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Picto:Blog - Missional Contextualization

Missional Contextualization: Why French Press is Better Picto:Blog - April 3, 2009 by Pastor Scott Thomas   Zoka - one of my Top Ten coffee spots in Seattle (Photo by Scott T)   In Seattle you cannot find a Cracker Barrell--the famous indoor garage sale with gravy on the side. But you can find coffee shops--lots of them, everywhere; places that you have never heard about. Of course, you know that coffee was invented in Seattle--at least the mass marketing of Starbucks was invented there. It's not the best coffee in Seattle. Sorry. It's not even in the top nine. I have the original Starbucks location as #10, just because of the novelty of it.   But going out for coffee is a cultural thing. I mean it's not like you can plan anything outside during the 360-day rainy ...

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Picto:Blog - The Call of a Fool

THE CALL OF A FOOL Picto:Blog - April 1, 2009   Introducing the members of the Pastor's Training Program at Mars Hill After serving as a Lead Pastor for 16 years, I became the Director of Acts 29 on April 1, 2006—three years ago today. It has been the ride of my life. I keep waiting for Driscoll to walk in and say in a (gruff) singsong voice, "April Fool's!" I attended my first Acts 29 Boot Camp in May of 2003. Forty-three people met in the foyer of the current Ballard building when Mars Hill was running a very respectable 1,500 people. At that time, they had about 400 matching chairs in the front section of the auditorium and another mosaic array of about 200 chairs of the recycled quality: lawn chairs, old kitchen chairs, rusted folding chairs and garage sale rejects. The ...

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Thank You Steve Camp

Steve Camp, a Christian music artist for 28 years, has been a vocal commentator of Mark Driscoll over the years. Concerning another matter, I called Steve and then he and I discussed this ongoing tension he had with Mark. We had a great conversation and it led to a discussion between Mark and Steve.   Steve posted a blog about this today and it brings encouragement to me as the gospel is displayed through this reconciled relationship.   Thank you, Steve for your firendship and your humility. Thank you for "surrendering your ...

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I Lost a Teenager Today

  I Lost a Teenager Today. By Pastor-Dad Scott Thomas Some of you want to call Child Protective Services and others want to know the secret to losing a teenager. My oldest son just turned 20 today - officially at 7:26 pm Mountain Time. It seems just like yesterday that our long awaited firstborn arrived and had to be rushed to NICU with a hole in his lung. Jeannie and I were married during the first term of the Reagan administration. That's a long time ago. I was in college playing basketball, leading a community group, and teaching a college Bible class and working full-time at night. Jeannie was an only child now living 2,000 miles away from her parent's home, a mere 18 years old and madly in love with her new 21 year old husband. Okay, maybe not "madly." We dreamed of raising a ...

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I am Proud of My Humility!

I am Proud of My Humility! By Pastor Scott Thomas I am wearied by the inordinate attention given by some Christian leaders to the details of another organization’s  way of doing things. It borders on stalking and voyeurism the way they publicly blog and mention their disagreements in sermons and social networking venues. I am concerned. One does not have to agree with another person to be joined in the pursuit of proclaiming the gospel, albeit with different methods. We do not have to agree with everything done by one of God's shepherds to glorify the person of Jesus. In fact, the gospel is proclaimed more pronouncedly when it is used in multiple means to produce a disciple.   The problem when we deride the non-essential practices or methods of others is that we ...

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