This is a random mix of daily novelties
Saturday, January 25, 2003
"then the Lord will be zealous for His land and will have pity on His people, and the Lord will answer and say to His people,"Behold, I am going to send you grain, new wine and oil, and you will be satisfied in full with them".
when did "witness' become such a dirty word?
When I was at IBTS in Prague I was given the defintion of witness as to be speaking from personal experience. To communicate the Gospels through words or actions, through the power of the Spirit and leaving the results to God.
Also, that being, doing and telling in harmony through the unity of believers is a powerful witness to the world.
Do we put too much pressure on ourselves to be good witnesses, when really if we are living the life He has planned for us, it just comes out naturally through the Spirit and the results are left up to God? good, bad or indifferent
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". This was part of the first prophesy I ever really received, Jeremiah 29:11. This is the one I have a hard time with sometimes, although it sounds so lovely and simple. There are times I want to run to what seems to be safe, easy and comfortable...according to me. Is the desire for instant gratification also another way of describing this "free will" we always seem to refer to?
Thursday, January 23, 2003
darn it...I lost all of my archives trying to work on my template...that sucks
There's nothing like the feeling of having the rug ripped out from beneath you. No matter how prepared you are for "bad things" and no matter how strong you think your faith is...there is always that moment when you realize how fragile and precious we are to each other. My Dad told me yesterday that my mom is going in on Monday to be tested for MS.
Now,not being prepared for the idea of that is an understatement. A little background on my family...both sets of Grandparents still alive with no health issues, Dad and younger siblings are alive and well with there not so much as even stiches in our history and yesterday dad says my Mom is being tested.
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Hey, finally figured out how to add friend’s links to my blog site. Funny thing is that I have been doing it right expect for the small last step which is to actually hit the "publish" button! Oops!
Nice turn of events tonight. Doug came over for a dinner meeting (I’m starting to feel like Pavlov’s experiment..eating food anymore seems to mean there is a meeting happening) and surprised us with tickets to the Bass theatre at UT to see "Blast". It’s sorta like "Stomp" but less edgy and more refined but with the same intensity and energy. They use real instruments, in fact it looked like a full orchestra, instead of trashcans and street stuff, and went through the entire color spectrum using dance, flags, lights, sound, odd props, etc. It was so amazing to me how they captured each color and expressed it with interpretive choreography.
Met with Brian and Don from Mosaic today for a meeting (yes, another meeting, this time over coffee...that’s how things get done here in Texas, I guess it's better than sterile offices) about Wabi SABI in which they told us they would help us for the Sat. meditation portion as well as helping to set up one of the discussion rooms. Each of the rooms that the breakout sessions will be in (this is the academic round table part where there will be a moderator keeping the conversation moving) are going to be set up to look like a coffee shop, bookstore, living room, or anything that may feel comfortable and like where people are meeting today in the "new" church. If this works, it could change the way that conferences are done in the future. Ok, that’s another blog, for another day. Tomorrow is my Sabbath...Wabi has consumed my mind...that can't be a good thing.
Sunday, January 19, 2003
A long weekend in Ft. hood comes to a close. I can't get over how exhausting it is to go into an area and spend an the entire time collaborating with a team as well as observing and personally evaluating what it will take for the churches to be able to reach and serve their community (this is being done in assessment form by Emerging Church Network). One would think that those already there in the church leadership would be able to see the areas that may need attention. One would also think there would already be some form of a network established within the community to find needs and areas of improvement, however there isn't. There is this resistance and fear of anything that is unusual or different than the norm (I know I’m not saying anything new but it was another one of those times of realization and frustration). Therefore, there is isolation and separation between the church, the military, and the civilian communities in an area that exists because of the military. There is a military mindset in the way the churches are run and in the ways they allow themselves to reach out. Even though they (the church association which has another one of those abbreviations the Baptists love so much) were the ones that requested help from the outside, there was still this defensive stance when we gave the group observations and ideas of things that may work within the given community. The funny part is that the community seems hungry for something spiritual and they are practically begging for anyone to bring them connections, relationships, amusement, love. I think people are looking in the areas of wicken and paganism (whose numbers are abnormally high) because they are searching for something spiritual and the church isn't giving it to them. They can have the same old thing if they really want it and search hard enough but who really does that? And even if someone was desperate enough, it's a "you come to me" place the church puts itself in. The one area that caught me off guard and I found interesting is the gang problems. My suspicion is because there are kids who need "roots" and some sense of security and stability. Everyone needs a family to belong to and if you don't have it in the traditional way, you create one.
I learned a lot about what it is to be part of a military community...very strange and unlike anything else I have experienced. No one has solid grounding there because at a moments notice your papers may be served and off you go to another city, state, country...which leads me to my next thought...we are going to war. No kidding, it will happen. There is this feeling of gloom around the post and all hotels are filled to the brim with families that are visiting their loved ones for the last time before their men and women get sent off, within the week. Ft. Hood is the largest military base in the US, mainly infantry from what I hear, and it will pretty much empty VERY soon. If you combine that with Jeff Waldo’s prediction about war on Feb 23 and suitcases from Terrorists left strategically in various airports and public places on the 24th…it could kinda freak ya out! Must trust that Big J has this one.