Sunday, July 16, 2006

New Site on the Rise

You may find my new format and feel:

GM Eco-mobile and the future of auto travel

In this feature, the new GM Hy-Wire is showcased. Its H-powered, has an interchangeable body, no pedals, and all mirrors have been replaced with digital video.

Also, the H-drive engine derives its hydrogen from saltwater, our most abundant resource.

This may sound too east coast for some of my friends in Texas, but I look forward to seeing the day the Hy-Wire rolls off the assembly floor. And with a R&D pricetag of nearly $9.2m, I look forward to the consumer version.

Watch the video here.

Kingdom Gentrification

You may need to refresh your memory on the definition of gentrification, but after that, you should read this thoughtful theology of property recovery for kingdom purposes.

Evangelicals everywhere need to follow this example of witness and ministry.

Read the article here.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Pastor fills bars in outreach effort

Rob Bell, Michigan pastor (previously covered here) of the mega-Mars Hill Bible Church near Grand Rapids, is now doing meta-stand-up in bars around the country.

Bell founded the church in 1999, which now meets in a cavernous building (former shopping mall) and draws more than 11,000 to his weekend services.

Bordering on self-proclaimed "utter-foolishness," Bell admits his efforts "crank up the risk factor" and may "crash land."

Jim Hamilton, my friend and much-published collaborer (blog) in the kingdom, is quoted in the article, "If you want to be contextualized, that's fine, but you have to be contextualizing the Gospel," he said. "If you are not contextualizing the Gospel, you are just being conformed to the spirit of the age."

Contextualization in evangelism and outreach is like typologization in biblical interpretation. There must exist some objective boundaries and safeguards in place; otherwise, where ends the envelope?

See the coverage from Houston (here).

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ken Lay Dead

After facing the judgement of men and the media at 64, Ken Lay suffered a massive coronary and now stands in the presence of the One whose eyes are aflame with fire (Rev 19:12). In mid-June, I spoke with Mr. Lay's pastor, and he spoke confidently of Ken's love for the gospel and trust in Christ for salvation and forgiveness. Indeed, he affirmed that Ken viewed the events of the last years as trying and formative. He indicated that Ken found life and happiness only in Christ, and that the terrible events, including his trial and conviction, were from the Lord for his good and God's glory.

Few know anything of Lay and his simple upbringing. He was born in Tyrone, Mo. and worked with his father at the family general store selling stoves. His father left the store to answer the call to ministry, and Lay delivered newspapers and mowed lawns to make ends meet.

He served the country in the Navy both at the Pentagon and then served as undersecretary for the Department of the Interior before returning to business. After a short tenure at Florida Gas, he moved to Texas to continue his ascent in energy.

In his recent trial, Lay testified, "I’ve not only pursued the American dream, I’ve achieved it. I suppose we could say the last few years, I’ve also achieved the American nightmare."

These are sobering words and deserve close attention. Perhaps we should consider the dreams and hopes we pursue. Even more, we should listen to the life of a man who now knows that every dream ends in the presence of the One who treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. Listen to him say, "Only those who humble themselves at the hem of his blood-soaked robe will find happiness--seek Him; serve Him; cling to Him."

See his personal website (here) and local coverage (here) for more detail.