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in the end, it's not about the island

SPOILER ALERT!!!!

just watched the final episode of LOST. i cried like a baby, which i guess is what one does when a six-year relationship ends. LOST itself is a living, breathing entity b/c of its creator's approach to storytelling. the story itself is alive, producing viewer/fan created and maintained sites (like Lostapedia) and a slew of ongoing conversations regarding every aspect of the story, from the individual characters, to the metaphors/imagery, to the nature and purpose of the island itself. in this LOST continues its life long after 10:30 pm Central Standard Time on Sunday, May 23, 2010. though our relationship ends (no more weekly Tuesday night meetings or Sunday night season finales) the story lives in the ongoing conversations, debates, and dissections that will continue for the foreseeable future.

this living, breathing story was, in the end, not about a power struggle between Jacob and Esau, Widmore and Linus, Sawyer and Jack, or Jack and Locke, or even about…

derek sivers from TED.com on how to start a movement....

Rob Bell: Resurrection

Are you connected?

The downside to my desire to read deeply and intentionally comes into full play when I post as a viral blogger, in that so much has already been shared there on Dwight J. Friesen’s Thy Kingdom Connected that I find little original content to add to the discussion. But here goes…

I too was apprehensive on the value of the content when I read the words “Facebook”, “Internet” and “Networks” in the subtitle. However, I understand that the inclusion of these buzzwords may spur some to give the text a chance. After reading, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the content was not a direct critique/defense of social networking nor a handbook for pastors on navigating social networking media to share Christ. What Friesen offers is a thought-provoking spark to how church leaders and members can work together to actualize a networked kingdom of God.

Unlike some of the reviews, I appreciated Friesen’s willingness to admit that this text was neither a comprehensive nor complete treatment of th…

do you wordpress?

i am also on wordpress.com as pomopilgrim. if you wordpress, please feel free to look me up there as well.

not THAT Christmas story...

so i have been discussing Christmas practices and traditions with other young parents and families, esp. regarding whether or not we include a certain fat man in a red suit in our celebrations, which we do not. many questions and generative conversations ensue so i thought i would share some of my observations on this particular topic with you.

this should come to no one's surprise, but for me it all comes back to story.

to clarify, we do acknowledge the story of Santa Claus with our son. we acknowledge that the story of Santa Claus develops historically, finding its roots in Saint Nicholas. we acknowledge that the story of Santa Claus reveals the central idea of sharing all that we have with others. we acknowledge that, for some reason, some of our friends and family feel more comfortable calling themselves "Santa Claus" so that they can have some fun when they give us presents. but we also acknowledge that Santa Claus as a person does not exist. we do not celebrat…

What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?