Archive for June 2008

On Spontaneity and Improvisation

I have a young friend, a student that lives at The Purple Door.  This person, by admission, dislikes the unplanned life.  As little spontaneity as possible is the rule.  Instead, there are lists – lists about everything.  Lists of schedules, meals, books to read, graduate schools to consider, everything.  This student once told me about the process of selecting which college to go to – it involved something like 200 schools, and an extremely intricate matrix of decision making, which ultimately narrowed the decision down to one.  As it turns out, for all that planning and listing, the school selected was the wrong one for this person, and after one year, the student made the choice to transfer to UW . . . which actually wasn’t even on the original list of 200! Now, I’m not Mr. Spontaneous or anything, but I do like to mix it up once in […]

You know you're not blogging enough when . . .

I guess it’s a nice sign that a certain someone actually reads my blog.  Michelle – the one everyone keeps congratulating me for marrying up with – noticed my lack of posting here lately. So this one’s for her: Really, it is.  That horse is for Michelle.  Just put a check in the mail yesterday.  Our latest addition is a 2 year old, named Darjeeling, or “Ling,” as Michelle likes to call her.  This is an exciting first step for us to get Michelle moving toward her hopeful career as a full time horse trainer.  It’ll be close to another full year before Michelle can put any serious training in, but the plan is to get Ling into shape as a high quality dressage horse.  For now, we just have to figure out how to move a horse from Florida, where she lives now, to Michelle’s folks’ place in SoCal, […]

Signs your tenant is a con man

1. Claims to have been a missionary in Latin America with a faith healer ministry. 2. Pays rent via Swiss bank account wire transfer. 3. Can’t pay rent on time, but drives new BMW, and children each have plasma TVs. 4. Pleads guilty to investment fraud after stealing 6 million dollars, and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.   All of these and more are signs that you made the right call on not renewing the lease when it came to term.  Oh, and by “you,” I do mean “we.”

Todd Hunter blogs

Looks like I lost a blog post in WordPress, so this is attempt #2. I was very happy to get the e-mail notification that Todd Hunter is blogging once again, after a disastrously long hiatus.  I have learned so much from this guy over the past several years, it’s crazy.  I’ve gotten to know him a little bit, through a variety of means – a little church planter coaching here, some common friendships there, a lot of his teaching everywhere.  Most recently, I got to sit next to him while gawking at the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  I admire Todd on many levels. Whether you know who Todd is or not, trust me, you’ll want to bookmark/subscribe to this blog.  Oh, and be on the lookout for the book he’ll publish soon with IVP.  Good stuff awaits us all.

inter::mission v1, almost in the books

While we do still have a week to go with the UW school year, last night was slated to be our final teach-in for the year, and in a sense, the closing of inter::mission.  Our culture project in India is definitely a part of the inter::mission process, but it’s also a somewhat separate thing. As it turns out, multiple schedules were colliding in multiple ways.  At our community meal last night, we had three “new” people with us, and we were missing five of our regulars.  So while we had great conversation well into the evening, it was a bit of a different vibe for us.  I had scheduled myself in as the teach-in guide for the evening, and had prepared a year end wrap-up session.  A little on the sentimental side, a little on the fun side, a little on the reflective side.  But with so many regulars missing, […]