Buzzology: An Introduction

Every field has its own language. Music, mechanics, construction, sports, theology, and well, I think you get the idea. You’ve heard of Hebrew and Greek, but if you want to grow beyond baby Christendom, you must master buzzology. It’s the native tongue of Sunday schools, youth groups, and even pulpits… usually pulpits hand crafted from the reclaimed wood of Mediterranean fishing boats. It can take years of progressive sanctification to gain true fluency, and even then, there’s always a hip new congregation on the other side of town meeting in the backroom of a coffee shop furthering Christian buzzology to previously undiscovered territory. And speaking of territory, you should stop by the foyer on your way out and pick up our new pamphlet on creation care, it’ll really challenge your stewardship.

I’ve been journeying with my community formation leader for a few months now, and I’ve just really felt the the need resonating inside me to live out a more authentic narrative. I don’t want you, gentle reader, to remain a baby Christian. I want you to ascend to the next level. So let’s unpack this. I’m trying to call you to radically live out a missional walk by sanctifying your relational interpersonal communication. We’ve got to cast a big vision if we want to reach the 10/40 Window with our buzzwords. I need you to radically re-vision your walk for maximum missional effectiveness. After all, you could be the the only Bible someone might read.

At the end of the day, I’m just a disciple trying to make disciples, and doing life in a radical community of intentional believers. And who knows, as we journey together, you might just stumble upon your unclaimed blessing (because hey, no one really wants to be a bachelor till the rapture, right?).

If you want to raise the bar and reach the masses more effectively, apply the buzzological principles used in this post in your own small group or high church house church plant. I bet you’ll see authentic relationships blossom in no time.

Coolvinism: The Blog

Welcome, gentle reader, to my home away from Twitter. If my tweets are shots of espresso, then my blog is a big pot of freshly brewed fair trade coffee. This, my friends, is long-form Coolvinism.

I enjoy humor, and I think God enjoys humor. I know Martin Luther enjoyed humor, he once said, “If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.” I concur, Dr. Luther. Of course, there are different schools of thought on the matter. Saint Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) said that “laughter is the beginning of the destruction of the soul.” I bet he was the life of the potluck…

I started tweeting as Coolvinism because I found many humorous things in and about the church, and I found younger church going adults of the hipster persuasion especially humorous. And, to be honest, I feel quite comfortable poking fun at them because I count myself among their ranks.

So, why the blog? There aren’t 140 character limits here, thank goodness, and that means more meat (sorry, vegans). This is my place to share humorous thoughts without limitations. I’ve also given myself extra freedom to explore thoughts on theology, the church, and culture. I aim to maintain the flavor of Coolvinism throughout my musings and meanderings. I’ll still be snobby about my coffee, Bible translations, and theologians, and I’ll no doubt reference obscure theological works you’ve probably never even heard of, and of course I’ll make time to poke a little fun at youth pastors. Together, we’ll celebrate bacon, moleskin journals, and the refined comfort of a well made cardigan.

I want to share thoughts and laughs with you, and that’s what this place is for. We can talk about books, beards, and coffee too. I have much to say concerning those subjects, and I invite you to come along for the ride. So grab your thick-rimmed glasses, brew a cup of your best beans, and let’s do some exegesis together.