Resources and Tips for Becoming Green and Protecting OUR Environment

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I am continually challenged to be more frugal with the way I live my life, expend resources, and how my choices affect others (often people I don’t know and will never meet). When we talk about “saving the planet,” being “environmentally friendly,” or “creation care,” it’s easy to see people take sides instantly. I am not quite sure why this is, why would we argue about reasons not to care for the world, and in the process care for other people, or on the other side why would be argue about the specific of how to go about being “green” with people who are already trying to do what they can? Continue reading Resources and Tips for Becoming Green and Protecting OUR Environment

Maundy Thursday (House) Worship/Prayer Service

A few days ago Emily and I had the idea to invite some friends over to hang out Thursday, tonight, to kick off Emily’s spring break (she rarely stays up past 9pm on a school night). Then I thought that because it was Maundy Thursday it would be great to do a little service with our friends, some of whom I rarely have an opportunity to worship with. I really enjoyed our time together this evening and wanted to share a little of what we did this evening and why we did it. You can also download our service at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in seeing what we did. Continue reading Maundy Thursday (House) Worship/Prayer Service

DVDevos – Video Devotionals for Visual Christians

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This week I wanted to highlight the ministry of two Evangelical Friends and some of the cool things they’re doing.

Matt Taflan and Shawn Belt, both from Ohio, have joined together in Florida to make short video devotionals they are calling DVDevos. They see this as an opportunity to bring together creativity and Christian faith, for the use of discipling others in biblical truths. I personally think it’s a real interesting project and something I’d hope succeeds. I see the project especially helpful for youth ministries (though not limited to that sphere) where teens look for something a little more media-driven, but I also think it will inspire more young people to combine their faith and creativity and get involved in the arts. Continue reading DVDevos – Video Devotionals for Visual Christians

Book Review on Brian McLaren's "The Secret Message of Jesus"

This is a guest post, reprinted with permission, Review and rant by Jarrod McKenna.

What’s emerging out of the “emerging church movement”?

Ever wonder what will emerge out of the ‘emerging church movement’? Watching from the very different context of Australia it’s interesting to observe some of the heat Brian McLaren’s new book “The Secret Message of Jesus” is receiving on the very different (and sometimes bizarre and disturbing) landscape of American Christianity. While the title sounds like might be flaky text you’d find in a New Age book store along side crystals and tacky objects exploiting aspects of indigenous cultures, it is in fact one of the best pop communications of some of the most exciting biblical scholarship around. Continue reading Book Review on Brian McLaren's "The Secret Message of Jesus"

Book Review: How (Not) To Speak of God – Peter Rollins with Special Offer

 Nstore Images Nineinch HownottospeakPeter Rollins founder of the Ikon Community , an emerging church in Ireland, has recently penned “How (Not) to Speak of God” (Peter Rollins).” It is a book that will be important for every church to wrestle with. Rollins writes as one who is both theologian/philosopher (he has a Ph.D. in Postmodern theory) and a practitioner. He is deeply involved in a church community that considers itself “iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing.”

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Customized Emerging Church Google Search Engine

Picture 1-3 I spent a couple hours this morning creating a customized emerging church search engine using Google’s new Co-op feature. I’ve added tons and tons of websites and blogs that deal with emerging church issues. My sources for this list came from Scot McKnight, Ryan Bolger, The Daily Scribe, Andrew Jones, Jordon Cooper, Adam Cleaveland and Steve Taylor. This is a working project and I will be tweaking it as I receive feedback and what-not. I am sorry if I missed anyone, you can contact me if you’d like to be added. Continue reading Customized Emerging Church Google Search Engine

Setting Up Delicious for Researching The Web

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One of my favorite free, online tools is the social bookmarking website known as delicious (see my del.icio.us). Because I read a lot of blogs, and visit websites all the time I need a way to remember which ones were really good, which ones offer great critiques about such and such, and which sites I’d like to go back and study more closely later.

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