Monday, August 29, 2005
Aka Pastor Guy is Mark Jackson's blog, a mixture of board games and religion. It's an interesting mix. Mark seems like a pretty sensible guy even to an atheist like yours truly and his blog is an interesting insight to a different world - with board games in it!Thanks to Mikko for the kind words... it's nice to know that what I set out to do (talk about board games & life & God & other stuff) is coming through loud & clear, even if it's all the way across the Atlantic (Finland, no less!) and across the even larger divide of belief systems.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
"I didn't say 'assassination,'" Robertson clarified during a broadcast of his "The 700 Club" Wednesday morning. "I said our special forces should go 'take him out,' and 'take him out' could be a number of things, including kidnapping." He blamed The Associated Press for making him seem to advocate the assassination of a foreign leader. "There are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him," Robertson said. "I was misinterpreted by the AP, but that happens all the time." from FoxNews
By afternoon, the Right Reverend Robertson (say that 5 times fast!) decided he needed to apologize. If you want to read the whole statement he released, you can check it out on FoxNews. What I quote next is selected "highlights":
He also managed to drag Dietrich Bonhoeffer into the mix, drawing parallels between Nazi Germany and Venezula. Huh?! Here's my "summary" of the week's events, as filtered through the mind of Pat Robertson.
"Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement. I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him... "There are many who disagree with my comments, and I respect their opinions. There are others who think that stopping a dictator is the appropriate course of action. In any event, the incredible publicity surrounding my remarks has focused our government's attention on a growing problem which has been largely ignored."
- Chavez is one bad dude... somebody ought to hire Steven Seagal to jet down to South America and go medieval on him.
- When I said that the U.S. ought to "cap" Chavez, I meant that we needed to get him a new hat. Yeah, that's the ticket. Besides, you guys put words in my mouth.
- OK, kids, you caught me. I really did encourage government-sponsored assassination on national TV. Who knew the MSM watched The 700 Club? Say, any of you left-wingers want to buy a case of diet shakes?
- Actually, it's a good thing I put a shoe store worth of Nikes in my mouth over this thing, because it's all part of my secret plan to get the White House to pay attention to Venezula's godless Commie ninja strike force.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
- we could walk there
- it was fast
- Midnight Party
- Viva Pamplona
- Viva Topo
- Cat & Mouse (Max Mauseschreck)
- So Ein Kase
- Viva Topo
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
So what happened over the past decade? Well, I discovered that this issue is not so black and white. Family Christian bookstore is not the "end all be all" of "Christian" music. Not only are there "Christian" artists who produce trash, there are "secular" artists who produce high quality music; both musically and lyrically.Scott's take on all this is gracious, funny, & wise. (And, yes, Scott, I'm saying all these nice things about you where you can read 'em.) Click on the link above to read the whole story. I'll weigh in later in the week with my own story and Stephen Lawhead-influenced take on the whole subject.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
In other words, a faith based primarily on my personal choices is only as good as the quality of my personal choices. When you take into consideration my own track record:
He asked them not to see religion as a "consumer product" where people choose only what they want from it and disregard rules that are sometimes difficult to observe. "Religion constructed on a 'do-it-yourself' basis cannot ultimately help us," he said. "It may be comfortable but at times of crisis we are left to ourselves."
- Angel Flight slacks & silky flower shirts
- the musical stylings of Barry Manilow
- western shirts with pearl buttons on the pockets
- 50% of the wargames I bought that I never played against another person
- the aforementioned Catholic young lady & our dating relationship
- for that matter, the vast majority of my crushes, infatuations & dating relationships
- letting my hair grow out where it looked vaguely like Woody Allen
- my struggle with an addiction to pornography
- and so on...
Friday, August 19, 2005
- more about Sunday in the Park With George (the musical & the painting)
- the story of the Pig Trail & the burning bus
- the story of how I got kicked out of Disneyland
- try to explain incarnational evangelism (notes from Becky Pippert's talk in May)
- an update on Collin's current health condition
- a post about coolness & gaming & being in the "in" crowd that's been percolating in my brain since June
- posting Dennis' "closing prayer" for tc@hh - since the format it's in right now is pretty much unreadable
- How In The Heck Did I End Up Here (part seven): how I got to NewLife
- Gulf Games: Saturday & Sunday
Don't think it matters if I do
Three billion people in the world
And I only know a few
Adam Again, "Worldwide" (from their album, DIG) I'm not an expert at tracking who's reading along here... I know Zion Red & Katie & Nord & Scott & Mark P & Jimbo are all aboard. I even know my Aunt Nancy reads my blog (as does my mom!). But I'm not sure who else does... So I hooked up with gVisit to produce a visitor log website. Evidently, it tracks where people visit aka pastor guy using their IP addresses. Cool, huh? I know that's probably Tom Vasel in Seoul, Korea, but I'm curious who has found this tiny corner of the blogosphere in Chelmsford, England?! Still, I'd be interested in hearing from you if you're reading this blog on a regular basis... just add a comment with a note on who you are & where you're from!
High Fidelity It's official - NewLife Community Church has just hired their first full-time non-senior pastor... Aaron Kellar is now our worship & youth pastor. (Or he will be in a few weeks, when he's able to move down here from Portland, Oregon.) He's an odd but wonderful blend of GenX/Y dude (complete with subdued earrings, cross tattoo with Latin inscription, and semi-long hair), very cool family man (who's obviously in love with his wife & his two daughters), and serious follower of Christ. What I like best is that I like hanging out with him. I don't feel like I'll be in competition to be cool... because, frankly, I will NEVER be as cool as he is. Ever. Even if I get that new pair of glasses Shari wants me to buy. :-) Seriously, the way I've been describing Aaron is that he "seems comfortable in his own skin." And when you hang with people like that, people who are in love with God and can laugh at themselves and treat people around them with dignity, you end being more comfortable in your own skin as well - and people get to see a clearer picture of Jesus. And that's all good. Big prayer request right now: finding Aaron & Margaret & Zoe & Eve a house here in Easton. Nah... what I really mean is that we need to find them a house that will be a home for them.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
- I'm not the coach. That job belongs to the Holy Spirit, who is a far better life coach than I will ever be.
- I'm not the quarterback. I don't call the plays, I simply do what I'm told. (And I'm definitely not the star of the show - that belongs to the One who gave His all for us.)
- I'm not the center, as Jesus has to be not only the center of our lives but also the center of our church.
According to the Bible, I'm the equipment manager... the water boy.(God) is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (New Living Translation) My job is to get the team ready to play... ready to make a God-sized dent under the leadership ("coaching") of the Holy Spirit & suited up in the new way life custom-made by Jesus (Colossians 3:9-11, The Message). My work is to make your work for God better... So, what's your job? (Hint: you can read the passage above to get a clue!) This article originally appeared in the 8/17/05 edition of "the Grapevine", the e-newsletter of NewLife Community Church.
UPDATE: After this article appeared, Clint Wilder e-mailed with the following comment: "I think we are also the cheerleaders. We certainly are motivators for the crowd
to cheer for God's 'team'."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Moe: Post-modern!... (another blank look from Homer & the guys)
Moe: Yeah, all right, weird for the sake of weird. (and suddenly they understand... smiles all around)
He he he... The Simpsons nail us to the wall once again.
Whew... it's been many moons since I've blogged up here. I've got a lot to say/type/whatever, but I'm not sure I've got time to get to all of it. Which means I'll probably break it into smaller posts, which means more fun for your RSS feeder. Current situation:
- all of the family is back in Fresno... and safely, despite the fun I had in Orlando with having to trade jets due to tire shrapnel & a hydraulic leak.