Archive for January 2005

I interviewed for a job yesterday. I got it today. I’ll start Feb. 7, doing case management for a large mental health agency in Seattle. I’ll be working with mentally ill folks who have been involved in the criminal justice system and are trying to plug in to the real world again. It’ll be very challenging, but I’m excited for the opportunity. I think I’m going to have to quit Starbucks, though. That’s kinda awkward, given that I’ve only been working at this particular location for a week and a half. Oh well. It’s gonna stink to have to pay full price for coffee again. Again, oh well.

So, I met this guy Palmer about a year and a half ago. Church planter from Columbus, OH. He and his young son Micah had come to SoCal to be a part of a small church network thingy going on at the Evans’ former house. Palmer’s wife, Jennifer had only recently passed away from stomach cancer – still in her 20s. Ouch. The skin on his wrist was still pink from his new tattoo – the Hebrew script of a verse from Job. He spoke to the group with a deep deep peace and understanding of God’s grace. Frankly, it’s the kind of grace that usually only comes after going through hell. Anyway, he returned to Ohio, and within several months God had blessed him with a new person to call his life partner. They recently married. And now this . . . Palmer has been experiencing severe back pain, […]

I’ve spent this week getting back into “Starbucks shape.” I’ve been working long hours at a pretty busy store, so my feet and legs get a little numb after a while. The store is the 13th one in the chain that now numbers 7,000 – it’s the second oldest east of Seattle. I’ve been settling in here, and making some new friends at work, so that’s cool. I’m a little frustrated, though, because I guess I’m questioning the value of working that hard for pretty low pay. And yet, it’s what I’ve got for now, so I’ll be thankful. I’ve been applying for all kinds of jobs – college admissions recruiter/advisor, psychiatric agency case manager, corporate trainer, etc. All this while still trying to figure out where I’m supposed to be regarding this small church that may be interested in hiring me as their pastor. Along the way here, I’ve […]

How dial-up has affected my life . . . When I started blogging nearly three years ago, I’ll admit it – I did it at work. The church I was on staff with had a high speed connection to the web, and I surfed the blogs and posted to my own. I guess I’d feel guilty about “wasting my employer’s time” by going online, except that even with that time factored in, my average number of working hours each week was pretty crazy. Also, the majority of the time I spent online triggered deep theological thought and action, which, I guess you could say was “work related.” So there, I’ve just purged myself of residual guilt that apparently has been haunting me for the past couple of years. I feel cleansed. Since I left that church position to go into the high paying and glamorous life of a church planter, […]

It’s official, I’ve moved in . . . Yep, I spent several hours yesterday trying to blow through a bunch of boxes that hadn’t yet been unpacked – it was definitely time to stop surfing our way through artificial aisles. So, the downstairs space, which is the family room and my office all in one, looks mostly put together. And when you’re talking about my office space and what “mostly put together” looks like, it means a messy desk. Part of it is messy with the cool stuff of life, like family photos and candles, but the other part is messy with . . . well, messy stuff. I’ll have to work on that part.

This was our backyard yesterday morning. Beautiful, but not necessarily exciting . . . unless you’ve lived your whole life in SoCal. 

Sunday, 5:50am Up early this morning, as is my way when I am going to be preaching/teaching. Actually, I’ve been up for an hour now. In a few hours, Michelle and I will be visiting a small church in Redmond, and I’ll preach the morning sermon. The church is currently seeking someone to pastor them bi-vocationally. I have no idea whatsoever whether I am a good fit for them or vice versa, but I’m looking forward to worshipping with them and sharing with them. If some further conversation takes place, so be it. If not, so be it. Well, after a few months of working very very little for Starbucks, it looks like I’ll be putting the green apron on regularly once again. I will be starting work at a store in Redmond one week from tomorrow. When the manager called to offer me the position the other day, I […]

Some thoughts on this blog . . . When I started this blog way back when, blogging was a novelty little thing that few people had ever heard of before. It’s become quite the hip thing, though, and lots of folks are jumping into the blogosphere. I’m all for that. It’s interesting to think about how this blog has changed over the few years I’ve been doing it. It started as a connecting point for some dialogue I was having within the “emerging church” movement. It was mostly theological/doctrinal ponderings, with a little bit of personal life story thrown in. In the past year, it’s been the other way around – except that the frequency of my posts has gone way way down. I think that says something about where I’ve been in life, but I won’t speculate as to what it says. In the days ahead, I really think […]

Still settling in around here. We’ve spent the past couple of days opening boxes and putting our house together. The kitchen is mostly there, and the family room/office on the lower level is beginning to come together. Our dog Maui is having fun – she’s not used to being so close to neighbors. We can tell she’s still a bit anxious and out of sorts because she has a totally different kind of bark – more of a howl when she sees a person or dog out the front window of the house. O.k., some observations about our new home area . . . 1. The sun does not like it here during winter. Despite the reputation of rain and such, we’ve had completely clear blue skies since we arrived. But the sun doesn’t come up until 8am, and it starts getting dark by 4pm. Strange. 2. The people of […]

Honey, I’m home . . . Well, after a couple of weeks worth of non-stop work and activity, I’m at a stopping place – but only a brief one. Michelle flew back to SoCal for Christmas. We worked super hard to get the landscaping project complete, then get the house ready for the big party on Christmas Eve. We had something like 25 people over – good times. The next day was spent at my sister’s place. Then we came home and started tearing our house apart to get ready to move. It was a frantic few days, but we got everything loaded up on a truck and then jumped in our car to drive to Washington. Two days later, we’re here. I’m blogging from the living room of our new home . . . our completely unfurnished home. Just sitting here on the floor. But hey, I was able […]