Five Year Anniversary of the Church Basement Roadshow

Five years ago, three cray cray dudes spent the summer on the road, barnstorming 32 cities in a biofueled RV.

Did you attend the Church Basement Roadshow? Got any memories to share?

Crowdsourcing My Beard

“The hair of the chin showed him to be a man.” -Saint Clement of Alexandria (c.195)

I’ve been growing my beard since August and, while I doubt that anyone in my family will be giving me a book on beards or any beard care essentials for Christmas, I do think that it’s about time to shape my beard.  Above, you can see a picture of the beard in its current state.  I’d like your help in deciding how to shape it for Christmas.

I’ve had a funky beard before.  In the summer of 2008, for the Church Basement Roadshow, I shaved my beard into the Friendly Mutton Chops.  For the hirsute ignorant, when mutton chops are connected by a mustache, it makes them friendly.  This is what that looked like:

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Practicing the Way of Jesus

Mark Scandrette's alter-ego, Preacher A.L. Withee

I just finished reading Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette. It’s an eminently practical book about real, lived spiritual formation in Mark’s ever-changing ReIMAGINE community in San Francisco.  For years, Mark has invited people to join him on days- or weeks-long experiments, many of which fall under his concept of the Jesus Dojo (described by Mark in the video below).

What I’m most interested in when reading a book — especially one, like this, written by a friend of mine — is what I can decipher about the underlying theology.  I happen to know a lot about Mark’s theology, having spent the better part of the summer of 2008 on an RV with him.  And here’s what I’d say:

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Preacher Withee Shaves!