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I am going to The Great Emergence conference. I think this is going to be one of the most important conferences around one of the most important books this year.  The conference centers around Phyllis Tickle’s new book of the same name but also includes many important breakouts.  If you want to get a taste for why Tickle’s book is so important go here and watch the video.

I will be getting in to Memphis on December 4th around 2:00 PM.  If anyone wants to see Graceland, hang out for dinner, or see downtown Memphis that day, let me know.  Would love to hang out. I will have a car if anyone needs a ride.

The event is billed as:

“The Great Emergence National Event is a unique and freshly designed event built on innovative adult learning techniques including interaction, participation, and inspiring content on the current state of and future possibilities for Christianity.”

Speakers include:

Tony Jones, national coordinator of Emergent Village and author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

Doug Pagitt, founder and pastor of Solomon’s Porch (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and author of A Christianity Worth Believing: Hope-Filled, Open-Armed, Alive-and-Well Faith for the Left Out, Left Behind, and Let Down in Us All

Peter Rollins, founder of ikon (Belfast, Ireland) and author of The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief

J. Brent Bill, executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and the author of Sacred Compass: The Art of Spiritual Discernment

Lisa & Will Samson, members of Communality (Lexington, Kentucky) and co-authors of Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live

Joseph Myers, author of Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect

Tim Keel, founder and pastor of Jacob’s Well (Kansas City, Missouri) and author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-founder of Rutba House (Durham, North Carolina) and author of New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church

Karen Ward, is Abbess of Church of the Apostles, Seattle, an intentional, sacramental community in the way of Jesus Christ.

Sybil MacBeth, is a mathematics instructor, a dancer, and a doodler. Her 2007 book Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God introduces a prayer practice that is meditative, visual, active and playful. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Andy, who is an Episcopal priest.

Nanette Sawyer is founding pastor or Wicker Park Grace and author of Hospitality—The Sacred Art: Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Invitation and Welcome.

Cost is $145 before November 5th.  You can register here.


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If you are a pastor, or someone who is in ministry, you need to watch this right now. I’ll let you discover what I’m talking about.

FYI: You need to click the arrow to reveal the video.

Postscript: Unfortunately if you didn’t get to watch this it was taken down. Sorry. I’ll look for it elsewhere.

Final postscript: Okay I got a copy of it.  It’s too big to post or send, so I’m breaking it down to smaller files.  If you want to be notified when its done, let me know in the comments.

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The hits just keep coming people.

“This, says Kimball, is precisely the problem. In an increasingly post-Christian culture fewer people have contact with real Christians. We’ve hidden ourselves in a Christian sub-culture bubble. As a result only “the loudest voices are defining who we are,” he says. These loud and usually angry Christians are the only ones heard and seen by the culture. This is what people have based their opinions of Christians upon.”

Dan Kimball, at the Shift conference. (More at Out of Ur)

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This is Kara Powell. You probably don’t know Kara but you should. She’s Executive Director of the Center for Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Kara gets it.

She’s presenting at Shift, Willow’s Youth Ministry Conference. She has what I think is a killer observation.

“She says that a lot of what students are fed is a guilt based gospel—what Dallas Willard calls the “gospel of sin management.” Powell compared it to a diet of Red Bull. It’s fast, energetic, and easy, but not very nourishing. And after the rush is over you deflate. We’ve fed students a gospel of rights and wrongs, but nothing nourishing that they can internalize and grow from. No wonder they fall away shortly after graduation. The buzz is over.” (More at Out of Ur)

Love it.  Listen up people.

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“We used to think you can’t upset a seeker. But while focusing on that we’ve really upset the Christ-centered people.”

Greg Hawkins, Executive Pastor of Willow Creek as quoted at the Shift Conference

The article mentions, “But the research shows that it’s the mature believers that drive everything in the church—including evangelism.”  It’s hard for me to fathom that it took a study to reveal this.

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I really regret the fact that I didn’t get to go to Q this year when I see pictures like the one here. It was a cost issue. But now I know I really wanted to be there. I would have also like to see The Fray, but I digress.

The picture above is the full story of the Gospel. It’s the one that has gotten lost over the years. And what caught my attention is the last part. Restoration.

This part is not possible over an extended period of time without love. The middle two, which the church has been focusing on for ages, requires a grasp of theology and can be reduced to a prayer (so they think). But the last part simply cannot be done without love. It’s impossible. Because restoration requires getting through the $*it. It requires forgiveness. It requires the willingness to stand with someone who just refuses to let go of their stuff. And that my friends is the messy stuff.

Addendum: After I wrote this I realized that if God knows what is going on, being outside of time, the first section is also not possible without love.  Creation.  If God knows humanity will fall, then creation requires love and the willingness to step through each section to see it through.  Creation was an act of love that revealed God willingness to step through each stage with us.

And please don’t assume I’m saying that redemption doesn’t require love.  It does.

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This is the trippiest site I have ever seen.


This is a really great spoken word poem by Ragamuffin Soul.


Kamp Krusty with a great story about the origins of a little known organization called Kiva.


Epiphaneia announced that they will be announcing their 2009 conference stuff on March 21, 2008. Should be interesting.


Michael Cline provides a provocative assessment of the drug of choice for younger evangelicals.


I want to go to this conference.

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