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bigish small news coming

If my blog had a theme sound bite – it’d be the sound of crickets. Because it’s way too quiet around here.

But to my seven faithful readers I say “don’t worry – good times are ahead”.

This lack of activity is not because I’ve run out of strange ideas. On the contrary – a lot is going down in my head. It’s an exciting place to be.

I’ll re-engage soon. In fact, a big strange idea will show up right here tomorrow. As our kids like to say, “seriously”.

Headline: BIG news (or maybe bigish small news) is coming tomorrow – April 16th, 2008. Right here.

I’m hoping to get 7 comments on this blog entry before then – to document that I actually do have 7 readers. Otherwise our idea will crash and burn.

So go ahead – talk to me…say something nice.

Until tomorrow then…keep the faith. And if you need a random update on someone’s life…check out Stretch. He’ll turn that frown upside down.

a teaser: like in chess – sometimes you need to start playing the game and figure out the moves along the way – are you in?

life is a game of chess by libbyportraits.com

moby on christianity – relevant magazine

Moby was interviewed in Relevant magazine. I found this question, and his response especially interesting.

In an interview with RELEVANT a couple years ago, you talked about some negative views on the state of Christianity. Do you think anything has changed?

It’s hard, because I think that individual Christians are quietly doing amazing things; they’re ministering to the poor and sick. The quiet, humble Christians seem like the ones who are really trying to walk in the footsteps of Christ. It’s the loud, arrogant, judgmental, obnoxious Christians who seem to give the rest of Christianity a really bad name.

When I see religious leaders being judgmental and arrogant, I want to pull them aside and say, “You’re supposed to work out your faith in humility and fear and trembling.” You’re supposed to approach everything in a spirit of nonjudgmentalism and compassion and love and forgiveness, and I don’t see a lot of evidence of humility and love and faith on the part of leaders. I find that to be really dispiriting.

satan uses turbotax

oh snap! you’ve got to watch this. this is from Craig Groeschel /Lifechurch.tv. i love what Craig is doing @ Lifechurch.

i can think of 4 things that Satan has been telling me I need. pretty much every other day i believe him. why are we such suckers???

Commentary: You can’t take Christ out of Christmas – Roland S. Martin

Here is an excellent commentary on the Christmas Season By Roland S. Martin. Worth the read…glad to see this on CNN.

Commentary: You can’t take Christ out of Christmas

He raises some good questions…

What if families decided to forgo gifts, and instead, used their shopping days giving back to those in need? What if more of us went into our closets, grabbed old toys and clothes, repackaged them, and provided them as gifts to those without? Instead of gorging on food, what if we used some of the dough to feed those who are in need?

I think it’s important not to lose your identity as a consumer during the Christmas Season (or in any season).  I fall into this trap too.  Even with my kids, I want to give them lots of presents at Christmas.  But I also want to open their eyes to the idea that we can help people too.

Merry Christmas!

one clear choice

Here is the prayer God gave me today…

God, give me one clear choice – that is awesome.  And help me to follow.  Amen.

This was spurred on by two things:

  1.  A breakfast meeting with Jon (who totally spurs me on, & maybe instigates a bit too).
  2. And by the lyrics of James Blunt.  (God can work mysteriously, right?)

On Blunt’s new album there’s a song called “Same Mistake“.  I don’t completely understand the song, and I don’t necessarily think it’s theological.  But the lyrics do capture my prayer to God right now…

I’m not calling for a second chance,
I’m screaming at the top of my voice.
Give me reason but don’t give me choice.
‘Cause I’ll just make the same mistake again.

is technology helping the church?

Is technology a killer? Is it killing the church? Or is it killing true worship?

Especially when it comes to worship, I wonder if technology (overall) is helping people connect with God on a fuller spectrum? I wonder what God’s take is on all the things we’re adding to worship?

Below is a link to the opening of one of the Hillsong Conferences.

I love the song Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve. And I love the song Amazing Grace. And I love the chorus Chris Tomlin added – My Chains Are Gone But I never expected to hear the 3 songs merged together. That’s how the 2007 Hillsong conference started.

If you have nothing to do for the next 12 minutes, watch this version of Amazing Grace. I’m sure John Newton never imagined this. It’ll at least make you think. About 11 minutes into the video Chris Tomlin shows up, with his humble redeeming smile. I love that guy. I love the look in Chris’s eyes towards the end of the clip. It’s like he doesn’t know quite what to think. It’s like he’s thinking, “What am I doing here?”…which he probably was.

Hillsong Conference 2007 Opening
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I found this here.

Is technology killing the church? I don’t think it’s killing the church, in fact I think overall it’s helping. But when it comes to worship – sometimes simple is better.

i love stainless steel coffee mugs – “finishing”

Apparently, I’m really good at drinking coffee and bringing stainless steel coffee mugs to work. I’m not so good at taking them home….sorry Lib.

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I hate doing things half-way, but I’m good at it. It’s easy to start something (like taking coffee mugs to work) but I need to work on the finishing part of things…two good friends recently encouraged me to finish something I’ve been trying to finish for the last 2 months. Why are some things so hard to finish??? even if they’re important?

Hey – what do you need to finish that you’ve been putting off?

Here are a few pictures from my typical work set up….this is where it all happens.

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I like VW’s and Audi’s….and other things from Germany (like my wife)

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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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