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I joined Twitter in 2007. It wasn’t very large yet, at least in terms of users, but it was creating a buzz. I did not really know what to do … Continue reading

February 4, 2012 · 16 Comments

a jesus manifesto by leonard sweet & frank viola

I received this manifesto in my inbox the other day and thought I would post it here. Perhaps I will find the time to come back and share my thoughts … Continue reading

June 25, 2009 · 1 Comment

diabetes of the teenage soul

The epidemic of adolescent obesity in the USA has been increasingly documented in recent years. Recent statistics indicate that 32 percent, or nearly 1 out of every 3 children in … Continue reading

September 3, 2008 · 10 Comments

tithe of tithes

In my denomination each local church pays a tithe of tithes (TOT) that totals 10% of the members’ tithes that come into the church. Half of that TOT goes to … Continue reading

July 29, 2008 · 13 Comments

a woman’s place in the cog

Some of the comments on the last post led me to start listing the things that a woman can and cannot do in the CoG as it currently stands. I … Continue reading

July 22, 2008 · 21 Comments

is mississippi the center of evangelicalism?

July 17, 2008 · 6 Comments

the church that does it all

July 4, 2008 · Leave a comment

kingdom business

It was noted on Disc 1 that our approach to missions has to change. It was also noted that a more fundamentally important change that needs to occur is how … Continue reading

May 21, 2008 · 3 Comments

colony collapse disorder

You’ve probably read about the bee crisis that has been emerging during the last two years as the apiary industry has systemitized the collection of data from apiaries across the … Continue reading

May 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

global clock

I found this clock via Floyd McClung Jr.’s webpage. You should really check it out! I took a few minutes to take it all in. Then I clicked on the … Continue reading

April 21, 2008 · 9 Comments

simple church

I have friends who have ventured into House Church models at various points. Some of them have eventually journeyed back to more ‘traditional’ models (that’s a misnomer here, as it … Continue reading

April 17, 2008 · 16 Comments

the church as a bridge

Skye Jethani is reporting live from Shift over on Out of Ur (this blog rocks, by the way!). He tells about Brian McClaren’s session here. I was really struck by … Continue reading

April 11, 2008 · 13 Comments

does size really matter?

The sub-prime mortgage crisis and the receding economy have revealed at least one thing, we have probably overbuilt during the last several years. Some of the situations that builders find … Continue reading

April 8, 2008 · 20 Comments

the hezekiah syndrome

Recently on the missionalcog blog there was a discussion about the lack of ‘youthfulness’ among our current constituency of ministers. Lots of great stuff was said. So, I would encourage … Continue reading

March 30, 2008 · 8 Comments

the church faces death

I recently came across an interesting article on that was entitled No Future for Methodists Unless Change Occurs. In light of this blog the article obviously grabbed my attention. … Continue reading

March 17, 2008 · 5 Comments

does actscelerate have a future?

Many of the small band of virtual travelers that occasionally pass through here also frequent the discussion forum Actscelerate, a somewhat controversial message board that has both devoted fans and … Continue reading

March 16, 2008 · 2 Comments

the bath water has no future, but the baby does

Here’s a very insightful 10-min video in which Jonny Baker addresses the question: “Bath water or baby? Must we ditch traditional church structures to do mission well?” For those of … Continue reading

March 13, 2008 · 2 Comments