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the pass – photo of the week

October 30, 2007 Leave a comment

YMCA Flag Football – 10/27/07

Don’t think 10U flag football is intense? Look at the woman’s face behind Caleb. He completed the pass for a 20 yard touchdown by the way.

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when kids pray

October 30, 2007 Leave a comment

I love listening to kids talk to God. Especially ones who haven’t “learned” how to do it from someone who makes talking to God a formulaic laundry list of things to get through and move on. Last Sunday AM at Bridgeway we had an “intergenerational” service where the kids were encouraged to be involved in every part of the gathering and many of the elements were geared to include them. Not that things were reduced to their level necessarily – just that the assumption was made that kids can do what adults do in worship. Good assumption by the way. And a great service.
So I got to spend the morning with my oldest three listening to them pray. And I spent a good deal of the time close to tears. When we had a choice of 10 different things to pray for – they wanted to pray for the poor. And they did. Beautiful, simple prayers asking God to care and provide for people who don’t have what they need to survive. Later we were supposed to pray for friends that need Jesus to do something in their lives. The kids had a hard time thinking of people, so Hannah asked me if I knew anyone. Then she prayed for my friends. I’m tearing up again now thinking about it.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4) My kids taught me a lot about what that looks like last Sunday.

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my new definition of irony

October 29, 2007 Leave a comment

Spending all week thinking and reading and praying about simplicity and then spending a couple of hours talking and thinking about it with friends at our gathering this evening only to spend the past 30 minutes filling up a page in my daytimer with everything I have to get accomplished tomorrow before 6pm so I can go coach football.

Ah grad school.

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lynne spears, parenting author – the weekly whah?!?

October 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Apparently Britney Spears’ mom Lynne is writing a book on parenting. Is it just me, or does this feel a bit like George W. Bush writing a book on peaceful conflict resolution? Or maybe Ken Lay writing a book on business ethics? It could even inspire her daughter to write a book on marriage. That would make just as much sense.

The whole Britney Spears thing is an incredible case study in self-destruction. I wish she and everyone associated with her would just go away so news people would have to find something else to do. Like write books on  journalistic integrity.

how to live intentionally in the ‘burbs

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

A great post from Will Samson (who got it from someone else) with 10 ideas for living as the people of God in suburbia. I don’t come close to walking out most of these, but the desire is there and the journey has begun.

I’ll post the list here – go over to Will’s blog for thoughts about each of these and a pretty good discussion in the comments about the kind of life that is possible for followers of Jesus in the ‘burbs. While you’re at it – check out Will and Lisa Samson’s great new book – Justice in the Burbs. It brings up some important issues that have to be faced by people desiring to live lives that pursue justice in the highly individualistic and materialistic of the suburbs.

Ten Ways to Live Intentionally in the Suburbs (from Chris Smith)
1) Live with others from your church community

2) Work Less!

3) Throw out the television

4) Drive less

5) Have a garden / grow food

6) Get to know your neighbors / listen for their needs

7) Be outside as much as possible.

8) Do not fence in your yard

9) Take a stand against the greed of mega-corporations

10) Utilize and support non-commercial public spaces (parks, libraries, colleges, etc.)

For those of you who reside in OKC – good luck. I’d love to hear how you are trying to walk these ideas out in our particular culture.

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quote o’ the week – Antonio Machado

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Speed kills the soul
– Antonio Machado

If I could only convince my professors of this.

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From the archives – the snake story 11/12/2003

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

In honor of Nathan’s birthday – I give you quite possibly the most ridiculous 20 minutes in the history of our family.
Enjoy.

“j, there’s a snake in nathan’s room!” now i don’t know what passes for normal, first-thing-in-the-morning conversation at your house, but around here, that’s not it. it is impossible, short of going to the videotape (of which, thank God, there is none) to describe the comedy of errors that ensued. i don’t know if it is because neither one of us has slept much the last two nights (nathan is sick) or that i just haven’t watched the croc hunter in a while, but clearly this morning i did not have my snake catching groove on. on another day, i would have picked the thing up and carried it outside and been done with it. not today. this five inch snake shut down our house for a solid half hour while kenda and i debated our strategy for bringing it down and then executed our brilliant plan. now i have to say, in our defense, we really didn’t want to kill it. after all, we were the ones that made it homeless by digging up all of the bushes in front of our house. so in a way we felt responsible for the thing. it is impossible to relay the entirety of this epic struggle between man and beast, but here are a few highlights.

equipment used in the capture

a pencil (kenda was really obsessed with “poking” the snake – i don’t get it)
a towel (to keep it from escaping into nathan’s closet – it could grow to 15 feet in there and we still probably wouldn’t find it)
a coat hanger (see best lines below)
a 32 ounce cup (shrug)
2 different tupperware ™ containers (now that’s something they don’t show you at the parties)
a copy of A Chance to Die by elizabeth elliot (i still have no idea what kenda wanted this for – maybe it was prophetic? maybe she wanted to read something to the snake before she executed her plan – see below)
a piece of red posterboard
starting to get a picture of the brilliance?

best lines from the battle

kenda — “how ’bout if i hold it down with the hanger and you chop it in half” — all i could think of after this was clark w. griswold in christmas vacation chasing the squirrel and saying “i’m going to throw the coat on it and whack it with a hammer”
j — “the neighbors paid too much money for their homes to have to see me like this first thing in the morning” (said on going to put a shirt on after the capture, before going outside for the release)
caleb — “cool, can we keep it for a pet?”

best onlooker

this is a tossup between
nathan laying in his bed half awake sick as a dog wondering what in the heck we are looking at
and
the school bus full of kids that drove by as we were walking out the front door, both of us holding our elaborate capturing mechanism that consisted of the larger of the tupperware containers with the bright red posterboard underneath. (i hope snakes are colorblind, if not that poor little guy is blinded)

the end

i know you are all holding your breath. we managed to get our new little friend out the front door and into the yard. i think kenda wanted to take him down the street a mile or two just to make sure he wouldn’t find his way back to nathan’s room, but that seemed like overkill. as he slipped into the grass and out of our lives, i found myself wondering what kind of story he would tell about the first thing that happened to him this morning.

embarrassed but victorious
j

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