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The Map (or Where We’re Going From Here)

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One of the hardest things to ever deal with our expectations. People are constantly forming expectations–sometimes they recognize them, other times they don’t. But one of the things I’ve come to realize over the past couple of years is that it’s important to tell folks what they can and should expect from you and what they shouldn’t, otherwise people will consciously or unconsciously make expectations and you will disappoint them. Maps are helpful in this way because they help people to know what’s coming up in front of them.

A map for us is important because we gained a lot of new readers during our “Journey in the Knowledge of the Holy” series. That’s a really positive thing. But to be honest, our tour through “The Knowledge of the Holy” was not typical fair for “Pursuing Glory.” I don’t know that I would change much about how I did the series, but it was a different style of writing in order to accomplish something different than what I normally do. Going forward, you should expect the blog to look a little different, in the following ways:

  • Weekly or twice weekly writing, instead of daily posts (unless there are 30 generous patrons out there who would like to sponsor daily blogging at $10/per post).
  • Less posts reflecting on the work of Christian authors
  • More of a focus on Jesus and the Church He is forming for the end of the age.

If you haven’t caught on by now, this isn’t your typical general-audience Christian blog. My blog is devoted to preparing the Church for the harvest and the end of the age. I believe before the return of Jesus, the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven is going to be proclaimed in every nation on the planet and there will be a great harvest of souls unlike anything we’ve seen. I also believe there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit unlike anything the church has ever seen. These shifts will require the church to be simpler, reproducible, and organic and for her to a revelation of Jesus at a deep level. I call these shifts “apostolic Christianity. And its these ideas that keep me writing and posting.

So the map for the blog going forward will look different than the last 45 days. I hope to post a four part series about the nature of apostolic Christianity- what is is, how you recognize it, and why it’s important. The next series after that will be a look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian who resisted the Nazis and helped form an underground church in the midst of World War II. Finally, I hope this year to get to spend some time talking about the book “The Starfish and the Spider” and how it relates to planting reproducing churches at the end of the age.  And in between those times, you’ll probably see a post here or there that some how ties in to the posts you find on my Top 10 page.

Finally, this blog is a community. The thing about community is you get out of it as much as you put into it and connections are really important. So, in order to continue grow together, here are a couple of ways to connect and build together:

  • Follow Me on Twitter. I’m pretty active there. If you’re a regular reader, message me so I can let the rest of my followers know that you’re a person to follow.
  • Subscribe to the Blog. Either by email or by rss feed. You can check out more details on subscribing by RSS feed here or you can hit the “Sign Me Up” button on the right side of this screen to subscribe by email.
  • Finally, send me an email and let me know your thoughts about the blog so far. I love getting emails from readers.

Photo Credit: Compass and Map Mono by Ian Kelsall

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I’m Not Dead

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To quote Monty Python, “I’m not dead yet.”

Or, in other words, I still intend to post to this blog.  Actually someone that I love and respect came to me a few weeks ago and shared a dream with me that I’m supposed to keep writing.  A few weeks before that I had a trusted prophetic voice sharing a vision of me doing more video blogs. (Not vlogs. For whatever reason I find that term disgusting.)

 

On top of that, I feel like I’m supposed to be doing more reading this year (I’m shooting for 17 books…we’ll see how that goes) and whenever I read more I end up posting more.  Also, I’ve been using twitter for a lot of my shorter content, but I’m finding that it doesn’t have the space to process longer thoughts, so expect to see what I consider “long form retweets” here.

 

That said, you really should consider following me on twitter if you’re not, simply because I forsee this blog and my twitter feed connecting more and more as time goes on.

 

All this is to say, I’m throwing my hat back in the writing ring.  I once heard a prolific blogger say you should never write a post apologizing for your lack of posting lately. No one cares. So, no apologies.  Keep your eye’s glued to this space for more content coming soon.

Pursuing Glory: Facebook Edition

Really quickly I wanted to bring you up to date about a new direction on the blog.

Today, I’m introducing the Pursuing Glory Facebook Group. You can join by clicking the link and liking the page.

Now you may ask yourself, “Why should I join the Facebook Group when I follow the blog?”

That’s a great question. Here’s my take. Blogs are for discussion and interaction around a certain topic. Facebook is designed to build already existing relationships a little bit deeper. My hope is that those of you who come to the blog and really believe in what God is doing in the Earth in this generation would get to know each other a little bit better. Call it an apostolic christianity “green room” if you will.

My other hope is that we can use it as a place to gather like-minded bloggers and possibly coordinate blogging topics. So if you, like me, love writing about the kind of Christianity that embraces the lifestyle of the apostolic church this will be a place to gather and encourage each other.

I’ll leave you with a quote that sums up the reason behind the Facebook Group:

“Turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, can change our world, can change politics, can align large numbers of people.” -Seth Godin.

Come and join the tribe.

Also: Don’t forget, Monday I will post my review of Ross Rohde’s tremendously helpful book, Viral Jesus. Stay tuned.

Photo Credit: J C in Mosaic by Steve Snodgrass

The WayBack Machine: July

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers whTho have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2010

Jesus

This is my first attempt at poetry here at the blog.  I wrote this both as an introduction to who Jesus is for people who don’t know Him.  I was also trying to find ways to explore the artistic side of my writing.  I hope you enjoy it. ***If you’ve never encountered Jesus or don’t have a relationship with Him, this should be the post you read.***

My Daughter: The Newest Fiery Believer I Know

Earlier in the year Ariel accepted Christ and was baptized.  There was an immediate turn in her heart and attitudes.  It was fun to watch and these are my thoughts from shortly after the event.

False Prophets, Acts Chapter 2, and Our House Church

I wrote this post in December of 2009, but only got around to posting it July of last year.  In my mind this post captures the best of where we were as an organic spiritual family in 2009 and 2010.  If you’re wondering what sometimes happens when our house church gathers, this is the post for you.

The Supernatural Church

Much of the church in the Western world is devoid of supernatural power.  I wrote this post as I was reading through Visions Beyond the Veil by R.A. Baker.  The book has some important insights into our anti-supernatural leanings as a Western Church and I shared some quotes as well as my own thoughts.

2009

I’m Back

This was my first post after coming back from my trip to Ethiopia.  If you want a good picture into the heart of a guy who just returned from Africa, this is the post to read. It will be interesting to see what the Lord continues to do with us in Ethiopia in the next year.

2008

Tune Up

I wrote this post about an encounter I had with one of my 50,000 coaches, Dick Speight.  Dick helped me see that I was off in my walk with the Lord because I was lacking time in the secret place.  I wrote this post as I wrestled with the fact that I should know better than to let communion with the Lord slide.

Just A Thought…

This post was born out of a trip I took to meet with others who practice meeting as organic churches in Iowa.  It centers around the idea that we are quick to believe others have imposed religion on us, but frequently something far more subtle is at work.  If you’ve ever struggled with a “religious spirit” you’ll want to read this post.

2007

Using This Blog as a Resource

This blog is me wrestling with whether this blog will be a personal blog (which it started out as) or whether it will be a resource blog about house churches, apostolic Christianity, and revival.  I think I’ve settled on it being both, mostly because I’m both and I think about these things a lot.  But this gives you a good snapshot into some of my early thoughts on the subject.

“Tell a Little Story…Do a Little Miracle…”

This post represents some of our early thoughts about evangelism that we had as a house church.  I still believe these are things we’re called both to see and do, and that stories and miracles have a much bigger part in the spread of the Gospel than most of the Western Church understands.

2006

On Being Me and Where I See Me in Movies

This was my very first post on my blog.  I started this blog as a journey into self expression and finding God in the midst of the things I love.  I write about some bloggers that were stunningly honest about their lives in their blogs and some movies where I saw myself in some of the characters.  Social media has given me a few more outlets to do the every day life sort of posts, but I hope to never loose the honesty and simplicity this post captures.

50,000 Coaches

One of the movies that I saw back then was Akeelah and the Bee.  I’ll spare you the synopsis, but a turning point in the movie talked about how Akeelah has 50,000 coaches.  I was struck by the fact that many of us neglect the 50,000 coaches God has given us in our lives.  This is a phrase I keep coming back to over and over again.

How To Get the Most Out of Pursuing Glory

There are lots of ways to get more out of Pursuing Glory than just stopping back to check for new content every few days.  Here are some of the main ways you can join the conversation, learn, and contribute to the conversation we’re having:

Subscribe by Email or RSS

If you’re not particularly technologically inclined, hit the “Email Subscription” button on the sidebar of the blog.  If you’re more into computers or you’re daring, you could subscribe to this blog using a feed reader.  This link is a great explanation of RSS and Feed Readers. Let’s face it. Life is busy and it’s easy to fall out of the loop.  Either of these tricks will help you stay involved in what’s going on.

Comment

We learn more by talking and teaching than we do by listening and reading.  So help us learn by sharing your life, your pursuit of Jesus, and what you’ve learned through your experience in the comment section. Click on “Leave a Comment” or “with 1 Comment” or “with [X number of] Comments” at the top of every post to see and leave comments.

Follow Me On Twitter

Twitter is where I post thoughts and quotes that will either become a full post here or is relevant to the topics we discuss here.  I’m also planning at least one Twitter/Blog series where one set of unique material will show up in my twitter stream that will correspond with a blog series I’m running here.  You can find me on Twitter @traviskolder.

Notes From The Margins

On a somewhat irregular basis I post a blog in my “Notes from the Margin” series.  The point of the series is not just what I’m finding in Scripture and what I write, but also what you’re finding in Scripture and what you’re writing about it.  If you have a blog, I’d love to see you take this series and do your own.  You can check out the guidelines for Notes from the Margins and read examples of the series here and here.

Email Me

I love interacting with readers of the blog.  Shoot me an email, say hi, show me the blog you’re writing or tell me about the work you’re doing, tell me what you’d like to see or what you’ve enjoyed so far.

Photo Credit: Dr Who by Aussiegal

The Wayback Machine: June

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers whTho have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2009

The Ethiopia Trip

Weird, huh? I’m in Africa while you’re reading this and I was planning a trip to Africa (this time Ethiopia) two years ago.  This was the start of an amazing journey with lots of new friends and spiritual giants.  My time in Ethiopia changed my world.

Widows and the Church

The church of Jesus Christ has a particular obligation to care for widows.  It should be difficult to separate the true church with the care of widows, but sadly, it’s not.  This is one of my first “Notes from the Margin” posts where I’m wrestling through 1 Timothy and Paul’s prescription for the care of widows.

Have You Been A Part of One of These?

This post is a short meditation on the nature of movements.  This thought came because of the love the people in my sphere had shown me.  My hope is we all have a chance to be a part of something like this.

2008

Blogging: Osama Bin Laden Style

This post is me wrestling with my blogging style.  Should I be a blogger who writes about whatever is in my mind at the time? Or should I be a strategic blogger, waiting for content that is relevant and in the Lord’s timing?  I’m still wrestling with this idea to some degree.  After the death of Osama Bin Laden, this post seems a little dated and a little timeless all at the same time.

2007

Missions Trip

It seems like no matter how many things change, they still stay the same.  In 2007 I was planning my first trip to Uganda.  By the time you’ll read this, I will be there again.

How To Get the Most Out of Pursuing Glory

There are lots of ways to get more out of Pursuing Glory than just stopping back to check for new content every few days.  Here are some of the main ways you can join the conversation, learn, and contribute to the conversation we’re having:

Subscribe by Email or RSS

If you’re not particularly technologically inclined, hit the “Email Subscription” button on the sidebar of the blog.  If you’re more into computers or you’re daring, you could subscribe to this blog using a feed reader.  This link is a great explanation of RSS and Feed Readers. Let’s face it. Life is busy and it’s easy to fall out of the loop.  Either of these tricks will help you stay involved in what’s going on.

Comment

We learn more by talking and teaching than we do by listening and reading.  So help us learn by sharing your life, your pursuit of Jesus, and what you’ve learned through your experience in the comment section. Click on “Leave a Comment” or “with 1 Comment” or “with [X number of] Comments” at the top of every post to see and leave comments.

Follow Me On Twitter

Twitter is where I post thoughts and quotes that will either become a full post here or is relevant to the topics we discuss here.  I’m also planning at least one Twitter/Blog series where one set of unique material will show up in my twitter stream that will correspond with a blog series I’m running here.  You can find me on Twitter @traviskolder.

Notes From The Margins

On a somewhat irregular basis I post a blog in my “Notes from the Margin” series.  The point of the series is not just what I’m finding in Scripture and what I write, but also what you’re finding in Scripture and what you’re writing about it.  If you have a blog, I’d love to see you take this series and do your own.  You can check out the guidelines for Notes from the Margins and read examples of the series here and here.

Email Me

I love interacting with readers of the blog.  Shoot me an email, say hi, show me the blog you’re writing or tell me about the work you’re doing, tell me what you’d like to see or what you’ve enjoyed so far.


Photo Credit: Dr Who by Aussiegal

The Wayback Machine: May

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers who have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2009

Encouragment

Discouragement hits believers and causes them to be confused about the things that are real and important.  This post is me reminding myself (and my readers) about the realities that are important to fight for even when things are discouraging.  If you want a window into my soul when I’m fighting to stay in the game this is a post you want to check out.

The Five Blogs I Won’t Unsubscribe

Pretty much this blog is exactly what the title describes.  I’m an avid blog reader, so I thought I would share with my readers what blogs I most enjoy.  Most of these blogs still exist in one form or another and for the most part I would still recommend, if I were to write this post again it would be much different. I also have unsubscribed from one of the blogs on this list, too. I guess we all make mistakes, huh?

2008

Weekend

This post describes my journey to north-eastern Iowa to meet with other believers who were having more of a regional house church gathering.  This was my first attempt at meeting other believers who God has called into a similar lifestyle as us.  God also showed me some important insights into the nature of God’s Kingdom and transitioning into simple church realities.

2007

The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

This was a post that recounts a conversation I had with E.J. about who the desert fathers were and why they are important today.  More than anything, it’s a primer into why the devotional practices of silence, solitute, and prayer are essential for the church in this hour.

How To Get the Most Out of Pursuing Glory

There are lots of ways to get more out of Pursuing Glory than just stopping back to check for new content every few days.  Here are some of the main ways you can join the conversation, learn, and contribute to the conversation we’re having:

Subscribe by Email or RSS

If you’re not particularly technologically inclined, hit the “Email Subscription” button on the sidebar of the blog.  If you’re more into computers or you’re daring, you could subscribe to this blog using a feed reader.  This link is a great explanation of RSS and Feed Readers. Let’s face it. Life is busy and it’s easy to fall out of the loop.  Either of these tricks will help you stay involved in what’s going on.

Comment

We learn more by talking and teaching than we do by listening and reading.  So help us learn by sharing your life, your pursuit of Jesus, and what you’ve learned through your experience in the comment section. Click on “Leave a Comment” or “with 1 Comment” or “with [X number of] Comments” at the top of every post to see and leave comments.

Follow Me On Twitter

Twitter is where I post thoughts and quotes that will either become a full post here or is relevant to the topics we discuss here.  I’m also planning at least one Twitter/Blog series where one set of unique material will show up in my twitter stream that will correspond with a blog series I’m running here.  You can find me on Twitter @traviskolder.

Notes From The Margins

On a somewhat irregular basis I post a blog in my “Notes from the Margin” series.  The point of the series is not just what I’m finding in Scripture and what I write, but also what you’re finding in Scripture and what you’re writing about it.  If you have a blog, I’d love to see you take this series and do your own.  You can check out the guidelines for Notes from the Margins and read examples of the series here and here.

Email Me

I love interacting with readers of the blog.  Shoot me an email, say hi, show me the blog you’re writing or tell me about the work you’re doing, tell me what you’d like to see or what you’ve enjoyed so far.

Photo Credit: Dr Who by Aussiegal

Food For Thought: New Blogger Edition

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

This week I’m super excited about being able to feature several new bloggers who I know personally.  You might notice that I personally know a few people who blog.  What’s exciting about this edition is I think a few of the posts some of these new bloggers posted this week were edifying at a level to be included here on the Food for Thought post.  Let me know what you think.

Jehova-Jireh

Wrestling with finances is never easy.  Dave, one of our new featured bloggers, tells a story about God’s knowledge of our situation and his ability to provide for us in our lack.  This will be a needed message in the days ahead.

A Letter to Us Who Think We Know the Lord

Because I’ve known Josh, I’ve gotten a chance to see the kind of humility that is birthed from the insight he describes in this post.  I think this is a powerful post to read, particularly if you’ve walked with the Lord for a long time.  Humility is the key to continuing to grow.

A Cholera Epidemic Averted!

Felicity is in the middle of blogging about the reality of the spiritual realm and how it impacts our lives.  This story is a dramatic testimony of that fact.  Experiences like this cause impact not only our view of God and His involvement in our lives but they also impact unbelievers.

There’s Not Enough Money in the World to Keep Doing Church the Way We’ve Been Doing It

Here’s a simple blog post with an idea that people need to think long and hard about.  If it’s premise true, then we need to adjust the way we “do church” in a significant way.

Photo Credit: Design Probes – Food for Thought by centralasian.