Archive for February 2004

Well, I’m going back into a blog shutdown mode for a spell. Michelle and I are going out of town on holiday for a week, beginning tomorrow. I’m looking forward to both of us having some time together, thinking, talking, praying, reading, playing. Peace be with you, friends.

New blog look. I’ve been tinkering with the thought of changing the ‘ol blog for a long time. So now I’ve gone and done it. I’ll still be working on some things, but it’s good enough to go with for now.

One of my favorite websites is It’s a site that averages reviews from movie critics all over North America. It’s a helpful tool. If you’re looking at the wide range of opinions about The Passion of the Christ, you can find them here. You can also follow links to any of the reviews that are presented.

I spent the past couple of hours in the local coffee shop reading Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. When I came home, I found a message in my e-mail “In” box that the documentary film “Bonhoeffer” (which I reviewed a few months back for Next-Wave) has been released on video and DVD. Go here if you’re interested.

So a couple of weeks ago in the San Diego Union Tribune, there was an article that talked about the hip-ness of yoga these days. Duh, I know it’s hip. But the article actually went into the story enought to reveal that there’s a good bit of tension in the yoga world between traditionalists and the new crowd that’s doing it either just because it’s hip or in order to make money off of the popularity of it. Last week, in that same newspaper I read an article on the hip-ness of Kabbalah, a Jewish mysticism that popular folks like Madonna are into. Once again, I was already aware of this trend. But again, the article looked at various views of this new form of a very old practice and found a good bit of tension between traditionalists and the younger, more populist version of it. In both of these […]

I wonder what the deal is . . . I just haven’t been drawn to blog or read other blogs very much lately. Perhaps it’s a phase, perhaps not. Over the past couple of years that I’ve spent in the blogosphere, I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers go through times when they either go on a blog sabbatical, quit altogether, or just post sporadically like I’ve been doing. Maybe this is just my time. I’ve been faced with some directional questions lately regarding what my “side job” should be. I’ve worked at a Starbucks shop for about seven months now. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and I’ve met a ton of people there, which was my real goal. My problem is that at the time I took the job, I chose that particular Starbucks because it was in the area where we were planning to plant […]

I’m feeling a little pulled in multiple directions today. I want to be able to spend time in prayer and reflection – at least for a little while. This is important to me. There are other things to do, though, which have importance of their own. I’m thinking of Eugene Peterson’s writings right now – the ones about a pastor’s personal spiritual rhythms, and how critical they are. He is an encouraging voice – but it’s hard to employ the kind of discipline he does in the middle of all the other stuff of life. I guess he never said it was easy.

The February edition of Next-Wave is live. Go check it out – some interesting looking articles are there. I can’t wait to read ’em myself. My review of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is also on there.

Three months ago, after the largest wildfire in California history took the home of my father-in-law and mother-in-law, they moved in with me and Michelle. This past weekend, they moved out – into a small nearby house that they are renting. Michelle and I are experiencing a strange set of feelings – some sadness and some relief. I would guess that my in-laws, Matt and Marge feel the same way. In their case, though, they get a chance to spread out a little bit and have some privacy in their own place while their new home is being built. I’m very glad they stayed with us, and I’m glad for the chance to have done this. But there is relief – the house is quieter without the three dogs and two cats here, there are fewer things to step around with two less people here, and we have more privacy […]