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Church video meets white people dancing. Interesting mashup. Wait for the 1 minute mark for sure.

There’s so many good church videos out there.  This one has got to be on the top of the list. Nice find jackalopekid and @freakyboocho.

Happy Monday. 🙂

If you are wondering how to help with the Nashville flood, there is a great church in Nashville that many of my friends attend that is working desperately to help.

The church has set up a fund which you can donate at here (select “Flood Fund”).  Money will go towards:

  • Helping people repair their homes
  • Purchasing equipment to assist with the relief efforts
  • Purchasing supplies such as water and food (all but one water treatment plant has been shut down!)
  • To feed people

Hundreds have been left with nothing.  Please pray and help if you can.

nashville-flood-1Moving building

nashville-flood-2Sinking Car

nashville-flood-3Man in East Nashville, walking out to his car

nashville-flood-4Downtown Nashville. Unreal.

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Tanker flipped on its side against some trees.

I read that if the accumulation had been snow instead of rain, it would have been the equivalent of 13 feet of snow in Nashville.  Crazy.  I hope you can join the relief effort.

The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, 05-04-10 from Ed Stetzer on Vimeo.

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The following post is written by two people.  The first, is my fiance.  I love her a lot. The second is written by Aunt Susan. I love her a lot too.

Back at the start of this blog, I wrote a post called “Oh The Mega Church”.  As I re-read this post less than a year and a half later, I am slightly embarrassed.  I’ve wanted to remove it for quite some time, but the point of this blog is to journey together, and to see progress.  This includes the places I’m right and the places I’m wrong.  God has restored a lot of things in my life and part of that is my view of church, and even the mega church.  Through frequently listening to mega church leaders like Andy Stanley, Rob Bell, Francis Chan, Tim Keller, Craig Groeschel, Bill Hybels, Pete Wilson, etc. and seeing a lot of positive change come from these mega churches, my views are much different.  Most of my favorite thinkers and practioners in the church today…are at mega churches.

Is it the flavor of church for me? Nope. But that doesn’t mean I need to be a hater either.

Here is Sarah’s introduction to my aunt’s post: Continue Reading…

rules-for-pastors

Be vulnerable and honest and personal, but not too personal because this isn’t a therapy session and we need lots of Bible but not too much because it has to relate to what’s happening in our lives and in the world today but it can’t be political and it has to be challenging and deep and significant and at the same time easy for everybody to understand and it has to be funny but not too funny because you’re not a comedian you’re a pastor and while you’re at it mix it up and try new things and don’t get it in a rut but make sure to be consistent and talk about your own struggles, but not too much because that’s depressing.  And we love stories about your family.  But not too many.  That can be weird.  Just be vulnerable and honest and…

Woah.

I must say this quote hit me pretty good. I think I place too many expectations on any given pastor. For some of us who have been in church for a long time, it’s hard not to compare preachers to others or analyze what we would have done or said differently.  I think this is especially true in an age where we have access to all the top preachers on the planet at the tips of our fingers.  Sometimes our expectations of preachers get a little bit ridiculous. Continue Reading…

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My Favorite Easter Ad for 2010. 🙂

Forgive the Church????

February 2, 2010 — 3 Comments

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Here is a quote that Pete posted for all of us who have been hurt by the church from Henry Nouwen:

“When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, “I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,” we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too.

The challenge is to forgive the Church.

This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness.

It is important to think about the Church not as “over there” but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.”

Thoughts?

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What is one of the biggest problems facing the emerging church today?  The likely answer is that there are not many practical communities that are facilitating a truly missional community on a local level.  You read through a book and realize that there are a lot of things of Jesus missing from 95% of the churches out there and it bothers you.  You try to deal with ridiculous teachings and the all around weirdness at these places, but at the end of the day, you just don’t feel comfortable bringing your friends.  Some of the leaders in the video above, however, are creating communities all over the country that are telling of God’s love and his message of redemption for all of Creation.  Steve Knight, my friend who I met in D.C., has started a Ning Community and network where people have begun to share resources, thoughts, videos, songs, and connect all sorts of people who are trying to be justice oriented and help those in need.  It is truly an honor to be a part of.  I have invites for others who would be interested in joining.  Email, text, call (or get a hold of me however you get a hold of people these days) and I will be sure to explain more details about how this network could really change the typical, fundamentalist message to being more focused on the things of Jesus of Nazareth.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the video which asks questions like, “What does a missional church look like today?”.  What do you like from the video? What do you disagree with? This video is also helpful if you are just interested in exploring progressive, Evangelical Christianity.  It’s good stuff.  God is working and so are his people.

Well if Jesus started a church in our town, what would it look like?

A casual community where people could come as they are.

We don’t use a whole lot of church language.

Active loving relationship with the world around us.

Authentic. Real.

Organic.

An open conversation where you can share your struggles.

I can sit across the table from someone I completely disagree with and still allow them to sit at the same table and say, ‘I love you, still’.

Working together.

This world needs to be brought back to what was intended and that is loving, healthy, whole people that are reconciled to God and to one another.

I’m part of that story (referring to the story of God).

It will be a journey that will wreck you and save you at the same time.

Community is about surrounding ourselves with people who look like the person we want to become.

The most important thing is to have a place where people can come together and hear the Gospel and that you can do that without a lot of hullabaloo around it and it actually ends up really mattering.

Just love people.

Be steered by the people that God brings to you (allow change).

A season of listening was really critical.

Deep passion for justice and for beauty and for truth.  Community is a place to do those things together.

Inform each other of what is happening.

Question everything. Does that actually serve what we are trying to do?

Where did that theology base come from?

Being missional is having an outward focus. How would Jesus welcome them?

It’s okay to fail.

Develop a disciplined life of prayer.

‘Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants to do the dishes.’

transFORM – I like that name –  It’s what we’re trying to be and do.