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January 2004 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

More on Megachurch

Thanks for all your comments on “Willow Creek and postmodern worship”, and for your honesty. it is obvious that there is real tension between large church structures and the emerging organic structures of church. It was helpful to let those feelings to the surface, as well as to land on a place where we can…

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Defining the Emerging Church

ORIGINAL POST:This has been killing me all week. A well known magazine in England is asking me for a definition of Emerging Church. And I am really struggling with it. I have tried to avoid it in the past, since I (also) tend to snobbery and elitism, and dont want to exclude some of the…

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Churchless Faith

Its grey and cold and i am sitting on Oxford Street, London, doing some WIFI before descending back to the Tube. Thanks for your comments on Mega church – much apprecitated. You are very kind. i am off to an Emergent event with Alan Jamieson, author of A Churchless Faith. Tell you about it later.…

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vj software or video editing?

J. wants to know about VJ programs vs. video editing for his youth pastor. Hi J. your youth pastor wants ambient video wallpaper that does not distract from his message, or from whatever else is going on, but rather adds a vital and prophetic layer to it. He also wants to layer his words or…

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Cafe church

Mark from Germany asks about running a cafe church (coffee shop church for Americans). Hi Mark. Yes, I know lots of café churches and have even been involved in starting them, or pastoring them. My first one was in 1989, in Portland Oregon.

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Willow Creek and postmodern worship

Mega church. There. I said it. Now you can hit me. I need to write a seperate blog entry because some of you want to clobber me regarding mega church and i would rather you did it here, in the comments section. some of the mega church people may also want a few swings. As…

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saturday, in the park

. . i think it is the 24th of january saturday, in the park, a park next to an internet cafe people typing people blogging a man aggregating . . .

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Emerging Gen pastor needed.

Big church in California called Eagle Rock has a paid position open for Emerging Generation pastor. Tom Hughes needs your application before Jan 31. Ask me for details.

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Dylan Greene on RSS

Dylan Greene’s 10 reasons on why RSS is not ready for prime time are interesting but I still believe that RSS is the way the browsing experience is moving. Away from surfing and towards sucking in the headlines. Besides that, it just feels good to have your RSS Feeder suck in info from all your…

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Small world

I am writing this from the offices of blogger Si Johnston and friends at Oasis, the people that run the church.co.uk site and the Headspace alternative worship service on Sunday nights. This is the church building where Emergent had an event with Brian MacLaren a few months ago and i got to meet some of…

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blogging and emerging church

Simonas (from Lithuania) left a thought provoking question on my comments a few days ago: “the idea of the emerging church is very interesting and intriguing. i’d definitely like to find out (and, mind you, experience) the concept. another thing i wanted to ask – why people blog, especially those, who are in this church…

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When VJs become VJs

Thanks BigLoose for the link to this article. I am blogging this so that i dont lose it. I want to read it later. The article is Life as an Artificial Lifeform: When VJs become VJs and VideoPerformanceArtists become VideoLiveActs

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freedom and grid

I am still thinking about the idea of Grid, and the fact that creativity flourishes in constraint. The word of the day from ourdailyblog.com is “IF YOU wish to make progress in virtue, live in the fear of the Lord, do not look for too much freedom, discipline your senses, and shun inane silliness.” Thomas…

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cant keep people happy

its not easy to please everyone, and i often find myself in the position of not being understood or appreciated by certain segments of the church. many of you are in the same position. the first group that doesnt understand us much is the traditional church. they feel comfortable in their diagnosis that we are…

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the secret of my other sites

hey – sorry about the password protection issue yesterday. my blog editing software send the photo to one of my password protected blogs and was trying to link to it. all fixed now. so why do i have other sites that are protected? well, as you may know, i have been working on a writing…

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the man with the natural mohawk

Marc is writing up a good summary of what we all did in Norway last week, but he may not be telling you Manfred’s story. Manfred, (left in picture) is from Sweden and we have met a few times. We shared a room the first night. Manfred has a rare and fascinating hair disease which…

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Back in the Blog-groove

Well, i am back in london, as you might have guessed. i took 2 days to hang with the family to make up for my absence in norway. we went into london and celebrated hannah’s 6th birthday party. yesterday we spent time with maggie blick and co. from australia, and then hooked up with joel…

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Erling the veteran blogger

Meet Erling Thu (link to his main blog). He is 61 years old and has been blogging for 18 months. His wife started last month. He rocks and he was at the conference. i like this guy. There were a lot of grey haired leaders in norway, all of them very cool, but Erling seemed…

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G-Force 2.5.3

G-Force 2.5.3 released yesterday. a fantastic visualizer that i have used since 2000. Download it and have some fun. i used to teach my conferences by dropping images and texts into this free program.

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Does Kerstin look like Pee Wee?

Big question for me right now is this, and it is a really important issue: Does Kerstin Hack, who blogs at Berlin Rocks and is sitting at our table right now, look like Pee Wee Herman or not? She certainly acts like Pee Wee. 2 nights ago we went into Bergen and she jumped up…

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