Friday, September 30, 2005

Is this just a matter of service offered?

I found this very interesting picture from Rick's blog, if you track links you will find very interesting comments about this church add.
I am at very beggining of this emerging conversation and our emergent status in Brazil is also at its very beggining, but this picture brought me some questions: is emerging church just a different service to gather youths to church?
I myself fought a lot for a worship with drums and the like, and many leaders still think this is the matter.
When I read a very interesting article at Church Marketing Sucks: "Why People Leave Church", people themselves try to explain that quality of services are the matter, but as the same excellent article concluded, problems are more like a cummulative effect and has more to do with our inability to solve conflict. Which is: the problem goes around how we are community.
From what I have seen, this story is much deeper than offering services to please everyone. I think the way we do services reflect a lot the culture of a community and has a lot to do with how we express, but what we do and how we live community day by day means the large part of iceberg under the sea.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

[RR] - SYDM - Chp 2 - Initiative

I would like to share a little of our discussion at Rambling Reading with the second chapter of Seizing your Divine Moment. The writer opens the book with Johnatan story at I Samuel 13:22 until 14:23 and discuss this situation in this chapter, when all the army was sleeping and Johnatan took his armer and went to Philistines camp to defeat them. Actually, he had everything to act as a victim of God of not being chosen to be the next king, instead of it, showed great courage and created a great opportunity.
An interesting quote of the chapter tells:
"We have defined holiness through what we separate ourselves from rather than what we give ourselves to. I am convinced the great tragedy is not the sins we commit, but the life we fail to live."

It is so true! As I read in other book I am reading now, Streams of Living Water, from Richard Foster, he described the Holiness tradition as very related to practice of spiritual disciplines not for Santification itself, but to empower and free us to make the good works we usually are unable to do. When I read the "Spirit of disciplines" from Dallas Willard I could get it, but now I am more convinced about it. It is, Santification implies action.
McManus remembered also the parable told by Jesus about the treasure distributed as the lord went out; this story fits very well with this situation, the guy that received and buried what was trusted to him was pledged guilty and this show how inaction might be a serious matter!
It is the kind of the book I must avoid to read at night, McManus words are like a gas to the fire inside me to be more outrageus at the Kingdom! It is hard to get to the bed and calm down to sleep! I hope and pray to be as outrageous as Johnatan, to realize more for the kingdom and inspire others as I have been inspired.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Imagining the effects

I was able to post some findings at Light Giver. But, by this time, just there.

[RR] Seizing your Divine Moment - Choices - Chp 1

McManus is gifted to challenge us in what he writes. I expected that and I felt myself very challenged since this chapter. I think I needed these kind of inspiration and challenge more often.
I think my preferred quote is from page 18: "If a moment is the gate through which your divine journey begins, then choice is the key that unlocks the adventure".
Choices makes not only differences to our own lifes, but sometimes has the potential to impact more people until impact the whole world. Another quote explain my concern:
"That's the mystery of a moment. It is small enough to ignore and big enough to change your life forever. Life is the sum total of what you do with the moments given you."
The fact is that I have been seen moments ignored by lackness of courage to make some difference and disregarding the risks.
I have been absorved by dreams but I can only dream of what if everything were propely done and think of this actual moment, there is a lost link between these two moments that must be achieved by choices that I must make. But this is not an easy think to do. I would like to be more eager to recognize potential moments and size them.
I pray only to not loose these moments that come to me to seize.

Oh! This is my post to Rambling Reading for first chapter
"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it" Jesus Christ, Luke 9:24

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Our home is now complete

After a tense week, we have received good news as days went by, and now we are all home and our family is now complete.
Thanks to God that everything is OK now!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Cow Parade

Today, while my wife were at hospital with my baby, I could walk with my doughter to Ibirapuera park, we found 2 cows from CowParade.

After 24 cities, we have this Cow Parade here in São Paulo, the cows might not look so wonderful but they surely are nice. I hope to bring more from this collection.

Reality Church

Great post from Dan Kimball (writer of Emerging Church).
Reality Church brings 10 stages that people can spent in churches.I could perfectly identify myself in some stages, luckly Dan also told that we should not necessarily spent through all stages nor ending like 10th stage stated there.
I discovered it at Reality Blogs.


We are back home, but our baby didn't, he spent some problems with hypoglycemia and jaundice and is being treated at hospital. Now, we are envolved in the work of following how are his health at hospital without lacking our attention with my daughter Maria Ester, who also spent her first month at hospital.
But by this time we expect to have him returning very sooner here, until there, we can prepare our home for him.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Here's the Boy

Thanks to the Grace of God everything were all right.
We were expecting to make the C section next Friday, but we had to do it at last Saturday due circunstances that I don't know how to explain in English right now.
I could be present at the section and his borning was awsome! A Great moment of my life.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


Pedro Henrique was just born! at 05:50 AM with 2.265 kgs, here in São Paulo.
God is good!
Later more details