Category Archives: Kingdom of God

Thoughts on Public Faith

Moses Speaks to the Israelites

In a recent teaching (Part 1, Part 2), my friend Mark Sampson, explains how, through history, Christianity has become a faith of the individual. As a result of events like the Enlightenment have lost the communal dynamic of our faith. It has become a personal, interior faith, that is no longer lived out in a social context. As an individual today Faith has little place in my work, my studies and my play. I am expected to have my 15 mins with God each day and maybe some with the community of believers on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. My spiritual focus is on my “quiet times;” my times alone with God. My prayers (mostly) revolve around my decisions, my direction and my needs.

The Israelites, chosen to bless the world, didn’t live their faith out as individuals. They were a people, a community and God was THEIR god. God was their King (for a while). He was committed to them, and they were to Him (for a while). He was at the centre of every aspect of their culture, social, and economic framework (for a while). 

As a Christian today, how can I live more as if God is OUR God and not just MY God. I’m not sure. But, he’s a challenge to any of you who are worshipers: What does worship look like if not longer a individual faith? Today at Church I couldn’t help but notice how me-ish the songs were. I couldn’t help but wonder what songs we would write with a different kind of faith.

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Keep Moving Forward

I get that title from the movie “Meet the Robinsons.” It’s a kids movie, but it’s spot on in its overall message. So, I’m keeping moving on..

I’ve been challenged by a series of lectures (God and the Domains, God and your Future) by Patrick Dodson, a former(?) YWAMer and thinker. 

He talks about knowing the theology of your field and outlines some steps to constructing a framework to understand God through what you are doing. It’s made me think about my views of technology and realise that I really don’t have a strong understanding. I have a passion, I have awe and excitement, but I don’t have a complete insight to God’s purposes in Technology, especially not the way Patrick talks about. He makes it sound so exciting by describing how in the process of constructing a framework for story you learn about God and His character. 

I was intrigued in thinking about what would happen if I applied that process to working at the store. What would God have to say about that Job? And would that understanding impact my work and my relationships with my co-workers and customers? What would be the overall effect?

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The Killer App

I’ve been wondering what is going to be the Kingdom of God’s killer web app. That is what I want to be involved with, developing something that is so significant and important that it gains significant ground for God.I was IMing with my good friend Dave about this recently and he asked for some help in developing a podcast site called YWAMPodcast.net. Its a site containing a lot of teaching material from YWAM’s history, specifically organised around YWAM’s foundational values. He said that he gets emails every week from people that really appreciate the podcasts and get so much out of it. Dave is focused on education and learning communities and so he really wants to develop this site so that it can be that. I’ll be helping him. Done right, this could be a killer app.YWAMKB.netAnother site that was brought to my attention today was YWAMKB.net. KB stands for knowledge-base. This is an awesome site that YWAM Europe has created to provide a resource for YWAM Bases around the world. It is filled with information and guides on how to lead evangelisation teams or run a school or manage your base effectively. When I saw this site I was blown away with how useful this could be. As I dug deeper I found a lot of information holes that need to be filled, but it’s still amazing.

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Thoughts on Facebook

On friday driving to Chicago, David Gagnon and I spent close to 3 hours talking about the application of technology in the kingdom. One topic of conversation was Facebook. He had been reading about the importance of record-keeping (and the technology that facilitates it) in building of a developing nation’s economy and how important record-keeping is for a college like the University of the Nations. I took his thinking a stage further and applied it to some thoughts I had regarding the social network Facebook.

Facebook is amazing in its tagging functions. You can tag your Photos, videos, comments, and blog posts with the names of other facebook friends. This tagging builds a web of connections between you and your tagged friends that are easy to navigate and discover. If you started facebook very young and were consistent to record your life until you passed away you would leave a detailed record of your friendships and activities over your lifetime. Imagine the joy of examining at your parent’s facebook from their teenage years. What photo’s did they post? What were their status posts? Who were their friends? Imagine what a different picture your kids will have of you in looking back to see what pictures you uploaded and links you posted. 

But the fundamental reason why this is all so awesome is that Facebook, by its record keeping, brings value to the individual’s micro-narrative: each person’s individual story is important, interesting and significant. We are no longer talking about a nation’s or a town’s history, but of a person’s history. I just hope that people don’t get bored and realise how important staying connected could be.

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