Wednesday, December 27, 2006
We had an old computer hanging around (ok, maybe not a computer per se, it was an e-machine).
We transformed this machine from a useless pile of circuits into a reminder of a reason for the season.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph . . . for the next generation.
The good news is that it wasn't just funny to us. Someone actually enjoyed this gift.
Monday, December 11, 2006
I'm thrilled to have such a great friend that would share his tallents with us. I love the painting and the way that it captures light and expression, yet trancends the natural colors. What you can't see in this picture is the caption that Tim painted underneath: Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Amen.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The "New Testament" isn't too much better. Sure you slapped the "new" label on there, but that is so 20 years ago. If we want people to read this thing we need to get a little more hip. Try: "The New and Improved Testament" or "Testament 2.0" think about "The Testament: Professional Edition" perhaps "The Testament: Revolutions"
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
This story made me come out of robot-defender retirement (let's face it, no one was paying any attention anyway; I'm looking you're way South Korea).
That "cute" creature to the right (the one without glasses) is ready to eat you dead. The "smart" Japanese people decided to teach a robot to taste things so that it could sample wines and suggest food that would compliment them. Great idea . . . except when it tasted human flesh it identified it as . . . bacon.
So we're pretty much screwed at this point. Walk through this with me: 1)Bacon is the best food ever, 2)to robots, people taste like bacon, 3)to robots, people are the best food ever, 4)we all gonna die.
Our only hope is to convert all the robots to Judaism and get them to be Kosher. Any Rabbis want to take up the cause?
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
This article over at NPR discusses the caffeine content of different coffees and beverages. The point is that 3 shots of espresso is about equal to a 12 oz cup of coffee (that’s about 4.5 oz of espresso). Most people expect that their espresso will give them a super jolt of caffeine, when it is not really that full of juice by comparison.
Do you use caffeine? When and where do you get your fix?
I’ve heard people refer to caffeine as the acceptable drug. It’s legal and has no real stigmas in culture. Do you think it’s bad to be dependant on caffeine? I know I will get a headache if I don’t have my coffee for a day. I know I’m addicted. Should I care? Is it wrong to be addicted to caffeine? Does that fall under the biblical issue of not being a drunkard?
What’s the point of getting an extra shot of decaf espresso? That’s paying $0.55 for more coffee flavor. I don’t understand it.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Have you heard about “margin”? Some guy at one point said that it’s good to have “margin” in your life (I could look up the reference for this, but I’m just too lazy right now). Just like margins in the book give your eye time to rest and place for notes, so margin in your life can allow time for rest and a place for unplanned things. What margin allowed me to do (one of the things) was to think about good blog ideas. I would browse online and find interesting topics or think about church planting or find funny things to share.
I haven’t blogged for a while because I don’t feel like I have anything good to share. I don’t have anything good to share because I don’t have any time to think. I don’t have any time to think because I don’t have any margin. I need to find some margin. I’m sorry that I haven’t been entertaining you or keeping you free from the robot threat or causing you to ponder the meaning of life. My blog is reflecting me right now: pretty boring and pointless.
On a cool note, I took some friendly advice and downloaded the trial of Office 2007 and right now I’m typing this blog in Word and it will automatically post to my blogspot without anything else. How cool is that?
Thursday, September 21, 2006
So I love me some peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches. In college the majority of my meal were in sandwich form (turkey and pbj). Even now I eat several a week for lunch or even breakfast (with a glass of milk it's a ballanced meal).
So I start with my sandwich this morning
But since the jelly is a little runny . . .
I am forced to make a jelly holding area . . .
by putting peanutbutter around the edges of the bread and leaving a hole in the middle
In which I place the jelly
So, because I bought generic jelly
wihtout any fruit at all I have to take extreme measures to keep the jelly from dripping all over the place.
The moral of the story is: sometimes it's worth it to spend a little bit more money to get some jelly that actually has fruit in it and doesn't need it's own little "peanutbutter fort" to keep from dripping all over the place.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
I agree, MySpace=garbage and I have yet to view a good MySpace page. They are filled with crap and pictures and text that is cacophotous at best.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
A book I’ve read more than once: David Eddings’ series’ The Belgariad and The Malorean. Basic fantasy writing with a predictable plot, but the characters have such depth and reality that I half expect to meet them someday.
A book I would take with me if I were stuck on a desert island: Let’s just get the Bible answer out of the way – I would have my laptop with my Bible software (I would plug it in to the outlet in the Starbucks on the island—they are everywhere). This is a tough one . . . how about Celebration of Discipline, Foster. I would want to immerse myself in the spiritual disciplines on a desert island. Or maybe Confessions, Augustine since I haven’t had enough time to digest it yet and I don’t think I will ever have enough time to wrestle with it all.
A book that made me laugh: The Princess Bride, Goldman (the basis for the movie). Read it. You will laugh out loud. So freaking hilarious.
A book that I wish had been written: The Church Jesus Planted – Jesus had a vision that has changed the world. Because of his ministry there have been billions of Christians. But so much of the church has been based on the writings in Acts and the Epistles of Paul. I believe that Acts and the Epistles are corrective and descriptive texts for church, but the teaching of Jesus is prescriptive for church.
Note: if you’ve read this book, tell me I’m planning on writing a paper about this soon.
A book that I wish had never been written: The Redemption of Althalus, Eddings – after loving his previous work, this was such a shallow, disappointing pile. It read like he pulled an all-nighter to turn this in to his creative writing class on time – garbage from a talented man.
A book I’ve been meaning to read: This list is far too long . . . currently at the top of the list: Renovation of the Heart, Willard. Ike’s recommendation holds a lot of weight for me (see above).
I’m currently reading: Searching for God Knows What, Miller; The Making of a Leader, Clinton; Planting Missional Churches, Stetzer; Organic Church, Coles; Wild at Heart/Captivating, Eldredge; Preaching Re-Imagined, Pagett; miscellaneous school books.
Ty, I'm a little curious to see what's would be on your list, but I'm also a little scared.
Ron, don't break my brain with this assignment.
Tabitha, bring some non-nerd flavor to this game, please.
Dwayne, fellow Starbuxian please enlighten me.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I'm hoping that I will soon have a routine that will allow me to make time for the more important things.
How do you find rhythm in you life? How important is a routine to you?
Saturday, August 12, 2006
So our plan right now is to drive to San Diego on Monday and then make a leisurely trip back up the coast to the Bay Area over the next few days. What outdoor type stuff is essential to see on the California coast? We've already vetoed amusement parks (etc.) we just want to be outside and enjoy life without oppressive humidity. We are sorely missing the ocean so if we can include ol' Blue (that's what I call the ocean now) it would be wicked awesome.
In other news: we really need the interwebs at home. We've been without it since the move and it hurts me. I have to walk over to the library (probably a good 100 yards) and that's just not acceptable. How am I supposed to review my on-the-lines activities with all this inconvenience?
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
More regular bloging will resume as more regular life resumes. Stay tuned . . .
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Ok, so this week I'm taking the History of the American Restoration Movement in school. Since most of my blog-o-sphere are Church-of-Christ-ers, I'm wondering what it is that you want to know about the history of the Churches of Christ. What question has always baffled you? I have access to books and a person with some credentials - I might just be able to help you out.
Ok, I dare you to guess the names of these important Restoration Movement figures:
1. Walter Scott
Walter Scott (1796-1861) came to North America from Scotland in 1818. He was drawn to the work of Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone and joined with them as an evangelist. He was an amazing evangelist and developed the mnemonic device of the Six themes of the gospel:
-Forgiveness of Sins
Using this simple message from 1830-1861 He baptized an average of 1000 people a year (Dag, yo!). This morphed into the five points of the gospel (Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, and Be Baptized).
2. Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell (1763-1854)
He studied 3 years at Glasgow University in Scotland and aligned himself with the Presbyterian Church. He came to North America in 1807 ahead of his wife and son (Alexander). He became less and less satisfied with the Presbyterian church and so in 1808 he wrote the “The Declaration and Address” which outlined the principles of rejecting creeds and denominationalism and advocated reading the Bible for all authority and understanding of how Church ought to be practiced.
3. Barton W. Stone
Barton W. Stone was born in Maryland in 1772 he was a young child during the Revolutionary War. He was a minister in the Presbyterian church in 1801 when he attended the Cane Ridge Revival where somewhere between 12,000 and 30,000 people attended in an eccumenical display of Christian faith. There was a lot of ecstatic display (falling down, dancing, laughing in the Spirit, barking, etc.). This made Stone question the staunch doctrines and exclusionary attitudes of the Presbyterian church.
In 1804 he broke from the Presbyterian church all together with the document "The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery" where he said:
"We will, that this body die, be dissolved, and sink into union with the Body of
Christ at large; for there is but one body, and one Spirit, even as we are
called in one hope of our calling."
He led many people in the same move and they began to call themselves only Christians rejecting the sectarian, denominational names that divided the body of Christ.
4 Alexander Campbell (a.k.a. Beardy-McBearderson).
So Alex Campbell pretty much did it all when it comes to the ol' Retoration Movement. He published a couple of journals (for like 37 years) and taught a bunch of people at Bethany College (which he founded). If you're interested in why the Churches of Christ are what they are you need to start with the life and times of this man.
And "The Beard" would totally own in a thirties-style boxing match.
"I ain't got no dukes."
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Holy boring, Batman. There is more excitement on the bird watching channel. I think I could see the grass on the field growing. This should have been the pinacle of all soccer had to offer. This is the World Cup. If any game should have convinced me to enjoy soccer, it should have been this one. Nope. Not for all the horrible acting players (seriously, did they go to the Vlade Divac school of acting?), or for all the impotent footed forwards could I "learn to like it".
Well, you can't say I didn't try.
Monday, July 03, 2006
I like my jobs and I love to preach, but it has just been an overwhelming week. I'm looking forward to this week - only 45 hours of job and a final and paper to write! Let the good times roll.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
"They mostly come out at night, mostly."
Friday, June 16, 2006
I am celebrating my birthday by going to school (I'm taking a short course and we meet on Saturday morning). I'm not sure what else I'm going to do - I will probably nap some, eat some, have some cake, maybe watch a movie.
Just to mention it: I'm taking a class on Church Planting with Stan Granberg. I just don't have the words to describe how excited I am about all this. I'm finally taking a class that directly applies to the ministry I want to do!
I have so much that I want to write about in this regard. I want to tell you about the demographic research that I've done into NW Portland. I want to talk about bi-vocational ministry. I want to communicate my passion for starting a work in Portland as soon as possible.
But that will get to wait for a little while. If I tried to write about it now I would end up rambling. I need to process this stuff for a while.
I do like having arguments on my blog, though (like about how lame soccer is). So, since everyone and their goat are talking about the Da Vinci code . . . I would like to tell you why good books are hard to come by now-a-days. Authors are writing for the movie audience. The sentence structure is horrible; in The Da Vinci Code, Brown uses single word sentences like: "Christians." (pg. 232) That's just one word! One word cannot comprise a legitimate sentence in the English language (interogatives asside). Also, his chapters are about 2 paragraphs long. I know he uses this to build suspense, but there is no other good reason for his chapter breaks - they fall in the middle of all the action just to make you go on to the next chapter. Dan Brown wrote his book for a movie audience. I would rather let the narrative build the suspense. I would prefer for the sentences to be coherent. So, in summary: The Da Vinci Code is a poorly written book that sold a lot of copies to a lot of people who must like soccer because they like crap.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Does anyone else find the World Cup incredibly boring? Trinidad and Tobago got really excited about a tie; this is a tie people. No one wins, and no one loses, yay let's all get excited. Stupid soccer.
Do you remember when there were good movies? We had two netflix movies that we watched recently: Alexander and King Arthur. Holy crappy movies, Batman!
Alexander: Oliver Stone should be beaten with a rolled up newspaper and repeatedly told, "No!" and maybe he will learn to stop making bad movies. 3 hours of a movie about the man who conquered the world and I think there were 2 fights (and not a fight within the first hour). There was a bunch of Colin Farrell with puffy hair moping about his mom being mean.
King Arthur: Jerry Bruckheimer, what can I say - you should stick to crappy TV shows (they waist less of my life).
Remember X-3, yeah, that was a good movie. What do you think will be the first spinoff of the X-men franchise? I vote for Wolverine, but I would also be stoked about a Magneto movie. What say you?
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Freebies: It's nice to get free stuff, for pretty much doing nothing but asking for it. I found a website that is contstantly updating with freebies that you can sign up for (use the above tip to avoid all the spam). I've gotten a free swiffer, free dog food, free contact lens solution, free post-it notes, free starbucks double-shot, free Stix candy, and that's all I can remember. Go to: this site and look for the things that you want. It takes a while to get the ball rolling since most of these will arive in 6-8 weeks, but then you get a neat little suprise in the mail every once in a while and since people don't write letters anymore it make the mail a little more fun to go and get.
Blog Aggregator: Ryan beat me to this topic, but I will add that I love using a blog aggregator. I use www.bloglines.com since I move computers every once in a while and it allows me to take my blogs with me. I can put all the blogs and news sites that I keep up with into one place and then see when there are updates. It's great and I love it. I was able to catch up with most of the blogging that I had missed during finals in just a little while and it was all in one place waiting for me. Joy of joys.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Papers: The first one was a "Statement of Faith" which pretty much means that I got to write what I believe about stuff and why (it was limited to 30 pages or I would have had to write more). My goal was to describe God, creation, humanity, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church in terms that would make sense to an unchurched person . . . after several edits, I'm still not happy with it, but at least I'm thinking through how to translate church-ese into . . . ya'know . . . English.
The second paper was for my Church History class; in it I examined the role of the invention of the printing press in the Protestant Reformation. I will make autographed copies available upon request. Ok, so maybe it's not that interesting, but what I really wanted to explore needed this background, so I had an excuse to start down the path. The change in language from the written word to the printed word radically changed the way that human beings use language, which changed the way that we think. The advent of the internet has (I believe) produced a similar change in the use of language. Therefore the changes in thought that we see are less about philosophy (postmodernism) than they are about the tie between language and thought.
Finals: Lots o' writing essays - you know you want to, all the cool kids are doing it.
Dad's visit: It was fun to start my vacation with my dad around. We saw some Memphis stuff (not too much to see). Had some Memphis food (catfish and ribs are tastin' soooooo goooood). And he helped me to do some computer repair and play some video games and bake some bread. We both pretty much chilled and enjoyed it.
Summer Jobs: Yes, jobs: plural. In order to make some scratch I need to work full time this summer, but in order to get to that level I need two part time jobs. So I now work for the local religious printed resource peddler and the nautically themed bean-beverage purveyor. As soon as I put my dad on the plane it was time to get to work. I worked all day Friday and Saturday and will continue the trend come Monday. I just can’t wait to get me some paychecks.
Now you are up to date. I’ll try to have some pith or wit or guff on my next outing.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
So, now that you’re still with me (like a good blog-friend or blriend if you will [frog just won’t work]). I’m sitting in theology class and we’re chatting away (translation: being lectured) about eschatology (a schmancy way of saying: study of the end things). So we get to talk about fun things like the state of the soul after death, but we’ve also discussed the holistic nature of redemption. God created all things and they were good. God created people as whole beings and they were good. Sin entered into the world and messed it all up.
In Genesis 3 we get the ‘curse’ which has been variously interpreted. A couple of things stand out to me. The curse is not on people, but on animals and the earth (reflected in Romans 8 where Paul says: “creation was subjected to frustration . . . the whole creation has been groaning”). People have to deal with their own curse on themselves—by trying to live by our own views and it just doesn’t work. Our ways lead to death and pain and suffering for us and for the people around us.
So God sends Jesus to set things straight (read the book if you need more details right now) and eventually that redemption will be complete. But here’s the thing, redemption isn’t just for our souls. Heaven won’t be a bunch of spirits floating around. God will redeem our bodies and raise us to have new bodies (1 Corinthians 15) and then at the end he will create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21).
So what just hit me is that not only will I be full redeemed, but so will our screwed up environment and our animals and our plants and everything. God created with world and it was good – the stars and the moon and the sun and the oceans and the land and the birds and fish and animals and plants – it was all good. I guess it just doesn’t make any sense to believe that God created the world just to give us a place to stand while we were being redeemed. His vision is bigger than that (bigger than we will ever know).
Do you want to be a whole person? I think I’m ready to sign up. This whole mess about just saving our soul seems so shortsighted and . . . well lame. It just doesn’t work. I want my whole self to be changed by God and I want the whole world to be changed too. I’m not just concerned about people’s souls, because their bodies are a part of them. I’m not just concerned about people, because we are a part of the world. I’m not just concerned about humanity, because we are a part of creation.
I’m really going to need to do some work to make this real.
Romans 8:20-23 (NIV) “For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
This is a picture of a dirty, cheating, go-cart racer - If I only had a red turtle shell . . .
This is the bride walking in with her father - sorry it's dark - I was trying to be sneaky while taking a picture from the stage durring the wedding (shhhhh don't tell).
Cuff links are hard to see - here's a close up.
Some people doing some stuff that one time - man, those were good memories.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Just short of a coffee-IV. Grad school is hard for me and sometimes the coffee gives me indigestion if I don't eat something first. Having caffine delivered by an inhaler would be great. Also, caffine helps me to control my migraine headaches so this would be a double bonus. Give me a buzz.
RFID blocking T-shirt:
I'm a-skeert of the mind-control, privacy-invading powers of Walmart and the government. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags will be the mark of the beast (which is an evil robot by the way). For only $17 you can help me be protected from all manner of evil. Hook-a-brutha-up
Why should Mario have all the fun? I want to have some extra lives too! Think about how much easier life would be with more of them; I could do all the fun stuff that I'm affraid of now (like skydiving, bungee jumping, eating at McDonalds) and not have to worry about the responsibility crap (exercize, study, spiritual disciplines). Hit my [?] brick!
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Behold the "Robo-snakes": Let all your toilet lids be kept closed.
Korea is pushing forward with their plans to create a wirelessly networked robot army - sure, it looks all nice, but when Skynet calls, it's door answering and media playing skills may turn deadly (like if it played country music - that would suck!).
Robots in disguise (more than meets the eye)! Shouldn't we know by now that the only good robots are 4 million year old cars and trucks? Insects, boomboxes, planes, and guns are clearly going to be evil.
Finally, in some good news - we are at least trying to pit the robots against one another. Perhaps they will fight and weaken each other to such an extent that their final victory will not take place in my lifetime (and after that, who really cares? Not me!).
Saturday, March 25, 2006
There is something special about college friends. I've laughed so much that my stomach hurts, but I keep on laughing. We haven't done anything that should be that great (played video games and watched movies and went out to eat), but the company and the jokes and the memories have been amazing. These are people that have seen me at my stupidest and they still like me (they made fun of me for being stupid, but that's fine).
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Awake: 3:30am (this is too early in case you were curious)
Drive to Little Rock
Fly to Phoenix
Fly to Portland
Ride from Portland to Salem with Tim's mom: she's a very talkative lady, which is good since I was tired and didn't have too may coherant words left. We had a wide ranging conversation . . . yeah . . .
"Lunch" with Tim and the Mother - mmmmm the only meal I ate all day
McMenamin's (sp?) - they are awesome, and seemingly everywhere here. This one was a converted old house from the 20's.
Summit - I got to hang out with the Cascade Hills crew at Summit, which was cool - we talked about "The Village"
Sleep: 12:00am PST (2:00am my body's time).
Pictures later - breakfast now.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Ok, so I'm checking out the NCAA tournament scores on ol' ESPN.com and something catches my eye - do you see it?
Here, I'll highlight it for you.
Yup, that's right, Jesus helped him make the shot.
So now I'm curious and I check the boxscore to see who is named Jesus - the first time through I don't spot anyone. I'm looking at all the last names and no one is named Jesus - uh . . .
Then I find this guy who has the first name, Jesus (he's from Venezuela so it's cool). Mystery solved - except everyone else has their last name used or both their first and last name used, but not Jesus. So some ESPN writer thought it would be funny (and it is) to have the line "assisted by Jesus" show up on the Information-Super-Inter-Web-Way.
Mr. Stat-Typer-Man, we salute you.