Archive for September, 2005

Did you know?

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Marko writes on his blog about the growing number of women in youth ministry. He shares that over 50% of conference attendees this year are female. A trend worth celebrating!

Professional Christianity?

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

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I think everyone who chooses to work within the church faces the temptation to confuse their faith with their profession. The place that I feel that the most in my own personal study and devotional time. It’s hard to turn off my, “I have to preach this week, I wonder if this scripture will work,” portion of my brain. My study tends to focus more on my material and less on personal conviction, and I know that in that process, I am cheating myself, but in the long term, I am cheating others too. A friend quoted me (which is always a strange thing by itself) by saying, “you cannot give what you do not have.” I believe that, but it is a continual struggle. It concerns me that sometimes I would rather read Rob Bell than the bible. I am more intrigued at times by a book of theology than the book by which all theology is based. I hope I’m not alone in this struggle to distinguish that which is necessary for me to be faithful and that which I need to do my job well. I hope to spend some more time in the coming months diving into the book rather than the latest book.

Reading today: Luke 2-3

it’s interesting reading the words of John as he calls the people to repentance.

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” “What should we do then,” the crowd asked. John answered, “the man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”

This seems to mirror for me the lifestyle that was modeled by the early church. Repentance was directly connected to economy. Following Jesus was directly connected to serving your neighbor. John doesn’t invite them into a bible study program or to serve on his traveling committee. He tells everyone to share their tunics. He tells tax collectors to stop extorting money. He tells soldiers to stop accusing people falsely. My faith and devotion to God is directly tied to my faith and devotion to my neighbor. That also reminds me of the West Wing episode where Bartlett is talking about Yom Kippur, and the day that precedes that holy day which I cannot remember right now. He says, “You cannot ask forgiveness of God until you have asked forgiveness of your neighbor.”

Another shot across the bow…

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Macworld UK – Microsoft tools up for anti-Apple music war:

Watch this show!

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Ep201_06_360x240We just finished the second season premiere of Lost thanks to the greatness of Replay TV. If you aren’t tuned into this show, you are really missing out. It was an incredible start to season two! If you watch the show, the woman who was paralyzed… that’s Jack’s eventual fiance right? If you are thinking about getting plugged in, I highly recommend picking up season one on DVD to catch up. It’s one of those shows that you have to keep up with. But wow, it is well worth the effort!

Update: The series synopsis says that it is the same Sarah that Jack eventually marries.

Maintenance…

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

I am continuing the maintenance on The Bucket in order to simplify a bit. You will notice that I have added a link to my links on del.icio.us. This is a collection of all the resources that are still listed below. I am also cleaning up the “other voices” section. Deleting some… adding a few… so that it is reflective of people I actually read. Not just names to impress you.

Update: I have finished working through the voices section, dividing into two sections, local and other. I will also try to move those into del.icio.us as well.

What is alternative worship?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Sue Wallace: An A to Z of Alternative Worship

Steve Taylor: An A to Z of Alternative Worship

A new look…

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

For a weblog dedicated to the pursuit of endless possibility… black just seemed too depressing. Hope everyone likes The Bucket’s new style.

It’s everywhere…

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

The emerging Church in the AG

Greg Powell was recently involved in a conversation with other Assembly of God leaders regarding the emerging church. I find it so fascinating how broad and wide the emerging church discussion has become, and how similar our thoughts are in spite of our wide geographic disparity. Greg’s thoughts are challenging and for many it is difficult to hear. I’ve said it before, but I think one of the most difficult barriers for the church in responding to the emerging church conversation is having to acknowledging that mainline denominations have slipped two generations behind culture. Much of what Greg brings to the table isn’t a response to 1950’s protestantism, but rather it responds to many of the megachurch models that mainline denominations are still trying to catch up too! 101, 201, 301, 401… I am in total harmony with his statement there, but that is directed squarely at what many church leaders see as the new model, Saddleback.

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Just for Fun…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

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Thanks Mark!

Dell’s next attempt…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Dell takes a shot at the IPOD empire.

Good luck!