for processing out loud
unlike the classic typecast introvert, I process out loud and in the open, thus this journal; but having some introvert tendencies, I find it difficult to engage with small talk, and prefer much more to have personal intense deep + raw conversations.. I don’t force people or demand people to do that, but I know that’s what I enjoy, and what I come alive for.. it’s a vital part of who I am, and not many people are willing to go there with me, and perhaps, many people don’t go there themselves.. one of those rich conversations happened along recently, and I was reminded that people don’t change.. that became all the more apparent in catchin’ up with some people we know from the past at a friend’s wedding, and also recalled a comment from my Dallas pastor, who had been ministering for some 15 years, now 20-some, and commented to me once that people don’t change, as he observed + experienced in his years of ministry.. and that to me was (and is) disappointing, b/c for me to do ministry, and to do life, is all about life change.. Or, better, as my friend in the rich dialogue adjusted it, people change very little.. and in certain context, particularly a conservative church, the atmosphere is mostly static, and there’s not as much receptivity to freshness and newness, resulting stagnation, which is not conducive to change or growth..
over the weekend, received 2 copies (via amazon.com pre-order) of Brian McLaren‘s new book, The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian, and started into its 30-some mini-chapters, whilst a friend ripped through it Sunday night, and wants to talk about it already(!).. she’s crazy .. and her spoiler to me was: get ready for a lot about evolution..