Monday, September 30



are you tired of crass consumer capitalist crap being shoved down our collective throats by greedy amoral enronistict trans-national, wto controlling, shadowy, cabal like conglomerates? x-(
then laugh at them :-D and let off steam by checking out adbusters magazine

posted by COTA | 2:48 PM|

Sunday, September 29


ADDB, re:booting and getting on the radar screen of planet church

i have not posted much lately (obvious). i feel like a nervous parent awaiting the coming of a new child (feel like, but i'm not really preggo, but god is, and a lot!). a few days ago we had the first practice for the core of the new apostles church band. i was amazed... that at the first practice how INCREDIBLE THEY ARE. god is good!
i felt useless at their practice, gawking at amps, stumbling over outlets, bumping into speakers and handing out matching apostles band notebooks like a marm on the first day of skool. i wanted to help... all i could give was a brief prayer, then, they rocked!

many props to god (you are lovely and you are so good to us! ) and thanks to the apostles "deep dirt" band: tanya, jeff, tony, josh, randy and stephanie (tech titan) for being heralds of the gospel for this new church start!

apostles "deepdirt" band? (sounds pretty good, maybe it will stick? we'll see... ) in anycase, ADDB will help lead worship for the first time at this "re:boot" workshop thing we are doing to help our boomers and silent gen friends (in particular) to learn about their brothers and sisters from that strange planet called x. for many in our mainline churches, xers (20's-30's) are an alien race, and millennials (under 21) well, they are out there in the delta quadrant. so we hope to tighten our xer orbit around planet church, so at least we can be seen on high. we're basically helping our siblings to build a dish! so postmoderns can get on (and stay on) the church radar screen. (you gotta rent that flick by the way, the dish it is very quirky and cool).

on our flyers we talked about it as "re:booting" the hard drive of the faith for a new era. if you are near seattle, come to re:boot on saturday, october 5th at holy trinity lutheran 8501 se 40th st., mercer island wa (9:30 to 3:30 pm).

posted by COTA | 7:26 AM|

Friday, September 6


life on the yellow brick road

i read this link on my friend andrew's blog. it is to brian mclaren's article on postmodern leadership. i'm stoked to see that being a "dorothy type," in a church still tilted towards "wizards," is more than okay in the pomo world. unlike wizards, postmodern leaders (male or female) are always on the yellow brick road, building relationships, having adventures, hanging out with characters and peeking behind the modern church curtain... gotta love brian's insightful take on how to lead in the postmodern church... lead like dorothy!

posted by COTA | 10:57 AM|

Sunday, September 1


listen to cause he's LOL!!! :-D

thanks andrew careaga! finally, a bible story version for us nethead and geeky type people!
see this chat-room paraphrase of genesis 18

posted by COTA | 8:08 PM|

 ::church planting :: culture surfing::


vintage faith
eln (lutheran network)
episcopal xers
a kingdom space
stuff to read
lutheran xers forum
northwest brews
emerald city search
geek nirvana

 church plant i.p.o.

my church plant (apostles, seattle) has little funds, but big dreams... we are seeking to raise $200,000 to launch a non-profit cafe/art gallery for god in seattle. we need both small and major donors. click below to make a tax deductible donation. if you are a major donor, please contact me off blog at:

 book club

i ain't oprah, but here we go...

digital storytellers by len wilson and jason moore: at last, a book to save the world from the "modernist use of powerpoint in worship hell." if you want to torpedo boring ppt. bulleted sermon points from a modernist pastor who thinks he or she is now hip because he or she is using technology, read this book! better yet, buy the book and send it to the modernist pastor and do his/her congregation a big favor. read digital storytellers

gen x religion, ed by richard w. flory & donald e. miller, provides an accurate "npr like" documentation of religion, as actually practiced by xers, and even reflects theologically on xer subsets (like the goths) and on the phenomenon of piercing among us.
and, unlike many other xer books (filled with clever quips by boomers about xers), this book was written by serious sociologists of religion (many of them xers) who actually researched and studied churches founded by and for xers. amazing and authentic...
read gen x religion

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 the gardner
i'm karen ward. i'm baptized.
i'm cascadian (from the pacific northwest of north america).
my house is in seattle.
i like my house.
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so drop by and visit sometime.
i'm postmodern (a 60's born xer).
i can be geeky
(but i'm NOT socially backward).
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