Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrate the Fifth!

My foray into the world of blogging began five years ago today. And in those five years, what has stood out the most has been the friendships and conversations I've been privileged to have with people I would otherwise not had the opportunity to interact with (even if their first impression over the phone is that my voice is nothing like they'd imagined).

In music, "the fifth" is a transitional chord -- one that signifies that the current phrase of melody is about to move into a new direction. Sometimes, it signifies the end of a phrase that is going to start over again, but it also can be used to signal a shift, a new direction, or at times, even anticipate the ending of the musical piece entirely.

So today, let's celebrate the fifth, with a hat tip of gratitude to the many journeymates through the years, and a sense of anticipation of the transitional chord leading into the next musical phrase. 

No need to be coy: we're relocating to Tijuana, Mexico.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Disclaimer

I've been notified (as have several other of my nefarious blogging kin) that my site needs a disclaimer -- who knew?

I mean, like, is somebody trying to imply, you know, that there's something darkly disturbing about my blog, you know what I'm sayin'?

The blogger know as A Former Leader has posted a funny-yet-all-too-real post about the dangers of thinking outside the institutional box -- or at least, reading blogs that encourage thinking outside the institutional box. A Former Leader has suggested that I (and others) include the following disclaimer on my blog:
"Beware all who land on this site. This site may enable you to see truth for the first time. Seeing truth may be just what you are looking for but you need to be careful. Once you have tasted truth you will never be able to stomach lies. You are on dangerous ground if you ever want to fit into the established system. You may lose all your friends. You may not have anyone left to worship with. Your children may be left only to you to raise. God will not be controlled any longer. He will be good but no longer safe in that you will not be able to predict his every move. And as for many of your friends. You will need to be willing to loose them. They may (probably will) shun you, dismiss you and turn away from you despite what you now may think. You need to think long and hard about this because it will affect your life. Please be careful with this site. Only enter at your own risk. (Read the whole post)
All humour aside, I really resonate with the longing that Former Leader mentions about true community, honest worship, and in general, finding a place where you "fit". And honestly, I think less and less these days about "fit" meaning "a place" and more being about finding other "people of the Spark" in whatever setting I may be in.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Update: Post-Charismatic

A quick update on the availability of Post-Charismatic in the United States:

David C Cook Publishing (USA) acknowledges that the book is well-researched and would be a helpful resource, but has declined to distribute the book in the United States, citing reservations from their sales department. Cook Canada had earlier indicated that it would have the book by last month, but a recent visit to their website shows that the book is still "on order", as it has been for some time.

It appears that the best way to get the book will continue to be through Amazon.ca in North America, and either Amazon.uk or Kingsway's 'Equipping The Church' in the UK.

My apologies to the many interested Americans who have been asking about when the book would finally be available in the USA. It appears that your best option at this point in time would be to order it from Canada.

Again, my apologies, but it's really out of my hands.