Friday, January 16, 2004

Some new pictures have been uploaded at Laura`s Mind: The Fotolog. I'm especially excited about the new trashcans at the bus stops in my town. As a person who does not litter, the lack of trashcans at bus stops was a source of consternation. Those days are now gone and I am pleased.
Jackson Pleads Innocent in Child Sex Case

Fans drove in from Los Angeles and Las Vegas in a "Caravan of Love."

I wonder. If he is found guilty, will they be able to believe that their 'god' has done such things?
There is a certain phenomenon perpetuated by bus riders, or should I say “some” bus riders. I for one am not in the “some.” Anyhow, these individuals step into the bus, place their money in the receptacle, take two steps, plop their butts against one of the giant wheel-wells just inside the door, and remain. Now, if the bus were not taking on other passengers or if there were only one or two of these individuals, this would not be a problem. In reality—that thing of which they seem particularly unaware—other people do get on the bus, some of whom plop themselves against one of the wheel-wells. After a few stops, the space between these individuals shrinks to a scant few inches, making it nearly impossible for those of us not in the “some” to board the bus and step to the ample seating just a few feet away. So, there we are, jammed into a space the size of a VW Bug, and amazingly, none of the butt-ploppers are the slightest bit annoyed. I, on the other hand, am annoyed.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

I started reading Life Together by Bonhoeffer yesterday.

Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenely shall we think our fellowship and pray and hope for it... The basis of the community of the Spirit is truth; the basis of the human community of spirit is desire.

More later.
This sound kinda right... rigid (not sure about that one), opinionated (definitely), hardwilled (yup) and not too friendly about it (I try to be polite, but I've never been accused of being too nice... what can I say)...

You are starch. You are rigid, opinionated, hard-
willed and not too friendly about it. You keep
people out of places, or you keep them in, and
without you a lot of things would collapse.
hopefully you'll never have the authority to
burn people at the stake. Sir. Ma'am.

Which Biological Molecule Are You?
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I'm a bit surprised... apparently I'm graceful, dignified, and tragic... who knew?


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Hurt, by Cash

Everytime I watch this video, I understand something deeper about myself than I care to know. Amazing man. Amazing song.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

While I realize that Jeremiah 29:13-14 has to do with Israel/Judah in exile, it remains both convicting and comforting that God says, "When you come looking for me, you'll find me." The idea is echoed in Hebrews 11:5-7, "anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him."

Given that each human is a worshiper and given that God will be found when he is sought, this surely puts the ball in our court. If God is not top god, it's our own fault. My own fault. How many other things get in the way? How many other gods do I have that keep leaping-creeping up to the top spot where only the Almighty should reside? My only answer is that I have no idea. Some say that Hindus have 35 million. I wonder if I can compete? How sad...

So, note to self--and anyone out there: God says, "When you come looking for me, you'll find me."

Monday, January 12, 2004

I don't know, maybe I'm slow, but I just realized yesterday that it's 2004 and that the ATHENS 2004 Olympics are this year. I know, duh! Maybe I'm just overworked and overthunk. Could be. Anyhow, can't wait 'til Summer. I love the Olympics. I monopolize the television and the VCR. It's a great thing.

This is a great article by Harold Best. The TFB band has just started a video series by Louie Giglio on the same topic. I found this article the day after our first installment of the video series. Great reading.

Here's a bit of the beginning...

Worship is at once about who we are, about who or what our god is and about how we choose to live.

It is about something that is quite simple but wrapped in a mystery —

It is about God himself, who has but one face
and whose face has been clearly shown
in the person and work of his only begotten Son.

It is about a world in which worship takes on a thousand faces. It is also about Satan, dressed as an angel of light, disarmingly attractive yet inherently false, whose faces are cleverly multiplied and whose one desire is to undo what has already been done from the eternities.

The thousand faces of worship contain both deadened and lively countenances. They are the lost and the found, all of whom are continuous worshipers, for as the title states, nobody does not worship.

Later on, he gives his definition of worship then unpacks that definition...

Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am,
all that I do and all that I can ever become
in light of a chosen or choosing god.

Great stuff.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

I think my cold/flu thingy has worn out my blogging brain. Either that or I need to start reading that stack of books I've had planned for January since the beginning of the now finished fall semester--did I mention that I did very well!!--not to brag, but hey, I worked hard. Anyhow, hopefully I'll be filling my brain with ponderous stuff this coming week and will have something more substantial to say than the current ramblings. Here's hoping for the best.