I bought my very first prom dress yesterday!!
February 20, 2007, 11:19 am
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Never one to pass up a new experience, I decided to give cross-dressing a go. I may be experimental, but I’m not stupid . . . so instead of going to a fancy department store to look at all of their fine apparel, I took Michelle (yes, I included her in this adventure) to a local thrift store, and found a lovely, shiny dress. I snatched it up and brought it home. I’m really excited to try it on, but it will need some alterations . . .

1. Take scissors to the prom dress and cut it up into a bunch of smaller pieces.
2. Take the smaller pieces and stitch them in to the thrift store sportcoats I also purchased yesterday, making lovely new designs.

I look forward to the creative process, and to being able to wear my new promcoat out in public.

O.k., so it doesn’t actually qualify as cross-dressing. But hey, if I’m going to dabble, I’m going to do it slowly. Perhaps some day I will be bold enough to do what Michelle and I observed with one of the thrift store employees – a teenage guy . . . wearing an impressive kilt. Takes a real man, and nice looking legs to pull that one off.


Howdy . . . I mean it . . . I really do
February 18, 2007, 12:39 pm
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Just flew home from Texas this morning. I was in the DFW area for a missions event for college students. I’m going on about 3 hours sleep right now, but it was a good good weekend. I get really stoked when I see college students with a fire in their eyes to make their lives count for more than the paycheck on the other side of their degree, or the white throne on the other end of their hangover. It was a really encouraging time with some new friends.

I’ll admit it – I talk too much trash about the South/the Bible Belt, and the Christian subculture that’s just so bloody thick there. But I shared worship with 200 students who are committing themselves to being on Kingdom mission as a lifestyle. Some will get assigned to short term projects away from home, and some will get assigned to projects lasting a full year. That’s encouraging. As with any pet issue, it’s a lot easier to talk trash when you don’t have enough friendships with the people you’re talking about.

Must sleep . . . losing coherence . . . fighting a migraine . . . looking forward to dinner alone with my favorite person.

Inside the Missional Matrix
February 11, 2007, 5:45 pm
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Seattle is just hoppin’ full of interesting events this spring. Including this one, brought to you by Off The Map and the Shoreline Vineyard. There’s a possibility that I’ll be out of state . . . but I may just rearrange things a little.

Art installation
February 9, 2007, 6:44 am
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The Ikon community in Ireland (home of Peter Rollins, author of the excellent book How (Not) to Speak of God) has an art installation up. Here’s one of their pieces:

HT: Jonny Baker

Coming in April to University of Washington
February 7, 2007, 6:13 pm
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Film, Faith, and Justice 2007

– do plan on being there, won’t you?

The Q
February 7, 2007, 7:33 am
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When I lived in San Diego, “going to the Q” meant going to watch the Padres or Chargers play ball – at Qualcomm Stadium. Many natives still call it “The Murph,” given that before naming rights wrecked the world, the stadium was named after a legendary San Diego sports journalist, Jack Murphy. Some have merged the two names, and refer to the stadium as “The Qurf”. I digress.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eugene Cho, the pastor of Quest Church in the Interbay area of Seattle. The church is about five years old, and has a really good story. They also have a cool coffee shop called Q Cafe.

We talked about the cultural vibe, our histories in the church, making a new way with multiple generations of Jesus followers, and how at times our idealism comes to a point of collision with reality – how to adjust?

Is church planting always a good thing?
February 6, 2007, 7:27 am
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Just a quick shot here – not much time to post. I’ve just been brewing on some conversations I’ve been a part of recently in which church planters are discussing their work. I hear a lot of talk about the new church, the new vision, the new approaches . . . but I can’t say I hear a lot about Jesus. In one case, I heard a church planter describe his “non-institutional” approach to church planting, and I can’t recall hearing the words “God” or “Jesus” or “Kingdom”.

Don’t get me wrong – I value church planting . . . but the point isn’t to start new churches, is it? Please tell me it’s not. Please tell me that creating new environments for the King and the Kingdom to be announced and revealed has something to do with it.