Archive for September 2007

Shiny, Happy Blogging

For the past several months, I’ve been supposedly preparing a revamping of my blog with different content, different layout, different blogging engine. As it turns out, I’ve been so cranking busy that that project has been placed on the perpetual back burner. Quite honestly, I’m beginning to wonder if the burner even works at this point . . . HOWEVER, yesterday, whether intentionally or unintentionally, a good friend (you know who you are) pointed out something that I’ve been chewing on personally for a few months now. It goes something like this: those of us who run in emerging church circles can be a cranky, angry lot. Oh sure, we might have a better sense of humor and feel more relaxed than when we were in the mainstream of the evangelipseudofundmentlismo factory. But in the midst of all of our critiques of church culture, modernity, consumerism, etc., it’s very often […]

Reading List

I just updated the list of books that I have read, as well as the list of books I intend to finish by the end of the year. There are a few more books I need to add to the “to be read” list, but I’ll pop those on the ‘ol blog later. I dare not linger too long on what’s left to be read, because it’s pretty overwhelming. I’m not an overly fast reader, nor am I an amazing retainer of the things I’ve read, unless it’s super good. Usually, I’m good for a few general summary sentences, but not a thorough review. Anyway, the reading list alone should indicate why I haven’t been blogging as frequently, as well as the likelihood that my frequency will change much in the near future. Maybe I’ll just pop a bunch of YouTube videos on here to keep people entertained . . […]

Time to breathe

Regardless of the fact that I actually planned, or at least knew, that this would be an insanely busy time in my life, I still feel like I’m overloaded. I’m the kind of guy that actually enjoys being busy a lot of the time – it’s fun to push hard, live on adrenaline, juggle a lot of things at once. It’s just that it’s not a sustainable way. And I’m arriving at the “diminishing returns” place, where I’m having increasing difficulty maintaining concentration on the tasks at hand. I’m pretty sure things will settle back down into a rhythm of more controlled chaos in a few weeks, but until then, I need to keep pushing. The thing that has (somewhat) saved my butt thus far is that I’m still trying to being idealistic about the whole Sabbath thing. After a long summer, school starts next week at UW. We’re getting […]

Seattle in the Summertime

Michelle and I just returned from a blurryfastwaytoobusy trip to SoCal. We went down there to clean up our rental house from previous tenants and prepare it for the next go-round. Tons of work. And blazing blazing HOT. The mercury hit 107 (f) one day. Sadly, our time was very limited with family and friends. We got a lot of work done, but not quite enough for our liking. Happily, we were able to get some new tenants lined up and ready to move in. That’s a relief – things get financially tight with two mortgages. We came home to amazing weather. The Pacific Northwest has to have the best summer weather in the nation. We’ve had a few spots of rain, but for the most part, it’s sunny and mid 70s. No smog. Good times. It’s almost enough to make me forget about the long, rough winter we had […]