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5000 Mile Emerging Church Tour

Well, its all a-go-go for our furlough in October. I really want you to track with me over the next 4 weeks - there are some people that YOU HAVE TO MEET and things to see that will blow your mind.

We leave in a few days and will be driving about 5000 miles around USA from Houston, to Austin, to Dallas, to New Mexico, to Orange County, to LA, to San Francisco, to Portland and to Seattle . . . . and some small places in between. . . . and then back again. pheeeew! I will also be flying to Nashville (Oct 24-25) and (hopefully) making it to a few events (Doxology, Emergent Gathering, Godblogcon)

But, honestly, the most important events will be small house parties that we throw and enjoy along the way in which we meet with key emerging church leaders in their own homes and eat pizza and laugh and tell stories and pray for wisdom for the future. Some of these parties will be open and you may want to email me to ask for an invitation if you suspect we are having a party in your city. (Portland will be a good one)

1n 1999, we put 25,000 miles on our Winnebago around USA. This trip will be a recap of cities where we have spent time and made friends. We have a lot of people to see and catch up with. Its been over 5 years since our family has driven this circuit and we want to reconnect with the emerging church leaders that were starting out back then, as well as meet the next crop of leaders who are planting seeds into the next season. I will be blogging the trip quite heavily and talking about the history of the emerging church - in particular its more hidden stories and key players than don't get invited to write books for MSM or speak at conferences in hotel banquet halls where people where beige dockers and polos. It should be a good month to track with me on my travels - you will meet some amazing people and I think your understanding of the emerging church will be stretched.

Deanna said
"Hey - have a great trip to the US. I don't know if you have already, but could you update on finances for your trip? Here's hoping the effects of Rita don't stop you!"

Gauge34Thanks Deanna, and others of you, for asking. Katrina nearly stopped us from coming (it seemed insensitive and untimely but we decided the time was still right) and Rita had us worried. But we are on track. Here is the FURL-O-METER right now. We had enough money come in to buy some cheap plane tickets for our whole family from Dublin to Houston. FANTASTIC! That was the biggest challenge. Someone else has offered to rent us a mini-van and that will be the wheels for our family. I am not sure about the rest of the Boaz team - they will have to figure out their ride, or hold on to the roof rack. Our biggest expense will be gas and food. We are bringing two tents and will be camping in the back yards of friends along the way, and staying with relatives.

I have started out an email list to send out at intervals during the month - please email me and ask to be put on the list if you want to be updated. Especially if you want to attend any of our pizza parties and small intimate gatherings in people's homes. The name of the list is Butterflies and Hurricanes

Question: When are these house parties?

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Mac Mags in the Bath

"give me a cup of tea early in the morning and let me read mac mags in the bath and show me an action movie with pizza on friday night with my family crashed on the floor and send me to farway places where i can camp in a canvas tent next to my wife and pour me another cup of tea while i read my bible and listen to the laughter of my kids and bask in the pleasure of God." TSK, about me.

I changed my bio on this blog from the previous version (in Dutch, which i do not speak) to something in English. I think it is getting closer to describing me.


Doxology October 7-8

Ascension
I am really excited about this and will be in Houston at the right time for the Doxology conversation. Actually, we planned our trip that way. Here is the official invitation from Shannon Hopkins:

Doxology
Drawing On Dialogue. Re~Claiming Christ
Please join us on the Opening Night - 7 October 2005, 6.00 - 10pm
And for a Day of Dialogue - Saturday 8 October 11am - 4pm
Xnihilo Gallery - 2115 Taft St, Houston, Texas, USA. 7 October - 6 November 2005
An exhibition by Rob Pepper (a London Based Artist) and an international creative team.

www.doxology.org.uk
www.dailydrawingdiary.com


Pyromaniac On Image Editing

Pj6"I've been using Paint Shop Pro for Web graphics for 10 years, so I've gotten pretty competent with it, in an amateurish sort of way. It has a lot of features that make this sort of thing easy. It takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to go from a raw .jpg of a scanned comic-book cover to the finished parody version." Pyromaniac Phillip Johnson

Fplug Pyro7-1 Emrgng-1

The blog that Phil built in June 2005 has already taken its place among the Anti-Emergent Favs such as EmergentNo and Slice of Laodicia.

Phil, in case you were wondering, is not happy about the direction of the emerging church as he sees it. Whether or not you appreciate Phil's slant on the emerging church, his blog is an excellent example of color, fonts, readability, custom images, good links and focused content.
And it proves that:

Bullet Even with 50 million blogs, you can still make a big splash with a brand new, fit and virile blog.

Bullet-1 It is worth taking one software program, even an old lame one like Paint Shop Pro, and sticking with it long enough to master it.

Bullet-2 Humor and satire can grease the way for some good conversation.

More advice: Phillip says "Copyright and trademark law do not necessarily apply to the use of images for caricature, farce, or parody" and he is probably correct, coming from a background with Moody Press.

Tskfire-1

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Blast From The Past: 'And'

1970: "The word "and" will be a often-used conjunction in the emerging church" The Emerging Church, by Bruce Larson and Ralph Osborne, 1970.

2005: Dwight Friesen has a blog named "And."

And

Wisdom:
"It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other.
The man who fears God will avoid all extremes"
Ecclesiastes 7:18

Thought: The word "and" keeps us from polarities and unhealthy extremes. It teaches us to listen, and to see with synoptic vision.

I guess I am blogging this because many of the complaints I hear go something like . .

"Emerging church people choose ___ over and against _____!

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My Daughters Done Got Baptised

UPDATE: Wow. It went really well. Sunshine and a good day. The girls all did something different at church. Elizabeth read some poems, Hannah led everyone in singing "Step by Step" by Rich Mullins. And Abigail answered questions very briefly. All did really well. After eating some food, we all went down to the water. And they all got baptised by myself and James Stockan. And yes, the water was REALLY COLD!

Here is a quick video i made this afternoon. Take a look and enjoy. QuickTime Movie (5.4 Megs)

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Emerging Church MP3s

Talking Points: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary hosted a day of talks about the Emerging Church and made them freely available. Its a good conversation. I liked Number 5 the best because they deal with some of the criticisms. Remember that this is not dealing with the house church movement nor cyberchurch or the wider emerging church but rather the emergent-type churches that hold a similar structure to the traditional but are showing a possible way forward. Link. HT: Dave's Listening Place

(MP3):
1 - Emerging Church Past Present and Future (Brian McLaren)
2 - Emerging Church A Historical Theological Professors Reflection (Mike Wittmer) (Powerpoint Slides)
3 - Emerging Church A Pastor's Reflections (Ed Dobson)
4 - Emergent Conversation: Present and Future Challenges (Brian McLaren)
5 - Emerging Church: Reflections and Questions (Steve Argue, Moderator. McLaren, Dobson, Wittmer)

[I originally called these "podcasts" but Justin says they are not - so I renamed this post.]

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