This Fermenting Earth

Blanket of morning mist hovers, shimmers, broods over this fermenting earth, watching forests decay and green blades protrude rudely and volcanic labyrinths twitch below to remind us they live. Sunlit rays pierce cloud and green responds with orange. Grassy cushion hills rise up to greet the morning light. This land of nutrient mud and winter…

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Losing Debbie

Sorry this post is so late. I have not been well. I posted on FB but this is for my friends outside. Debra Diane Jones, my caring partner and wife for 29 years, best friend, my conversation partner, my critic, my fashion consultant, my travel companion, my co-conspirator, my right hand, my lover . .…

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2015 in Review

It’s been a wonderful and challenging year and I give thanks to God for making it possible. And a SPECIAL THANKS to those of you who supported us financially through our New Zealand supporters and SYRIOUS LOVE (Syrian Refugee Ministry). Some highlights from 2015 We worked in these countries: Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic,…

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Christmas Greetings to my “Muslim” Hackers

As you might know, I was hacked about two weeks ago, right after the blog post where I suggested ISIS-Daesh are not real Muslims. The hackers have continued daily to bring down all my websites and they are still rattling around inside my servers and files even as I write this. This was one of their…

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Being Human. Being Present

I just submitted an article for a mission publication but its a bit long and boring and probably too academic so I thought I would just post it here. It’s called “Being Human, Being Present” and it’s part of my reflections from The Nicholas Sessions last month in Prague. BEING HUMAN. BEING PRESENT. A priest…

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Thoughts on Turkey

I write this from a poor fishing village on the Black Sea, about 120kms from Istanbul. There are 8 street dogs outside on the road but they don’t move for cars. One of those dogs guarded our truck last night. They are not territorial like the city dogs and they don’t bark all night. The…

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Helping Syrian Refugees

We leave for Turkey in a few days and are quite excited about helping out with the Syrian refugee situation but also not quite sure exactly how we can be of greatest assistance. Perhaps the best answers will come when we arrive in Turkey and then Jordon. Right now we are putting a team of…

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The High Calling of a Blogger

Having a blog does not make one a blogger. I was reminded of this some months ago when Rachel Held Evans, after admitting her “diligent investigation” into a particular controversy she was writing about was not very diligent, claimed that she was not a blogger but a writer. I appreciated her admission. A blogger writes…

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Lilith Redeemed

My friend Bob Beltz released a book today that I want to bring your attention to. Lilith Redeemed is a modern remake on George MacDonald’s classic fantasy Lilith, a book that greatly inspired C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series. Darker and more sinister than Narnia, Lilith has gothic ambience to spare; a black raven, a graveyard tended by a…

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Relevant Magazine on Beer

Relevant Magazine has good article on Christianity’s Most Enthusiastic Beer Enthusiasts. Nothing you probably dont already know but its good to be reminded, especially when you lift the Guinness to your lips and reflect on church history. It doesn’t feature the excellent micro-brews coming out from the pub churches and modern day monasteries but its worth the…

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Blab Test Drive

Blab is a new video chatting app with social networking possibilities on offer from the people who brought you Bebo. Yes I had a Bebo account back in the day and so did my kids who thought I was too old to have a Bebo account. What do I think about Blab in its beta form? I…

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Thoughts on Ashley Madison Scandal

Here’s some random thoughts on the Ashley Madison Scandal, marriage, shaming, and its impact on Christian pastors and bloggers. Reformation Sunday came early this year. An expected 400 Christian pastors resigned today in the wake of the Ashley Madison marriage cheating website being hacked and the names of subscribers, including the particularities and peculiarities of their sexual fantasies with a…

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4 Things NOT to do in Prague

I just wrote a post on what NOT to do in Prague as well as what to do for Hostels in Prague. What NOT to do: Its not difficult to have a good experience in Prague. Its a city for meandering slowly, appreciating the architecture, reflecting on its history, taking a photo, getting lost, and…

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Make your own Kitschy Bible Verse Poster

I just love those retro sky-cloud-light posters with an out-of-context Bible verse in the middle, as if God was speaking from behind the cloud. I saw the sky do that thing last week and a poster came to mind. I cant think of a decent Bible verse but maybe you can. Download it here.

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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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Outreach Trends for Next Year

In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets…

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Emergent Dust Storm

Yesterday I bought the brand new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, by authors Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel. I hope to review it after having a proper read over a good coffee but first I need to deal with one sentence in the book that bugs me and might affect the tone of my review.…

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