Monday, January 26, 2004

I had a weird sort of experience today. I spent some time in a community coffee house this morning - a place where I've begun to develop some relationships. Then I went back to the home office to get some other work done, and I then underwent what I can only describe as a spiritual warfare encounter. It kind of came out of nowhere, but it was the most spiritually intense feeling I've had in quite some time. It reminded me that this thing that I (we) are engaged in is not an easy task, and it goes beyond what we can see, taste, and touch. I'm thankful for prayer.

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God, you are the ultimate loving Father. Please be with my friends Jason, Brooke, and Paige today as they receive your gift of a new family member today.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

I know that I'm late to this particular aspect of the conversation, but lately I've been reading N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God. At present I'm slogging my way through the introductory material before he actually starts talking about the New Testament and the people of God. This introductory material is long and thorough and academically heady. And yet, it's really important, because it talks about the importance of story. We who follow Christ do so according to a grand Story that has been passed down through the ages. It is something that we hear and filter through our own understandings, which is where the heresy usually takes place. And yet, it is a still a simple and yet profoundly powerful Story.

A couple days ago, while sick in bed, I watched part of America's new Messiah's show. He's preaching his gospel to America . . . and selling a lot of books. During this show, one of his disciples claimed that her life had been changed forever by this man, and that she is compelled to share his message with as many people as possible. She has started a community of followers in her hometown, and claims 70 new converts already. This is a movement that is happening all over America. I have no beef with this man or his followers. I just find it interesting that the masses are following with such fervor. People are looking for a story to believe in, to invest themselves in. They are longing for meaning and for faith. The Nielsen ratings are plentiful, but the talk show hosts are few.

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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Another Sunday morning, and I'm sitting at home, quietly. The whole concept of a church planter who doesn't "go to church" still weirds me out sometimes, but I'm o.k. with it. This stuff is hard, though. It's hard because I'm facing my own inadequacies, other peoples' questions about why I'm doing this, and the clear lack of evidence that this was a very good idea at all. The other night I heard the life of a church planter described like this: "In the beginning, the church consists of one guy walking around his house in his underwear with a bunch of ideas." It's a funny thought, and while I'm not given to walking around in my underwear (God forbid I should walk anywhere near a mirror and see myself), I certainly can identify. I'm beginning to wonder how long this phase lasts . . . and how long it'll be before I give in to the thought that maybe this was a bad idea. I realize that this post sounds terribly depressive and like it's coming from a gloomy place - I don't think it does, though. I'm just having a moment of attempted objectivity.

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Friday, January 16, 2004

I went to a little church planters discussion thing last night with some folks affiliated with the Acts 29 Network. Pretty cool. I'm always encouraged when I spend time with other planters. There are some things I really like about A29, and some things I really don't like. But either way, it was well worth going to. Cool people.

At work this morning I met the wife of a church planter nearby. Didn't get to talk much, but I'm hoping to run into her again and make a connection with her husband.

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Thursday, January 15, 2004

Here are some random thoughts I've had recently . . .

1. What's the deal with Howard Dean? Don't know much about his politics (don't care really), but he's sure got the peoples buzzin'.
2. Sloppy hair - the kind that I used to get in trouble for having when I was a kid - is cool now. Michelle keeps yelling at me to get my hair cut, but hey, sloppy hair is cool. I've thought about shaving my head, but there are three problems with that:
a) I have a full head of hair. When I see guys my age with shaved heads, I usually wonder if it's because they're balding.
b) A shaved dome would show off the lovely scar from where the doctors used 10 staples to put my head back together about eight or nine years ago.
c) I might frighten small children.
3. I listen to way too much public radio.
4. Pop music these days (yes, I include "alternative rock" in this category) pretty much sucks. There are a few decent bands and artists, but so few and far between.
5. A turkey sandwich is quite tasty with cranberry preserves on it.
6. I hope Peter Jackson wins the best director Oscar this year.
7. This is my new life verse.
8. Seven thoughts is probably enough.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

I had a hard time sleeping last night. I was going to be getting up for work at about 3:45 this morning, so I really needed some sleep, but I'm pretty sure a God thing happened. I was pointed in some directions that kind of surprised me as I just layed back and thought things through. I'm willing to do things God's way in this whole church planting thing, but sometimes it's a little weird. At any rate, I'm at a point where I need to make some decisions about my short-term future. I'm praying and trying hard to stay open to where God wants me.

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Monday, January 12, 2004

Alright, alright, now I hope to be back to some serious writing. I'm thinking that I've got the latest round of computer issues settled.

So what's been happening lately? Hmmm, I'll try for the recap:

I've been grateful for the past eight days - they have represented a return to a regular schedule. I won't go so far as to say that life is "normal" - not really sure what that looks like in the post-fire era around here. Perhaps I'll find out some day. In fact, that day may (or may not) come fairly soon. It looks like Matt and Marge (and their troop of critters) may be moving into a rented home in a few weeks. They still don't know how long things are going to take with the rebuilding of their home, and they're ready to be in their own space. At any rate, the schedules have become more predictable, which helps me and my personal spiritual rhythms quite a lot.

One change that looks like it'll stick is that last week Michelle started a different schedule at work, where she'll work four 10 hour days, and have Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays off. That's really cool for a few reasons - one less commute, more us time, etc.

The church start in Ramona, where I live, is going pretty slowly still. I'm spending time in the coffee shops and just hanging out trying to meet people. I'm beginning to wonder if God might want me to start riding a motorcycle or something. Seems like half the people I meet are riders, and that's the thing they're most interested in. I'm not opposed to motorcycles . . . but I'm not passionate about them either. Maybe I would be if I actually learned how to ride one.

I've been exploring the possibilities of a ministry project lately. A lot of stuff has to happen in order for this thing to go down. But the potential for some amazing stuff is mind numbing. Can't say much more than that right now.

Oh, and on the side, I've begun to try my hand at writing fiction. I had this crazy thought process a few weeks back that turned into a little bit of an obsession, so I'm trying to put it into a story. I'm all of four pages into this thing, so I'm not ready for a literary agent just yet, but hey, you never know.

One week ago today I got to hang out all day with my mom. She and my dad had gotten an invite to a movie premier type thing in Orange County, and my dad was out of town, so I got his ticket. I'll be writing a review of it on Next-Wave, so I won't talk about it here just yet.

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My apologies if you've had problems viewing this site recently. My computer skills (or serious lack thereof) are showing up in a big way these days. Somehow some demon code crept in - my monitor actually started spinning around on my desk and scrolling text like "We know who you are, and we mock you. We are ready to begin world domination one person at a time, turning you all into metrosexuals . . . " After annointing my CPU with oil and sprinkling holy water on the keyboard, I think I've got this stuff mostly figured out. Actually, this is forcing me to do some updates that I've been meaning to do for a while. More to come friends.

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Sunday, January 11, 2004

Had breakfast with Jason and Josh this morning. Good times.

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I'm Steve Lewis. This used to be my blogging home. My online home is now at When this blog was my active online home, I lived in Seattle. Now I live in London, UK. I follow Jesus (poorly most of the time), worship simply, read a lot, watch culture, go to school, listen to music, write, enjoy art, and drink a lot of coffee.
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victrola coffee
zoka coffee
university of washington
church of the apostles
quest church
sanctuary church
shoreline vineyard

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nt wright

a few of the blogs in the feedreader

jason evans
joe boyd
kevin rains
alan creech
chris marshall
bill bean
eugene cho
jordon cooper
dwight friesen
john chandler
amy palmer
ryan bolger
rudy carrasco
ryan sharp
sings in the sunshine
rick bennett
scot mcknight
karen ward
alan hirsch
dan kimball
petey crowder

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africa unchained

i finished reading it - 2007

generation me
jesus and the restoration of israel
god's continent
globalizing theology
gustavo gutierrez: essential writings
jesus and the eyewitnesses
garlands of grace
twenty poems to nourish your soul
the black swan
dancing in the streets
made to stick
signs in contemporary culture
hit the bullseye
the politics of jesus
readings in christian ethics
toward old testament ethics
the kite runner
principles of conduct
velvet elvis
the irresistable revolution
they like jesus, but not the church
the great omission
charisma: the gift of grace, and how it has been taken from us
the starfish and the spider
a perfect mess
the world cafe
the new faces of christianity
leaving church
journeying in faith
the creed
transforming mission
metaphors we live by
foolishness to the greeks
personal knowledge

states i've spent time: 2007

british columbia
oh yeah, denmark, too

i wrote it

managing conflict in the 'new world'
music review: over the rhine
film review: bonhoeffer
music review: fighting jacks
film review: the passion of the christ
how reality tv changes lives
the best tv article you've ever read
corks & caps: a wine lover's story of change
america's idols
random, disorganized thoughts about life after the katrina disaster
missional . . . plain and simple
on becoming post-gnostic

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