Everyone's doing the year-end thing. I won't too much - but I have to reflect a little on the year that has passed. 2002 has been one of those years that has been good, but I wouldn't want to repeat it. I've moved, and I've grown. That's not always the easiest process. At church, we've seem some massive changes. Not everyone's been happy; we've lost a lot of people, and gained a lot as well. Transition is tough on everyone. It's been stretching. We've made progress, but there's no question that 2002 was a tough year for our church. I heard someone say that I'm helping to transition a church, but we weren't quite there yet. That's probably a very accurate statement. Sometime this year, I got my second wind. Preaching had become tough for me. Now, I love it again. I've also been stretched by the whole modern/postmodern thing. I'm not sure if I fit neatly into one category, but some of the modern approaches and styles were frustrating me, but I couldn't see a better alternative. That's starting to change. That's been reflected a little in my preaching, a lot more in how I see church/spirituality. Family's been great. Even when it's hard, there's nothing that beats coming home to a 3-year-old son who can't wait to see you; an 8-year-old girl who can't wait to talk, and talk, and talk; a wife who still sometimes laughs at my jokes. We had two floods in our basement this year. A big hassle, a lot of disruption - but worth it in the end. New carpet, new tiles, etc. A lot like the year - a hassle, but worth it. Who knows how many floods 2003 may hold?

The Essence of the Emerging Church

It seems to me that the essence of the emerging church movement, and even the essence of the church itself, can be expressed in three ideas: an inward journey, an outward journey and a journey together. Everything else about our churches - their sizes, shapes, structures etc. - is secondary, and maybe even irrelevant.
Thanks for Jordon Cooper for the link.


We've been busy with family stuff the past couple of days. Wednesday was Charlene's family, and yesterday was my family. Today it's Char's family again, and tomorrow I conduct a funeral on her side of the family. It's been very busy. Every year I try to start earlier and get more organized so I don't end up tired and sick by the end of Christmas week. Every year I fail. This year is no exception. Most blogs are quiet this week. Not Jordon Cooper's. In the past two days, he's posted 14 - count 'em - 14 entries, most very witty and informative. Not only is he blogging, he's also reading Churchill's History of the English Speaking People, which runs a couple of thousand pages. Plus he seems to be having a great time with his family and friends when he's not designing their blogs. No wonder he gets such amazing gifts. Jordon, we beg you to reveal your secrets. We long for your powers.