Archive for May 2004

Well, we did make it home. We had a good time in Seattle. I kinda miss the area already. Michelle and I actually like the rain and the cool temperatures. It’s hot again here at home, and it’s only gonna get hotter, so the contrast was distinct. Oh well. It was good to hang out with our friends Ron, Patty, and Tim. I like it when there’s enough time to just sit around and talk a lot and catch up with one another gradually. We talked Kingdom stuff, relationships, goals and vision, and we watched a bunch of movies together. I read The Seach To Belong during my time away – good stuff. I saw a lot of truth in it, and am anxious to see if some of the concepts catch on in the church. I’ve got more thoughts, which will spill out over the next few days.

Just a little update from Seattle. Michelle and I have been having a very good time. Mainly, we’re just driving around looking at trees and flowers. Gotta love the $2 lattes here, too. We’ve had our share. I’ll post some pictures when we get home tommorrow, but we got to walk around Pike Place Market, see the new downtown library, and catch a Mariner’s game. Lots of fun. I’ll blog again when I get home. Peace

Off to Seattle for a few days. I’ll blog when I can.

Over the past few days, I’ve enjoyed listening to a couple of programs from the archives This American Life. Mostly random stuff, but their stories are usually well written and very interesting.

Normal Ramona Sunrise  This is what a normal sunrise at my house looks like.

fire sunrise  I’m just trying out hello, a new photo sharing resource for the web. I heard about it via Jason. This photo was taken on October 26, 2004 at about 6:30am – the day on which the largest fire in California history swept through my home turf. That bright spot in the middle is not the fire, but the sunrise.

Some thoughts on unity in the emerging church . . . Even a simple reading of the New Testament will bring about a clear understanding that the body of Christ is one, and that it should be our aim to live in agreement with this oneness. And while there may be, at times, disagreement over the particulars of where we should go or what we should focus on (i.e. Paul and Barnabas’ split), there should not be a turning from one another in order for us to pursue our own directions as ends unto themselves. I fear that fragmentation is far too easy, even within the emerging church that so many of us have become members of. I mean, think about it – we’ve got the emerging church types who light candles and incense and drink coffee, but other than that are just like every other church in town. We’ve […]

Hmmm, the thoughts of late have been few and far between. We’re headed out to Seattle to see some friends at the end of the week. Looking forward to seeing the great Northwest once again. We’re also planning to catch a baseball game and since we’re there and all, we’ll probably drink some coffee. I’ll probably enter a post or two from up there. Until then, I’ll be putting some stuff together.

This morning I’ve been reflecting on the degree to which I am addicted to noise in my life. Television, music, books, newspapers, internet, etc. Part of my problem is that my brain is almost always in gear – must think, must think, must think. This tires my wife, who is perfectly capable of sitting quietly in a chair enjoying the relaxation of just staring at nothing in particular, thank you very much. Of all the spiritual disciplines, solitude is the one that freaks me out the most. I mean, it seriously freaks me out. Every so often, I’ll steal away and do a retreat type thing, but it’s really really hard to put down the books and notepad and just sit and listen to God. I fidget and fumble and play with my jewelry, I flex my toes, I stick my hands into my hair. I know it truly is […]

A couple of days ago I worked a shift at Starbucks for the first time in a month. It was cool to hang out and see some friends again. One of the regular customers that I had developed a rapport with came in, so we chatted. This guy used to talk to me about a business leadership network he was a part of – they do classes and mixers and generally try to make people better leaders. He always tried to get me involved, telling me about the other pastors, priests, and rabbis that were there. I wasn’t closed to the idea – I just never pursued it. Well, when he saw me the other day, he said something like this – “Hey Steve, great to see you! I was just thinking about you the other day. I’ve been reading this OUTSTANDING business book and wondered if you had read […]