Archive for June 2007

Stop Caste Now

I’m currently working with Jim Henderson to host an event or two to help Sunil Sardar. Here’s a quick clip video that shows a bit of what he’s all about.



I don't know which I'm more tired of hearing about . . .

. . . Paris Hilton or the iPhone. Is it just me, or are the people dying in Iraq and Darfur just not sexy enough to retain our attention?



Quick Visit to San Diego

Michelle and I just got back last night from a few days in sunny San Diego. We went down for the wedding of some dear friends, which I was honored to officiate. It wasn’t quite as busy/hectic as I thought it might be, so that’s good. We always come home wishing we had been able to see more people than time allowed for, but we did pretty well. In addition to good hang out with both sets of parents, my sister and her kids, we saw some folks at the wedding. Friday night, we also got to visit Jason and Brooke Evans in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego – we walked with them, caught up a bit on life, and just enjoyed friendship with these people we love to death. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the San Diego vibe on this visit. We had an […]



The Simple Way

The Simple Way community in Philadelphia has experienced a devastating fire. Their community center and several neighborhood homes were destroyed. Their site has ways you can help. The Simple Way most recognizable as the home of Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution. Having experienced the impact of a fire like this firsthand, I’m definitely feeling for the community.



Oh yeah, I'm still an idiot dude

This summer I get the pleasure of officiating two weddings – the first of which is this weekend. The second of these is a bit later in the summer, and I’m starting some premarital counseling soon with the couple – young, bright. fun, level-headed. The bride-to-be works with Michelle, and I made a book recommendation to the couple through Michelle this week. It’s a book that we read together a few years back and found interesting, so I suggested it. Apparently, without me noticing a thing, the book has a noticeable male bias. The bride-to-be had started the book a while back on her own, but found it pretty demeaning. Michelle’s suggestion was that given that most of my theological positions have shifted around pretty significantly in recent years, perhaps it would be good to review my list of book choices that predate the era of shifts. Hmmmm, that’s probably […]



Put down the guitar, slowly back away, and nobody will get hurt . . .

So there are a bunch of people around Seattle buzzing about the cover story in yesterday’s issue of The Stranger. For those of you outside the area, The Stranger is the local alternative newspaper. Check that . . . The Seattle Weekly is the local alternative newspaper, and The Stranger is the alternative to the local alternative newspaper. Anyway, the article is basically 30 staff writers getting sent out to 30 houses of worship on the same weekend, and writing witty, snarky reviews. Some of them are hugely hilarious, some of them are a bit unnecessarily mean spirited, some of them are a waste of time. Personally, it seemed to me that some of them tried too hard to be funny. Anyway, something I noticed on balance from these pseudo-reviews was the number of digs the writers took at church music. All the churches with a non-hymn format are described […]



Mixed messages

So this is the week each year where I clinch my teeth and hold my breath – hoping against hope that something silly or bizarre won’t happen. I also await the annual addition to the long list of things I’m supposed to boycott. It’s the week of my denomination’s big annual meetings. So far, nothing too weird has hit the press. But I was scanning the denomination’s news site a few minutes ago and found two stories. One was about the denomination stepping up its ministry to homosexuals. O.k., I suppose, depending on how “ministry” is defined and carried out. The other story, though, was about a resolution that was approved by the attendees, “opposing hate crimes legislation that includes homosexuals and transgendered persons as protected classes.” So let me get this straight – we want to reach out and “help” homosexuals . . . but we don’t want to […]



Who am I becoming?

This past week during one of our class sessions, one of my cohort-mates, John, talked about some of the teachings he’s been doing at his church recently. Today I’ve been bumping around with some reading from Dallas Willard, and was reminded of a sentence John said . . . I’d like to make it a mantra in the days to come: Who are you becoming by what you are repeatedly doing?



Art I'm Enjoying

Holly Sharp has posted images of a new series of paintings she’s been working on. Really good stuff . . . makes me want to add to our collection.



Down from the Mountain

Yesterday I returned from being away for the week on Mt. Hood in Oregon for school. We stayed at the historic and beautiful Timberline Lodge – ’twas a good, good week. It had been almost a year since the last time I saw most of my school chums, so that was cool. I’m honored to be a part of such a great group of people, and this week, many friendships went to a deeper, richer level. So many good stories, great laughs (one guy talked about what a great ab workout he got from laughing so much), shared experiences. Oh yeah, and it snowed . . . we basically couldn’t go outside for two days because it was snowing with about a 35mph wind. It didn’t accumulate much, but we were stuck inside – which gave us more time for conversation. The classroom end of things was pretty decent, too. […]