Archive for September 2006

I'm a good Catholic

O.k., so I’m not Catholic. Only been to a regular mass once. I’ve been to one Catholic wedding too. Growing up in a Protestant world, one of the critiques I always heard of the Roman Catholic church was the way their structure of priesthood mediated a relationship between people and God. One of the scandals of the coming of Jesus was to open all that up, and give us direct access to God – the temple veil was torn. Cool. But I’ve begun (and probably only just begun) to notice how my following of Jesus and pursuit of God is mediated by other people. To be transparent here, there are times that I’d much rather read a book about scripture than scripture itself. There are times I’d rather read a blog about church than experience church first hand in the way I interact with others. Over the past few days, […]

Coffee Geekery

  That funky machie there is an elite work of art.  If you’re into coffee . . . like waaaaayyyy into coffee, it’s a technological advance of epic measure.  What does it do, you ask?  Drum roll please . . . it brews a cup of coffee. Ummm, o.k., that didn’t really sound impressive, did it?  Let’s try again – coffee purists far and wide will tell you that the best way to enjoy a cup of quality coffee is to grind some well roasted, fresh beans, perfectly proportioned to the amount of water you’re using, and run it through a french press.  This machine, called the Clover, is better.  It’s a machine that allows the barista to give the same kind of care to a cup of brewed coffee as he/she does for a fine shot of espresso.  There are only a few of these babies in the world.  […]

A technical diagnosis

So I’ve been getting these headaches over the past couple of days that feel roughly like an ice pick is being jammed into the top of my head, behind my right eye.  At times, I get a two to three second flash of pain about once every 30-90 seconds.  Being the paranoid wuss that I am, I ended up going to Urgent Care last night.  The doctor, in consultation with a neurologist diagnosed me with . . . “Ice Pick Headaches.”  Now, I’m not very good with technical medical terms, but I gotta say . . .

Oh yeah, the block party

Michelle popped on my blog last night, and said, “Is that really the last time you posted?”  Yep, it’s been a super busy week.  I’ve actually thought of multiple items to blog, but alas, I’m not getting enough work done as it is.  This story is likely to continue . . . Anyway, we did have our little block party last weekend.  Good times.  I’m sorry that we waited until the end of summer to do it – I’d bet we would have been out there another two or three times throughout summer if we had started sooner.  Oh well, there’s always next year. I won’t get into counting numbers here, but about half of the homes that were invited had someone show up.  Not bad.  We heard some cool stories and some strange stuff, too.  Here are some random tidbits that we observed: As the newcomers to the block (only […]

Pope Benedict

If you hadn’t noticed, the new (er, but also old) Pope got people all kinds of stirred up with a speech earlier this week.  I’ve seen him quoted on International news sites, Christian sites, atheist sites, and while I haven’t visited any (yet), I’ll guarantee he’s been talked about a ton on Muslim sites. The most heated discussions are going on around the part of the speech where . . . In his speech, Benedict quoted 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus who said, “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” Ummmm, if I may be so bold as to call out his holiness, I doubt that’s a line that the head of the Catholic church has any business quoting if he means to condemn […]

Block Party

Tommorrow we’re co-hosting a block party with Jeremy and Daniele for our neighbors.  We’re wanting to make more and deeper connections that will spill over into relational opportunities.  We have the two end homes on our cul-de-sac, so it works well logistically.  Now all we need is some weather cooperation (chance of showers is 50 percent). It’s a neighborhood thing, but if you’re in Seattle on Saturday at say, 4pm, and you want to know where to score a free hot dog, shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll hook you up.

Poems from the dark side

A new friend and school mate of mine, Artie Sposaro introduced our group to the work of a roaming poet, Lucien Zell. Here are a couple of his poems:   I wander through the dark wilderness by the light of my burning map. ********************************************* Silence dreams of voice. An empty cup longs for tea. I made no friends in the darkness until I made the darkness my friend.   We tend to speak of darkness as an enemy, as only bad.  These words reveal the often hidden beauty of the dark.  As Len Sweet reminded us last week, Jesus’ favorite time to get away and pray was in the morning, while it was still dark.

And so it begins

One week ago today I began work on my Doctor of Ministry program with George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  I spent all of last week in Portland meeting and getting to know my fellow cohort members, getting freaked out by the kind of process that I’m beginning, and laughing a lot.  I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop in me over the next three years. I’m really honored to be able to share the process with a very talented group of people.  Some of the projects that my cohort-mates are working on are amazing, creative, and important.  The world will be better for these folks having embarked on this. My biggest problem at this point is settling firmly on a direction for my own project.  It’s really important to begin the process with a keen eye toward the end goal, in order to tailor your work along the way so […]