elevator-signs.jpg An Amish boy and his father visited a shopping mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked his father, “What is this father?” The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what it is.” While they watched wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them and into a small room. The walls closed while the boy and his father watched small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch as the circles lit up in the reverse direction. When the walls opened up again, a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out of the little room. The father turned to his son and said very seriously, “Go get your Mother.”

miss the one-liners? Okay: A cheetah clone was found slain at the city zoo. Investigators suspect a copycat killer.

  1. There’s a lot of good stuff appearing on Missional Tribe now that it’s up and running for the past three weeks. For me that’s meant finding a few new missional bloggers. Like Sarah Bessey’s post, In which listening is part of life together – and I’d rather do that. There’s also a good question (unanswered) and a great quote (with a question of its own) as well as the news that someone is still using the term “emerging church.” Lots more good stuff in the blogs, and conversation in the groups and forums.
  2. the missional family tree according to leadership journal
  3. “As documentaries go, I’m sure that Dan Merchant’s Lord, Save Us From Your Followers (LSU) could be critiqued in more than a couple of areas, but as tool to break up the logjam that is bad evangelical thinking on the culture war, it’s incredible.” This and more thoughts from the iMonk
  4. Unfortunately I had to miss the event, but now it’s a podcast: Bonhoeffer’s resistance
  5. CSI in real-life, but can they get enough evidence for a conviction? Oetzi was shot in the back and bludgeoned. Let’s see, means, motive, and opportunity… so why did they do it?
  6. Stetzer interviews Hirsch
  7. Barack Obama & the Social Pulpit
  8. “Motivator:” Teamwork
  9. Rob Bell Likes His Art Chocolate “A conversation about faith, art, and science with America’s hippest pastor.”
  10. Here’s a local story: 2 teens charged in plot to attack Manitoba schools, church / Teens accused in alleged murder plot appear in Winnipeg court
  11. Did I already link this one? Sorry if it’s a repeat: Excavating Missional; with Bishop Larry Newineskin
  12. Scot McKnight critiques Pastor Pages on Church websites, suggesting they no longer typify any sense of the sacred, being more concerned these days to answer what’s on the iPod. I’m of two minds about this — I agree with what he says about the pastor’s “dream job,” but I don’t think this means giving up completely on any show of cultural engagement.

That’s it for this Saturday… tune in next week:


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