Monday, October 21


postmodern lutherans are in the house! (and in the water)

well, here we go again... i've launched a new blog. this time it's a "tribal blog" for postmodern lutherans who are gathering themselves together in a group called eln (emerging leaders network).

i'm stoked that our "grace based, dyin' and rising, cruciform and baptized livin,' justifed, simul iustus et peccator vibe" is finally online and ready to swim in the ocean of god's kingdom and surf the emerging church.

props to alan creech (vine and branches, lexington) for our being our "blog template wizard" and doing the really cool design.

it is still being tweaked, but check it out at

posted by COTA | 11:07 AM|

Friday, October 11


fun in the twin cities

i'm on my way to minneapolis for an emergent senior fellows meeting, then soularize and then the first meeting of the lutheran eln (emerging leaders network) visioning team. i'll be doing this stuff at soularize

posted by COTA | 10:08 AM|

Thursday, October 3


church dads in cyber-space

this dude wayne olson has the coolest blog. his blog gets the wisdom of the early church fathers online and in the house! as len sweet correctly notes, postmodern leaders (in contrast to many moderns) honor (rather than dismiss and jettison) the tribal wisdom we have received from our faith ancestors. postmoderns "keep both past and future in perpetual conversation." a postmodern will have a copy of wired in one hand, the confessions of augustine in the other (and a double latte on the table). so let the cyber-conversation begin... honor your fathers

posted by COTA | 7:45 AM|

 ::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

 blogging team
iggie online
alan creech
kevin rains
jonny baker
andrew careaga
punk monkey

 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.
you would too,
so drop by and visit sometime.
i'm postmodern (a 60's born xer).
i can be geeky
(but i'm NOT socially backward).
i webmeister emergingchurch
i'm helping with a new
lutheran network called eln
i'm digging dirt around a
nu church plant, called

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