Friday, August 13, 2004

Today is the last short Friday of the summer.


Interior of Mission San Luis Rey church
More pictures posted on the fotolog.

Thursday, August 12, 2004


I don’t want to bash any Christian organization unnecessarily (being brothers and sisters, and all), but I find it both annoying and condescending that every teaching series offered by Crave (aka Saddleback college ministry) has MP3s and transcripts of their teaching sessions--large teaching sessions. Yeah, I'm sure that would go over well with a group of say... 15-20. Sure.

There are downloads on the freebie page, if you want some documentation.

In my opinion, they do not live up to their claim:

Crave Resources provides resources for those who ministering to the college
and post-college demographic. Whether you are a veteran in College age ministry, or just beginning that exciting journey, Crave Resources salutes you! We view ministry to this generation as an essential part of fulfilling the great commission! We are honored to be coworkers with you, for HIM!

Seems all their resources say, “Here, we did all the hard work for you. There’s no need for you to really study.” Doing all the work for someone does not equal being a co-worker! Maybe I’m overstating it, but I see it as a definite trend in what flows out of the mega-churches. Where are the resources for helping pastors and directors develop local culture specific curriculum? Where are the in-depth studies—not just fill-ins! And, frankly, the "this is how we did it, but you should discover your own way" claim just doesn't cut it anymore; especially when they provide NO resources for learning how to discover your own way. There's nothing on cultural exegesis. No links to resources. I couldn't even find any guidelines for adaptation. Come on!


Took this on my retreat. I find it rather contemplative... like the retreat. More pictures at the Fotolog.


Now, I don't think they're nearly as bad as that thing--you remember, Izzy--in Atlanta, but they're a little wierd. See the official page here. Maybe they'll grow on us...


Courtesy of Living Room.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Back from retreat...

at Mission San Luis Rey. I highly recommend it. The place is beautiful, peaceful, has good food, and good prices. I'll blog some reflections later...

Weblog: Fuller Prof Ordered to Leave U.S. - Christianity Today Magazine

Weblog: Fuller Prof Ordered to Leave U.S. - Christianity Today Magazine

"A seminary must now be directly tied to a single denominational body for the U.S. government to consider it legitimate. "

Gosh, I hope the international Talbot and other Biola profs have all their stuff in order. Me thinks this law is a bit MESSED UP! Maybe they should have done a bit of research on seminaries???

Thanks to Brad for the heads up on the story.