Dinner and a Movie

Here’s the trailer for the movie we saw tonight: It was good… So was dinner. Enjoyed spending time with the Webers and the...
Where I came from

Where I came from

Here’s a picture of the most famous place near where I grew up: It was fun to think that the roads we rode our bikes on were part of a farm that George Washington owned. We had hoped to have our high school graduation on the grounds of Mt Vernon, with it being...

Did you feel that?

That solid piece of ground we thought we were standing on just shifted again. It’s possible that the relative peace we’ve enjoyed for the last month or so may be upended again. I don’t want to go into detail, but we may be making big changes in the...

Books I read in 2011

This isn’t a complete list, but these had the biggest impact on me. 1. Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fisher. From the Amazon page: …It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance...

The quandary of Joe Paterno

Heroes. We all want to have one, if we can’t be one. We want to believe there are people who get it right, who do the right things for the right reasons. We want to believe that bad people are different, and don’t have anything in common with good people....

Some quotes from The Ragamuffin Gospel

On a blustery October night in a church outside Minneapolis, several hundred believers had gathered for a three-day seminar. I began with a one hour presentation of the gospel of grace and the reality of salvation. Using Scripture, story, symbolism, and personal...

Late to the party

For years I’ve been seeing references to Brennan Manning and his book ┬áThe Ragamuffin Gospel. But… for some reason I never got around to reading it. So many books, so little time. When Borders was closing, I still had a big gift card to use up, so I went...

Honestly…

Today was a golden opportunity to have a productive day indoors. What did I do with that opportunity? I blew it. I was up in the night for no good reason, so I slept late, was slow getting going, and then surfed online while listening to the radio show. Then I needed...

Social Media? Me? or, Down the Slippery Slope I Go

It started this way: I saw an article on one of my LinkedIn newsletters talking about how to use Pinterest for your non-profit organization. I have seen references to Pinterest on friends’ Facebook statuses, mostly saying how addicting it is, so I was curious....

Another sadness

I found out that friends, dear friends of many years, are leaving our church. It feels like a death. I know God has his reasons and can bring good out of things that break our hearts, but it still feels like death.