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The Vision of an Un-Church

Post number two of this new blog and I find I’m having trouble getting my thoughts into words.  I have all this random friendship stuff floating around, yet it’s having trouble getting out of my head and onto paper in any intelligible fashion.  I also have pages and pages of notes filled with topic ideas, and yet they aren’t magically transforming into brilliant articles.

Instead of starting where I thought I’d be starting I’m going to talk about my vision.  In the last post I talked about my prophetic dream.  Today I want to talk about a vision for the future.  It’s not necessarily a vision for this blog, although that is a part of it.  This is a vision for something that doesn’t really exist yet.

I have a vision of creating a church that isn’t about religion.  That may sound strange at first, but read on and I hope it may make more sense. 

I’m a regular guy in my late thirties.  I have a wife and a seven year old daughter.  I often think about what it takes to raise a child today.  Not just the necessities of feeding, housing, and educating, but the more intangible items that will define her as a human being. 

How do I teach her to be kind, caring, and compassionate?  How do I teach her to treat others and interact with her peers and with those older and younger?  How do I prevent the selfishness that seems to appear in abundance in today’s society? 

Friends on Pause

On Tynan

I land in Narita Airport, Japan, pull two thousand Yen out of the ATM, and get on the train for Tokyo. From memory I walk down familiar streets until I get to the New Zealand Embassy in northern Shibuya, where my friend Elliot lives. I haven't seen him in almost two years, and have only emailed a few times since then, but it's as if I never left. We joke around, walk to dinner, and make plans for the weekend.

The next day I pop my Japanese SIM card into my phone and call my friend Toby to let him know that I'm around. He tells me about a party he's throwing in Yoyogi park, so a couple other friends and I join him.

Nothing about these individual scenes is particularly noteworthy. That's the point. In various places around the world I have enough good friends that I can have a pretty normal life there while visiting.

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