Aug 292002

blogging has taken the [internet] world by storm.. recently came across bloggies, an unsponsored [purist] blogger awards, now 2 years in the running.. after browsing their selection, I have to wonder if their sampling space of blogs is rather limited.. there are so many more blogs than what they’re finding for their little electronically voted winners.. it’s fascinating to see the textures and varieties of life and thought, as people share their perspectives on the world and life, while some only maintain a mundane list of events and activities.. having blogged since June of 1999, before this kind of thing was called a blog, it’s recently dawned on me that this mode of communication permits a different interaction than message boards or chat rooms.. boards provide some kind of dialogue and interaction among a group of people, but as the topics diverge and some reply with line-by-line or point-by-point counterviews, the thought processes get jumbled.. what I like about blogs is the single thread journey of the blogger, and how it can become the personification of a person’s own voice.. (and then there are those who are stuck in an ossified voice, be it traditionalist black-and-white binary worldview, or self-as-the-center worldview, or the life-is-so-boring-so-let’s-stay-entertained)

next stop.. New York City, for Labor Day weekend!

Aug 222002

In article titled “Churches advised to join 21st century“: 75 percent of U.S. churches are dying or declining, and 24 percent are growing only by playing “musical saints,” picking up people who have left other churches. Only 1 percent are growing by reaching out to those who don’t feel at home in a conventional church setting. I wonder how many megachurches (over 1000 in attendance on a weekend, by this article‘s measure) fit in the 24%-musical-saints category, and if it’s akin to the phenomena of Wal-mart-coming-to-town-and-closing-down-the-mom-and-pop-stores, but with churches. Some say that “baby boomers” will put their money behind building those big buildings and production-like Sunday services, while the next gen isn’t into that.. well, yes and no, some of the prominent next gen church ministries around still look like the predecessor, except louder and edgier.. for me, I like being a part of a big worship service b/c of quality music and message, but I also want the real authentic relationships.. I want both.

Aug 202002

watched a fascinating movie recently called Magnolia, very nuanced and character-driven, deeply textured, if those are the right movie critic terms, I’m not sure.. what I walked away with was realize our shared human dilemma, that we are broken people, and longing for the power to break free from our neurosis that grip us into old habits, to have strength to forgive those who’ve hurt and damaged us, and to relate and connect with people who would love and accept us for simply who we are.. several scenes I liked, one I’ll mention here– a couple are out on their first date, and she takes the bold risk to ask that they talk about anything they want, reveal everything, and not hide and manipulate and lie.. the guy takes the offer, doesn’t get phased by it, and shares a vulnerable thing about his day (I won’t say what it was, no spoiler here), she’s sorta shocked by his candor and willingness to take the offer.. but then isn’t able to share the truth about herself, and runs off never to be seen again..