Why Earth Day Texas is the new SXSW for Baptists

 I recently visited Texas and met with some of the key leaders of the Texas Baptists. I was encouraged to see some necessary transitions and changes but was quite shocked to see the presence of styrofoam cups at the coffee machine in the main HQ. I believe EDTx is the new SXSW for Texas Baptists…

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Shall we blog again?

As you know, I shut down this blog nearly 2 years ago and yet I am still getting comments and emails on issues that appear to be relevant regarding HPV jabs, Emergent Village meltdown, the state of the global emerging church despite having moved on from the name, etc If I restarted this blog, right…

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New Blog at tallskinnykiwi.com

Thanks everyone for reading my old blog and walking with me for so long. It was an awsome and rewarding season. Come over to my new blog HQ at tallskinnykiwi.com and watch it grow into something. And please let me know where you are so I can follow your blogs also.

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Ten Years: WordPress and me

Have I really not blogged for a month . . . . . OOOPPPSSSS!!! Sorry everyone. I have been so busy building blogs for others that this blog has gone by the wayside. Actually, I intend to STOP this particular blog in a week’s time, June 3, in fact. Tallskinnykiwi has been existing for ten…

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5 Events at Kirchentag you dont wanna miss

Kirchentag Festival is off with a bang. Not sure how many people came out last night for the Opening Ceremony but estimates have been as high as 300,000. Who knows? Counting church people is a tricky affair, as I have blogged about before, so I will leave it to the experts. Here are my Best…

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In Los Angeles to see blood

  This Sunday I will be at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles to see my friend Kevin do a live art installation based on the Book of Judges. He tells me there will be blood. I told him I will bring my diving mask. It all happens at 3pm at Studio 624. If…

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Enough for All – My Bible Study

If you are in Germany then you might be joining the 100,000+ people in Hamburg for Kirchentag 2013 (Church Day) on May 1-5. If you make it to my session, please say hello afterwards. The Kirchentag folk do an absolutely incredible job of organizing and hosting a massive scale festival  – the best organized I have…

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Rick Warren sets up memorial fund

I have been thinking of Rick Warren all week. A dreadful loss. Praying peace on the family after the tragic suicide of their son Matthew. Rick Warren just set up the Matthew Warren Memorial Fund for Mental Illness. I hope the fund does well in raising awareness of this issue that affects so many, including…

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Thoughts on Pope Francis

GREAT to hear waves of excitement over the new Pope. I am also excited about the appointment of Pope Francis, because . . . – he is from South America. – he is a humble man, riding the bus to work and refusing ecclesiastic titles.  – he has a heart for the poor. – he…

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12 Resources for Christian Generosity

My friend Sas Conradie from the Global Generosity Movement has just released 12 Resources for Christian Generosity: E.G. “Jay” Link’s latest book ‘Who’s In Charge Here?’ is now available. The pdf and Kindle versions of the book are free – just go to this webpage.   The Money Revolution is a website linked to a book that helps…

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Can I bleed on your carpet?

A great mystic and dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago. He was not feeling well and laid down on his wife’s lap. He didn’t get up. Steve Malakowsky, or Steve M as most people knew him, was a poet, mystic, a Jeremiah-type prophet, a father and a builder. He was an…

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Mermaids

We are in Lower Hutt at an Anglican community. Our truck is parked outside and we are listening to Nic Cave’s new record Push The Sky Away as it spins around on Josh’s 1957 Astor. Nice album. Reminds me of Jonny Cash, gospel, blues and Proverbs, especially those struggles around relationships and temptations of Mermaids.…

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5 things I am learning about social justice

PassionFest is going well. About 350-400 people here for this Christian based social justice festival. I spoke last night on 5 things I have learned and am learning about social justice. For those of you ask me to blog it, here they are. 1. We won’t solve the problems of our city by loving the…

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Wedding Day

Today is the big day for our family. Our Number One son Sam marries Jenna White. All very exciting. Lots of airport pickups. I got to bed at 3am last night. In a few hours we host the wedding ceremony. The pig is already on the spit. Yes, we are taking lots of photos and…

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If I was Pope

Wishing Pope Benedict XVI a smooth transition into his next phase of life as simply Joseph Ratzinger. What a surprise!! I was thinking of running for Pope. Change is good. I have been a Baptist, an Anglican, and a Presbyterian, but never a Catholic. And besides that, the Catholics have the coolest church buildings, especially…

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Remembering Richard Twiss

My friend Richard Twiss just passed away from a massive heart attack. He was a great man, activist, thinker, a pioneer and spokesperson for First Nations people in general and Native Americans in particular. Cody L. has some good thoughts and links.  I first met Richard 24 years ago in Vancouver, Washington when I was…

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Wilf and Jan and 50 years of marriage

Wilf and Jan Wright have been married 50 years. They invited us to their wedding anniversay and we had a hoot. Their photographer forgot his camera but I had mine – yes someone donated a camera to replace my old Panasonic which was stolen by Christians in Egypt (another story) and I now have an…

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Living Lighter

We just finished volunteering at the Organic River Festival. It’s an amazing thing to set up a village out of nothing, share a great experience with a lot of people, and then pack it all down again.  Highlights were hanging out with young people from Germany and France (WOOFers) who were the main volunteer force,…

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Tapu Te Ranga with Bruce Stewart

“I got out of jail with $25 and a dream”, Bruce Steward, Stuff At the invitation of Bruce Stewart  we are parked up at the amazing urban Marae Tapu te Ranga, a creation of Bruce and friends who built it out of recycled materials in the 1970’s. This “living marae”, which can accommodate 300 people, sits on 24…

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Egypt: 2 Years Later

So it’s 2 years after the historic Protest at Tahrir Square and things are still really really dodgy in Egypt. Some great stories, but much suffering and hardship. As you probably know, we went to Cairo in 2011 during a very difficult patch for the church and were there to witness the historic all night prayer…

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