:
“Eugene, why are you such a jerk? Why can’t you first contact “them” to work stuff out with them rather than writing about it on your blog?”
Umm, nothing to work out. I’m just responding to public leaders and their comments on a public medium.
But back to the topic at hand. The simple question I pose to you:
Is ‘yoga’ demonic?
Here are some of my vomitaceous thoughts: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , al mohler, demonic, mark driscoll, seattle, seattle times, yoga
Friday, June 4, 2010 • 12:02 am
I dig music. And wished I had more time to enjoy it. Regardless, I’m very excited about the first ODW compilation album we’re releasing later this month (and then a LIVE CD album for Q Cafe early next year).
I’m very encouraged by how the ODW compilation came together and how artists are beginning to partner with ODW as part of our “artists for a cause.” One example is Rocky Votolato who is donating 10% of the royalties of his new album, True Devotion, to the movement of ODW. Check out this video and song he created for us: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , albums, CDs, music, One Day's Wages, rocky votolato, seattle