Lincoln Students React to the Election

Margaret Reist, reporting for the Lincoln Journal Star, did an excellent job of capturing the post-election reaction of students in Lincoln, a Refugee Friendly city. I think it's safe to say these Lincoln Public Schools teachers and administrators earned their salaries this week.

Lincoln High School principal, Mark Larson:

"When students began to enter the building there was a palpable tension, a palpable anxiety in the air,” he said. “You could feel it. Students were raw yesterday, emotionally. More than any other day that I can remember in my career.”

And it wasn't just the older high school students who were affected:

At Belmont Elementary, a first-grade student in Laurie Martinez's English Language Learner class raised her hand.

“How soon am I going to have to go back?” she asked. 

Martinez said she was not prepared for first-graders to be worried about the election.

"I was naive," she said.

Tech Growth in Lincoln

Bloomberg featured Lincoln today as an emerging tech hub in the midwest. Strong salaries, low cost of living, and reasonable real estate prices are major contributors to the growth:

High prices on the West Coast are making it easier for the fresh crop of computer-science graduates and other techies to choose heartland hubs that are growing, in part, because putting down roots there doesn’t require a small fortune.

You don't have to search long to find evidence of serious growth in Lincoln.

The tech echo-boom is already starting to hipsterize Nebraska’s capital city. The downtown now has three sushi restaurants, a speakeasy serving $12 cocktails and dozens of startups filling once-abandoned warehouses. New workers are pushing up real estate values. Home prices are up almost 14 percent since 2012 and apartment rents have risen 38 percent.

It's an exciting time to call Lincoln home—even if you don't care for sushi.

American Outlaws Tribute - #IBELIEVE

We’re just days away from the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first World Cup match. In anticipation, ESPN posted an American Outlaws[1] tribute video today.

It’s really good.

Crank up your computer volume[2], watch it, and get ready for Monday.


Update 2014–06–11:

I should have also mentioned the story that the Lincoln Journal Star ran about the American Outlaws on Sunday.

  1. Did you know that the American Outlaws were founded in Lincoln, NE?  ↩

  2. Better yet, throw on some headphones.  ↩

Near South Neighborhood Carnival

Bounce House On Sunday, 2 Pillars Church took over a small, little–known park in Lincoln and put on a neighborhood carnival. In addition to serving food, we charged each of our small group Gospel Communities with the task of sponsoring some kind of booth or game.

The above photo shows our GC's contribution to the event.

Overall, the event was a success. It's difficult to estimate the number of people we saw, but I would guess it was close to 200 people or more. Further, the majority of those in attendance were not associated with our church in any way.

I overheard one woman say, "I haven't seen anything like this happen here in the twenty years that I've been around."

What a fun way to bless our neighborhood and get to know our neighbors!



Social Media as a Listening Platform

Gary Vaynerchurchuk :

I sat there drinking my crisp, flinty Riesling, laughed to myself, and thought once again, “people still don’t get social media.” Social media is the first true listening platform, not speaking platform. Yes, you can speak on it. Many will, and many do so successfully, but on the flip side, riding the wave of hashtags instead of creating them is a defining part of my thesis on social media.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we might better engage as a church on social media platforms and in the digital space. I suspect we could do a much better job of listening. Perhaps this would lead to us holding more conversations with the people in our city and doing less speaking at them?

Church Planting and Preparing for Reproduction

Scott Thomas outlines five reasons for planting churches in a recent post at Among them, he discusses the importance of reproduction for the local church:

Aubrey Malphurs believes that the secret to a vibrant Christianity is a pregnant church, culminating in reproduction. He emphasized the importance of a sending church preparing itself for reproduction (Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting, Malphurs, 2011). As a church is developing leaders, clarifying vision, sending people and resources, articulating doctrines and strategizing for mission, it will have a spiritual vibrancy accompanying these pre-birth activities.

Thomas summarizes this way:

A church on mission prioritizes its sending capacity over its seating capacity. This reproductive generosity brings health to the mother church as well as to the baby churches.

Something that Todd Bumgarner said from the very beginning is that 2 Pillars is going to be a church that plants churches. Just like a engaged couple discussing future family plans and their desire for children, reproduction was part of the vision of 2 Pillars before it was even planted.

The prayer now is that God would bless our plans and preparation and continue to grow 2 Pillars in size and maturity in order that we might give birth to another church to be planted in the city of Lincoln.

Why plant more churches in Lincoln? Check out the entire post here.

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