No, no, don't worry about getting me anything. I just wanted to share the joy with you. I am one day younger than Garfield (the cartoon cat). That's just a little weird to me.
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.