Monday, September 24, 2007

Music Tomorrow

I ran into Jose Gonzalez via my roommate, Wired and the web. Amazing stuff, especially if you like soft acoustics-- Ray LaMontagne and Andrew Bird. Ah, and Gonzalez's new CD comes out tomorrow.

Monday's Thought.

If my internet ran any slower it would be 1983.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Read this while doing some reading for Colossians (& Ephesians):

It is Christ, in whom all treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hid (2:3), who is the true Wisdom of God (1Cor. 1:24, 30), who was with God from the beginning and through who and by whom the universe was created (1:15-18; cf. Prov. 8. 22 and Gen. 1:1). But for the Jew, the Wisdom of God is identical with the Torah. In claiming for Christ what has been said of Wisdom, Paul is claiming that he has replaced the Jewish Torah; it is Christ, not the Torah, who is older than creation, the instrument of creation, the principle upon which creation itself depends and to which it coheres. (330)
M. D. Hooker, "Were there False Teachers in Colossae?" in Christ and Spirit in the New Testament, 1973.


University Ministries, cleverly named UMin, here at North Park is using some of my photos from Thailand for their website and other materials. The first picture's up already at their website.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Summer Vacation

Friday Photo

A whole week and I haven't posted. Well, here's a couple of photos from the great weekend in MN. Josh's wedding was great and it was wonderful to see him again. I had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I feel like my photography has come a ways since I bought my camera. This I feel is the first group of shots that all have a consistent feel to them as you peruse them-- which I think is important. The first shot is of Pete shoveling in some DQ Blizzard and the second is Mark's Bar in McGregor, MN. It's quaint there.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Weekend/Friday Photos

I'm heading up to Minnesota for the weekend to celebrate Josh's wedding. Forecast calls for rain, but hopefully God will give me a clear night to get some long exposures.

And since I'll be gone this weekend, I offer my Friday Photos on Thursday (that's today).

I've become a little obsessed with bikes around town, especially older retro-style ones chained up randomly. The first shot is behind my apt, while the second is downtown in front of Ogilvie train station. Please enjoy responsibly.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The (Spoken) Word

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I guess I'll blog

I mean, I have enough to write about. About 90% of the things I do throughout the day have blog potential. Take the overly loud high school girls at Starbucks today. I could blog about them and how I had to enact the noise-canceling headphones to begin to drown them out while I tried to study. Wasn't a complete success.

I could blog about class and how Klyne talked about what it would mean for us to start to think about ourselves as "in Christ" instead of Christ being in us. How it might make us look at evangelism differently and the Church differently, if we were inviting people into Christ, rather than pushing them to invite Christ into their lives. Just beginning to peel back the wrapper on that chocolate bar.

I could talk about Grace on Sunday, how my roommate Chris came with me and that hearing the "you are forgiven" almost drove me to tears at confession, drawing me into a deeper appreciation for what Christ has done for me and the subsequent communion that I was able to partake.

I could point you here.

I could talk about how I only attend class for 4.5 hours a week because I have on class that only meets for a weekend and another directed study.

I think most exciting for me to talk about, however, is my Saturday. After talking to Kevin on Wednesday, he called me again late Saturday morning and we planned to meet up downtown around 4. We did and proceeded to walk around the entirety of the loop-- on the outside of the loop. We walked for about 2 hours and were late getting back to the train station for him to get out of town. But we shared what was on our hearts about where God is calling us and what our desire is for that call. About Kansas City and how the Gospel isn't reaching the city. About how we don't want to be on the outskirts of the town, off in the suburbs-- no matter how many people would come. We talked about what ministry would/could look like together and how we could continue in that conversation and move forward in further discussion on getting to KC.

In the end, I was able to meet his 6 month pregnant wife and a couple other friends. I'm beyond excited and joyed about the future possibilities and potentialities where God is leading both of us. Please continue to pray for God's will in both of our lives as we plan to enter into ministry in the following year.