Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Couple of Updates

Update 1: Email notification

Okay I am still having difficulty getting the email notification on the blog. Does anyone know how you do it? Andrew thought he knew but he doesn't?

Update 2: Andrew and I have been on some amazing travels

Andrew and I just recently returned from an amazing trip. We visited with friends in Geneva, Switzerland and Cessy, France. We also took a mini get away to this amazing little village called Annecy, France. The purpose of the trip was to continue the dialogue and conversation to living a more authentic Christ centered life, what that looks like, how we do it, how do we begin to change the perception of the conservative faith, and how do we bridge the gaps between organizations and the church. The conversations were amazing and there were times I had to ask Andrew to pinch me because there was no reason why we should even have the opportunity to speak with all of the people we had conversations. I know I am being a bit vague but for privacy purposes and upon request from those we met with I am only going to speak in general terms.

However...

I was challenged from a much broader and global perspective while Andrew and I were in Geneva and France. There is such a desire and longing to be authentic and to see examples of people living truly authentic Christ centered lives. There was so much distrust and anger with regards to the institutionalized church with in many of the circles we spoke with. To give an example we spoke with aid groups, NGOs, health groups, and global church groups. Each of them explained how the institutionalized church had come in with good intentions but left a very negative legacy. Many of the conversations with Andrew and I were about trying to find the bridge between the broader conservative world and the world which feels betrayed and let down by their promises of greatness. A world that does not trust the "god" presented by these institutions or the people who represent these institutions.

By the end of many of our conversations I left feeling empty because I don't know if Andrew or I were able to leave a different and lasting impression. I am hoping they could see within our lives the desire to live a life that is different, a life that is centered on the teachings of Jesus, and is about love and transformation.

I am challenged everyday by people's stories desiring to know that God hears them, desiring to know that they too could possibly be a part of the Kingdom. Why with so many churches and denominations do people feel so left out and out of place? Why do so many people in the global world feel so betrayed and angered by the broader church?

We in the United States have an amazing legacy of being a nation which still (maybe loosely) holds onto a very belief/faith centered existence. We as a majority have been raised in a faith setting. Yes, there are many of us who have been hurt desperately by that faith up bringing, but we have an understanding of a Heavenly Father and we must bound together to show a different way. But what if we were raised in a place were faith and belief were so taboo and not a part of your life and discovery... Many we spoke with are searching and we need to provide them with a better example...

How do we be, as Andrew says, the lightning rod for difference, amongst what people believe Christians/ Evangelical Christians are supposed to be like. I don't know if Andrew and I changed any view points, but I hope we did...

3 comments:

Jon Trouten said...

"Okay I am still having difficulty getting the email notification on the blog. Does anyone know how you do it? Andrew thought he knew but he doesn't?"

I'm assuming you're asking how to get notified by e-mail when people comment? I have my comments set so that I have to approve everything before it shows up on my blog. Pretty much every comment gets approved, but this way I know when someone's commenting even if it's an old blog article that I haven't look at in months.

You go to your blog's dashboard, click "Settings" and then choose to moderate messages under the "comments" section. Let me know if this isn't what you were referring to.

Marg Mowczko said...

Hi Brenda,
Do you mean notifications which notify your readers/followers of new blog posts?

I'd like to know how to do this myself!

Nathalie A. said...

i asked brenda if she could place an email notificaton on the blog so that readers of her blog who comment are notified when others comment on the same post or reply to their comment. that way dialogue and communicaton can continue. one does not always remember to check back on a blog to see what other people have said. this way, you are notified if someone comments or replies to a comment you wrote on.

i read andrew marin's blog, and he has the button you can click that reads "notify me of follow-up comments via email", so i was hoping she can set that up on her blog.

if it is not a hastle, brenda can you talk to the people who run andrew's blog? i just realized that you both may be using different hosting sites/systems to run your blog.

either way, i most appreciate you brenda looking into the readers. comment email notification. thank you for your efforts.

i am praying you up girly! i follow both you and andrew's blogs closely.

i am currently looking for a job and i have a lot of growing up to do. i'd just like to curl in my bed and do nothing, but i can't do that. lol. i think God wants to strenghthen me, make me able to deal with hardship and be resilient and to grow closer to him. easier said than done. satan is a great deciever to me, to all. but i'm trying to cling to God.

i recently read psalm 49 and that encouraged me and psalm 37.

know that you are not alone. i pray that God will take you to a new level, one that requires change. faith comes real handy when you don't know where you're headed. lol. i pray that God knows the plans God has for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future- jeremiah 29:11

much love,

nathalie