Archive for November 2005

Nine years and counting . . . Today I get to celebrate the love of my life, and the fact that nine years ago today we became wife and husband. Ours has been an atypical marriage in a lot of ways. But she’s been amazing. I’m glad I get to hang out with her. I know I’m better for it. I hope she can say the same.

Well, it looks like we made it through a very very busy month around here. We flew in from San Diego this morning. Great weather all weekend – wearing t-shirts and sandals most of the time . . . and then we get off the plane to 34 degrees in Seattle, with a possible forecast of snow for tonight. I’m not complaining, but moving to SoCal for the weather is making more sense to me now than it used to. We had a good time with family and friends. Way too much food – but it was good food. ‘Nuff said about that. It was definitely good to see everyone – see how the nephews and niece are growing up, share prolonged air space with our parents, catch up with folks we haven’t gotten to talk to for a while. Heck, it’s only been a couple weeks, but we got […]

This life thing continues to be a blur. I’ve had a terrific past few weeks, in which I’ve met some really quality people and had very good conversations about life in the Kingdom. There are still a ton of challenges in front of me – some are short-term and some are long-range. I’ve scheduled some time with my project management consultant . . . in other words, my wife, to help me do some structured timeline planning, which should help. Tomorrow night we’ll be on an airplane to San Diego. Tonight, though, I get to hang out with the students I work with at UW. Cool – I’ve missed that. Seems like all the time I’ve spent with them lately has been in between other big project stuff, and my mind hasn’t been fully there, which is lame. I’m beginning to think about some spiritual disciplines to more intentionally integrate […]

Back from New York. Very interesting trip, on several levels. I’m still processing some thoughts on what I experienced, but overall it was a good time. I saw much more of the city than I had thought I would going in – again, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it before getting on the airplane to go. I’ll cut out the detailing of everything I saw and did, just so I don’t sound like too much of a tourist. Here are a few of my favorite moments, though:– seeing a team of break-dancers in the subway at Grand Central Station– Columbia University’s amazing campus– attending my first ever Catholic mass . . . at St. Patrick’s Cathedral I don’t know if this next one qualifies as a favorite or not, but it was kind of funny. On Tuesday night, I was with my travel buddies in Times […]

Wow, what a marathon day. I’m exhausted and my feet are on fire. But that’s nothing more than a sign that I saw a whole heckuva lot of New York today. Obviously I haven’t even scratched the surface, but here’s a quick run-down: Got up and took a morning walk for coffee at Joe: the Art of Coffee. It’s a place that the good folks over at Victrola in Seattle visited recently and recommended via their blog. And a very strong recommendation it was. Excellent latte. Walked all around midtown Manhattan – saw the vastness of NYU, Washington Square Park, and the Strand Books store (home of “18 miles of books”). Went in a couple second hand music shops and a couple shoe stores. Checked out of my hotel, and walked to the subway station to go to the place I’m staying the next few nights. It’s a really cool […]

Live from New York . . . Well, after a long day of travel, I’ve settled in at my hotel in New York City. I’m in Midtown Manhattan – about five blocks away from the Empire State Building. I was pleased at how easy it was to get here. I decided to go for the full New York experience and take the subway from JFK into the city. Three different trains and only about six or seven blocks of walking, and I’m here. It only cost me $7, too, which is at least $35 cheaper than the estimates I had been given for cab fare. I took a walk around town already and ate a couple slices of real NY pizza. Yummm! Now I just need to find a bagel, a pastrami, and a street vendor hot dog. I’m easy to please. I’m still bummed out that Michelle isn’t here […]

One of my favorite programs on public radio is called This American Life. Extremely well written, unique, often very entertaining stories. Yesterday, I listened to this show from their archives, which deals with a research project aimed at counting the likely number of Iraqi casualties in the war. Staggering, sad stuff. The show also includes interviews with a former military strategist who is now a human rights advocate, and a serviceman in Iraq. It’s well worth an hour of your time to listen to.

So after a few weeks of mad busy-ness, I was talking to the campus ministry folks I work with yesterday, mentioning that I get on a plane Sunday to go to New York City. They asked if I was excited, and my response was basically, “Geez, I guess I haven’t even thought about it. Like almost literally, I haven’t thought about it.” So I guess I’ve started thinking about it. I’m going there to observe and learn some things from some folks doing something that hints at what we’re trying to put together with inter::mission. Should be a good experience. So now that it’s the next big thing on my agenda, I actually am getting kinda geeked about going. Especially after I read this post from my favorite Seattle coffee shop‘s blog. Sounds like there’s precious little really good coffee in NYC, but the Seattle folks are beginning to represent. […]

inter::mission It’s been a while since I posted here about the sub-plot to the campus ministry work I’m a part of at the University of Washington. For the most part, we’re just being simple and relational with college students for now. Trying to explore ways of incarnational approaches. But much of my personal focus of late has shifted down the road a year. We’ve finally named the effort: inter::mission. Here’s what we’re hoping it looks like: We have begun to invite students/participants to come and live in community in the University District of Seattle, beginning in September of 2006. While here, they will participate in about 15 hours per week of “classroom” teaching – all centered on mission and Kingdom (missional theology, missional worship, spiritual formation, understanding culture missionally, etc.). The teaching will be done by actual practitioners in each of these areas. An additional 20-25 hours per week will […]

Here goes . . . this morning I am sitting here in a quiet house. It’s the first time in the past few days that I’ve experienced quiet, and the ability to relax into it. I’m grateful for that. But I’m more grateful for the reasons that I’m enjoying the quiet so much – namely that I’ve spent the past few days with good friends, some old, some new. I’ve had a great pleasure of experiencing the Kingdom of God. I was so very very pleased to have my San Diego friend, Jason Evans staying with us. I, like so many others, love to sit and listen to him talk. But I love the way he and his beautiful family live. I can’t think of more than a couple other people I’ve ever known that live with as much integrity (integrity=integration of belief/faith/life). Thank you to Brooke, Paige, and Matt […]