Allelon has just posted Bob Hyatt's article "Why YOU Should Plant a Church" (login required), and I remembered that I had read this article before. So, I dug around a bit and saw that this had already been published here at Open Source Theology (Hyatt may have published the piece many places, OST is the first place that I read it).
Bob Hyatt is the pastor of The Evergreen Community in Portland, and is the force behind nextChurch Network, which is worth checking out. I love Hyatt's passion-- "to encourage church planting by encouraging church planters"-- I wish I could say that I know him personally. And, while I always enjoy reading, being challenged, agreeing with, disagreeing with the pieces Hyatt has posted (list) at OST, I found several issues with this paper.
First, Hyatt represents a view point that I have heard a great deal over the past several years:
It makes sense to weed out the weak when you start with the basic assumption that no one should step out and plant a church unless specifically instructed to by God and unless they have “what it takes.” I like to approach it from a different viewpoint.
Why shouldn’t you plant a church?
I love what is underlying the argument here-- people often hide behind fear and generate a myriad of excuses for why they should not be faithful to the mission of God. I have heard the same argument advanced on several occasions on the topic of cross-cultural mission. That is, don't spend your time watching HDTV (oh, how I would love to watch 24 on some super TV...if I were rich and had no morals...)-- saying that you don't feel "called" to do whatever. Kevin, I just don't feel "called" to minister among the poor. It seems that this is the attitude Hyatt is addressing.
So, the argument proceeds: give your life away, go live among the poor, move to Uzbekistan, etc., and trust God to reveal to you that he doesn't want you there if, indeed, He doesn't. I like the heart underneath the argument, but I'm beginning to like the argument less and less. But I don't want to get too far off-track...
As I thought about our dear friend Eloise at work today, I remembered something Gladd had shown me a long time ago. Patches the Horse. In some strange cosmic way, I believe that Eloise and Patches are connected.
Several months ago, I downloaded booxter and have really enjoyed using it. As I played around with it, I started seeing people talk about delicious library. I remember reading Andrew Jones' take on it here, and it didn't really seem any different than bookster. Recently, Gladd told me that he had picked up delicious and then BBrown told me he had imported his whole library into it. I downloaded it yesterday and played with it a bit this afternoon. I like the idea of having all my books cataloged in a format like this, but I haven't decided which one I want to use.
Both Jackie and I are at the inaugural Word of Mouth Summit today and tomorrow in Chicago. The Summit is 350 marketers confabbing about all things word-of-mouth.
Dave Balter, founder and CEO of BzzAgent, served up a few tasty morsels during his presentation:
* 80% of the word-of-mouth conversations that happen among BzzAgent's agents are face-to-face
* 50% of negative word of mouth is the result of "injustice" experienced by customers
* 22% of all conversations include some form of word of mouth
* Sales of the Pontiac G6, the car that received oodles of buzz when Oprah gave away 276 of them to her audience one day, are down 30%
I know that this video clip is offensive to some, and I mean them no disrespect. However, I don't remember laughing this hard in a long time. Could someone please explain to me what the Southern Baptist Convention was thinking?
Logos Bible Software today announced a Macintosh version of the company's digital library software. Due later this year, Logos Bible Software will make thousands of Bible reference eBooks available to Macintosh users. "Literally thousands of digital titles never before available on the Mac will be available the day we ship Logos Bible Software for the Mac...Pastors, scholars, and students of the Bible can build their own digital library from a growing list of 4,000-plus titles from a hundred different publishers." The Mac version will read the same book files as the PC version and will include categories, such as Bibles, original language texts, morphological databases, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, grammars, maps and more. It will ship in December 2005.
This could present some exciting possibilities, but nothing can compare with Accordance in my humble opinion. I had Virtual PC on my old laptop, and looked at the Word Biblical Commentaries on Logos (I think). I didn't really like the software interface-- but I'm anxious to see how it works when they port it to the mac.