I’ve been watching some of the home footage on the news channels of the tsunami as the estimated death toll keeps rising. I really don’t know how to process it all. I ran across this blog with all sorts of ways to respond, and thinks it’s worth taking a look to see if you have anything to offer from where you are sitting.… Read more
We have made an official decision for our future. We will be heading up to Seattle in a few months to join our good friends the Kuests in preparation for a church plant. Dean has shared this journey with me over the last few years as much as anyone, so the thought of joining them is a thrilling next step for us.… Read more
How many of the gifts passed out around trees today will still be in use next Christmas, or even six months from now? I have this conflict within me between what I hope to receive for Christmas, and what I find I am content without.
My wife and I skipped exchanging presents this year in preparation for a few skimpy months ahead.… Read more
NT Wright has written an article called ‘Cracking the Christmas Code” for a British newspaper. He shares some thoughts regarding the contrast between ‘The DaVinci Code’ and the true Christmas story. The more liberal readers of this blog (ahem, Dean) might not agree with some of what he has to say.… Read more
I took an IQ test at Tickle.com, and this was the summary it gave me:
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Your Intellectual Type is Visionary Philosopher. This means you are highly intelligent and have a powerful mix of skills and insight that can be applied in a variety of different ways. Like Plato, your exceptional math and verbal skills make you very adept at explaining things to others — and at anticipating and predicting patterns.
I started a new, but little, project this pass week. I created a blog hosting service called QuikBlogs.
The short version of the story is, I bought some space and bandwidth on a server for another project I’m working on, and it will also host this blog soon. The deal included far more bandwidth than I should need, so hopefully this will help me cover some of the costs.… Read more
Anxhiliration is the new word I invented in a conversation this morning to describe our life right now. There is continuous exhiliration as we sense that God is leading us to something new, but there are pockets of anxiety as we aren’t quite sure what that will be.
I recently heard that the Bedouin in Israel, who still primarily live among the elements in tents, on average, live beyond 100 years old.… Read more
Sherri and I were talking tonight about a friend of hers. Sherri is overwhelmed by this friend, because she will do pretty much anything for her. It’s humbling for all of us when we encounter people who have such a desire to help and serve us.
The beautiful thing in this situation is that Sherri’s friend isn’t a Jesus follower.… Read more
Josephus has been a friend, of sorts, of Christians for centuries. His historical writings of first century Judea have provided us a wealth of information to help us frame the world in which Jesus did his ministry, and even to confirm some of the events mentioned in the Gospels.
A year or so ago, I ran across something about Josephus that is not quite so popular with Christians.… Read more
I set out at the beginning of this year to read a book a week. It seemed like a lofty goal, but I’m happy to say I’ve not only made it, but exceeded it. I’m not sure I will ever be able to do this again, because much of it has been the result of this season of life.… Read more
Erwin McManus is one of my favorite people to hear speak. He, in my opinion, is one of the best original and creative thinkers out there. Unfortunately, his church, Mosaic, doesn’t put their messages online, so I don’t have access to that many of his messages. Today, therefore, was a happy day, because I found three messages by him online.… Read more
Today, Will posted a link to a story over at Salon.com entitled Christian Party Animals. It’s a story about some of the evangelism efforts that have risen out of the 24-7 prayer movement, and it’s a worthwhile read. You’ll have to watch an ad to get a free day-pass to Salon to read the article.… Read more