Emergent Village – WWJ…Be? I never really got…

Emergent Village – WWJ…Be?

I never really got into the whole “WWJD” craze. Deep down, I felt that something was missing. I believe Javad Shadzi hits the mark. I remember in seminary being introduced to “being vs doing.” I was squarly in the doing camp.

It is so easy, to forget that God wants to change us from the inside out. Jesus’ message to the religious leaders is the same as to us, “You clean the outside of the cup….but the inside of the cup is filthy.”

It isn’t that I think that WWJD is bad…I don’t. We should always be trying to do the work that Jesus did and respond the way he did. However, there is a much bigger issue. If we are to truly do what Jesus did…we must allow him to change us from the inside out.

Mr Shadzi was right on when he points out that Jesus did what he did not because he was “trying” to do things a certain way. Rather, he did what he did because it was who he was. If my goal is to do what Jesus did, I’m missing the power and transformation of the Gospel. If my Goal is to _be_ like Jesus, the what I do flows from who I am.

The difference between doing and being is vast. There is an ocean of difference. When I try to “do” what Jesus did, sometimes I hit the mark, sometimes I don’t. However (and here is the danger) sometimes when I do hit the mark (by doing what Jesus did) I, in reality, miss the mark (because it was only a facade anyway).

When I try to _be_ like Jesus (or ask myself, what (or who) would Jesus Be?), then my actions flow from my being. My actions are determined by my being. When that happens, I am freed…freed from the prison of forcing myself to do things that really aren’t part of my being.

The wonderful thing about God is he longs to touch us in such a way that we are transformed into the image of his Son. When we allow God to do such a transformation within us, we are finally, truly able to do what Jesus did.

– Dave.

For the past 2 years I’ve been working as a Java D…

For the past 2 years I’ve been working as a Java Developer. We started by using a software design process called XP. Some of the advantages of XP are continuous integration (small changes get integrated into the whole quickly), pair programming (two sets of eyes catch more errors and create better code…or the theory goes) and collaboration.

As I think about this, I wonder if such an approach would work within the church. Often leadership is more about position…power and/or politics than anything else. What would happen, if somehow, the XP model of software development could be modified to work within the church leadership structure.

More later….

The internet is an amazing place. Many times, I s…

The internet is an amazing place. Many times, I start out in one place, only to end up in an entirely different place. As I think about that, it amazes me. In some ways, it is kind of like my pilgrimage of faith. When I started out this journey…I had no idea I would be where I’m at right now. Of course, much like the web, my journey wasn’t in a straight line…there have been curves around the way and soon, I’m sure, I will find myself back where I was 😉

Well…last night I was looking at different church resources. Basically, they were “emerging” church resources. Among the resources I found various blogs. One blog pointed me to the next and I ended up on a blog by an Iraqi (as far as I can tell). On his site he was discussing the war and what it was like to live in Baghdad during the war. You can read it yourself at this link.

I still don’t know where I stand on the war. I guess, at some level, I would like war to be stopped at all levels….but then again, understand that things break down. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in Baghdad today. From what I hear, many of the Iraqis want Saddam stopped, however, they really don’t want the US to be the one to do it. Basically, their city is going to be a mess. Eventhough it will eventually be built back up, those things take time. They will be dealing with the repercussions for quite a while.

I do pray that the war ends soon. I pray that the loss of life will be minimal. I also pray that God somehow, someway can use this war to glorify himself and move people toward himself.

– Dave.