Thursday, January 03, 2008

we've moved

http://neo-paganchristian.blogspot.com

take a look at what's happening.

http://neo-paganchristian.blogspot.com

Thanks,

Tom

Friday, February 23, 2007

http://portlandcohort.blogspot.com/

http://portlandcohort.blogspot.com

check it out!

Friday, January 26, 2007

an emerging- emergent group

For all those who were disappointed by my calling the meetings quits, something new is appearing on the horizon...

Some folks in Portland would like to start up the meeting again, sketchy details are coming in slowly...

They are going to try to meet the last Fridays at 7:30pm
starting in Febuary at
Common Grounds Coffee House
4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215-3162

Keep your ears to the ground for more.

Friday, December 22, 2006

No more monthly meetings

I've made a decision to cancel the monthly first Thursday meetings. I think it was a good idea and I met a few interesting folks, but I don't have the energy to make it what I'd like it to be.

I'll keep the blog going and comments are always welcome.

I've connected with a few folks in the Portland area that are discussing there experiences on the "emerging edge" of Christian faith. This was my original intent in starting this blog. To find a few friends that are wanting to explore this whole "emergent" idea. I've done that.

Some of the folks I've met recently are involved in "enterbeing" in Portland ( www.enterbeing.org ). This is an intriguing place for me, yet it is personally controversial. The controversy for me is this idea of creating a safe place for people of all faiths to gather and exchange stories and ideas. This goes against my culture of arguing with people of other faiths rather than sharing similarities. If not arguing then making significant attempts to convert them. This place is different. People of different faiths come together. I guess what the controversy for me is, is there a compromise to come together? Does this mean that each faith is equally valid?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

cut n paste from secondtimothytwo.blogspot.com

TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF VALUES:
IMA and ADH



IMA


I NCARNATIONAL An incarnational community cooperatively goes into cultures that already exist, and become like them to reach them. They believe that God is already present in these cultures and therefore, their role as missionaries is not to bring God into that group, or take that group out of the culture into a sacred space, but they help others to see how God is already working in and around them in the ordinary as well as the miraculous.
M ESSIANIC A messianic community sees God's hand in the ordinary situations of life. They are able to see and understand the prevenient grace of God at work in places that have not been reached by the church. Rather than relying on programs and services to proclaim the gospel, they are able to show the gospel lived out in their ordinary lives and in ordinary situations. People then see a spirituality that is wholistic, meaningful, and relevant to their yearnings for an almighty God that meets them where they are at and a church that meets them in the same way- where they are, as they are.
A POSTOLIC An apostolic community recognizes the responsibility that each believer has been given to play a role in the kingdom. Each member is a leader. As each member is living by the two-fold practice of LISTEN & OBEY, they are simultaneously learning how to feed themselves spiritually and be accountable and communal. They therefore, become less reliant on community for spiritual nurishment, while choosing to be involved in community out of obedience, love, accountability, friendship, worship, wisdom, and co-laborship. The apostolic community typically shares a common set of "missionary practices." These are spiritual disciplines that provide common ground for the community as well as a means for the members of the community to LISTEN & OBEY. As the members of the community gather, these lifestyle disciplines provide an informal litergy for the community, with much to share, and much reason to worship the Lord together.



ADH


A TTRACTIONAL An attractional community seeks to create a spiritually comfortable and sanctified place within a culture that can serve as the community's hub. They then attempt to invite people into this space, with the hopes of extracting them out of their old community and transplanting them into the new christian community. The focus is on providing alternative 3rd places so that people can meet new friends, and find new clubs, and new activities to be involved with during the week. This type of community is also sometimes referred to as "EXTRACTIONAL."
D UALISTIC A dualistic community sees the world as divided between the sacred and the ordinary. Although God is in both places, we are expected to encounter him more fully and deeply in the sacred spaces than in the ordinary. This is because sacred spaces are designed for an encounter with God. Through the use of architecture, lighting, artwork, alters, cerimonies, music, etc... these spaces are also protected against unnecessary distractions or possible stumbling blocks that could hinder someone from making a connection with God or with another believer in fellowship.
H IERARCHICAL A hierarchical community is a community that is characterized by the seperation of clergy and laity. The laity entrust the work of the kingdom to the few qualified leaders, who then provide vision for the laity and the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The clergy (or staff) provide services to the laity which include: the sacred space to meet, a vision for the community's role in the Kingdom, teaching (in the form of a sunday message, and often classes offered during the week), small group coordination and management, mission trips, counciling, etc...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Donald Miller Fan

Here is a link to another interesting blog.


http://secondtimothytwo.blogspot.com/index.html

You'll find a Donald Miller reading and an interview. If your short on time I particularly like about 47 minutes into the interview. He gets to the idea of communicating in narrative rather than the rational three point sermons so many of us are familiar with.

Let me know if you all are finding interesting links?

Thanks!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Chickified...

Thanks to Missional Jerry http://becomingmissional.blogspot.com/ I found some videos with Mark Driscoll. I think Mark is the pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle. I found his videos to be confident (if not arrogant), and potentially unnecessarily pro-man or anti-"chick". What do you think? Is this a cultural backlash to the "chickification" of the church? He says in the video that most churches are designed for 30-40 something women, and that leaves many men behind. I agree with that. However, it seems his answer is to focus on young adult, innovative males. He said something like, "If you get them, you win, you get the whole package." I like the idea of being open and encouraging innovators, but I don't know about narrowing the portal demographically to only young men. That seems kind of like old school evangelical again, the the 1950's again, but this time instead of a crew cut it's a Mohawk.