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Sep
20
2012

Smartphones & Relationships or My Eyes are Up Here

cell phone distraction

This week has been a little hectic around here as Theresa’s dad returned to the hospital Monday night. While he is doing much better now, and should be out soon, the last few days have been fairly intense… which explains why I haven’t been posting as much. The hospital experience has always been fascinating to me: the orchestration and urgency of the emergency room, the precision and purpose of the surgical suites, and the slow […]

Sep
6
2012

The Joy of Physical Community

small group coffee shop

Yesterday afternoon I had the chance to break bread with three ministry leaders in the New York City area. Over the course of a couple of hours we caught up, heard what was going on in one another’s life, and the challenges that they were facing. As the conversation progressed, we discussed the communities that we are a part of, and who we have speaking into our lives. At one point, I mentioned that I […]

Aug
30
2012

Context Driven Design

beth steel stacks

I mentioned yesterday that Theresa and I have spent the last few days in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Our time away has been delightful, and even though we never planned on staying in Bethlehem, we have greatly enjoyed our time here. One of the highlights for me was wandering around the old steel mill, and seeing how they are working to re-purpose the once powerful facility that dominates the city. The area is being redesigned as a […]

Aug
29
2012

Bethlehem Steel and Looking Backwards

Beth Steel Headquarters

Theresa and I have spent the past few days in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, taking sometime to explore and play before gearing up for what promises to be a busy fall. We randomly ended up in Bethlehem after our initial plans of staying in Reading fell apart due to hotel issues (two filthy rooms, really?), but we have been enjoying our time here and I have been fascinated by the redesign of the former Bethlehem Steel works […]

Aug
22
2012

Sports Funerals and Needing a Bigger Story

sports outrage

The other day I came across a video about sports funerals on David Swanson’s blog. It started off somewhat goofy, but by the time the video was over, I was flat out disturbed. The video started off with a Baltimore funeral director sharing about the first sports themed funeral that he could remember being a part of. He thought back to 2001, the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl. From there, a bunch of […]

Jul
25
2012

What’s Appropriate or Don’t Believe I’da Told That

respect

Every Tuesday morning at 6:30 am I join a group of groggy men to spend some time studying scripture, praying, and ingesting a good bit of caffeine.  Yesterday morning we discussed the fear of the Lord, and what that looks like for us in our day to day lives.  As the conversation unfolded, we began to wrestle through just what was meant by the word fear.  We came to the understanding fear is not so much […]

Jul
24
2012

Greek Yogurt and Community

greek yogurt

I have never been one to eat a lot of yogurt.  Sure, I love my tzatziki  (who doesn’t?) but as far as eating yogurt straight up… that’s Theresa’s department.  It is this lack of enlightenment on all things yogurt that caught me off guard this weekend when I heard a story about a big controversy in the yogurt world.  According to an NPR story, there is a heated discussion between what is, and what is […]

Jul
19
2012

Amazon vs the Local Church

computer

Nearly twenty five years ago my parents bought our first computer.  The Tandy 1000 SL was a beast of a computer with a full 8 MHz and 384K of computing power, it weighed in at just over thirty-three pounds.  In order to buy this beauty my parents headed out to Radio Shack, where they worked with a salesman to figure out which model was the right one for our family, while learning a whole new […]

Jul
17
2012

Can We Stop With the Persecution Talk?

Close up of a complaint to neighbour

Perhaps you have heard the stories of the Pastor in Arizona who is being jailed for holding a bible study in his home.  I typically try to avoid discussions on these kinds of things, but last week I was asked by my neighbor what I had thought about the situation.  Our neighbors are Jewish, knowing my background, and what I do for a living, they were interested in my take on the whole situation.  They […]

Jul
11
2012

Red Snapper, Barriers to Entry, & Churchmanship

snapper vera cruz

I walked around the corner and into the dining room… surprised that I was one of maybe five people in a room that must seat two-fifty.  I got a plate of  Vera Cruz red snapper and rice (tasty!), a little bit of salad, and made my way over to a table.  Looking around I saw two tables with water on them, and sat at the empty one.  I thanked God for my dinner, and tasted […]

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