passive interconnected awareness


Recently, I have been in the habit of leaving tweetping running on my second monitor when I’m working late at night. There is something beautiful about seeing the rest of the world in motion, and knowing that while I sit at my little desk alone, there are millions of other people out there sharing their lives on twitter.

Sometimes I throw up a feed on mute. Again, real people… tens of thousands of them all participating in this thing we call life.

What are you doing right now?


You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

/via Jim Rohn

I am also pondering what this means, physically.

Meanwhile, I figured it would make sense to maintain a digital version. The members of the list will probably ebb and flow from week to week, but if I were to only pay attention to five people on twitter this week, who would they be?

This is my answer right now:

TEEM LifeCast

I briefly caught Mary Hess online today, distracting her for a few moments from her year in Vienna. It was a bittersweet conversation, however, because it reminded me that I still don’t have a place in the church, even though there are a number of people (Hessma included) who are pouring everything they have into making room in the church for something new. She challenged me several times:

What would be most fun at this point?

I told her I would love for the church to call me up and say, “We’re interested in providing resources to help the church get out of their building and engage the culture… could you go be an evangelist to, well, north america and help churches do this?”

Well, what would it take to describe [this possibility] vitally enough to help people “catch” the vision? a film? a song? a media site?

Any of those would be a great way to communicate possibilities. But they need to be based on true-life stories. So before we can share the vision, I believe we need to create the vision. We need to tell the real life story of someone living out these possibilities. Now blogging, podcasting, and even video casting make the media and syndication to accessible to anyone and everyone. So I, or anyone, could tell the story of doing church in a new way. And I believe without a shadow of a doubt, if more people have an opportunity to see someone engaging the culture in new (old) ways, and approaching ministry preparation outside of the classroom, things would change. At the very least, new doors would be opened.

Imagine a TEEM based blog/vlog/podcast documenting the life of a spiritual entrepreneur. A peek into a different approach to ministry preparation, and a different approach to being the church.

I join Mary in throwing down the gauntlet for those of us who are able to make a difference, by telling new stories in new forms, to do whatever we can to make this possibility a reality.

contact Mary or contact me if you have any ideas or energy for this project. Or, better yet, if you’re on Facebook, join us in TEEM LifeCast

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Tonight, a Christian community is conceived. It is only a twinkle in our eye. It may be nine months before something living, breathing, and other than ourselves exists outside of ourselves. But someday, we can look back and point to this night.

broken people.
broken hearts.
broken bread.

Who knows what it would look like? We’ll just have to wait and see. But you’re invited to take a peek into this from the very beginning. Failures and joys and everything in between.

gettin jiggy

These next few weeks will be a little crazy on here because I will be
pulling together all my thoughts for the paper I have to write for
class related to this topic. I have not been a very good student
because I have never learned the art of doing what I need to do for
class (as opposed to everything I want to do related to the
topic). So, even though I am just beginning to learn all the things I
want to learn about this topic, I now need to focus in on the point of
this paper. This is a skill I need to learn not only for this paper,
but for life.

ELN TwinCities Cohort

I’m sitting here at the Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis waiting to see who shows up. (Ryan just walked in). I’ll post later how the conversation goes. (Steve made it too).

Update: It’s really late. The conversation was wonderful. I have a lot to think about and explore. I’ll sort through my thoughts on the conversation tomorrow.

One for the road: What is the Emerging Church? We had to agree on a vocabulary for most of our conversation, and this piece helped us clarify what exactly an emerging church was. I’m looking forward to reading this book. (After I get through about 100 others). Anyway, here’s a piece:

Emerging Churches are those who take the life of Jesus as a model way to live (one), who transform the secular realm (two), as they live highly communal lives (three). Because of these three activities, they welcome those who are outside (four), they share generously (five), they participate (six), create (seven), they lead without control (eight), and function together in spiritual activities (nine).


A Churchless Faith

Links and thoughts about “A Churchless Faith” by Alan Jamieson

– Quotations and overview of the book on
– Article: “A Churchless Faith” by author on
– Article: “Ten Myths about Church Leavers” by author on
– Article: “In search of Turangawaewae” by author on
– Article: About the book by another author on
– The Author’s blog: Prodigal Kiwi(s)
– Article: Greenbelt explores the ideas of the Book on


These are the ‘textbooks’ I picked up on Amazon today. I will of course be doing research and looking up other books, articles, journals, intereviews, etc. Plus, there are a few books I’ll be checking out from the library. But in case you want to dive deep into this discussion, here are some good ones to pick up:

The Hidden Power of Social Networks: Understanding How Work Really Gets Done in Organizations
A Churchless Faith
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church