Archive for December 2005

Happy New Year, Happy Anniversary

New Year’s Eve – usually that means a quiet night at home. Over the past ten years, I think Michelle and I have been to about three, maybe four NYE parties or gatherings with friends. Most of them – including the Y2K roll over – we slept through. Last year, though, was a different story. One year ago today we completed a two day road trip from Southern California to Kirkland, WA. We walked into a completely empty house with a dog, a cat, a few changes of clothes, and an air mattress. Hard to believe, but we’ve called this place home for a full year now. And a wacky year it was. Between the two of us, we’ve had five different jobs. This year I spent time behind the counter of Starbucks, behind the heavy locking doors at King County Correctional Facility, and under the sometimes leaky roof of […]



The million dollar web page

I’m thinking of supplementing my income, with a little advertising. Heck, it worked for this guy.



Speaking from silence

I got a chance to spend a little time with NT Wright this morning, reading The New Testament and the People of God. He writes about the difficulty we have in assessing the historical record of the very early church – primarily because there is very little for us to work with. “Yet it was in the first generation or so that the crucial moves were made which determined the direction that Christianity would take from then on. This, obviously, is why so many have laboured so long to produce what the vagaries of time have denied us, namely, a history of the development of the Christian movement between Jesus and Justin Martyr, or between Paul and Polycarp. Much of this attempt, unlike the attempts to write the history of Judaism, is sheer if unacknowledged speculation.” As I read this, it occurred to me that perhaps this lack of writing […]



What to do when you wake up at 3am . . .

. . . start working on a new blog template . . . or at least, start hacking someone else’s to make it your own.



Sitting here in a very quiet office, in a very quiet building, in a very quiet part of town. We’re still in the middle of Winter Break in the University District, and everything is just kinda mellow. In one sense, it’s a good thing, and gives me a chance to catch up and get a lot of work done. In another sense, it’s a little eerie, and motivation isn’t automatic. I need to get some music going here pretty soon – that’ll help. My apologies to those of you who may have come here over the past few days to see a warm Christmas greeting from my heart. I had pretty limited time to go online. Here’s a super quick (hopefully non-boring) recap of my holiday. Friday – got up a little ahead of 4am to print boarding passes, finish packing, grab Michelle and get out the door to fly […]



Wow, Christmas is comin’ in a hurry around here. Weird. Our Christmas decorating consists of a table top tree that Michelle’s mom had sent to us. It’s cute, with little white lights and pine cones. We’ve done a bit of shopping, but it’s definitely a challenge, given that on Friday morning, we have to take all these gifts with us on an airplane to San Diego. Oh, and we’re trying to avoid checking luggage. We’ll see if we get away with that one. I’ve been fighting a migraine most of the day today. After I got home from a meeting this afternoon, I thought I’d curl up in bed with a book, and try to sketch out some thoughts for my speaking gig on Christmas morning in my parents’ church. I could barely see straight to read, though. Slept a bit instead. Thankfully, the head is clearing up a bit. […]



O.k., so I hardly ever ever ever talk about sports here. But yesterday Michelle and I went out of our way to watch the San Diego Chargers play the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. We had to go to a sports bar to see it. We actually had to request that one of the 436 televisions in the place be tuned in to see the game – almost all the rest were on the Seattle Seahawks game. Unlikely as it may have seemed, the Chargers got the win. Made me happy for all the folks back home in SoCal. The Chargers may not even make it to the playoffs this year, but that win will make the long off-season feel a bit better. Now we will cheer for Indy to win the Super Bowl. We always liked Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy before, but we’ve made good friends with a few folks […]



I was kicking a few thoughts around yesterday morning about the whole conservative vs. liberal thing that I posted about a week or two ago. I was reminded of a statement I heard back when I was in college – “If you’re not a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative when you’re old, you have no brain.” I was laughing because I may be the Oz equivalent of the Tin Man and the Lion combined. Just about everything about me has shifted toward a more liberal direction since I graduated from college. Now, I’m sure I still occupy a pretty moderate position, all things considered, but thing sure have changed. But the sentence I came up with after this little thought process was something along these lines:“I aspire to be as liberal as my brain will allow, and as conservative as my […]



A hack attempt at a book review . . . Up until a few weeks ago, my choice for favorite book of the year would have been a no brainer – The Shaping of Things to Come by Frost and Hirsch. Outstanding thinking, crystal clear illustrative metaphors, and strong arguments. But then on a relative whim, I picked up Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Yes, Anne Rice, the vampire lady. This new novel is the first in what will be a new series on the life of Christ. I’ll try not to spoil too many details here, because, really what you need to do is e-mail Bill over at Bean Books and order a copy for yourself. Basically, the book is written in the first person – the story is told by a seven and eight year old Jesus. It begins in Alexandria, Egypt and details his […]



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