Randy's Ramblings

Monday, June 30, 2003

The winds of change are blowing...
The more I think about church and ministry, the more I realize that we need to radically rethink what we are doing. For many of you reading this, this is a no-brainer. For others, you may not agree so readily. Coming to this conclusion was not a quick or rushed decision by any means; I have tried to look at this from many different angles and even tried to deny the need for change. Put together my own personal thoughts and experiences, the books that have landed on my reading list and the people that have crossed my path and I cannot deny that radical change is necessary.
Having said that, I must say that I am very excited. I am excited about being a part of that change, about having an impact on the people in this community in a new and fresh way. I am also excited that as I talk with others, they are feeling it as well - it isn't just me. I have had a number of conversations over the past weeks and months with pastors from other churches, pastors here at GLCC and with volunteers and students - and there is a feeling that people are ready for a fresh wind of the Spirit to blow through our churches.
I still don't know what this change will look like, but I look forward to watching the Holy Spirit move!
Come, Spirit, come!!

Friday, June 27, 2003

Powered by audblogSioux Falls Mission Trip Update

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Next Stop, Sioux Falls...
We're on our way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota this Saturday for a week-long mission trip. There are 24 of us - 6 adults and 18 high school students on the trip. I always enjoy mission trips - I feel like that is one place in youth ministry that we really live out our faith. So often in other areas of ministry we get caught up in our own needs, wants and desires; but when you spend a week far away from home with the sole purpose of helping others, it's really hard to focus on yourself. I'm looking forward to a good week!

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Fayetteville Online Story - The gospel according to the 'Matrix'
Newell agrees that there are religious symbols scattered like Easter eggs all over the film. But, he notes, while it's good for date-night conversation or talk around the water cooler, the Gospel according to 'The Matrix' isn't the best place to build a belief system. MORE

This is a great article commenting on the religious themes in The Matrix. For those of you who know me - I love these movies! I love to pick out the religious and philosophical themes and dig around for deeper meaning. However, as is mentioned in the article, a movie is no place to develop your system of beliefs. I have talked to one too many students who believe that "Left Behind" is a Biblical, non-fiction series and tells exactly how the end of the world will take place. These movies are a great place to find discussion-starters and brain-twisters, but The Matrix is certainly not a Christian movie. Enjoy it, watch it, talk about it - and leave it at that.