Oct 2 2005

Riding tall bikes for Christ

MPR did a story on the Scallywags (the tall bike people)! All the Scallywags I’ve met are amazing people with astounding stories of how God has changed their lives. Very cool stuff. Check it out.

If you’ve ever seen a member of the Minneapolis Scallywags Bike Club pedaling down the street, you’ll probably never forget the image. They ride tall bikes — made from bicycle frames stacked and welded together. The Scallywags ride to bring attention to their faith in Christ.

Riding tall bikes for Christ


Sep 16 2005

Overheard in New York

God Squad man: God loves each and everyone of you! The Bible says–
Woman #1: The Bible says its 8AM.
Woman #2: Yeah, sit down and shut up.

–L train

Overheard in New York

See also: Overheard in the Office


Sep 1 2005

Study on the American Emerging Church

I met Aaron Flores when I was in Lynchburg presenting at the Internet Evangelism conference. He’s a sharp young guy that has somewhat of a ministry to vloggers (via his vlog) and pastors a church in California. His graduate research was a study on the emerging church.

AN EXPLORATION OF THE EMERGING CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES: THE MISSIOLOGICAL INTENT AND POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE [PDF]

He has some additional notes on his post.

ABSTRACT
As churches in the United States navigate the culture of the 21st Century they are increasingly inquisitive of their own identity in a postmodern context. Through what is known as the “emerging church,� the significance of existing as a new kind of church in a postmodern reality has surfaced. This study focused on an exploration of the features of the emerging church in the United States, particularly its values, characteristics, and mindset, and in order to develop a comprehension of its missiological intent in relation to culture, the related literature concentrated on comprehending the following concerns: Is there a definition for the emerging church; are there similarities and contrasts regarding the values, characteristics, and mindset in the emerging church; how does the emerging church express its ecclesial identity and missiological intent in relation to culture; and what are the conclusions and implications for the future? The research methodology sought to comprehend how the emerging church in the United States exemplified values, mission, and descriptives.


Aug 8 2005

Christianitees

This site linked to the GodPod so I went to see what a Christian clothing blog looks like… it looks like Kubrick 😉

Honestly though, I’m conflicted here. I normally try to stay away from Christian clothing, finding most of it cliche, poorly designed, or worst of all – copying some current trend… like the iPod ads. Apparently clothing designers who server the author of creativity… don’t have much? That’s not say there aren’t some well designed Christian T-shirts.

I own a Love shirt – it’s simple, direct and not cheesy IMHO. I’m not sure wearing it does anything, but I like it. I also own a shirt that says “Loser” on the front and has John 12:15 on the back. I purchased it to support an urban ministry that teaches youth business skills. I wear it from time to time and get more response from Christians than non Christians.

Am I a hypocrite? A discerning wearer? Too critical? I don’t know, but some of those T-shirts send a chill down my spine (in a bad way)…

Believers’ wear christian clothing blog

World Magazine Blog Discussion on the topic: Selling the gospel

Update: This is the 666th post on my blog. Eeerie! ;-|


May 24 2005

What is the Gospel?

Humanly speaking, it is possible to understand the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. But Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience – not intrepreting or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his words. He does not mean for us to discuss it as an ideal. He really means for us to get on with it.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dan preached a great message calling bluer to act on our beliefs. It was convicting (I’ve passed my share of homeless while rushing to church).

Give it a listen: Dan Lukas- What is the Gospel?


May 3 2005

I am Jack’s seething rant

Read this: Bold Truth Tour uses marketing, Bible teachings, then read on…

First off, I realize not everyone is Billy Graham, but charging $12 for an evangelistic crusade is just ludicrous IMHO. A Chrisitian could buy themselves and a friend a ticket (crusades work best when a Christian brings a non-Christian friend), but what if a seeker who wanders up to the door, curious, and wants in? Would they be turned away if they won’t/can’t pay? What would Jesus have to say about that? I have to take serious issue with charging people to hear the Gospel. God’s love was a free gift to us, what right do we have to charge others to hear about it?

Second, they’ve got an altar call checklist. Read that again. It’s an altar call checklist. Once all the boxes are checked, you’re a Christian! The boiling down of the salvation experience to a checklist has got to be one the most serious issues I take with modern ‘decision’ based ministries. Following God in the way of Jesus (aka, being a Christian) is not a checklist, it’s not a decision, it’s not a single event, it’s a way of life. Period. Telling people anything else is irresponsible.

The Bible passage, which says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord,” — combined with a step-by-step altar call checklist provided by the McDowell ministry — increased her confidence.

Third, what is up with this quote?

Rapid City youth pastors, like Luke Baker of South Canyon Baptist Church and Nick Ewing of Rimrock Free, are “drooling” over the evangelism opportunities that the rally will provide to local churches, Altstiel said.

“Drooling” over the evangelism opportunities? Did they seriously say that when they knew the article would be in the local paper?! I hope they were misquoted, or that is waaay out of context.

Ugh. Rant over. You may flame below, but please be civil.

PS- if you don’t get the title, watch Fight Club.