Sunday, October 31, 2004

america is insane (part two)

in case you needed further proof of our need for national shock therapy and medication.
University to offer 'American Idol' course

my favorite part of this one is the prof trying to legitimize his choice of course offerings.

The elective course was created by Jay Grymes, assistant professor of musicology, who says he's a huge fan of "Idol." The show can be a springboard for serious discussion about the art of performing music and the craft of critiquing it, he said.

wondering if they will devote a class to seacrest's hair.

america is insane (part one)

america has gone collectively, completely, irrevocably insane. there is no other explanation for this to be a topic of conversation or concern.

Votes From the Dead May Still Be Counted

just one sample

The thousands of lawyers from both parties who will be descending on battleground states Tuesday looking for reasons to pick up a few votes could find the phenomenon of dead voters more than just an Election Day curiosity.


a halloween miracle

for three season prior to my arrival in waco baylor did not beat texas a&m.
for the four years i went to school at baylor, we did not beat texas a&m.
in the past eleven football seasons since i graduated from baylor, we have not beaten texas a&m.
tonight that all changed. 35-34 in overtime.

i've taken my share of garbage from people over the dismal depth to which baylor "football" has fallen and most don't believe me when i tell them that the school used to compete for the SWC title back in the day. we even beat texas 50-7 IN AUSTIN. we sent players to the NFL (santana dodson packer fans?). even played in a bowl game or two.

all of that is history for sure, but tonight -- a&m goes down.

it's enough to bring a tear to my eye. probably not as big as it brought to those of the aggies though.

i won't stoop to saying "sic 'em bears"

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

congrats red sox

over the last two weeks i have become a fan. the win tonight gives hope to cursed cub fans everywhere.
next year begins tonight!
cardinals? (smirk)

marquee schizophrenia

side one

I love you no matter what.

side two
Don't make me come down there.



autumn air
winter coat
impossibly blue sky
golden carpet crunching
sun explodes over the mountains
aspens burst into flame

what can i do but applaud

10/20/04 -- glorieta, nm

the aftermath

it was a good day to be 3.
wasn't a bad day to be 34 either.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

hello new friends

i got to spend some time tonight at bridge to the nations telling the story of our community so far and talking about what i (don't) know about planting churches.
bttn (as those in the know call it) is a training school for leaders to be sent out into (out into? really?) the nations to plant churches and take the story of Jesus to people and places who have yet to engage it. it was a good time (for me anyway). thanks lance for the invite and to all of my new friends, welcome and enjoy. thanks for your encouragement and energy and time tonight.

if you are the praying type, pray for these folks and their leaders.

Monday, October 25, 2004

before the day gets away

happy birthday nathan! the big 3! scooby doo, stickhorses, legos, and cake. what's better than that?
i love you big man.

ok so...

so that chad no longer has to eagerly await spilled beans about our trip to santa fe.

first -- santa fe new mexico is a sweet place to find yourself hanging out. there is a beauty to the town and the land around it that feels pretty unique. the food is some of the best anywhere (and from a guy who would know!) even glorieta, baptist though it is, is a beautiful and wonderful place. you just have to overlook the giant Bible statue and the statue of the guy pouring coffee to a disembodied hand -- creepy). josh and I spent some time hiking up to a place called (sadly enough) "pulpit point" and it was a great view back over the valley, only spoiled by the grounds of the conference center itself. oh well, if it wasn't there, we would never have climbed up to be able to look out and see it. all that to say -- if you can, go to santa fe. (and i can recommend a restaurant or three)

second -- i found myself wednesday night sitting in a bar downtown watching the sox beat the yankees (smile) enjoying some decent hot chocolate after having an amazing meal and continuing what had already been a two hour conversation with josh and corey about some things in our lives and our community. i took a moment just to stop and thank God about how good life really is when it is lived. we were living in that moment and lots of others on the trip. even dealing with a broken down car (and a broken down corey) was just more of a part of great times with those guys. next year the whole church (extended family included) has to take the week off so we can all go and enjoy. mark your calendars guys.

third -- so yeah, the gathering. we gathered and we talked about some meaningful things. it was a good contrast to last year which felt more focused on the church and walking things out and dealing with issues in more of a corporate (as in coming together, not mcdonalds) kind of way. this time around, it flet like much more of the conversation was how to live out the Way of Jesus personally and in community and family life. especially significant for me were a couple of different conversations that centered around the idea of developing a "rule of life" for self and family and community. a set of common practices that become a part of who you are. i'm sure i'll get in to more about that down the road as i / we start walking it out.
i also got to read mclaren's new book a generous orthodoxy . it was pretty thought-provoking and for the most part i found myself agreeing with what brian was saying. much more on that another time. if you click the link you can read the amazon reviews and will see that it is like most of his stuff, some embrace it, some villify it. what fun times.
thursday morning before we hit the road home, we gathered with everyone to have a time of prayer and worship. we talked, sang, listened to scripture, listened to a cool poem / blessing, celebrated communion, and then left blessing each other. i was hugged by 20 strangers who didn't feel so strange. it felt good.

the whole trip felt good. there will be lots more comments i'm sure in the days ahead as i think through and move forward with some of the things that came up persoanlly and in conversation.
for some pics of the goings on (including the cafe oasis!) check out doug pagitt's blog. i'll have some pics up somewhere later this week as well.

good to be home, but it was good to be there too.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

home again

just got back from the emergent gathering in santa fe (at glorieta no less!). great food, beautiful days, significant (and not) conversation, time with friends old and new, and lots of God on display everywhere.
there's lots to talk about, but it's late so i will say for tonight that it is a wonderful thing to spend time among people with similair heartbeats. to be able to have conversations about life and faith and God and church where no one thinks our church is odd or that i am liberal or confused or rebellious or whatever. to not have to spend hours explaining the worldview / mindset from which i come. it felt good.
lots more to come soon.
off to my own bed.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

my cool wife

kenda has joined the ranks of the blogging world. It is a bit scary to imagine, but cool nonetheless (have i ever typed nonetheless before? hmmmm)

anyway. her blog is at yeah i know, it's long, but easy enough to remember.

when you go be sure and check out her profile. her taste in things in many ways defines eclectic. you'll understand when you see.

stop reading this, go check out hers.

Monday, October 11, 2004

blessed are the peacemakers

although in this case, the peacemakers were the israeli riot police.

Priests Brawl Over Jerusalem Basilica

and you thought your church threw down over changing the carpet color last year.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

i've had it! (caution: sports)

sammy -- thanks for the memories now feel free to keep walking. for the past two years you have done nothing but whine, pout, and slump. oh yeah, and there was that corked bat thing and the time you took yourself out of the lineup for six weeks by SNEEZING. i have to say though, last sunday when you left the ballpark 15 minutes after the game started because a) your feelings were hurt b) your pride was hurt c) your cab was waiting d) you just didn't care e)all of the above marks the last straw for me. i've never been the massive sosa fan that most cubs fans are, but i have always appreciated what you brought to the team on the field and the joy with which you played the game. now both of those things are gone so as far as i'm concerned you can watch out that the door doesn't bust you in the butt on your way out.
people said bad things about you? here's a truth - if you are getting paid $17 million to do something and people are paying $50 a shot to see you do it and you suck? they get to talk trash about you. if you don't like it feel free to get better or give back the money. it's also true that the more someone whines, the more people find to trash them about. you aren't helping yourself here at all.
you had a shot at being the most loved cub player of all time but your whining and moaning over the last two years has proved you to be just another spoiled athlete. i'll take andre dawson or ryne sandberg or ernie banks or ron santo instead. heck, i'd even take hector villenueva (a horrible catcher who played one year at around 350 pounds). at least he appreciated what he had.
go home sammy. remember where you came from, why you love to play ball. find the guy who laughed all the way to 66 homers and the playoffs in '98. you don't have to repeat that to win me back, just shut up and play ball and have some fun out there (and stay for the whole game, would ya?)

although 66 homers would be nice again.

ah, much better.