So I was talking to a guy who asked me what it was about Christianity that appeals to me. I found it more difficult to answer this question than I thought I would. To answer it honestly anyway. This is what I came up with for him.
I see the world t… more »
Plain View #103 - part 2 - June 11, 2009
So You Think You Can Dance
Pillars of the Earth
Summ… more »
A few weeks ago I had the honor of delivering the address to Adrian's graduating class of 2009. Here's what I said.
Thank you. Hi everyone.
I'm going to speak real briefly to everyone here, and then spend the rest of my speech talking to the gradu… more »
The other day I'm driving down 71 with MaryEllen and Maly, and Maly wants to sing. We tell her to go ahead and we'll try to join in. So she launches in to Piano Man by Billy Joel. Between the three of us I think we got most of it knocked out. Piano M… more »
This is what makes these discussions so frustrating. (I talk a good game with doctrine isn't everything, but I get cranky when people don't agree with me too.) Christians read, and pray, and discuss, and then we come up with different, conflicting, cla… more »
A couple years ago my brother and I came to an agreement about Christmas. We agreed that we both had more than we needed or deserved and that our Christmas money could be better spent elsewhere. Se each year he sends me an email telling me that he gave… more »
Here's an edited version of my most recent communion meditation.
It may be surprising to some of you, but in my experience, high school students have a lot of interests outside of their class work. In some cases their only interests lie outside their… more »
Things mention today in the "bible study" that's held in my classroom every week, that will make you a better Christian: reading the bible, praying, going to church. Things not mentioned: loving our neighbors, feeding the hungry, vising the sick, living… more »
When I have time to share my poems with my students, they are generally supportive, almost always polite. But sometimes they give me a look that says, "The hell?" I laughed out loud after reading this one to them. The looks on their faces were pricele… more »
Plain View #89 - June 89, 2008
end of summer school
no country for old men
silly summer shows
will - church & the devil
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The missing podcast has been found!
Plain View #72 - June 22, 2007
Last King of Scotland
Last Comic Standing
Adult Adoptee List
go here for sh… more »
I originally posted this at Adrian Christian Church.
I'm finishing up a book called The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier by Tony Jones. It's a history and description of the emerging church movement, a movement that's been around… more »
Plain View #76 - August 4, 2007
Bridge collapse - funny story
Political take on the above - corporations are the answer
Ron Paul for Pres.
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Plain View #75 - July 25, 2007
Minneapolis part duex
Vietnam Culture Camp
Sun Yung Shin
Tammy & Rules vs. Love
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Plain View #73 - July 1, 2007
I'm not sure what happened to the previous episode. It seems to be gone. I found one episodes with a few minutes of dead air that was labeled 72 but seems to be a messed up version of 73. I present a cleaned up versio… more »
Plain View #72 - June 22, 2007 - This show is missing in action. If anyone one has a copy, please send it my way. Thanks. Edit: The missing podcast has been found!
Last King of S… more »
Plain View #65 - March 28, 2007
2 year anniversary!
Passion of the Christ
Head for the Mountains
Grocery Test #1, #2, #3
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Plain View #53 - 9/20/06
Vietnam Cafe (fries)
Weird KC cable
USA - a Christian nation
Kids (between 1 and 2, music to my ears, hapkido)
Note to self - build a treadmill (can you believe I c… more »
Plain View #45 - 8/2/06
Dick Cheney (it's a joke!)
Virginia DMV - they don't deserve a link
Cheaper by the Dozen
40 Year Old Virgin
Superman Theme from very cool Superman Page
Ben's Sermon in… more »
Plain View #39 4/5/06
Will and Maly's new blog
Off the Map
Bed wetting alarms
Burning Car (not the same story, but almost as good)
Ramblin' Educat inspired rant
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The Adrian Christian Church web page is back in action. With Danny's help I have learned enough to make occasional updates. Check it out. I'd like to get some action going in the forums. Of course discussion among Christians too often seems to lead t… more »
Plain View #33 1/11/06
Woody Allen's Melinda & Melinda
Brokeback Mountain and holy theater owner
Props to PBS (Reagan and C.S. Lewis)
Death Penalty Challenge is over
DARE (Don't DARE?)
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I did the communion message on Chirstmas Sunday. I thought it was pretty good so I'm sharing it here.
Midnight mass finished up 22 hours ago in Vietnam. Throughout the Middle-East and Africa, Christian families are together, recounting the day's eve… more »
Each week I'll try to link to a site that's discussing the weekly lectionary. I'll try to mix it up on occasion. This week you can find your scriptures and hopefully some discussion at Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue. I'm not very hopefull that an… more »
Plain View #29 12/1/05
After much technical difficulty, a week's worth to be exact. We finally have the next show down. The stupid recorded kept stopping after 4 minutes and 15 seconds. And the stupid podcasters kept talking without checking to see… more »
I hate for Swick to not get her bible reading done, and since she's not coming to Sunday school, and no one's up for a discussion of the Lectionary here, I'm putting up this link.
Here's Kairos Comotion Lectionary Dialogue, where you'll find, and ca… more »
Wow, still not in the habit yet. Missed last week entirely. (Thanks for all the emails calling this to my attention.) I think next week I'll just link to a site that actually has discussions of the lectionary. But one last time: Proper 24. more »
I know that tomorrow's Sunday, but I'm trying to get in the habit of doing this. Here's the passages for this week. We're doing the alternative passages (Isaiah and Psalm 80).
I put together a liturgy from different parts of the world (below) to c… more »
This is just a thought I had, and maybe obvious to others. It's the result, I think, of a couple things said in sunday school today, comments that seemed to presenta a god who is mostly concerned with the behavior of both the church and those outside th… more »
This Sunday will be the first for a new adult sunday school that I will be leading, although I'm not real comfortable with that word; let's go with facilitating. Less pressure there I think.
Anyway, we'll be discussing the scriptures using the commo… more »
Plain View #14 7/1/05
This week's list:
-"Supreme court? More like supreme . . . uh . . . something . . . dumb."
-These have nuts
-Good bye ladies
-Bonus: listen carefully for Mare trying to expose the f… more »
Plain View #13 6/24/05
I have lost our lists, but I believe it went a little something like this:
-Jesus as Lonejack
-Mare's 80's list
-Baseball, it's time to let it go
-Students making me crazy more »
From a couple of the podcasts I liten too.
Here's Mur on finding faith in science fiction.
Kris and Betsy talk about their recent trip to church. (I feel cheated that we have no Jedi's at our church.) more »
Was talking to someone (Sara and MaryEllen?) about this the other day. Brian McLaren (Generous Orthodoxy, New Kind of Christian) was recently on Larry King Live because he was one of Time's top 25 (or so) evangelicals. Here's the transcript. more »
I took 3 days off this week to attend a preaching and teaching convention at the Christian college in Joplin. It was good. In about 48 hours I heard like 15 presentations. Most of those were good. A couple were really good. And a couple rubbed me th… more »
Lent is upon us. Today is Shrove Tuesday (fat Tuesday). Tonight pancakes will be eaten in liturgical churches all across the country. And I am looking back on the month and a half since Christmas and seeing a spiritual desert. All those plans to read… more »
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>Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 5:44 PM
>Subject: Prayer Center Update when people are getting tired
>Pastors met for prayer and strategy at the Prayer Center
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As you may have heard, the Ukrainian supreme court has declaired the election void. A "do-over" is in the works. Meanwhile, it seems that God continues to use a difficult situation to further his kingdom. Here's an update from the same source as befor… more »
Most of you are probably aware, if only vaguely, that there is some political strife in Ukraine right now. (If you're interested in more details check out any number of news sites.)
And most of you are also probably aware that our son Will was born in… more »
Ok, I know this is late notice, but yesterday was the first day of Advent. Advent, for you low church types, is the time when Christians (some of them anyway) prepare for the coming of Christ. It is a penitential time of introspection and repentance, n… more »
Had a nice conversation with a coworker over lunch today. We talked about, of all things, church. And by church, I really mean, The Church, as in the body of Christ. It's not the kind of conversation that generally happens in the teacher's lounge duri… more »
At church yesterday Alan preached about spiritual disciplines, prayer and fasting in particular. A few weeks ago I read an article in Discipleship Journal about spiritual disciplines. I decided then that my prayer life was pretty poor (nearly nonexista… more »