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This Blog Has a New Home…

I recently decided to disconnect the good name of The Bridge from the nonsensical rantings and postings of its lead pastor…

Real Tim Dunn is the result

If you did follow Bridge Blog please transfer over, subscribe, and continue to connect with me at the new site

If you are new to blogging or reading blogs I can think of no better bless to begin filling your google reader than at “real tim dunn” (lol)

If all of this is new and pointless to you please disregard the shameless self promotion and know that I appreciate you stopping by

i started off with two posts at the new site:

“my city”  and “why NASCAR as soccer are the same”

I intend to leave up the archives of Bridge Blog for a while, but all new posts will be at the new site

BIG thanks to Jeff Flowers for the new design work

grace and peace-

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With love for AO

Shout out to our new Discipleship Pastor, Alan Oliver…

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“I Got Bored with Relevance and Just Wanted Truth”

…A first time visitor to The Bridge made this statement to me following our gathering this Sunday

It struck me that she made a distinction between truth and relevance.

She was a very engaging, obviously intelligent women, and she has come to understand what the church has been selling for some time: truth and relevance are different.

How did we get to the place where a relevant church was not a church that stood on and preached strong Bible?

I was thrilled she was at our community, and thrilled she enjoyed it, but I hated the experience she had with church.  She has attended a huge local church before spending some time in Seattle, and attending Mars Hill, and coming to see a difference she had been feeling for some time.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not drinking the haterade…I have no beef with mega churches, or even with seeker sensitive churches.  I think to a large degree they serve a purpose within the universal church by more effectively attracting the unchurched and dechurched.

At the same time, if I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times…”I just felt like I graduated”…”I just needed more”…”something was missing”…

How are we as a community going to correct the misconception that truth IS the most relevant thing we can provide someone.  The two are not different…and if it is not founded in truth, no matter has slick, flashy, or cutting edge…IT ISN”T RELEVANT!

Are we to simply come to see different churches serving different purposes?

Are “relevant” churches in need of a truth makeover?

Are “truth” churches in need of a relevance makeover?

What has been your experience?  What are your thoughts?

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If you are getting married soon…

I have a couple of weddings coming up that I will be officiating…

If I could humbly, but vehemently suggest that you choose to format the ceremony with this beginning I think it will provide a memorable experience for all

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The New York Times Visits my Hood

Check out a great article in the New York Times on Cincinnati and some of its hot spots (from their 36 hour visit)

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Theology Pub (Love this Idea)

Check out this idea and pics from Joe Thorn (pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in the western burbs of Chicago)

His church recently began the idea of hosting spiritual conversations in a local Irish pub…of the attending group, 40% are outsiders (not connected to Redeemer/not Christ followers)

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Ted Haggard at Elevation Church

About a 40 minute interview by Steven Furtick with Ted Haggard

What do you think?

Has been fascinating to watch the church respond/not respond to this tragedy.

A mainline, well known, evangelical pastor commits sexual sin, and not just sexual sin, but gay sexual sin.

How do you think we have done?

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