Archive for June 2006

Barak Obama on Politics & Religion

Here is the text of a speech given by Illinois Senator Barak Obama. He bring up some very quality points. I don’t know what his voting record is or his platform, etc. I did see the stirring speech he gave at the last Democratic National Convention. He’s clearly a contender for a presidential run. Anyway, Democrats appear to be following Jim Wallis’ cue in attempting stop conceding religious expressions in politics to the Republicans.   HT: Friendly Atheist



One more thing about MS Office 2007

Perhaps I should have known this by now . . . but the new version of MS Word has a blog posting tool built in. This post has been submitted from it. Nothing too terribly exciting, but hey, it’s cool to discover new things.



Ahhhh, Sunday, the day of rest . . .

Well, it’s supposed to be the day of rest, right? Yeah, well, sometimes that doesn’t work out so well. Yesterday afternoon, Michelle and I left home to do some errands. We were gone for about two hours. Before leaving, Michelle put some clothes in the washing machine. Upon returning we discovered that the machine had gotten stuck in mid cycle or something – it filled the wash tub of the machine, and then filled the laundry room, and began filling the garage with water. Ugh. It soaked the carpet in our downstairs areas, and through a couple walls. Fortunately, we’ve been prepping to redo the flooring in the areas that got flooded. So basically, instead of ripping out the carpet this coming weekend, we ripped it out yesterday – it was hideously ugly carpet and had to go anyway. We found a couple layers of vinyl flooring underneath, too, which […]



The new Microsoft products

Well, I’m no computer geek. Just a computer user who more often than not, knows just enough to get himself into trouble. Then I moved to Washington . . . 8 miles away from Microsoft. Go figure that we would buy a house next door to a Microsoft employee! I used to use Firefox for my web browsing, but I promised to at least try the new version of Internet Explorer (IE7) when it was avaialable. That was five months ago. Aaaaaaannnnd you know what? Still using it. They’ve incorporated my favorite thing about Firefox – tabbed browsing, developed a cleaner user interface, and incorporated RSS feed subscriptions. It’s very different than the old version, and it does take a little getting used to. It’s also terribly unhip to admit that you use (and like) MS-anything . . . but hey, I’ll live with it. Based on my good experience […]



How to Irritate an Atheist

I saw this over at the Conversations at the Edge blog. It’s a long, and sometimes redundant list of statements that Christians say in conversations with atheists. It’s worth your time to read and really listen to what these folks are saying. It’s full of good examples of why it’s better to listen than speak. And when you think you’ve listened enough, listen some more.



One other thing I've been doing lately

I promise, this started before I saw the movie, but I’ve been taking the bus to work lately. It’s been good for me on multiple levels. It’s environmentally more responsible, it’s good to spend time with people out and about in the city, it keeps me from having to drive through the lame Seattle traffic. As an additional bonus these days, with gas at $3 per gallon, it’s cheaper for me to take the bus than to drive myself. It’s not all good, though. It does take me longer to get to work and get home, I have to carry around quarters and dollar bills all the time for bus fare, and most disappointingly, I am only able to read books about half of the time I’m on the buses . . . the other half I seem to get motion sick. That’s unusual for me. Oh well. Overall, it’s […]



Time to start posting again . . .

It seems that I’ve fallen out of the blogging habit of late. Not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing . . . but I’m pretty sure it’s something. It’s not even as though I’ve had a boring life of late. I just haven’t blogged it. Here’s a quick (hopefully unboring) summary. Last week was the Off The Map chat with Brian McLaren. Nothing too earth-shattering there, but it was good to see Rose and Winn, and a few others. I also got to meet some new folks that I’m looking forward to hanging out some more with. It was kind of funny, though, that I didn’t really get a chance to say hello to Jim Henderson at the event, but later that day while enjoying some joe at Zoka with my friend/boss, in walks Jim Henderson. Good man. Since I mentioned it, part of why I […]



O.k., I'll admit it

I don’t tend to blog much about sports here, but I’m geeked about the World Cup. Michelle doesn’t understand me (though, much credit to her – she actually watched the entire first half of the Mexico/Iran match with me). And while I’m not exactly anything close to what most would call “patriotic,” I am excited to see how the U.S. team does. I’m tempted to go in to work late this morning . . . but still planning to be a good boy. So far, I’ve only caught parts of a few games. But I did see Trinidad and Tobago’s opener with Sweden. That game demonstrated one of the cool things about football – a team can “win” without winning, or even scoring a goal.



Christians In the City

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City has a good, thought-stirring article over at Christianity Today. My denom and many others continue to focus church planting efforts primarily in the suburbs. Meanwhile . . . People who live in large urban cultural centers, occupying jobs in the arts, business, academia, publishing, the helping professions, and the media, tend to have a disproportionate impact on how things are done in our culture. Having lived and ministered in New York City for 17 years, I am continually astonished at how the people I live with and know affect what everyone else in the country sees on the screen, in print, in art, and in business. I am not talking about the “elite-elites”—the rich and famous—but about the “grassroots-elites.” It is not so much the top executives that make MTV what it is, but the scores of young, hip […]



On being postgnostic

Alright, well, we got a good little discussion going on my previous post, in which I suggested some of the gnostic attitudes of emerging church types – or at least the potential for it. Let me stress a couple here: first, I’m only talking about potential, and second, I’m talking only about attitudes, and not theology or teaching. The truth is that the emerging church potential for gnostic thought or theology or practice is no more or less present than its modernistic predecessors. The point of my post is that we often spend far too much time and energy on talking (or in the case of bloggers, typing). The talking is of value for many – this ride we’re on is getting more and more riders all the time, and it’s important to remember that we were all beginners at one point or another. The talking helps us sort out […]