Archive for August, 2007

$acrifice $uv

What’s up suv?   (pronounce “suv” like “cuz”, try it, it’ll make you chuckle)

my family has an suv.  this is what it looked like when we got it a couple of years ago.  since then, our 3 kids have put their own special love mixture of cookie and pretzle crumbs in the cracks of the back seats.  it gets pretty interesting when i move the car seats around.  but when i get hungry i know where to go.

a sweet ride

Derek Webb is one of our favorite musicians.  in his song, Rich Young Ruler, Webb somehow works “suv” into the lyrics. pretty impressive. if i wrote a tune with suv in it, it would just sound awkward.  but he does it with style.  you can find the suv lyric below.

poverty is so hard to see
when it’s only on your tv and twenty miles across town
where we’re all living so good
that we moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash
he says, more than just your cash and coin
i want your time, i want your voice
i want the things you just can’t give me

so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey what’s the deal
i don’t sleep around and i don’t steal
i want the things you just can’t give me

because what you do to the least of these
my brother’s, you have done it to me
because i want the things you just can’t give me

this is interesting, from John Edwards.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group that he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.

“I think Americans are actually willing to sacrifice,” Edwards said Tuesday during a forum held by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. “One of the things they should be asked to do is drive more fuel efficient vehicles.”

The former North Carolina senator was asked specifically if he would tell them to give up their SUVs, he said, “Yes.”

are americans willing to sacrifice their suv’s? am i? for what reason?

talk is cheap.


walk down lancaster ave to Emmanuel Dining room – august 23

i had driven down lancaster aveneue lots of times. today i walked down, and i saw many things i had never noticed while driving. i walked 11 blocks down lancaster ave., starting from union street and ending at north jackson street. the city unfolded before my eyes as i crested the hill and walked down. i ended up here.

Emmanuel Dining Room West
Food for the hungry
121 N. Jackson Street
Wilmington, DE 19805-3670
i learned a few things. i was reminded that i think i’m really rich, but not much separates me from poverty. it wouldn’t take much of a bad situation to throw my family into a downward spiral into poverty. i walked into the dining room and talked to a bunch of friendly people. it really would be so easy to help out here. now i just need to follow through.

one neat thing happened, i ended up talking to this kid about engineering. he saw my shirt and asked about my company. he said he’s looking for ways to better himself and he wanted to know if i could get him a job. he gave me his cell and home number. it’s amazing how trusting people can be. i need to call him. his name is Ernest.

anyway, i’ve been talking lots about following God, and connecting with people who need help. it’s amazing how close they are and how many opportunities there are literally right around the corner.

now i just need to follow through. maybe ben and i can do this together.

here are some places to explore…

Ministry of Caring

Friendship House

Sunday Breakfast Mission

Gmaps Pedometer on Google Maps platform – cool if you like maps

Gmaps Pedometer on google maps.

You can measure any point to point distances interactively.

If you are a runner or a walker, you likely already know about this. I love maps.

Robbie Seay Band – Give Yourself Away – free

Today is the last day that you can download the new album “Give Yourself Away” for FREE! from the Robbie Seay Band. It’s through Relevant Magazine. I am all about free stuff. ‘No one should be left out.’


There is a great cover of the choir song – “Beautiful Scandalous Night”

The song -“Song of Hope” is going to be a huge hit. I’m digging it.

30 days to live – Larry’s Story (from Lifechurch TV series)

Two of the pastor’s of lifechurch share a blog. It’s great. It’s called Swerve.

This entry about Larry is amazing. Watch the YouTube clip. It’s a good reminder, especially for us men. Life is short, don’t spend it at work and at sporting events.

Is it ok not to be “safe”? 1 (of 5)

I go to all lengths to keep my family safe. Especially my kids. I’m toying with this question:

Is it OK for my family not to be “safe”?

Toying with this idea. Playing with this idea in my head.

We spent the week in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A beautiful land with beautiful friends that happen to be family. A place where blog posts write themselves.

My children Eli (5), Eden (3) & Silas’ (4 months) have big cousins – Kaily (15), Taylor (13) & Sierra (11). Their big cousins have a trampoline. Yes, a trampoline! And it’s not the kind with sides. No, it has big metal springs around the edge, then a quick 4′ drop. There’s nothing safe about this beast of a trampoline.

Eden and Eli don’t know this beast by it’s real name – they only know it as the “bounce-aline” and the “jump-aline”. Children are far better at naming things than adults. I think Adam must have been a child when he named the animals, there’s no other good explanation. At least he was thinking as a child at the time.

Like I said, there is nothing safe about this beast. Oh we had rules. Rules like “one kid on at a time”. Then it morphed into “one kid sitting while the other jumps”. Suddenly there were no rules (*you parents know what I’m talking about*). The thing I noticed, especially with Eli is that he became more adventurous as the days went by. Each day he would try new tricks and venture closer to the edge. But more importantly (to me at least), I also noticed that he always kept a boundary. A buffer of sorts, from the edge. He was keeping himself “safe”. It looked something like this…


upside down

Yeah, there’s nothing safe about this…but I’m starting to think this is OK. Yes, that’s my answer.

It’s OK for my family not to be “safe”.

As long as we are chasing – chasing after God and what he might have for us. God only knows.

But it’s good…


the art and thought of man

thoughts from acts 16 & 17

Lydia was the first convert in Europe.

Both Lydia and Jailer’s “whole households” believed together. What’s this concept of household? And how does a household believe together? There’s something communal about this whole idea that we are missing here in the west.

17:2 – Paul’s custom was to spend 3 Sabbath’s reasoning with them from the scriptures.  Think through this idea of 3 Sabbath’s as it relates to your ministry in a new place.

Paul in Athens – this is an awesome story of someone stepping into a new place, and connecting the good news with the local people – especially connecting to the way they think.

Paul’s spirit “was provoked within him” – I love the idea that this whole sermon was provoked within him from the Spirit.

Later Paul was called an “idle babbler” – I can relate to this, sometimes feeling idle, and I certainly babble.

Paul was led out of the synagogue’s into the midst of the “Areopagus”..he connects their alter ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD’. This is called Mars Hill. I want to research this place Mars Hill.

I love the verse 17:29…

Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.

Some things that stand out from this sermon on Mars Hill, given to the Greek thinkers of Athens:

  • Paul never mentions the name of Jesus in his sermon.
  • Even so, some men “joined him and believed” (Dionysius, Areopagite and a woman named Dameris and others with them).
  • I love that he throws the words “image formed by the art and thought of man“. Those words art and thought imply that man is using his creativity in creating idols. So it’s not that art and thought are bad, but they are being miss-used or perverted to create idols of gold, silver and stone.
  • This passage may connect with how to approach Paris. Maybe start with the “Synagogues” but end up in the squares.
  • Verse 17:21 describes the Greeks in Athens… – Now all the Athenians and strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling and hearing something new. Where is today’s modern day equivalent of this setting? (there are over 30 million tourists in Paris, it’s the most visited city in the world). My guess is that they do nothing other than telling and hearing something new.

What is the art and thought of man creating today?

This is from wikipedia, on the importance and population of Paris:

Paris’ Importance:

An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.

Paris’ population:

Paris has an estimated population of 2,153,600 within its administrative limits. Unité urbaine (or “urban unit”) is an area of unbroken urban growth that extends well beyond its city limits, with a population of 9.93 million. A commuter belt around the same completes the Paris urban area (similar to a metropolitan area) that, with its population of 12 million, is one of the most populated areas of its kind in Europe.

Paris’ tourist population:

With over 30 million foreign visitors per year, Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world.

author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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