Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Don't Miss Me Too Much

Things are going a million miles a second here. I'm in the home stretch on completing the Witness CD. I'm pressing finishing it before Kori and I leave for Sierra Bible camp on friday. We'll be gone for a week so I won't be blogging all of next week, due to the lack of internet connection.

You can cry, but don't short out your keyboards, for you will need them to leave comments for me to read when I return.

I leave you with this bit of encouragement to ponder:

Monday, June 20, 2005

An Uncle Again!

My brother and his wife had their second child last night at about 9:50 PM. Jordan Michael Lewis weighs in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. and is 21 1/2 in. long. Though Janna gets most of the credit, pushing Jordan out in one push, since it was Father's Day, I'll give Mike his due.

Congratulations Mike & Janna! Don't let aunt Rebecca corrupt him!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Special Announcement To Readers:

I have a special announcement and proclamation to all of my faithful blog readers.

(cue telegraph)

Due to the demand for my tripe and "insights" the counter on my blog has surpassed the 10,000 hit mark. This is mostly an estimated count from my Google Adsense numbers and extrapolation of average daily hits from before I began using the ads. I do know that the total is at least this number.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog, leaves comments, helps me to better understand what I say, and laughs along with me at the stupid stuff. I look forward to sharing more thoughts about me, the world I live in, and my place in it, including references to obscure websites, daily news, and quotes.

A special thank you to my brother for getting me hooked.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 13, 2005

24-Hour Mexican Food

We didn't stop and eat there; in fact, I've never eaten there, not for lack of desire or from reputation (I'll leave that to your comments). I'm just simply stating a fact. What place do I speak of? Isn't it obvious?

Muchos Gracias 24-hour Mexican food restaurants.

While driving to Gold Beach this weekend with Kori to go to her sister's high school graduation, we passed through Reedsport, OR, which is apparently known for its culinary delights. What Kori mentioned used to be a Taco Time was now an active Muchos Gracias!

Is this the 24-hour Mexican food generation, or mere coincidence? Is Muchos Gracias the new "Third Place"?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Quote For The Day

It's not a reference from The Neverending Story, but I read it today and thought it was insightful, and not just in the self-asserting sort of way.

"For everyone who thinks he has arrived at his destination has actually hardly begun, and he who continues searching is closer to his destination than he realizes."
~ Dave Tomlinson (The Post-Evangelical, 62)

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Questions Are All I Have To Offer

Since the blog is my medium, and my recent reading of postmodern Christian culture spoke about the participatory nature of this subject, here is where I choose to offer my questions and participation in this conversation. This participatory study requires us to submit to the terms and process determined by the subject being studied. McLaren and Sweet offer an example list of subjects such as salmon, mosquitoes, mountains, metaphors, chimps, etc. to suggest that any subject requires the student to particpiate in the observation process on the terms of each of these subjects. This is definitely in light of a couple of old articles I dipped my toe into.

The question then remains "What terms does God require for those who would understand God?" to which I tried to compile a list (despite its modern nature) of things that might aid in the participation in the study of God.

• All "fact" can and is interpreted in some way
• There is no true objective observer
• Leadership is demonstrated by someone who can observe and participate simultaneously
• Those who observe and study are participants in the unfinished narrative (or even meta-narrative) of God
• As leaders it is more important for us to ask questions than to give answers
I can't take credit for all these bullets (thanks to Sweet and McLaren) though they are all adapted in some way, but I also credit them for asking hard questions and forcing the leaders of the next generation to develop an understanding of a new language in postmodernism.

My call to everyone is to participate in the study by conversation and by being a part of the story of God. Comments on a blog are nice, but I believe more important is the need to understand God by doing as God through Christ has inspired and instructed. Reading books and hearing lectures on the subject are probably useful (without which I doubt I would be writing this) but the Word lived out in the lives of Christ-followers is where faith calls out the loudest.
"You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."
~ Matthew 20:25a-28 (NLT)