Again, I have way too many browser windows open with pages I’ve yet to read or have read and want to blog something in response. Can’t have time for everything… so in the interest of swishing away what’s on my desktop to clear it off and give me room to work again, here’s what’s landing on the floor:

  • Scot McKnight takes on the “Emergent False Dichotomy” in The So-Called EFD: very well done, an explanation of what a false dichotomy is and how it gets wrongly used as an accusation. He yanks out the oft-used “Word or Spirit” as an example. I pointed to this one in an online discussion somewhere in the last week, but I don’t recall where now.
  • Here’s one on leadership from Ed Brenegar: Leading the People formerly known as The Congregation. There’s little need anymore to reference the entire corpus of the “formerly known” series, which is still being absorbed, I think. There was a simply fabulous comment just this morning on my last post in the series. As for Ed’s post on leadership, he speaks well in saying, “If you think that this makes leadership harder, you would be correct. It is easy to lead organizations. It is hard to be a person whose leadership is built on the integrity of a life still in the midst of being redeemed, reconciled and transformation. That is the life of faith. That is the way of leadership in the church.”
  • Mike Clawson on Opportunity Costs: a better use for the $1.2 Trillion dollars spent on the Iraq war. I’m with Mike on this.
  • Brady Forrest writes aboutthe launch of World Without Oil, an online “alternate reality game” which begins with the premise that Peak Oil has been reached. Lots more links sprinkled through Brady’s post. On environmental concerns, Mike Clawson has also been commenting on global warming, which now has its own refugees, and has photographic evidence to illustrate that global warming is a fact, despite the views of some of the environmental ostriches in the evangelical community.
  • Ed Stetzer fan club? Paul Schafer (not that one) has compiled a list of Ed Stetzer MP3 Sermons available online (with links), but the list includes blogs, books, and other related material.
  • I forget how I found these missional images, but I like them.
  • I haven’t read “What’s a Missional Community anyhow?” but I think “missional CHOPSTIX” is an interesting name for a blog; I like it. I’m also collecting various definitions of how people are describing “missional” these days, part of my work toward a new definition. If anyone knows of other definitions of “missional” online anywhere, I’d appreciate a link in the comments. Stuff like Brian Russell’s list of characteristics are good; not cast as a definition, it still paints the picture.
  • Speaking of my work on defining missional, I left a couple of posts this week asking for comments and input, and then my comments went haywire due to a database problem (again). All is well now, and I’d still appreciate comment on missional bibliography recommendations in particular.
  • Mr. Bob has some helpful thoughts on Preaching with Dialogue… but I haven’t read part one or part three; I’m sure they’re all good! ;^)
  • Roxburgh Journal: overview article and podcast with Pernell Goodyear.
  • Gen-X-er’s, Millennials, blogging, and online community: John LaGrou on The Conversation. “We’re realizing that the intersection of faith and technology is about rapid self-organizing convergence that cannot be contained within inherited ecclesiastical architectures. Just as the printing press caused an epochal shift in religious priorities and organization, so is the church again being profoundly (re)created by instantaneous virtual connectivity.” Spot-on.
  • Another update on the story of a merger between an emerging church and an older established one. This gives me hope for the slow and eventual de-fracturing of the Body of Christ… I hope we can all pay attention, that we may be one. I figure if Jesus asked the Father for this, it’s a divine goal toward which we ought to be highly motivated, and to which end there would be plenty of divine blessing available.
  • Alan Hirsch’s APEST test evaluates in which of the fivefold ministry gifts people operate. I notice the acronym has changed from APEPT, and I’m not sure yet whether he sees the Ephesians 4 gifts in quite the way I described them a while ago… I’d like to sit down with Alan and discuss, but regardless, I’m glad to see a test that doesn’t mix them all around and mingle them with the gift lists in Romans and Corinthians, as I do see them differently. Tests on the Ephesians gift list alone are quite rare (I recall a paper one years ago). I wasn’t happy to see there’s a cost… $10 isn’t much and I wouldn’t mind donating to Alan’s cause, but I’ve steadfastly avoided getting a PayPal account up until now. In any event, some others are doing the test and sharing their results. I’ve never wondered a lot about how I’m wired in that particular mix, having been fairly clear on it and having it confirmed or ascribed by others… but putting numerical values on it might be interesting.
  • Erika Haub asks the question about how suburban churches and ministries will change as the suburbs become greater centers of poverty. Not a common question, and good food for thought.
  • Pat Loughery quoting Dave Jacobs on journaling as a spiritual discipline. I figure that a Moleskine or a blog can both qualify, and everything in between.
  • Despite not being American, I took the test to discover I have a “midland” accent, which is to say none at all. I wonder if “none” just means the guy who wrote the test has the same accent? HT: Scot McKnight, who also doesn’t have an accent. The test results say,

    “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

    Between the two, I know which way to lean, since I also have a face for radio, and I dress much more like a radio personality than a television one. ;^) Still, I think perhaps I’ll look into podcasting… to which I’ve actually given some thought.

  • MarkO flags some photos of interesting public art by Mark Jenkins. Reminds me of the sidewalk chalk art guy. Much coolness, both.
  • After all this, if you still need more to read this weekend, head over and get Scot McKnight’s weekly list to keep you busy. There’s always something good on it (like Sarah on Library Thing), even though I haven’t made the list for quite a while now…

There, i finished the whole list, and didn’t mention Mark Driscoll even once. That’s a fair list, even after snipping out one item to make it a post of its own. Feels good to get a bunch of those tabs closed… but now what am I going to blog about for the next week? Let me know what you think of the forgoing links, and stay tuned to see what’s next!

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