Welcome back.


When I first started blogging on February 23rd of this year, I was usually the only one who read my posts. Well, there was Michael, my son, who got me blogging.

Suddenly and without warning our lone voices were joined by yours, and it was your voices that turned “into the mystic…” into one of the most unique and significant communities in the western world. [Yes, I think the “mystic” community is both unique and significant.]

THANKS to all of who who came and created such amazing community here at “into the mystic…” In a very real way, this is our blog.

As a result, I’m doing a “The Best of…” from those early days to celebrate 6 months as a blogger. These are posts most of you never read. I’m looking forward to your input. The first will come your way on Tuesday: Exegeting Culture Part 1: Developing Eyes to See.

Today I just want to say, Thank you.

Six months ago I knew very few of you. Today I count you as among my closest friends.

Many of you (photographically captured here in all your glory) have been in my home. Our home and our lives are richer because your journey intersected ours.

I’m certain that we will cross paths with many more of you in the days, weeks and months to come.

Photographs: Some of our Blog friends who’ve been to our home

Again, happy six-months and thanks, You belong here.

Into the Mystic…

Alex McManus


13 responses to “Celebrating 6 Months of “Into the Mystic…””

  1. James Petticrew Avatar
    James Petticrew

    Alex, you introduced me to the world of the blog and I can’t tell you how it has enriched my life, like you I know include some of the people who are part of this community as amongst my closest friends. Thanks for your vision and friendship.

  2. Brian Russell Avatar

    It’s been a great six months, Alex. Your vision and encouragement has opened up new Kingdom “threads” in countless places. Thanks for your catalystic vision!

  3. Terry Timm Avatar

    alex – leadership is all about influence and you have indeed influenced many of us to step into the mystic and dream God’s dream together and outloud. thank you.

  4. Steve Watson Avatar

    I went back through some old posts. I remember reading my first post on the Feb 25 post but it took me over a month before I got the courage to write a comment (Apr 5). It’s been a changing, challenging and growing experience.

    Thank you for showing us a new world.

    breathe fire.

  5. Douglas Warkentin Avatar

    Congrats on the 6 months! The mystic culture is new to me so I have enjoyed reading your blogs (and others). It has started a thought pattern that I have never had before (or never listened to).


  6. Dale Swinburne Avatar

    Thank you Alex for being such a catalyst. For seeing the incredible potential in what others see as mundane.


  7. James Petticrew Avatar
    James Petticrew

    Hey Alex, good to speak to you this afternoon, thanks for the time you invest in so many of us,

  8. Lori Avatar

    It’s cool to see how my life has radically changed in the last 6 months, just as a result of blogging, and you have had much to do with it! Your family are treasures to me and I eagerly await seeing you all again…
    More mystical that 6 months ago,

  9. Octavio Avatar


    thanks for being a good friend.
    you and your family have redefined kindness

  10. Eric Avatar

    I too, like so many above have been impacted by your passion for connecting through technology. You’re the reason I started blogging and it has added an amazing diminsion to my life–and I pray the ripples will continue with others in all our lives.

    Peace to you.

  11. sarge Avatar

    Congrats on the 6 monthes! Keep it up!

  12. Anne Jackson Avatar

    yes, in agreement with eveyrone here – thank you! your thoughts both online and in person have inspired and challenged both chris & me, you and your family’s hospitality, graciousness, grilling and walks to starbucks for desert have enriched us. we are truly blessed knowing you guys.

    and i think by “redefinined kindness” octavio actually means “fed me a lot. keep it up, chums!”


  13. Nicolas Nelson Avatar

    It is a privilege and a pleasure to belong to a community like this. Barbaric meets Mystic. Just what I need!

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