Archive for December 2007

Praying for a younger friend

I’ve spent the past 48 hours praying a lot and sleeping poorly, over one of my Seattle inter::mission team members. She called on Saturday with the news her teenage brother had died in an auto accident. Horrible. It makes Resurrection hope seem both tantalizing and desperately far away at the same time.



Merry Christmas (I think)

Can’t say where this came from, but I’ve been walking through this whole Christmas season with a bit of an edge. People have heard me say cranky little quips, and even the occasional mini-rant. In part, it’s the consumerism of the season that a lot of people are cautious of. There are good efforts out there already to combat that mentality, and to make something better. For the most part, though, I’ve had a more theological sort of thing going. I’m more concerned about the gross imbalance that exists between the time, money, effort, and overall attention that Christians and churches give to Christmas vs. Resurrection Sunday. Hear me now – I’m a grateful believer in celebrating the Incarnation, and the amazing story that it is. I do think it’s good and right for us to make a big deal of that. But let me ask this question – How […]



Jesus Manifesto

Just thought I’d drop some linkage love here . . . I’ve been enjoying Jesus Manifesto, the blog of Mark Van Steenwyk, for a while now. He recently invited others to contribute, and they just re-launched the site – looking good. A little Jesus anarchy anyone?



U.S. Media

Just in case you were wondering, I’d recommend NOT trusting everything you see and hear in mainstream American media. I’ve come across two different stories this week that illustrate that the news-as-business machine gets very sloppy, very lazy, very biased, even as it sells it as “investigative,” “straight talk,” and “everything you need to know.” One of the stories has to do with the referendum in Venezuela recently. The media told the story as a corrupt, power hungry president, trying to become a “dictator for life,” but getting defeated in the election. I smelled something a little fishy, given that if Hugo Chavez was truly a dictator, he’d have won the election easily. Anyway, this morning, I came across this video analysis of the news coverage, so I thought I’d share. This is just one example about a story most Americans don’t really care about. But it makes you wonder […]



Time for a breather . . . o.k., good, now back to work!

As of about ten minutes ago, when I sent off the last of four assignments/projects due by midnight tonight, I’m done with this semester. I’m numb. I’m literally leaned back in my chair with my eyes closed right now, just willing myself to type these words. This has been an intense past few months. Definitely the most challenging academic semester I’ve ever faced. But now I can breathe . . . at least for a couple of days. Then I’m going to dive into a class I need to take “on the side” in order to qualify for the program I’ve spent the past year and a half in. I shan’t complain, though, especially given that one of the assigned books for the class is N.T. Wright’s excellent masterwork, Jesus and the Victory of God. Hopefully I can knock that class out in about a month or so, because by […]



Merry Christmas, from a blogger you weren't really expecting

Merry Christmas to everyone! My sincere congratulations to everyone for the Glorious and Auspicious Birthday of Divine Prophet – confirmed and authenticated by Gabriel, the angel of Divine revelation – the Obedient of Almighty God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah (peace be upon Him) This is your warm Christmas greeting, straight from the blog of . . . Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. via



The most intriguing story I didn't have time to read this week

No time to read “other” stuff this week. Truth is, I don’t have time to be blogging now. But when I do have more time, I’m going to chase this story: For Earth’s Sake, Don’t Divorce . . . Study: Single Households Consume Lots More Per Capita Than Married Ones A quick scan of “Christian” headlines I track reveals not a blip on the radar . . . perhaps we’re too busy fighting homosexual marriage and denying global warming to actually care about heterosexual divorce and the environment. Perhaps I’ll get to this story next week.



Quiet days on the blog . . . so what's new?

Hey there. Just thought I’d say that. My posting ’round these parts has been sparse of late, which is due mainly to school stuff. I’ve read well over 1500 pages of books and articles in the past two weeks, in addition to my normal work responsibilities. At about this time next week (that’s 11:30pm on Sunday, for those of you who are keeping track), I hope to be polishing up my written work for the semester, and then I hope to sleep and breathe a little more than I have been. With the launch of inter::mission and some additional coursework I’m required to do, this semester has been extremely challenging. It appears that I’ll emerge intact, but definitely tired. Oh, speaking of inter::mission, we did our final teach-in of the Fall quarter this past Thursday. I interviewed our newest staff member, Johnson, who literally just came back from the jungles […]