The Vagabond Highway

I’ve decided to stop blogging here and start fresh at another blog.  If your interested you can find my new blog here.

What Music Speaks to You or Just Makes you Smile?

What music have you recently discovered (or rediscovered that really speaks to you? or just makes you smile :)?

For me its Ziggy Marley.  Its just so positive and upbeat.  Its got the roots reggae feel like his dad’s music did, but he adds in just the right mix of pop hooks and melodies. It just makes me smile.

If you have kids and would like a children’s album that your kids can listen to with out going crazy check out Ziggy’s new album Family Time

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Beautiful Day

Take a look into the sky
‘Cause the world is not so pretty
Free myself from worries
So I can see
It’s just a beautiful day
It’s just a beautiful day

You could be sad
But I rather you not be
Don’t dwell on the negative
Just the positivity
And it’s a beautiful day
It’s just a beautiful day

We’re always trying to satisfy these wants and needs
Take you some time for that inner peace
When your eyes are open
You’ll see things differently
There’s so much gloom
Hiding the reality
It’s just a beautiful day
Yeah, It’s just a beautiful day

Take a look into the sky
Wake up
Take a look into the sky
Keep your head up high
Take a look into the sky

I take a look into the sky
‘Cause the world is not so pretty
Free myself from worries
So I can see
It’s just a beautiful day

I could be sad
But you rather me not be
Don’t dwell on the negative just the positivity
And it’s a beautiful day
And it’s a beautiful day

We’re always trying to satisfy these wants and needs
Take you some time for that inner peace
When our eyes are open
We’ll see things differently
There’s so much gloom
Hiding the reality
It’s just a beautiful day
A beautiful day

Take a look into the sky
Wake up
Take a look into the sky
Look in the sky
Keep your head up high

It’s just a beautiful day
I know it’s a beautiful day
It’s just a beautiful day
I know it’s a beautiful day
No one can take that away
It’s just a beautiful day
I know it’s a beautiful day
Don’t you feel no way
It’s just a beautiful day

Map of the Emergent World

I found this google map of people, churches and communities associated with Emergent Village via the Glocal Christianity blog. The great thing about this map is that it is open source and any one can add themselves.

According to Mike Clawson the goal with this map will be to create a resource to help network folks with what is going on in their own local area, or help them start something new if there isn’t anything already. I think this is a great idea. I think it can end up being a great way for people who are interested in connecting with other people who are asking the same questions but just don’t know where to start.

I’m not officially connected to Emergent Village, but I do consider my self a part of the broader emerging church conversation. I went ahead and added my self to the map.

That’s me all by myself in Fort Wayne, IN

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Eucharist at the Airport

Here is a beautiful story I found at Sarcastic Lutheran about  a community of believers bringing the Eucharist to a sister who had been denied the opportunity to participate in communion at her parents church.

The Heart of the Emerging Church – Part 1

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Quite a while ago Grace from the Emerging Grace blog posted a group of posters in response to some less than grateful posters created by some people who vehemently oppose the emerging church movement. I downloaded the set and I now use them as my screen saver at home and at work. An expanded set of posters can be found at Grace’s current blog Kingdom Grace. ( I stumbled upon this expanded set  just now as I was writing this post)

I was sitting in my office over lunch just taking a few moments to meditate on a passage of scripture. I look up from the page and watched as this set of posters flashed across my computer screen. I was struck by the beauty of these images and the values that they embodied. I believe that these images give us a glimpse in to the heart of the emerging church.

Over the course of few posts I would like to use some of these images to take a look at what I see as the heart of the emerging church of  which I now consider my self a part of.

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Non-conformity and the willingness to challenge traditional expressions of church were two of the first things to draw me to the emerging church conversation. I have never been one to do something just because “everyone else was doing it”, and I have never believed in doing things a certain way just because “thats the way we have always done it.” Thats just not in my nature. I have always thought that Why was an important question to ask.

I believe that it from these two aspects of the emerging church which all the others flow. With out the willingness to break from the herd and forge a new way forward, or the willingness to question the traditional expressions of church there could be no positive change. The church would be stuck in the past as our world changes rapidly around us.

We see these two values modeled by Jesus during his incarnation. All through out the gospels he went against the conventional religious teaching of the day. Jesus never did things the way that the religious leaders of the day thought that he should. In fact it was his unwillingness to conform, and his constant challenging of the religious establishment that got him killed.

I take a lot of flack sometimes for my perspective on many things. Just today I was drawn into a conversation I didn’t want to have and was called a “Greek loving apostate who was going to hell.” just because I don’t believe that the King James is the only true Bible. At times it can be discouraging to say the least but then I remember that Jesus once told his disciples that “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” I find comfort in that statement, because if you look at who was persecuted Jesus while he was on earth it was the religious establishment of his day.

So to all you fellow questioners and non-conformists Don’t give up!  I believe we are on the right track

Stuff I found While Skipping Church

Here are some  posts I found this morning while skipping Church.

Heather over at A Decontsucted Christian has a good post entitled Of franching and branding and growth about Hillsong’s global growth which reads more like a hostile corporate takeover than Spirit driven growth and multiplication.

Stuff White Christians Like This site is hilarious, even if you are a white Christian. I found this site by way if this post by Mike over at Emerging Pensees.

Never mind. It looks like I’m not skipping church. Just going to the late service.

Are You Ready to Go For a Spin?

“As each age passes it can not be reclaimed”

Try as we might. No matter how much fear and hatred we throw at it. Whether we like it or not the wheel keeps on turning.

See the video this quote was taken from here.