I personally have a great interest in creative planning teams. Specifically within the church environment, where a team meets and helps plan every aspect of a corporate worship experience. They focus on the entire environment, from the songs to the talk to the videos to the overall mood they want to convey to best communicate the truth of Jesus. I think it’s interesting how these teams work together and the great things they come up with.
4 chapters of a Hermeneutics textbook, 1.5 on another, a newcomer’s dinner, still reading.
I read this article today, and found out that you can get thrown in jail for sitting in Starbucks with someone of the opposite sex you aren’t married to.
apparently an American woman was sitting in a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia (who would have thought there was a Starbucks in Saudi???) with a co-worker when their office electricity went out. Some religious police (apparently there are thousands who wander looking for violations of dress code, conduct, etc) confronted and arrested her for it. She was released the next day.
Sometimes I feel in a very minor sense like she must have felt. That there are thousands of religious police out there (misguided believers) who are judging me and everyone else for what we wear, say, listen to, do, etc. Thank God that Jesus accepts us for who we are. He shows us grace by the very act of paving the way for us to have a relationship with God. I was one of those religious police once, always looking for what people were doing wrong, rather than what they were doing right. It saddens me to think that, had I left the convicting part to the Holy Spirit, and focused on building the Kingdom of God, I could have had much more influence. Now, before you e-mail me or comment saying “we should point out truth”, I say, I agree. But that can ONLY be done in community. Only when I’ve invested enough in someone’s life to earn credibility to speak God’s truth to them, not my own opinionated garble.
I can tell you this: I will be a little nervous the next few times I go to Starbucks! And if by some freak chance I ever find myself sitting in a Starbucks in Saudi Arabia, I will erect a small fence around my table so that no woman other than my wife can sit next to me!!
Give it a shot and see how well you’d do!
I’m trying to find a tool that will allow me to organize my blog posts, save drafts, and post new blogs to my Blogger account, all within this software. Macjournal does this but I’m not too stoked about it’s interface/features, Journler seems like the perfect thing but it won’t post to Blogger, etc.
This is a test from Ecto. Does anyone have any other ideas of mac software to use for blogging to Blogger? Here are the things I’d like to be able to do…
- see a list of all of my blog posts
- be able to write a new blog and quickly and easily post it
- add pics or html code (like for YouTube) easily
- look cool
What do you use? What should I use? Will this even work??
I’m previewing a new book that Tim Stevens is writing called Pop Goes The Church. I actually will finish it by the end of the day tomorrow. It’s gripping me and although it disturbs me where we are as a society, he does an excellent job of laying a foundation for the reality of influence popular culture has on each succeeding generation. This isn’t just another “sell out and bring pop culture into the church- it’s the only way to reach people” book, it’s an honest assessment of language, of “cultural exegesis”, as Kevin Vanhoozer might say. Tim seems to really marry a passion for what the local church can be with a desire to truly understand the language he must speak to help those far from Christ take their next step towards Christ. It’s a powerful combination that I believe will impact many many people. I’m already being challenged to grab every opportunity I can to help my team grasp the concepts in this book, wrestle with them, and implement!