Into Post-Modernity – Thoughts?

Reading a book by Dr. Alice P Mathews (Preaching that Speaks to Women) and felt this quote was approprate and helpful (slightly adapted to make it readable without needed to read the whole chapter). A Modern knower can be a liberal or a conservative but cannot be a radical because the systems that taught them…

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Sermon: my Darkness

The sermon is an experimental one for me (why it is being done in my living room). The purpose of it is to dive into the genera of the text and try to focus on how to bring forth the genera (and emotion) of the text through the preaching event. More than simply restating what…

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75 Minutes left in February

It is amazing to me how fast and slow time seems to move. Never do I catch myself thinking, ‘time is moving along perfectly right now.’ Rather it fluctuates between the eternity it takes for the waiter to notice your starving hands have closed your menus. Then it is the weekend with friends and family that seem…

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Aesthetics – Thoughts on True Art from Sayers

I have been working through a great book by mid-century literary scholar Dorothy Sayers (Wikipedia) that touch on the topic of art and expression. They were very meaningful so I thought I would quote a portion below, if you want to read the work it’s called ‘Toward a Christian Esthetic‘ in the book Letters to…

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Namestorming for your biz? Try this site out

I am coming out of a process of doing some brand development work for some upcoming projects over at nineteen05 and I came across this great tool – UD.com With one simple search the site pings against popular social media platforms (facebook, twitter, linkedin, flickr, digg, and others), and common domain extensions (com, net, org,…

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A Charismatic and Incarnational Faith?

I’ve been spending a lot of time this summer asking myself the question: ‘What would a charismatic and incarnational faith look like?’ On the surface this is an easy question to answer and we could say that the incarnation means that we would be the means through which the power and spirit of God will…

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I miss my first love – skiing

It’s a bit bizarre, but every now and then I find myself in one of those moods. Wondering what life would be like had I not walked away. After years of hard work I had achieved an incredibly unique situation, having access into a very closed off industry and getting offered several jobs every year…

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Courses for the next year

I figure since I have a bunch of friends over at Bethel Seminary that I would post the courses I’m currently signed up to take over the next year. That way we might end up in some together! Summer 2010: Doing Theology in a Global Context – GC 739 – 01 – Dr. Roberts &…

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Sermon: Arrival

[vimeo 11687568] A week and a half ago we had our very first meeting of Ignite on May 9th (this will be the monthly college rally for students in the twin cities and at substance church starting this fall). The whole idea of this night was to give a taste of what we hope to do…

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Excited for Life

Over the last two weeks quite a bit of time has been spent thinking about life, where I am at right now, what I am doing with my time and relationships, and so on. Initially there was a bit of despair as I journeyed through thoughts about this all being in vain. I believe that…

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Sermon: The Untold Story of Zacchaeus

This morning I was honored by the chance to preach at Minnesota Teen Challenge to a room full of men working on real life change. The passage is Luke 19:1-10 and this is probably my best sermon I’ve given to date. Please check it out, enjoy it, and let me know your thoughts (email or…

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Life is Full, this blog is not…

Life has been very full lately. This is a very good thing. The four spheres that make up my life are still rolling along, moving, and being used by God. So a quick life update is in order for those who keep tabs on my wife and I through here. Our Marriage Things are going…

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Sermon: Experiencing God’s Love

This is the second and final sermon I needed to give for my Preaching Practicum course that I took this summer. It was this past Sunday (8/16/09) that I had the opportunity to Preach at Eden Prairie Presbyterian Church (www.eppc.com). I preached from John chapter 14 verses 23-27 and this was the second and final…

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Sermon: Living Beyond Yourself

I just finished up 9 straight days of class, 8+ hours a day. While it was very intense and time consuming it was a great experience, though one i don’t think I will need to repeat. I took my first Old Testament course (OT501) on Genesis – Ruth, and then immediately rolled into my Preaching…

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Thoughts on Post-Modernism from Erwin McManus

Found a talk given by Erwin McManus through iTunes. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Erwin leads Mosaic church out in LA. ‘The reason I can take you through this time is not because I’ve studied this theoretically, not because I’ve read a thousand books, or not because I’ve written one. But because I…

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Designs for nineteen05

Some of you may or may not know that I started a software development company in January 2008. It has been a long 18 months so far of development, redevelopment, and working very closely with the amazing people over at Substance Church. Well this summer is our official launch of our company by making ourselves…

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I Don't Like Ladybugs

This has to be one of the most awesome notes that my wife has left for me yet. For the record, I have been awake for nearly 6 hours and haven’t seen the lady bug yet. Must be an extra sneaky one.

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Latitude and Longitude Decimal values

Kind of a geeky post, but I just spent some time trying to figure out what the max number of decimal values a Latitude or Longitude value can have for the sake of storing information in a database. Here is what I found. Most places I found decimal values for Lat/Long only used up to…

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Screaming on water slides

It has come to my attented after being at Wisconsin Dells the beginning of last week that not everyone shrills and screams on water slides. While I see this as tragic, I also don’t believe that my doing so affects my masculinity in the slightest bit. Scream away my friends, scream away. If the life…

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