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Happy Birthday to Emergent Brethren!

This month marks an anniversary since the start of this blog site. Here are some numbers to show its activity:

166 Posts, including the section on Brian McLaren’s book
13 Authors who contributed the posts
13 The most number of comments to a post (see the 3/15/08 post by Michael Salerno called, “My money, my mouth”)
11 Number of countries with readers who have visited this site.
5 Number of pages visited by a new visitor in Saudi Arabia.
3 Number of years this site has existed.

Thanks to everyone who’s written a post or left a comment! Your writing is a blessing to many people (even if they don’t leave comments)!

With much appreciation,

Jeff Glass
Site Administrator

General, Special Announcements

Who Reads Emergent Brethren?

As the administrator of this site, I occasionally look at the stats of how many hits it gets, how long people stay on the site, how many pages are read, etc. Today in looking at the stats I was surprised.

The second nation with the most visits is Canada (a long ways behind the U.S.), and a close third is United Kingdom. However, the United Kingdom has more page visits (3.17) than Canada (2) and has the longest average visit (2:34 minutes). The country with the most page visits is Saudi Arabia (5). Other countries that have readers who drop-in to read this site include Ivory Coast, Nepal, Russia, Australia, Norway and France.

Thanks to everyone who drops-in on this site! Don’t be shy about leaving comments to those who post. Everyone is invited to be a part of the conversations here!

Jeff Glass


Pax Americana

Last night I was at home and flipping the channels (Okay I only have 6 channels to flip through) and came upon a documentary on PBS.  I believe it was called Carrier and focused on life on an aircraft carrier.  I didn’t watch much of it, being solidly committed to pacifism.  But I watched enough to hear some very interesting quotes.  One that stuck out to me more than any other was spoken by a 20 something guy.  He said something like, “We are here to bring peace.  Peace by power.”  Peace by power?  That got me thinking about peace and our world.  It also got me thinking about the Roman Empire and the Pax Romana (the peace of Rome) in which Jesus found himself living.   The Pax Romana was not a peaceful idea. In fact it was only brought about because anyone who spoke up against Rome or in some way brought “trouble” to Rome was severly dealt with. They would be crucified outside the town with the understandable message, “You mess with Rome and you will end up like this.” So the Peace of Rome was brought about through Violence…

So the comment last night reminded me of Rome and the empire. I began to wonder about the Pax Americana. How much of our peace as a country has been brought about by violence? Can peace be brought about violently or is that an oxymoron? I truly believe that peace is not done by power but by love, grace, service, and mercy. It’s about power under (service) and not power over. (Thanks to Greg Boyd for these words) True peace is only found in Jesus and can’t be brought about by demanding, fighting, and violence.

I then did a search on the term Pax Americana and found an amazing quote by John F. Kennedy.  I agree with him wholeheartedly, and I will work to bring about peace in our world (not just absence of war, but peace of mind, heart, soul, spirit, and in all of creation) I end with his quote. 

I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.[3]

Change!?!, General, Marketing

Fan of YouTube?

Yesterday, made the national news in a big way. The Democratic Party spiced-up their presidential candidate debates by having questions come via YouTube vs. a moderator. Recently, I learned that some emergent churches are posting their worship services on YouTube. That was a suprise to me, but why not do it?

I like YouTube and similar sites, though I don’t have much time to view them. Today, I typed in “emerging churches” into the search tool and came-up with quite a list. Here’s one video that does a nice job in describing the emerging church movement:

Are you a fan of YouTube? Do you have any video’s posted there?

Blessings to you,

Jeff Glass

General, Getting to know you, all about you!

Glad to be here

I believe this site is going to serve the church well!  Thanks Jeff for working so hard to make it a reality!!

Pastor Kate, Durham, NC