I’ve gone to Copenhagen, land of the Danes who are famous for their humor. Wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen, friendly old girl of a town, as Danny Kaye once put it so . . . HANS-somely . .. thank you very much. I”ll be here ’til Friday . . try the veal! And why not let good ol’ Danny lay down some audio carpet to help you enter into the spirit of this blog post? Here we go . .
Its a “Strategic Conference” with 60 church planters from Scandinavia and Latvia which means if i tell you then i have to kill you . . . you know . .. . I’m looking forward to seeing some friends who I hope will be there. – Birger Nygaard? Erling the Norwegian apostle-poet of “I Am Somebody” fame? If I miss anyone this week, I will be back in Copenhagen next January with the DAWN team and Alan Hirsch.
A few of the participants are emailing me already. One from Sweden has a blog but doesn’t want anyone to see it yet. He says I will be his first visitor. LOVE THOSE BLOG VIRGINS!!!!!
Now to tone things down a little and talk about my buddies on the DAWN Europe Team, a few of whom might be blogging the event:
Marc van der Woude (tallest blogger in the Netherlands),
Reinhold Scharnowski (our fearless leader from Switzerland)
Andreas Wolf (research geek from Germany)
Its very possible . . and I am leaking some information out here . . that DAWN Europe is about to become part of something called the Western European Network (or WEN), which is better than Western European Team (WET) .. . thank you there in the front. So we will discuss new website and appropriate T-shirts during the week, as well as our big Eurochurch conference in Switzerland, April 17-19.
Viggo Mortensen [this Viggo Mortensen and not ] is one of my very favourite Danish missiologists. I have never met him but he teaches up at the University of Aarhus . . . [and as they say where I come from, Aarhus is a very very very fine hus .. . thank you . . . try the peach melba for dessert].
Sounds like Danny is fading away so lets do a little music transition, shall we. Here we go.
Ahhh . . thats better! Come on . . sing along if you like. Or just go back to your dinner.
Now Viggo’s article “What is Happening to Global Christianity?” [PDF] is a good Danish read to get your mind in gear before the conference.
Hey . . see you all at the coffee urn. Thank you very much. You’ve been very kind. Try the danishes . . I hear they’re very fresh and cheesy! ahhh hahh . . thank you Denmark! See you again January 10th, 2007. Now lets get our voices behind the song. come on . . . the chorus is coming up . . help me out now .. .