The story so far...
One of the places we had heard about was Mars Hill, so I set out to find out what I could. That involved a web search, of course, and I stumbled upon a post on Adam Cleaveland's PoMoMusings blog. Well, I'd heard of blogs, but never really bothered to find out much about them. Apart from the really interesting content (a nice surprise) I was really struck by the network. Also by the emergent church conversation, including a lot of discussion on the fallout from the Emergent conventions which I had just missed. So I ended up reading Dan Kimball's books and a few other, including a few Brian McLaren books (which I promptly set aside until September).
The other big thread emanating from this discovery was alternative worship. From Adam's blog I checked out his blogroll and found Maggi Dawn and Jonny Baker to be great resources and inspiration. Maybe it's just the British angle working for me, but I am always grateful when I don't have to filter out the overly Evangelical tone of much US material (see, I should have read Brian McLaren sooner...) I bought Jonny's book (but here's a hint Jonny - make the text on the CD copyable!)
Somewhere in there I researched the free blog tools and as Google had just taken over Blogger, it seemed easy and reputable, so hey, here I am.
I have a really hard time writing daily, simply because of my work schedule, but I've run about three posts a week, which seems reasonable and sustainable. The other thing that mitigates against more frequent posting is that I have a hard time sticking to a simple paragraph and link format that many do. I think as I write, so I never quite know where I'll end up.
Oh well :)
Although I didn't really indentify with the "emerging church" until I started blogging, and started hearing about it, I recognized the need for it a long time ago. For me the image has been the butterfly, crawling out of the dried husk of the chrysalis...and God knows, the church as I've mostly experienced it needs to emerge from what it was in order to grow towards what Christ called it (and us) to be.
Today, one of the teachers at the not-for-profit I'm working for came rushing into our office area and said, "You're the new 'computer person,' aren't you?" (Translation: I need stuff entered into Word so that it will print out pretty on my labels, and I have no clue how to do that, and I need it in 15 minutes. Help.) I tried to say, "Nah, I'm not 'the computer person,'" but what came out was, "No, I'm not 'the computer guy'... I'm just this *guy*, y'know..." And one of my office mates (and a certifiable HHG maniac) caught the unintended reference and started to giggle. Life, it seems, does imitate art...
I'm grateful for the guys at Pyra Labs, and for folks at Blogger and TypePad and all the rest who make the blogiverse a reality. It has been my creative outlet, my online confessional, my place to rant, and to find community in a way that most churches will never understand. And that, as the old song says, is "a good feeling to know."
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