So, what are we supposed to do?

BBC News – US issues travel alert for Americans in Europe I find it weird that US would issue an ‘alert’ about possible terrorism in Europe. As I was reading this I was thinking, “What are they expecting people to do with this information?” Are they expecting us to be on the lookout for a…

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Good thoughts on Movement/Missional Stuff by Rob

the drum|rob fairbanks: Living Into Movement – Pt 2 – Being a Missional Community This is part 2 of a post that my friend and president of Christian Associates has been writing on Movements. It’s worth a thought or a reminder. If you don’t care about ‘churchy’ stuff it might be boring, but at the…

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Disconnected Revival

I haven’t had a good rant on my blog in a while and in an effort to write more of what’s on my mind, this is what gets published for the world to see. I’ve been prepping for a conference this summer in which I’m leading worship for a few sessions. Worship leading was really…

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The Next Ten Hours

World Cup 2010: Spain’s success puts nationalists in the shade | World news | The Observer This is a great article that gets at some of the tension in Catalunya in regards to being a separate independent country and in whether or not to support Spain’s national futbol team. There is a long and interesting…

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A Different Kind of Demonstration at Gay Pride Parade

My friend Dennis sent me this article and I really resonated with it: A Different Kind of Christian Demonstration at Gay Pride | TimSchraeder.com Reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel. Reconciliation between once-opposed enemies is truly good news for all people. (What the angels spoke of to the shepherds in Luke’s gospel) Even…

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The Empathetic Civilisation

I’ve only watched the first half of this, so I can’t be held accountable for the second half if it’s bad, but this is a really interesting video. Thanks to Tim for posting it on his blog.

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Timelessly Radical

I was reading this morning about Jesus’ parables. About how they were spoken (and recorded) thousands of years ago, but have reminded timeless, pertinent, and meaningful for each generation that has passed. (Which would be approx 26 generations if the average lifespan was 75) I think of how much has changed in just my generation…

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Turn the Amps Up to 11…for Jesus of Course

I just posted this on Twitter and had a hard time articulating what I really want to say in 140 characters: If I had to choose: I would take one simple act of service to a person in need over singing 100 songs at a Christian rock/’worship event’ Let me expound… I’ve been living in…

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It’s not easy

The title of this post could apply to a lot of things in my life right now. Speaking spanish, playing futbol, finding rhythm in life…but right now it’s about how it’s not easy leading my family at the moment. I want to be a good husband, father, and leader for my family. But this season…

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Thoughts on LeBron as a Leader

I think we’re seeing the new archetype of leader in LeBron James. I remember watching Michael Jordan, or even Kobe a while ago, interact with his team. They were scared of him. If they weren’t playing well, he’d snap. Pointing fingers in faces. Shaking his head in disgust. It was pretty shaming to do that…

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Values

I was thinking the other night…Values aren’t really values until they are lived out. Until lived, they remain only aspirations. We (myself and Jen) have values that we want to live by throughout our lives (Service, Hospitality, Authenticity, Gratitude), but if we’re they are not being fleshed out in our lives, then we really can’t…

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On the Train Tonight

Tonight I had ‘futbol’ practice…it was the first time I’ve been able to go since Matias was born…To get to the practice facility I take a train that’s a bit bigger than the metro and goes way out of the city. Tonight is the story of two train rides that have a sobering similarity. On…

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I’ve really been wanting to write more…

Hey all 3 of you that still check this…I’ve really been wanting to write more, but my life has been a bit busy with the new addition to our family two weeks ago. So, hopefully in the new year I’ll be able to get into a routine that includes me writing some more! I need…

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A Scene of Racism in Modern Europe

Ok…so huge title and I don’t think I’ll do much commentating on this topic, but here is an example of something that seems like it’s more from the Jackie Robinson era in baseball than it does from 2009 in Italian football. BBC News – Racist abuse against Balotelli feared at Inter-Juve tie The truth is…

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Commitment to Excellence? More like: Commitment to Self.

Disgruntled Oakland Raiders fans post billboard asking owner Al Davis to hire GM – ESPN Al Davis has done a fabulous job of preparing the Raiders to establish a new legacy when he’s no longer running things. I am a not a Raider’s fan at all, but still feel for fans who’ve had to put…

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The Wrong Kind of News

Here is another bad piece of press for the Vatican…but the problem is that it is true. If this tradition of the Church is ever going to regain ground in our culture it will have to start operating with more authenticity. BBC News – Vatican ‘snubbed Ireland church abuse inquiry’

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Thoughts on Prayer by Stanley Hauerwas

Take 2 minutes and watch this. I think that Hauerwas exposes and articulates some of what I think God has been trying to teach me about prayer and life with Him over the past few years. (forgive the brief expletive if it offends….)

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Now that I’m gone

Now that my life is settled in one city, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on all of the leaving that I’ve done over the past two years. To be honest, I think leaving is a really hard thing to do well. I don’t know how I would grade myself or my efforts…

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Jesus Atop Tibidabo

Jesus Atop Tibidabo, originally uploaded by pbert. This is a great picture of a statue of Jesus in Barcelona…We hope to bring life to the many stone renderings of Him here!

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Spain at 300kph!

So we’re on our way to Madrid by train. The train from Barcelona to Madrid is pretty nice and it goes pretty fast too! To make the drive would take about eight hours. The train takes 2 and a half! And plus, they are showing High School Musical 3 in Spanish! Obviously a huge bonus.…

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Presence of the Lord….

I love this song for a few reasons… One: The words… I have finally found a way to live, just like I never could before.I know that I dont have much to give, but I can open any door.Everybody knows the secret, everybody knows the score.I have finally found a way to live in the…

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Neighborhood

I love the neighborhood we live in. I think that this is important. When Jesus talked about loving our neighbor, He gave us a tangible place to start and focus our love and blessing. Our neighborhood is incredibly diverse and very active at almost all hours of the day. I’ve heard kids playing at 1:30am.…

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Blogging from Walmart

Blogging begins turnaround for homeless woman – CNN.com I’m thankful that I have the luxury of blogging from a fixed apartment…This story of optimism brings me hope and I wanted to pass it on…

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Prayer and Sexuality

Prayer and sex have more in common than we might think. To describe what I mean I’m going to talk more about sexuality, so if you don’t want to hear that, stop reading. Sex is the most intimate act a person can do with another. There is complete openness, vulnerability, and nothing is hidden. When…

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Thoughts on songwriting from John Mark McMillan

I’ve really been into John Mark McMillan‘s song writing since hearing a song of his this past spring. He’s a gifted songwriter and has a way of saying profound things in simple ways…His album ‘The Medicine’ (see below) is one of my favorite albums right now…I think it ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6 ACADEMIC has easily cracked…

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