Yes friends, I'm back in the blogosphere. Of course lots of blog-worthy things happened over the past three weeks, but I disciplined myself not to touch my keyboard (at least not for regular blogging), which was a helpful exercise to prove to my wife that I'm still normal. On the other hand my conscience as a historian says I can't leave extended 'white spots' in the chronicles, causing later generations to guess what happened, and reconstruct a picture in retrospect, which might be completely wrong. Something like praising Constantine for the birth of the house church movement. So here we go, a helicopter overview of the past three weeks:
- this month it has been 10 years since I started Joel News, which was a good reason to throw a party and unmodestly interview myself, as well as being interviewed by several media.
- on the family side we finished our cleaning-up house project, David broke a little bone in his wrist and can't use his right hand for a few weeks, and Karolien and I booked our flights to Trondheim;
- interacted with several organic church planting trainers on the development of a European training concept that can easily be implemented in different nations;
- met up with people of the GIDS network in Utrecht, paid a visit to Ellel Ministries' new base in Baak, and taught for experimenting young people in Delft on 'church as a movement';
- spent two days consulting with 15 organic church planters from Europe in Basel, Switzerland;
- developed a new collaborative e-zine in Dutch about the 'shift that happens' (more about this later);
- had ongoing interactions with Connect friends in several parts of Europe to get some overview of what God is saying to us corporately.