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February 27, 2006

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Hi Chris,

Congratulations!!!!

It seems you and Benjy really "finished well" here. That is so awesome.

Maybe I've become a little jaded, I dunno -- but it seems there are so many other ways this could have happened, and so many other reasons.

Sadly, churches die all the time.

But your persepctive and your heart are evidently tender and hopeful.

Amen!!!!

Give Benjy a hello from Chris & Craig, and our best wishes!!

Transitions like that can be hard - I hope and pray that it all goes as smoothly and positively as possible, and that you all recieve many unexpected blessings.

Best wishes from me, too! Seeing photos of your service gave me a fresh appreciation for what EC folk are trying to do, at a time when that was being eroded by interactions at the Ooze (familiarity and contempt, you know).

We are hoping to come visit sometime (along with a visit to the Coptic monastery nearby), and I had wanted to see the services firsthand. So I'm a little disappointed there. But whatever the next incarnation is, I'd still like to follow it.

The new adventure starts soon!

www.cata-lyst.org

Thanks for the post Chris!

Chris,
A pet peeve of mine has always been when people see "ending" and think somehow that everything that came before was "loss." Not true. There can never be an ending without a beginning -- and beginning comes from inspiration and belief. Time moves all things -- and necessitates endings and new beginnings. Thank God for this -- or life would be so mundane.
Congratulations to you and Benji on your journey in and through Paradox.

Thanks for the encouraging words, everyone.

Benjy and I don't really have any regrets about the past three years -- we're very grateful to God for having given us the opportunity to forge friendships and speak into people's lives in ways we wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.

It will be interesting to see what happens as Benjy and his team launch 'Catalyst'.

Chris...I wish you and Benjy the best.
If there is anything I or Horizon can do for you guys please let me know!

Thanks, Mykel. I'm sure you'll be hearing from Benjy once Catalyst is under way (if not before). Blessings,

Chris

Well I'm very sorry to hear that your group is disbanding. I just found your blog today and it looks great! I also read some of your articles, and I have no doubt that God has big plans for all of you.

In particular, I read you article that blogging is doomed. My own blog has been on hiatus for about two week now, partly because I am burned out with it. (I'd been posting articles almost daily for almost a year.) I am currently re-designing the site and will relaunch it, probably, about the end of the month.

I see that you are involved in the Emerging church and I wonder if, by some 'chance', you are acquainted with a friend of mine named Berry Alvis? He, too, is an emerging church pastor who recently made the decision to disband. I think there are lots of lessons to be learned in hindsight and I earnestly hope this opportunity will not be lost. So I wonder if your blog, at least, is going to continue? And would that be a subject you'd consider discussing?

I became involved with the emerging church in 1999 (when it was still called post modern). Berry introduced me to it. I thought they had a world of potential but also some problems. Over the years I saw a lot of that potential drain away, which was painful to see, so I believe that a retrospective look would be a good thing before a new beginning is attempted.

Anyway, I would love to be a part of that discussion if you'd be interested.

Loren, I think a better way of stating what you called disbanding would, in our case, be better described as rebanding !

Loren, thanks for posting. I'm glad you found Paradoxology!

Learning from past successes and failures is something that Benjy and I are absolutely committed to. That's a conversation which Benjy may be planning on generating at his new site sometime in the future. Think so, Benjy?

Hey DP!

I'm sorry to hear that Paradox is no more, though I'm sure that it served the purposes God had for it. We'll be praying for Catalyst and following it's progress with interest, especially since Julie and I are in much the same position right now (i.e. planting a new emerging community).

Blessings,

-Mike

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