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September 2008 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

Ed Stetzer on the Emerging Church

Dr Stetzer has an outstanding paper on the American emerging church just released on The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry [Download PDF]. Well researched and worth the read. There are not many examples of Baptist emerging movements but it is still a superb effort and reflects some of the diversity of the conversation. A…

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Tahoe

Debbie and I are in Tahoe, Nevada (Incline Village to be exact) with about 30 people who are doing various forms of missional work, art or social enterprise. Most are working in USA but there are others here doing incredible things in Nepal, Uganda, and even a snowboarding ministry in New Zealand. We are staying…

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Francis DuBose on “Missional” Video

A few months ago, I was a participator in a 50-blogger synchroblog on the word “missional” – a word that is now in common usage to describe the church’s role as sent into the world. The word was coined in the 20th Century by Dr Francis DuDose. I used to direct the Page Street Center…

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Be a spring, not a well

Diva Marketing Blog liked my session at Blog World Expo and the idea of blogs being springs and not wells. Cool – I am honored! I was talking about the story of Jesus and the woman at the well. We, and our blogs as extensions of ourselves, should be dynamic springs and not stagnant wells.…

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Praying for the Economy

This week I have found myself praying for the economy, in the midst of turmoil. I stumbled on a good article called The Mortgage Crisis and the Economy from Christian Personal Finance who btw are hosting a 10-Day Give Project beginning October 10. The idea is that you give something to someone different every day…

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Now that we have stopped emerging . . .

In June 2004, I wrote a post called “When we stop emerging”. It appears that time has come. Some churches have matured and are no longer “emerging”. Some have ventured away from the inherited church and have come full circle to rejoin it. Some started and died and restarted again. Others went back to the…

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Emerging Church: The demise of the term since 2004

For those geeky church historians tracking the huge discussion on the death of the emerging church label, here is a little timeline of its demise from my humble and subjective point of view: 2004– My post entitled When We Stop Emerging stimulated some excellent discussion in the comments regarding the death of the name. 2004…

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State of the Blogosphere 2008

Every year I mention it and this year I actually saw and heard it with my own ears at Blog World Expo. Here is the State of the Blogsphere 2008 by the Technorati folk. What people were talking about when it was done, at least in my circle, was the amount of people blogging for…

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Reflections on our Silicon Valley Party

The party was great. We were wondering how to integrate the Bilbo and Frodo Baggins theme and also the missional conversation about the web but things manages to composite quite nicely. Each one of the 30 or so guests identified themselves, or were given an identity, and wore their LOTR badges. It was amazing to…

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Emerging Church: The Missing Link

Linda at I Wonder as I Wander has been asking for the missing link to my emerging church series in 2005 so that she can complete the set. Here is the invisible post known as Number 4 – Emergant: New Media Fluency and here is the whole set: Emergant: The Skinny on the Global Emerging…

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Blog Manners

UPdate: OOPS! This site I was talking about [below] took me by surprise and I thought a mindless political blogger was using my feed in a blasphemous manner. This is not the case. Sorry. I should have taken the time to actually read the blog in question and also I failed to extend grace and…

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Silicon Valley party for web geeks and missional strategists

Meeting/party tomorrow (Monday 22nd) in Silicon Valley with geeks and missional thinkers. We will explore the opportunity of the web for Christian ministry and social enterprise and we will also celebrate Frodo’s birthday party. Know someone who should be there? I could probably make room for two more people. Send me an email. tallskinnykiwi at…

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Crafting a good question for the blogosphere

John Mark Reynolds advises on crafting a good question for the blogosphere: 1. Don’t ask questions to which you know the answer. 2. Don’t write about things you know little about. 3. Do read books or online material related to your question. John Mark has been a great inspiration behind whats going on here and…

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New Media Frontier and Roger Overton

I am at the GodbogCon area hearing A-Team‘s Roger Overton talk about the book he edited called The New Media Frontier He is also referring back to the days of the printing press. Thats Roger setting up and Dustin Steeve on the right is the main organizer of GodBlogCon. I have a copy of his…

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Blog World Going Well

Lovin’ it!! Having a great time in a session on corporate sponsorship right now. Before this was Wade Tonkin of Christian Affiliate Marketers who did a session for Godblogcon called How to Support Your Blog ( . . and stay saved). I am about to run over to hear Roger Overton from A-Team blog do…

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Blog World Expo – My Keynote

Rhett Smith liveblogged my keynote at the GodblogCon track. Thanks Rhett! Appreciate it!. Podcast will be released later on, I believe, by Godblogcon. Thanks everyone for coming along. Others attenders who blogged it were Stand to Reason, Acton’s Power Blog, Good Blog Editing, KnowItAlls, and Diva Marketing Blog did me great honor. BlogWorld is going…

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State of the Blogosphere

I am listening to the State of the Blogosphere here at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. I usually mention this talk by Technorati, year by year, but this is the first time I have actually been in the same room. Cool! Richard Jalichandra, CEO of Technorati is giving the keynote. Interesting quote: 54% of…

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Meat

This is the GLORIOUS rib roast I brought down to England for Christmas. When we bought a side of beef from the farmer, I told the butcher to leave this piece whole because we were feeding a lot of people for Christmas. Doesn’t get much better than that if you are a beef eater. Thanks…

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Godblogcon blogging primer

Off to Las Vegas. Hearing me speak at Godblogcon? Here are some links to previous thoughts on blogging you might find interesting. 15 Blogging Tips You Might Be a Faith Blogger if . . 1024 window Blogging for the Long Tail The Drama of Domain Mapping my blog

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Standalone Bloggers

“The future of the new media, in my opinion, is moving away from personal sites toward online collectives that are focused on particular interests,” Joe Carter Ted Olsen at Christianity Today contemplates the future of standalone bloggers, mentioning three of them [including me]. His post is a kind reference to Joe Carter’s recent thoughts on…

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