Archives for October 2007
We are staying right on the ocean. This morning the waves crashed against the shoreline. The rugged coast gave evidence of the repeated lashing of the waves. The force of Living Water against the boundaries we make for our own lives creates the distinctive work of the Spirit. There are certain to be times of challenge these next few days. Hearing the noise of the waves reminds me to listen to the Spirit as the life of Jesus crashes the shoreline of my life.
One of the features of Soularize is the sharing of stories; stories of the Spirit of God. We toured the location for Soularize to get a feel for the church community with which we would share the next few days. Along the road adjacent to the church rests an “Art Garden.” One of the features of the display resulted from the consequences of a storm.
Spencer shared how a storm had stripped a group of trees bare leaving them lifeless. A local artist equipped with a chain saw carved faces in the tops of the barren trees. The beautiful image conveyed the picture of resurrection, of life after life after death. We often would pass by such a display without referencing the context creating the power of the story.
I could not help but think of the times I have quickly passed an expression of the work of the Spirit without thinking of the ways in which the experiences of life constantly communicate the wonder of Resurrection.
I look forward to hearing more stories this week.
Sunday evening the wind began to howl out of the north. Prognosticators ensured viewers will consider them worth listening to another day. It is that time of the year. We will look for frost on the pumpkin soon. Most of the time we simply add layers and enjoy whatever the weather. As for this particular cold front, I will change locations for a week. Further south the highs are in the mid-80’s and the lows are not supposed to drop below 70. Chances of rain will threaten everyday but after more than 50 inches here in the plains that should not be disconcertin.
I will hop a plane and fly south. For a few days of vacation I will help a friend working at a conference. We will share time with the likes of Bishop Tom. Conversations around “church beyond borders” will probe possibilities for the Church around the globe.
Should you be a tad bit envious, you may join in via an high-speed connection. Get you pass and join us regardless of your weather. While you may not be able to change your location, you could engage in some thought-provoking conversations. Friday begins webcast interviews with Len Sweet and Shane Claiborne. Don’t delay sign-up and join us.
Sunday afternoon Tommie and Matt provided entertainment for a benefit. Organizers offered giveaways, a silent auction and music to raise money for a free medical clinic in Oklahoma City. Short notice did not keep Tommie and Matt from offering their own renditions of some popular tunes. They ended with Johnny Cash’s, “Jackson.” Great job!