Archive for September 2005

I just got off the phone with my dad. He got back to San Diego yesterday afternoon, after being just outside of New Orleans for the past two weeks. He was with a Baptist relief team, running a kitchen that fed up to 10,000 people per day. During some of the rare down time, he and a couple other workers drove a Red Cross van into the city – around the Superdome vicinity, and then into another neighborhood. He said that all of the pictures we’ve seen in the media do very little to show the extent of damage there. They went to a church, which had a big circus tent in their parking lot, set up as a food distribution center. The water had washed all kinds of debris in. The ground was covered with mud and littered with dead fish that had come in with the water, but […]

Busy week. I know that for that for the majority of the nation this seems really late, but school finally starts this week at UW. So finally, after a couple months worth of build-up, we’re kicking off our ministry stuff. That’s exciting. I’ve been really looking forward to hanging with the students and getting to know them. I think I’ve had my fill of the strictly administrative aspects of the job, and I’m eager to gain some balance through relationship building. I’ve been reading less than I’d like lately, but enough to keep me thinking. I’d like to crash through about three books by the end of next week. We’ll see how that goes. Random thought – now that podcasting has become so widespread, I might actually be interested in getting an mp3 player. Though I’ve been a music geek for a long long time, the attraction to being able […]

Someone found a way of combining Google Maps technology with weather tracking technology, and produced this Hurricane Rita tracking tool. Interesting stuff. I found this link via BoingBoing

I’m thinking of adding a subtitle to the blog . . . “Spirit Farmer: Morally rebellious since 1996.” And lest I get lonely in my moral rebellion, at least I know I’ve got a life partner to join me. That’s right Michelle, you too are living in sin . . . with your husband. More proof that I’m not a good Southern Baptist: The church must help this society regain its sanity on the gift of children. Willful barrenness and chosen childlessness must be named as moral rebellion. This is from an article by the president of one of my denomination’s seminaries, who is also a blogger. In the category of not having anything nice to say, and therefore not saying anything at all, I’ll refrain. O.k., no I won’t. That quote – which, by the way, is very representative of the full article from which it was lifted – […]

So I attended my first ever blogger meetup yesterday. Now, I’ve been to a ton of events at which bloggers were present, but yesterday’s common thread among us was blogging. Rudy Carasco is in the neighborhood for some meetings, and he initiated it. Also there were local bloggers, Justin Baeder and Aaron Ogle (his wife joined us too), who blog over at Radical Congruency, and Ambra Nykol. It was the closest thing to internet dating I’ve experienced. Good stuff, though.

Charlie Wear of Next-Wave has posted this article from Jim Henderson, the director of Off The Map. It mentions our good friend, Jason, and what he’s doing to respond to the ugliness that Hurricane Katrina has exposed in our nation. Jim’s article is harsh. I read it, and I squirmed. I wanted to say out loud, “No, no, no, this isn’t true.” Sadly, I know that the truth of it is screaming at a deafening level right now.

What an interesting week it’s been for President Bush. As we began this week, Mike Brown resigned his post at FEMA – not likely a post he should have ever had in the first place. Egg on the face of Bush. But then there’s his nominee to the Supreme Court, John Roberts. I’ve heard part of his confirmation hearings over the past few days, and whether you like his positions on the law or not, it’s clear that he is very well qualified for the job. How can Bush have been responsible for both of these appointments – one so incompetent, and one so stellar?

This here is one good post, from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Andrew Jones. References to Roland Allen and the genius books he wrote that are still kickin’ butt almost a hundred years later.

I helped lead a student leadership retreat over the weekend. It was a small, pretty quiet group. It was a good experience in some ways, and a bit concerning in others. I’ve been assuming for a while that the mainstream evangelical church of North America would soon experience a kind of death, and become an insignificant part of culture. This is neither all bad or all good. Now I’m thinking I’m all wrong. There are still a lot of young people who are still very much tracking with the mainstream evangelical church, and the ones who are either self-identifying, or being identified by others as future leaders have some pretty conservative, very conventional ways of thinking. For example, I sat and watched these 19-25 year olds have a conversation about which Bible translations were the best/their favorites (for the sake of clarity, this was not a dogmatic, fist-pounding debate for […]

The Jesus Dojo, brought to you by the good folks at ReIMAGINE . . . cool. Scandrette rocks. Michelle and I got to hang out with Mark and Lisa, and even stay in their very cool San Francisco home a couple years ago. Good times.