Yearly Archives: 2008

Out of the depths….

…I arise from a long slumber and make communication with the world again. With an iPhone. This little gadget is handy and I see the value of having my phone/iPod/organizer/etc all in one. Us canadians have had to wait for the iphone for a year. Anyways… I hope to emerge with some thoughts soon. If...

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Uploaded Vacation Pics

OK, I know I have been blog silent for some time…I still feel like I have little to say. But I thought I’d point you to the complete flickr set of all our vacation photos.

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Rome Day 3 – Colosseum, Palentine Hill, & The Forum

Yesterday we spent the day being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum. This architectural masterpiece is nothing less than amazing and even it’s ruined state did well to inform us of just how vast and large the Roman Empire was. We learned that not many (if any) Christians died there; they were executed...

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Rome Day 2 – The Vatican

On our second day in Rome we visited the Vatican. The ornate texture of the place is grand in it’s vastness and caused sensory overload. The art work contained therein can vault one back in time to feel like a part of the history that produced it. As I said yesterday, pictures hardly do this...

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Day One in Rome

Here we are! Freshly jet-lagged as a result 15 hours of flying, we managed to meander into the city for some pizza at the oldest pizzaria in Rome. After dinner we wandered through the Quirinal area that is host to the magnificent Trevi Fountain. I can’t begin to tell you how surreal the intersection of...

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Different Types of Ecclesiology

I am still in no place to blog thoughtfully….still nothing meaningful to say. But I will link to other [more] thoughtful bloggers to give you something for stopping by this site. Halden posted a great description of different types of ecclesiology….. “This is intended solely as a descriptive, handout-style breakdown of different sorts of ecclesiology...

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Off to Europe…

Well, it is two weeks and counting till the wife and I (that’s right, no kids) head off to Europe for a cruise. We will be in Rome for four days, then board a Regent Cruise ship for six nights, touring the Mediterranean to such places as Pompeii, Naxos, Ephesus, and Santorini. Here is the...

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Lamenting Death in the OT

Our church is making its way through a long series on the story of scripture. We are after the meta-narrative and desire to see people embedded into the scriptures in a way that will drastically form identity and purpose. It is a good journey. Over the last couple of weeks we have been in the...

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the Story of Stuff

If you haven’t seen this, please go and see this. this will make you think more about stuff. It flows nicely out of the last post on consumerism. .

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Eugene Peterson on Consumerism

From Eugene Peterson’s, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places… “In our present culture all of us find that we are studied, named, and treated as functions and things. “Consumer” is the catch-all term for the way we are viewed. From an early age we are looked upon as individuals who can buy or perform or...

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Easter Beautiful

I was trying to explain Easter to my 3 year old daughter today and when I asked her what was significant about Easter Sunday, she said: “Jesus died on the cross for us.” “Ok, Anna, that was on Friday and that is true, but what about today, Sunday?. “Um, um…” “Today, Anna”, I said, “is...

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Peace

Out of blogging silence I could not resist posting the following guest-article about peace by Scott Stephens, found at Ben Meyer’s blog today. It is nothing short of prophetic and quite nicely pulls back the veneer that hides the fallacy of a worldly understanding of peace that is in conflict with the essence of the...

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Changing times and the blog

I wrote this post a few days ago when I was in Austin Texas on business enjoying the benefit of the warm Texas sun and the hospitality of the people. Today I want to chat about the changing times I am going through and how that relates to the blog. In the midst of intermittent...

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Len on Vanier on community…

When we left the traditional church setting in the fall of 2000, one of our complaints was that community only happened around task. In retrospect, it seems both true and natural. Community is a by product of something else, and when it is an end in itself it tends to implode. It becomes incestuous. Communities...

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If you haven’t read Brant yet…do so now…

…because his last post about Church in the first century is worthy of praise.

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