Archive for January 2007

Strengths and Weaknesses: redux

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about my lovely personality profile as “pessimistic, cynical jerk,” I thought I’d project my faults onto others for a moment. Would you like to join me? I thought so . . . aaaand off we go. My cynicism toward the powers that be – especially the powers in the church of the Western world (I won’t bring the rest of the world in just yet) – is largely an attitude I share with many people in the so-called emerging church scene. As I said yesterday, in some ways, this is a good thing, because it helps me (us) see through a lot of the broken rhetoric, hypocritical power plays in denominations, screwed up understandings of church structure, and self-serving/consumeristic teaching . . . much of which masquerades as “theology.” But, again, much of it not so good, because of the bad attitude that goes […]



Strengths and Weaknesses

I just spent the past two days at an in-town (as in, not a sleepover type) staff retreat. It involved some team oriented discussions around the DiSC assessment. Given my counseling education and work experience, I’ve taken and administered a ton of personality inventories, and by now, I can usually predict what the inventory is going to tell me about myself. This time, though, it’s been at least a few years since I’ve taken an inventory of any kind. A lot’s changed since the last time I did one – I launched out into church planting, I put an end to my church planting efforts, I moved to the Seattle area, I went into collegiate ministry and began developing a dream for an experiential learning process for young adults. All the while, over the past few years, I’ve deconstructed, partially reconstructed and then re-deconstructed most of my assumptions about faith, […]



Is it o.k. to like sports?

I have to confess here that over the past couple of years, I’ve become a somewhat more intense NFL fan. Compared to many many people out there that can quote you player stats from the past 15 years, and many many others who enter elaborate multi-level marketing type fantasy football leagues, I’m no true fan. I’m just comparing myself to myself – and 5 years ago Steve didn’t watch as much football as present day Steve. Now, it does help that Michelle and I aren’t exactly in traditional church environments, so I can actually watch the 10am (PST) games. Over the years, I’ve always had friends in the alternative and/or punk scene, who almost never enjoy playing or watching sports. Nobody has said anything outright to me, but for some reason, I always felt like a sellout for liking sports. Is it that major media sports are part of the […]



Coffee Extremism

Compared to most coffee-drinking people I know in Seattle, I’m pretty normal (if not below average).  Compared to most coffee-drinking people anywhere else on the planet, I’m a coffee geek.  But after reading this commentary on Wired this morning, I’m feeling a bit better about the amount of control I have over my habit.  O.k., off to my third Americano of the morning!



Hopeless

And a Happy New Year to you, too!  Hopeless does not describe my feelings, heading into the next 364 days . . . but it does pretty much sum up the likelihood of catching up with the past few weeks of non-blogging.  I’m pretty sure that this is the longest I’ve gone without posting in the nearly five years that I’ve blogged here. Oh sure, I could try to describe to you what’s happened since I last posted – the big school project, the windstorm in the Northwest that knocked out power at our house for three days, the 2500 mile holiday road trip, the Christmas fun (and frenzy) . . . but even typing that much has me a bit overwhelmed.  It gets even worse when I open my blog feedreader, and see the hundreds of posts from people I value that will almost certainly go unread.  Oh well. […]