Thursday, September 28 


found out a friend who has been struggling with cancer the last few
years got a test back on monday that things were not good.

i didn't know what to say or do when his wife told me. i just wanted
to hug her and tell her it's going to be ok. i don't know that it is.
she wasn't looking for sympathy... but i know they'll feel support
from our community.

i realized that i hadn't been processing this when i literally didn't
think about it more than once a day for the past 2 days.

i'm praying... not even gonna tell them that i am. i hope our
community will support and rally when they need it.

+god please heal kenneth. hold sarah & their family as they go through this.+

Saturday, September 23 

Jesus Freaks - 15 years on

Some of you know the Jesus Freaks. They are a movement that started in Germany & have been long time friends of the Turrigiano's. Through that, they have had a huge impact on my life & in to our church.

Below is a video made about them (probably) 15 years ago & then a photo from the Vineyard NY's meeting Jesus Freaks in Hamburg in the early 90s. Look close & you'll see some people you know. I snatched these from the blogs of Mirko Sander & Martin Dreyer.

Friday, September 22 

Lonnie Frisbee

I had the priviledge of seeing a bootleg copy of the film about Lonnie Frisbee a few months ago. I've been thinking about blogging about it ever since, but have not wanted to sound like a life critic or know-it-all about something that I only know about 2nd hand. So the thoughts in this post are just my impression of things based on people who I know that loved & cared for Lonnie as well as other perceptions that I have.

From my perspective...
The film starts out giving a full history of Lonnie, the Jesus Movement in the 60s & 70s & into the history of Calvary Chapel & the Vineyard. It is so great to see old video footage, voice recordings & photos of what God was doing in even setting the stage for what many of us are experiencing now. Amazing stories of healing & the divine breaking into the lives of regular people in completely non-hyped ways.

It then goes into some of the personal problems that Lonnie had over his tumoltus life with his marrage, sexuality, ministry affliations, AIDS, etc. I was impressed by how the film shares these darker parts of Lonnie's life.

Toward the end it ends up portraying John Wimber & the Vineyard movement (as well as the Calvary Chapel guys) as being hateful & actually states that they "erased him from their history" due to his having homosexual relationships & dying of AIDS. To me it appears to take the route of 'the establishment' verses Lonnie, the misunderstood genius who has been written out of history because he didn't conform. This is where it really bugged me.

The piece about Lonnie being left out of Vineyard history (I don't know much about documentd Calvary history) is just untrue. Yes, in Power Evangelism Wimber refers to Lonnie as "the young man", so I can see where there could be some foulplay there, BUT in all the other published documents (the 2 that I know of), Lonnie is talked about, sometimes in detail:

  • In The Way it Was, Carol Wimber shares about Lonnie by name (& that books is not meant to be a Vineyard history, but rather a book about John).

  • In The Quest for the Radical Middle there is a whole chapter all about Lonnie, his life & his impact on the Vineyard.
We have some very good friends who were close friends with Lonnie (photos with their kids, a painting that he had done & given to them is on their wall, etc).

According to our friends, the last few times they saw Lonnie (which was in the very early 90s, I believe) he was wanting them to choose sides, my friend made it sound like he was bitter & pushing for what he wanted. Not being misunderstood, but being under authority & accountable leadership. From these same sources, I understand that the Vineyard leaders made sure Lonnie was financially ok & didn't screw him when removing him from a very public platform. That they more took care of business as need be (but with grace for him as friend & individual). If you watch Lonnie's memorial service on Google Video, it appears that Wimber had contributed something (I dunno if that was friendship, financially or what) towards him very late in his life (per some of the comments made).

I have been involved in the removal of public leaders from their place. So I know what it's like when someone agrees & humbly steps down yet stays in community. I also know what it's like to have to pull someone out kicking and screaming... in many cases they leave with the attitude of "screw them". (Not that my impression is that he was full-on like this, but just to illustrate the polar ends of this thing).

So basically, I think people should see this. They should know these stories, if interested. But I was disappointed in the villification of the Vineyard in it. Some of the facts seem slanted & put us in a poor light.

I wonder if Lonnie was still alive, what he would think about the way this story is told? I wonder if people will see this and automatically write off some of the established leaders as "just more bigots & haters"? The impression it left me was of Lonnie, the gifted martyr.

I don't want to start an ongoing commentary on Lonnie's life here, but if any of you who knew him have any comments, feel free (or not) to comment.

Thursday, September 21 


theres a guy who's sitting behind me at work. he's a consultant. he
seems to know everything. i mean, like everything ever.

he's an accomplished photographer, web designer, flash coder... & I
just over heard someone talking about translating to portuguese & he's
like "i speak portuguese, I lived in San Paolo for a couple years".
seriously he must be like 215 years old... but just looks like a 30
something, regular looking (if not under dressed), african american
guy in new york!

Monday, September 11 


Today is 5 years on. There was no talk of it in the office today, even though 50 feet away there were thousands of people remembering with millions watching on TV. Actually the reporters were on our building over looking the hole.

When you pass by this thing everyday it just becomes apart of everyday life. You see tourists & people quiet, mourning, paying their respects & theres me chatting on my phone as I walk to the subway, or doing something else insensative... completely oblivous to the situation out of necessity.

Last week I came across this amazing piece that a friend & old collegue created after 9/11/2001. Katya left our firm to go to the prestigious Cranbrook Art School. All of the people mentioned here are people I worked with post-9/11... & I'm even mentioned as having nose bleeds "from the air".

If you want to know what it was like to go back to work in the wake of 9/11... or to be there on that day, take 10 minutes to explore this piece:


Friday, September 1 

warren jeffs

um... can anyone say F'd up?

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