Published December 12, 2007
Anarchism , Christian Mysticism , Church , Community , Conferences , Ecology , Emergent , Faith , Foresight , Friendship , Gatherings , God , House Church , Justice , Theology , Vocation , Worship
Tags: Gospel, Gospel hope, new monastic, new monasticism
Our house church community had a wonderful weekend with four guys (including him) from a sister church in the Pacific Northwest. They connected many dots for us spiritually, exploding the false gnostic dividing lines between spirit and matter, sacred and secular, this good earth and the heavenly realm that longs to be ever-more poured into it as the beneficent reign of God expands in our hearts, churches, streets and cosmos.
Continue reading ‘God’s Love on Earth: The Hope of Authentic, Outpoured Community’
Published December 6, 2007
In my inbox this morning:
“———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Janel <email@example.com>
Date: Dec 6, 2007 2:34 AM
Subject: Come join me on myshepherdsflock.com…
Come join me on myshepherdsflock.com.
This is a “Conservative” version of myspace for followers of Jesus Christ to encourage each other, keep in touch and a LOT more. You wont be exposed to offensive content, it’s safe for all ages! PLEASE INVITE EVERY CHRISTIAN YOU KNOW TO JOIN & LOG IN OFTEN!!! GAMES, SHOP, CHAT, BLOG,
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My friend Troy Bronsink was voted Atlanta’s 6th least-influential person by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing! Read the article; it’s tragi-funny.
What is influence? How do we use it?
Power…what is it? How do we use it? Should we use it? These are some of the questions I ponder as I read chapter 12 in The Leadership Experience. This book has been quite helpful to me in surveying the Leadership field and finding my idiosyncratic place in it. Chapter 12 is all about power and the use of power in political application—potentially one of the most incendiary chapters from a Christian perspective, particularly from the “Servant Leadership” paradigm we’ve been referencing in my 601 Leadership class. Insofar as I ever lead anything or anyone into our out of anything, I have thus far thought of myself as operating primarily from a Symbolic Frame (where everything has larger/spiritual meaning) and secondarily from a Human Resources frame (where people and relationships are of tantamount importance); however, upon reading the depictions of politicking in this chapter I somewhat ambivalently acknowledge that I do indeed employ a good deal of “politics” in my day-to-day life, whether lobbying for something with my wife, my house church community, spiritual networks or business clients.
Continue reading ‘On The Use of Power’
Published December 1, 2007
Friendship , Justice , Life
Tags: asylums, budget cuts, economics, homeless, homelessness, Justice, mentally ill, Reaganomics, Ronald Reagan
I have three friends and neighbors here in Raleigh who happen to be without homes–Ricky, Ray, and Vernon. They’ve formed a kind of intentional(/necessary) community in a secluded spot of nearby woods where state agencies and local law enforcement won’t harass them. When I can we go out for lunch, or talk about the weather (a pretty vital topic for them), or I give them back issues of magazines I’ve written for.
Recently, I’ve joined a homelessness coalition on Facebook. It’s pretty popular, with over 500 members. Many of them, though, seem to be calculatingly indifferent to the problems faced by many of our nation’s homeless. They say “Trying to help these people is all well and good, but alot of them are @$$holes and just plain crazy.” Here’s what I said on a public forum today in response:
Yep, the mentally unstable homeless population exploded once Reagan closed down state-sponsored mental asylums in the 1980s…the proud tradition continues! The point is, we’re all connected–our bright shiny members of society and the ones we’d just rather forget about. It’s easy to love the lovable and those who ‘know their place,’ but what happens when we want to serve and we’re *treated* like servants? This is the real test of our spiritual/political will. Let’s dive in and get uncomfortable…