Showing posts from March, 2013

How to engage with people and ministries without losing your grip on reality

With Easter right around the corner, I had a lot of thoughts running through my head at this morning's " Social Media Shepherds " gathering. That group, which is “an ecumenical group that hosts monthly events focused on empowering churches, ministries and individuals in their use of social media,” always reminds me that “church” is an awkwardly complicated thing to describe. Why? Well… Do I really want to invite friends and neighbors to an unfamiliar Easter services in an intimidating building with awkwardly formal songs and performances that serve to introduce a 30+ minute speech that may or may not successfully convey to them that the God of the Universe wants to reconcile Himself to them, personally? Maybe. Maybe that’s exactly what they need. Maybe. But, as I said this morning, what I’d really like to do is invite them into the conversations that we have around our tables in our Sunday morning “Adult Bible Fellowship,” or show them the way I and my friends email


This just arrived in my Inbox (including the question mark; the FBI doesn't seem very sure of itself, perhaps because it thinks it's the DOJ?) with a return address of "" it must be legit, right? I wonder why our FBI is sending their mail through the domain "" -- that must be a Glasnost thing. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division. J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday Office Hours Monday to Saturday:   Dear Beneficiary     This is to officially notify you that investigation has successfully carried out regarding the payment of your over due contract/ inheritance fund worth 8.5 million USD . It is obvious that you have not receive it yet, we have send letter of notification to your home address through mailbox to notify you about the fund but the letter was returned undelivered so we decide to let you know

Everything short is new again

Back when this blog started in... 2002? More than a decade ago?!? ...I used it as the true "web log" of links and passing interests.  Then, the concept of "blogging" transitioned to long-form writing, so that's what I kept here, and my links were tossed out at Then, Posterous came along, so I used that for my short, fractured thoughts and slice-of-life captures, and left this as longer writing... which meant that not much got posted here. But now, Posterous is going away.  Which raised the question... what should I do with all my old Posterous content? Long story short, I dropped it here.  If you follow the " posterous " label here you'll find all of it.  But, if you scroll through the archives, it'll be mixed in with what's here already. What's lost are the comments, but there haven't been too many over the years.  Maybe I'll bring all those at once, in a single "update post"?  That's an idea.