Feb 282003

I was wondering this same thing just last week, what?s the deal with blog diversity, ethnically speaking? There are certainly many Anglo bloggers, and a number of Asian bloggers, but where are the masses of Latino and African bloggers (American-hypenation left out for brevity)? Supposedly there are about 13% of the American population who are Latino/ Hispanic, and 13% who are African; proportionally, if all things on the digital highway playing field were level, that?d be 1 out of 4 blogs / bloggers. [okay, and Asians are over-represented] Which the technological tools to do blogging is free, and internet access is free via the public library, and attempts have been made to provide technology to the masses on the digital fringe, there are many who aren?t blogging, or goggling, or chatting, or messaging.. maybe they?re just living! And here we are preoccupied with our psychosis and too much time on our hands :)

Feb 232003

loggin? in after an invigorating weekend at the Wild At Heart National Conference (here in DC), and I think the distinctive of their ministry and message is how they?re able to articulate that Christianity is freedom for the human heart, and the glory of God is man fully alive! [and humankind, by inference] Notably different from the message often heard in many (most?) Christian churches and ministries, that presents a picture of it as being doctrines, or tips & techniques, or mandates, or commitments to make, or promises to keep, or rules & responsibilities, or moral purity and holiness.. it?s much more soulful and energizing to tap the heart and to set it free!! (and let the rest of the package of kindness, compassion, moralness, etc. follow)? he introduced some other deep and raw concepts, such as: every man carried a wound (or several, actually), a man?s heart has desires and passions that can be dangerous for the good, those desires are the calling of God.. and he was vulnerable enough to say that after Friday night, he had a hard time falling asleep b/c he was wrestling with thoughts of inadequacy – wow, happens to the best of them. Good to know what spiritual warfare actually looks like in real life.

So after years (okay, a lifetime) of introspection, and some leaps of faith and action, it comes to this: yes, I?m a broken person, I freely share my pains, struggles, failures, and inadequacies, but what will I do with it? What will I do with who I am? We all have to persevere and fight our personal battles and overcome challenges and hindrances; will we call out the courage given us by God, and find the faith to take the risk to chase our dream? To be dangerous for good? To heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free?

Feb 202003

McLaren and Campolo team up for a “>new book
Adventures in Missing the Point: How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel, probably a more Campolonian title than a McLarenesque one; and instead of 95 points, they’re going to stick to 18 points, for this first go around:
1. If you think you’re cool because you’re postmodern, you’re missing the point
2. If you think that social action dilutes the gospel, you’re missing the point
3. If you think salvation means walking down an aisle and saying a prayer, you’re missing the point
4. If you think that Christianity is simply a matter of objective truth, you’re missing the point
5. If you think that environmentalism is merely for New Agers, you’re missing the point
6. If you think the only thing to do with the Bible is study it or preach it, you’re missing the point
7. If you think that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle, you’re missing the point
8. If you either conform to the culture around you or isolate yourself from it, you’re missing the point
9. If you think preachers can predict the Second Coming, you’re missing the point
10. If you think the CEO is the best leadership model, you’re missing the point
11. If you think that what St. Paul wrote about women forbids their ordination, you’re missing the point
12. If you think that doubt is always bad, you’re missing the point
13. If you think the kingdom of God is not for this life and this earth, you’re missing the point
14. If you think worship is about achieving a good feeling while singing inspiring songs, you’re missing the point
15. If you think that seminary will make you a preacher, you’re missing the point
16. If you think you are successful and stronger than those who have “fallen,” you’re missing the point
17. If you think that theology is only for scholars, you’re missing the point
18. If you think you can argue people into becoming Christians, you’re missing the point

Provocative, isn’t it?

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Feb 182003

CT Weblog: Some May Be Offended by Biola Exhibit on Reaching Culture
Picked up on an LA Times article (2/15/03) about an interactive exhibit titled ‘The Recovery of Ritual: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generations‘ at Biola University exploring challenges that churches face in attracting younger worshipers. The interactive exhibit, which will be on display through February 21st, is a joint research project by two So.Cal. professors, Biola’s Richard Flory and USC’s Donald Miller. An interactive CD and web site are forthcoming. What may be offensive is that the art installation has a small electric train with “Facts” as its engine, “Faith” as the second car, and “Feeling” as the caboose, depicting the metaphor of Campus Crusade’s “Four Spiritual Laws,” which may be one of the “outdated tracts or pamphlets on how to become a Christian”.

Feb 182003

pondering whether to participate more actively in one web-based discussion board, where I?ve already registered, http://forums.crosswalk.com/, http://forums.christianity.com, http://www.growthtrac.com/boards/, http://www.modelminority.com, http://forums.yellowworld.org/, http://www.regenerator.com/conversations/, or to occasionally drop in on each and every one of them? thing is, I don?t want to be loggin? in those boards every day, and yet, the good conversations (read: those I?m interested in) only show up every once a while. Thus my preference for mailing-list / listserv-driven discussions, so they get delivered to my mailbox, a la content pushed to me, instead of retrieved by me after I login.

Feb 172003

An oldie but goodie- I had been a sneezer of an ideavirus for the past year that the leading adjectives that non-Christians use to describe Christians are: judgmental, hypocritical, and boring. Who wants to be around people like that?! That’s mostly punditry I heard somewhere I can’t remember, but it sure feels true, sad, but true. It helps a little bit to substantiate it, and let the statistics speak. So here it is, from a 1992 survey done in Charlotte NC by Mecklenburg Community Church. One basic question: “Why don’t you go to church?” Number one answer on the survey-says: “Churches have too many problems.” (81%) The reputation of the church among the unchurched is in shambles. It is believed that churches are inflexible, hypocritical, judgmental, and just plain mean. One man in the survey said, “I have enough problems in my life. Why would I go to church and get more?” [published in NetFax with permission of Dr. James Emery White]