the emerging 12/14/2009

IMG00011-20091201-1407I recently observed something that came as a surprise to me about the emerging generation.  As a part of a team that trains for short term international missions, I had designed an event that was tiring, difficult, challenging, team-focused, and intended to be generally miserable.  Events like this should help people pull together as a team and become a unit, instead of just a collection of individuals.  Common objectives in an adverse environment is the stuff that molds us together, helps us see each other as we are, and not by the facades that are common.  With this in mind, I had revved up the planning to make the event, not impossible, but hard.

We were taking the students in teams of roughly ten, so that we could isolate the activity’s focus and no one would get lost in a crowd.  That part worked well.  Really it all worked well.  The students came together and helped each other, pulling each other along and not leaving anyone behind when weaknesses became a clear liability to the stronger members.  They pulled together.  They overcame the adversity.  They championed the challenge. Continue reading “the emerging 12/14/2009”

A Problem with Organization

IMG00013-20091011-1843In our times, a good bit of what we are doing comes from our ability to organize, and how people have been trained to follow this approach.

Man’s ability to organize is part of his problem.  Remember the tower of Babel?

Organization in itself is not a bad thing, as it is helpful.

However, much of what we are accomplishing through our organization perhaps shouldn’t be done in the first place.

We may also be losing sight of the way of the Lord, Jesus, through our pursuit of accomplishment, efficiency, and other things that human organization promises us.

Let’s keep in mind the scriptures that are clear when they say that it is a dreadful thing to organize (make a covenant) that is not from the Lord’s leadership (not of My Spirit).

For more on this have a look Isaiah 30:1-3.

liberate us

IMG00353-20090614-1725Lord liberate us, Your Church, from the officiate / spectate model of ministry! It has died, through a slow and painful death process.

should we use our limited time and resource to defend the past, or build the future?
preparing the way of the Lord is a work that uses the current time to invest in that which is yet to come….
now, it doesn’t seem to me that most, or even many people are sitting around devising ways to defend the past, as keepers of this form as sacrosanct
rather, it seems that as these are the ways we have been taught, we have learned, and that these models of ministry in that they are the form of ministry that are being modeled(almost without rival!). Continue reading “liberate us”