Friday, February 20, 2009

Back in the "glimmer of hope" mode

As of this writing, we are about ready to mail an application in to a cash-source entity outside of the conventional bank. We are operating on guidance from a recently made acquaintance. Stand by - - -

Sunday, February 15, 2009


"Dead in the water" - as far as the "coffee shop" goes - - - I learned that term in the Navy. It means that there is no wind or engine to drive the boat/ship. The only thing that can move the vessel is a current. That's where we're at right now. It does not mean that we are not moving. It just doesn't feel like we are. We're fine with that as the strong sense (sorry - can't find any other word) of God's presence prevails.

We had our initial house church gathering last week and it went very well. We will gather every other week - as the community has requested it. It's no cooincidence that a fellow follower I crossed paths with just prior to our first gathering handed me a book with a very red cover. It's called "Pagan Christianity" by Frank Viola and George Barna. Funny - I had not heard of it as it was published in 2002. I am now devouring it and strongly resonating with what I had always suspected about why "we" (the conventional church) DO the things we DO. I hope to provide excerpts in this blog and my personal blog ( In short, the writers have the courage to do what many think should not be done. They actually throw the baby out with the bath water." All the time I assumed the baby was a "Christian" one - but it turns out that the baby is (this word has been used so derogatorily but it fits here) PAGAN.

Friday, February 6, 2009

A glimmer of hope

Among the handful of private lenders we have approached, only one has reflected a generous demeanor. "The economy" is causing balking on the part of others. The one is praying about what can be done on our behalf and will get back to us.

Sunday is Day 1 of our community of followers. We will gather at our house from 10:30 - Noon. This will have an open-paticipatory context and not the conventional "this is how you do church."