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Shift Conference

April 11, 2008

Day 2 has come to an end. It was a long day, but very good. Today I attended 4 seminars, 3 of which were very good and informative and 1 of which I could have done something better with my time. I saw the newest nooma video, it was good, and I got to see John Foreman of Switchfoot play an acoustic set which was rad. Brian McLaren challenged my thinking again with ideas of how the paradigm is shifting in our current culture, inside the church and out.

Then I went to a seminar taught by a guy who plants churches in the Seattle area. His seminar was really good, I really enjoyed it. He challenged my thinking in how I deal with students and how I teach them how to live for Chirst in todays world. The last seminar of the day was really good, it was all about social justice issues. It was really nice to be around people who are asking the same questions that I am asking, and are doubting in the same areas that I am. There is alot of The most important thing that I learned so far this week has been the need to come back to God. So often I am always “busy” with ministry stuff that I put God on the back burner and my time with him is the first thing to get pushed back. Of course it is easy to see the fault in this, but while in the midst of staying busy it is so hard to pull back.

I long to spend time with God, and to worship him. Why then is it so hard? I hate that, I hate that it is hard for me.

Good conference! I am glad I came, I have learned alot. I do have questions about a church like Willow’s, but I see good things there. I see God using the campus, but I still can’t justify the money it cost them to build it and furnish it. Anyways, it has been good.

I look forward to sharing a meal with some of you and talking about the experience.

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  1. April 12, 2008 9:00 pm

    i have troubles with the amount of money as well. i wonder how they might react as a church entity to this “shift” they are now seeing global issues and social justice.

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