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August 2010 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

Social enterprise and mission-shaped mission

“Mission-shaped mission” is a phrase that came to mind a few weeks ago. If mission shaped churches no longer resemble traditional churches then mission-shaped mission also will be hard to recognize, since it takes its shape from factors other than the modern missions movement (1791 – 1991). Some of the most exciting mission projects I…

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Thinking about Greenbelt but NOT THERE this year!

Greetings to all my friends at Greenbelt Festival. In spite of all the “See you there at Greenbelt” messages I am getting, I am actually NOT SPEAKING at Greenbelt this year. I decided that after 7 years in a row, that I would take a break this year. Ahhhhhhh. Feels good. But I am thinking…

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The Nines Online Conference

UPdate: Speaker list is here The Nines is an online conference coming up Sep 9. The theme is “Gamechangers”. 100 speakers, including me (no doubt that will be the HIGHLIGHT!). My 6 minute talk is called . . .  “Gamechanger”. Original, heh??? Its free but you can also register and get lots of good stuff.…

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Naked Pastor Cartoon Fest

Naked Pastor (David) is showing his many cartoons on his blog. Nice! Check out his new book here.

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Best of Freakstock 2010

Freakstock Festival, hosted by the Jesus Freaks in Germany, was a blast this year. Here is what I thought was the best of Freakstock 2010 Best Mullet: Simon kicked ass. Hey, is that Bill Hybels on the t-shirt? Cutest Couple: Yes he is really that tall and she is really that short and yes, they…

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18 Countries in 3 months.

Our travels have taken us to 18 countries in the past 3 months. Whewww!!!!!!!!!  Some of those borders were tough and wearing – Serbia in particular. I have a lot of stuff to blog but it will take some time to get organized. At the moment, we are fixing a wheel on our truck while…

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The Future of the People of God

Andrew Perriman, who was at the Christian Associates gathering last week in Germany,  gave me his new book “The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom.” Thanks Andrew!! I had an enjoyable Sunday reading through the book. Perriman’s book is great contribution to the current conversation on Romans, in…

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A Christian HIPSTER to some degree

I just took a quiz and found out I am a “Christian hipster to some degree” with a score of 78/120. Points given for these questions:Points taken away for this one Oh well. Cant win ’em all.

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Jesus Freaks Cologne this Sunday at 7pm

I am speaking at the Jesus Freak church in Cologne, Germany, this Sunday night at 7pm. Come over and say hello if you live in the area. And check out this article on the Jesus Freaks that talks about their history.

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One of my talks at Global Connect

Such a great week with Christian Associates at their Global Connect gathering. I cant believe they put up with me speaking so many times. What incredible perseverance! Rogier Bos of Next Wave fame was on hand to take some photos like this one. Here’s part of my Monday evening talk. The other part included a…

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At Global Connect

This weekend I am speaking at Global Connect, a conference organized by and for Christian Associates International. Great people!!!! I really love hanging around them. They are inspiring! Which is partly why I accepted their invitation to speak. The other reason is because the folk connected with Christian Associates are some of the most cutting…

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The emerging church and their stupid, silly names!

Some classic quotes on the emerging church from Stephen Holland of Westhoughton Evangelical Church from the sermon "The Emerging Church – The Latest Heresy" "They all have strange names! They don't have, you know, Emergent Evangelical Church or Emergent Church. They have stupid, silly names!" This is true. You wouldn't believe the names I have…

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Speaking at Artcross

Artcross happens in Linz, Austria this week and I am speaking there Tuesday night on the subject of arts and the church. If you live in the area, come over and say hi.

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