Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fall Speaking

Here are my upcoming speaking engagements for the fall. If your in the neighborhood let me know if you want to connect.
- September 24-29 Goshen, IN Goshen College
- October 21 San Diego, CA National Youth Workers Convention
- November 2-3 Philadelphia area “Navigating the Technological Storm"

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Show Notes: Creative Worship

In this episode we discuss our favorite "Jesus-is-my-boyfriend" worship songs.

Jimmy Eat World studio photos. Our new podcast headquarters!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Show Notes: Understanding Web Rage

You've heard of road rage, in this episode we introduce the emerging phenomenon of Web Rage. Perhaps you've witnessed, or participated in the remarkable decline of civil discourse in on-line forums and blogs-- even Christian ones. We discuss why this is happening, and what to do about it.

- Understanding Road Rage. This is the article I referenced by Read Mercer Schuchardt that shows us how the Internet gave rise to the sociological phenomenon of road rage.

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Monday, August 6, 2007

The Tech Effect

Last year I served on a panel discussion at the National Pastor's Convention about preaching in an image-based culture. Leadership Journal published this conversation in their most recent issue. It's available on-line here.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Faith Visuals Interview (part 2)

Part 2 of the of the interview I did with Faith Visuals on the influence of visual media in church is posted here. You can read part 1 here. Or if you prefer a different forum, Out of Ur just posted it as well.

"...Not Confused with Passivism"

We just got word that Kristin Ventola, a member of our church, made it safely into Israel. She will be there, along with 14 others, for two weeks as part of a Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) delegation. CPT is not a learning group, they are sent to global hot spots and trained for non-violent direct action in war torn areas. Motivated by the way of Jesus, they are willing to give their lives for justice and peace, but unwilling to take any lives.

When asked why she wants to go to a conflict zone? She writes:
Pacifism is not to be confused with passivism. Pacifism is an action taken to create peace through non-violence, civil disobedience and civil initiative. Too often individuals think pacifism is inaction, apathy, or only prayer. We must look to the examples of Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., the Berrigan Brothers & Archbishop Romero, among many others, in order to understand the depth of pacifism. As Gandhi said, “We need to be the change we want to see in the world.”

Last Sunday we had a service of prayer and sending for Kristin. I regard her as a prophet in our midst. Like all prophets, they agitate, disrupt, and offend our sensibilities. And like ancient Israel, our faithfulness as the people of God depends on our ability to welcome them.