Archive for June 2005

I got a chance to hang out with Jim Henderson of Off The Map this morning. As I listened to him, about twice a minute I would think to myself, “Wow, that’s good, I need to remember that.” After about 40 minutes of that, my thoughts were closer to, “Oh crap, I can’t remember all of this! Too much good stuff!” Oh well. At this point, I’ll just be a cheerleader for what he’s doing. Equally important to what Jim does is that he’s got a thorough, thoughtful theological base that just plain makes sense. I definitely look forward to more times ahead with him. I already linked to this once, but you can go here for an interview that Jason Evans did with Jim recently. Here is another interview I found with another Seattle Jesus follower, Rachelle.

Well, I figure that since I whined about my job a couple weeks back, I should update that scene. I won’t say I’ve necessarily had easy weeks since then, but definitely less stressful. I’ve been able to pace myself more reasonably. I thought I was going to be out of the office part or all of today, and it turns out that I’ll be there – which means I scheduled it very lightly. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I may be able to glide quietly into my weekend. I drove to Olympia to meet with a guy who does collegiate ministry for my denomination. It was a very different conversation than I expected, and quite encouraging. This guy works for “the system” but he’s not a system machine, and from the sounds of things, he looks for ways to break the system – actually, he looks […]

I just finished reading Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas. I read through it quickly, most of the time thinking, “Dude, slow down and savor this.” I’ll read it again some day. There were also several points at which I said to myself, “You should post that quote on the blog.” Alas, there would just be too much. I’ve seen a few quotes from the book scattered around the blogosphere, so I’ll let those be. Anyway, I am fighting whatever urges I might have to nominate the guy for sainthood – heck, I’m not Roman Catholic, so I don’t even know how one would go about that. But at the same time, I really believe that this guy may be the best high-profile example of a real Christian we’ve got right now. Ironically enough, many other high-profile Christians would like to question whether he is a Christian at all. And […]

Coming to Seattle this November . . .

Jason Evans has an interview with Jim Henderson of Off the Map posted over on his blog. It’s clutch . . . but it’s painful in the way it exposes “leaders” – both old and young.

I repent, here and now. This isn’t mere confession, my friends, this is actual repentance – as in, I won’t do it any more. For the second or third time last night I watched the TV show called Hit Me Baby One More Time, in which singers/bands who had a moment or two in the spotlight get a chance for a comeback. Horrible. Really, really bad. Cheesy host, bad production, fake enthusiasm from the live audience of extras. And then there’s the music. The shows I’ve seen have featured Wang Chung, Tommy Tutone, The Knack, and other people I had never heard of doing songs I wished I hadn’t heard of. I have experienced the consequences of my sin. This morning I woke up hearing Cameo singing in my head: “Do your dance, do your dance, do your dance quick mama, Come on baby, tell me, what’s the word, the […]

Is it just me, or is Gmail down? I’d tell you to e-mail me with feedback, but that clearly won’t work.

My neighbor, Jeremy, told me about a flickr page put on by Victrola Coffee, which is my favorite place to spend a lunch break on work days. The baristas there are absolute artists. Go here for more of their work.

Well, after a couple of months worth of thinking, praying, and jumping through some administrative hoops, I got word on Friday that I have been accepted by a seminary for some further education. In August I will officially begin coursework in pursuit of a Doctor of Ministry at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Specifically, the program I’ll be a part of is called Leadership in Emerging Culture. It’s pretty exciting and very very scary at the same time. Normally a Master of Divinity degree is required for a DMin, but I don’t have one of those. My grad degree is in Counseling, but I have done some MDiv coursework. Anyway, they decided to let me in, but only on the condition that I complete some additional coursework along the way. In fact, I have to complete 6 credit hours worth of work before I’m allowed to walk through […]