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Live From 29 Palms: A Quick but Broad Update

Things are still a bit slow here at Tribe. I’ve been busy with church planting responsibilities, reading, design work, and family life in general. It’s all good, but very time consuming. Writing seems to be the first thing to be nixed from schedule when things get busy. It’s unfortunate, but unavoidable. Regular posting should resume soon.

I’m still slightly busy this morning so a quick but very broad update will have to do for the time being:


God is full of surprises. We had a crowd of new visitors this past Sunday. It was awesome. They are the kind of people we need to get this movement started. They are the kind of people we have been praying for … Thanks for visiting with us! Blessings on you all!

The church plant is moving along wonderfully. It’s hard work, and it requires much, much prayer. Church planting is not for the faint of heart.


I’m catching up on a few books sent to me for review. These reviews are coming soon.

I’m also reading a few Anne Lamott books and one Donald Miller. Good reads, all of them.


I’ve been busy helping design and develop the Submergent site. Submergent is the Anabaptist wing of the Emerging Conversation. It’s good people, so check it out. The design is still in process, so forgive any technical mishaps you may or may not discover along the way. The design is built upon the same theme that I designed especially for Scribe, with a few very slight aesthetic adjustments. When Mark and I chatted about Submergent’s online direction a week or so ago he expressed his desire to trek in the direction of Scribe, so that is where we went with the new Submergent design. Hopefully it will become a very lively think-tank for the Emerging Anabaptist gang to virtually gather and converse.


The family is wonderful. My family is the most important thing to me on this planet. They are my life and reason for existence. I thank God for the gift my family really is. God is good.

The son has been playing basketball in a city league. He’s a Lancaster City 76er. The team is 0-2-1 (that’s zero wins, two losses, and one tie). They have fun playing, but they really need to win their first game soon! I think I want them to win more than they want to win. Yes, I have become one of THOSE parents.

The daughters have been enrolled in a knitting club. It’s cool and they love it. They sit with us in the family room and knit all sorts of things while we watch television shows or movies. It’s beyond cute. They also want to enroll in a dance class, cheerleading, and girl’s basketball. They are getting older and want to participate in social and extracurricular activities. It’s great to watch them develop and move towards brand new things.

My wife and I are doing great. We have fun just participating in everything that is going on, together. Good times …


I’ve been thinking about this thought from Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC:

“If the emerging church tries to ‘take the best of all traditions’ I’m afraid it will end up like the modern, traditionless cut-off-from-the past mega-church evangelicalism it doesn’t like. It is an enormous undertaking to forge a new Christian tradition. (It took the Pentecostals 100 years and 2-400 million people.) I think it would be best if the emerging church settled happily into one tradition but with appreciation for others. I think it is indeed an Anabaptist approach. Its approach to community and witness, its relationship to culture, its view of the atonement, salvation, and revelation — all of these are far more like the Anabaptist tradition than any other.” — From the comments on a post on TallSkinnyKiwi

Note: I discovered the above quote while I was digging around and designing over at Submergent. It’s posted over there as a topic of discussion.

That’s the quick but broad update! Regular posting should resume here at Tribe shortly. It’s nice to take a break. Breaks are rejuvenating! I highly recommend that you try it!

PS: I titled this post “Live from 29 Palms” because I’ve been listening to Robert Plant’s Sixty Six to Timbuktu way, way too much this week. That’s where I’m at, at the moment.


  1. Steve
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    You had me all excited and then confused. I live about 45 minutes from 29 Palms, CA which just happens to be near Lancaster, CA. I guess I’m a lot farther away than I thought.

  2. Shawn Anthony
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    LOL! Sorry about that Steve! I can imagine how confusing it must must have become when the whole “Lancaster” thing is added to the mix too …

    Yep, Lancaster PA is almost as far away from 29 Palms as one could get!

  3. Will Wilkins
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear that you and the family are doing well Shawn. Tell the son good luck in the next b-ball game.

    I am digging the new tweaks to the site too. Something about my latest design makes me want to switch it to something more of a one-column layout.

  4. Shawn Anthony
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I will wish him luck from you, brother. Lord knows they need it! 0-2-1!

    I dig your latest design. I don’t know what it is, but I’m not confortable unless my blog feels like a “log” of some sort. I can’t believe how the blog design can make the act of blogging itself so much more difficult! Does that make sense? With the design I had up, blogging felt harder. I need to … log.

    At any rate, anyone who says design doesn’t matter much really hasn’t done this sort of thing for too long.

  5. Will Wilkins
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I completely agree. I think that is my problem now. On the other hand, I am much more comfortable and content playing in template tags, html, php and css than I am writing big long posts. I leave that up to guys like you that do it so well!

  6. Pistol Pete
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Interesting to have a Presbyterian recommend emergent folk settle into the Anabaptist tradition. It’s almost like saying, “You go over there and play.”

  7. Shawn Anthony
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    LOL! Yeah, Pete. It is almost like that, isn’t it? I was surprised to see that Tim Keller actually leaves comments over at Tall Skinny Kiwi. I think it’s great.

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