Thursday, June 30, 2005

One year posting in English

There was so many things to do this month, that I skipped the blogversary of this blog. I started to post here translating some posts from my Brazilian Blog "Checklist para viver o Cristianismo Hoje", at that time, some people tried to read that blog with Alta Vista translating facilities. Though, sometimes I know that to be understood you need more than a word by word translation, you need also an explanation of what means some things I am telling there, that is why I started to post here specially in English.
It has been a nice year, I have got more friends and the conversation has been very fine. As long as I have received some comments and also links to this site, those things have making my days. It has making me feel inserted to a great blogging community, and I have been learning a lot with those, specially with the emerging churching bloggers. Though Emerging Church is far to emerge here in São Paulo, I can feel this taste with all of you, emerging church bloggers. From you I get so inspired to make this way here in my city.
I has been a hard work also, as many posts from my other blog are inspired of what I have found in my blogosphere, sometimes I think that those are not as relevant as to translate them here. So I have tried to post something really relevant to my international readers. Sorry if sometimes I am posting here fewer than I could!
Anyway I hope you are enjoying this as much as I.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Reading review

I found this meme at Rick's new blog and found it interesting to post here too:

Total books owned:
Near 300.

Last books I bought: Seeing and savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper; Contemporary Christian Music, Sandro Baggio and NIV Bible at Chronological Order.

Last book I read: The Craft of Research, Booth, Colomb and Williams.

Five Books that mean a lot to me:

Community 101 - Gilbert Bilezichean
Jesus for a New Generation - Kevin G. Ford
Uprising - Erwin McManus
Divine Conspiration - Dallas Willard
Celebration of Discipline - Richard Foster

Feel free to share your revision at comments

Friday, June 24, 2005

Yes, something in the air

"If He was willing to turn Judaism upside down, don't think for amoment our institutions are safe from a divine revolt. I am convinced that even now there are multitudes of followers of Jesus Christ who are sick and tired of the church playing games and playing down the call of God. My travels only confirm that the murmurings of revolution are everywhere. I am convinced taht there is an uprising in the works and that no one less than God is behind it."

Erwin McManus, The Barbarian Way
I have read this quote some months ago, and with all are have been seeing, like the post of yesterday, I have been convinced and invited to this holy revolution.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Something in the air

I have been talked very much about our need for a renewal here in our brazilian church. This kind of conspiration has been more common as the time goes by. But I have found a poll that make this kind of conspiration more explicit.
  • Are you satisfied where you are and with what you have at your church?
    739 Votes - 28.5%
  • Are you not standing go to church?
    456 Votes - 17.6%
  • Did you stop going to church?
    415 Votes - 16.0%
  • Do you think everything is wrong, but stay for guilt and fear?
    167 Votes - 6.4%
  • Do you expect for something new inside evangelical church?
    400 Votes - 15.4%
  • Do you expect for something new outside evangelical chuch?
    170 Votes - 6.6%
  • Are you meeting informaly with other disciples?
    246 Votes - 9.5%

  • Though the ministry of Pr. Caio Fábio calls for these kind of thoguhts (I can explain it later) and peolple that visit his site are more likely to search for something new at church, I feel surprised to see this kind of idea so explicit. And for this kind of renewal I am working and praying for.

    Sunday, June 12, 2005

    Considerations after a great party

    I am so happy yesterday we could celebrate the fifith birthday of my doughter, it was a great party! We spent some weeks waiting for these moments and it worthed to wait.
    It is ironic that this is my first party we did which the majority was unchurched, we had just a couple from my former church, why it is so hard to maintain friendships even if you are not at the same church? Of course we had other people of faith with us, but our present community is spreaded among several churches.
    Even with this consideration I am glad! We could share our happiness and our gratitude to God with everybody and all unchurched people felt touched. I told my wife that I feel we are more likely to impact people now, when we are among them.