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Here’s some insight from Augustine of Hippo nearly two millennia ago that fits with my book’s topic. For those who worry that your desire for God is non-existent, check out his thoughts paraphrased by Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe:
Although we long for God, we do not realize it at first. All we can do is prepare for him by properly orienting one element of our earthly life: our will. Committing to knowing God and how he works means we must . . .
I’m sore today. Not as much as yesterday, though. On Saturday I dug a 25′ long, two-foot deep ditch that ran alongside my house. It served as a lesson in finding the root of a problem (Pun intended. You’ll see in a second.) and fixing it.
Though I’m not as clueless with home improvement projects as when we bought our house seven years ago, I still have a lot to learn. It took eight hours and nine trips to Home Depot to complete. I’ve developed a Home Depot quotient that measures the difficulty of projects. Divide hours worked by the number of excursions to that huge store (.889 for this one).
Here’s the billboard that grabs my attention every time I’m at the traffic light on Glenwood Avenue and Route 224. You can’t tell from my amateur photo, but a number lights up in that blank spot to advertise the average time a guest to Northside Hospital’s Emergency Room has to wait to be seen by a medical professional.
What a brilliant idea! Even though that facility is miles from my home, I’m still interested in the billboard because I’ve done the parent thing; hanging out in ER waiting rooms for hours with a sick or injured child. In those situations, it’s hard not to speculate on why it takes so long.
The Hulk is a very confusing super hero. In the movie The Avengers everyone, including Bruce Banner (the guy who turns into the Hulk when he gets angry), is wary of the appearance of the green monster. But they know they need him at some point if they are to be successful against the evil Loki.
Towards the end of the movie when things were getting rough for the Avengers, Banner realizes that the Hulk must appear. He calmly walks in the direction of the massive enemy and reveals how he has learned to control when the Hulk appears. Captain America tells him that now might be a good time to get angry. Banner looks back just before he transforms into the enigmatic hero and says, “That’s my secret . . . I’m always angry.”
Moms always want a clean car. Denny Pallay isn’t a mom, but he loves upkeep on cars and teaching people how to maintain their vehicles. This picture is the result of the plans we made that I posted about during the kids’ Spring Break.
On Saturday, from noon to four pm, Denny led the way as a dozen or so people from the high school and junior high groups from our church washed, waxed and vacuumed cars for any mom. If that wasn’t enough, he recruited his wife and daughter, Sharon and Wendy, to put together sweets for the moms as they waited. And the charge for this? Absolutely nothing.
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As has been humorously put, when we become Christians, there are two things we can do on earth that we won’t be able to do in heaven: sin and witness. The question for us is to decide which one we think Jesus left us here to do.
-Mike Breen and Alex Absalom, Launching Missional Communities
I used to hate them but I’ve come to see their value. I’ve often told my kids that words are only a small percentage of how you communicate. For instance, saying “Sorry” can be either sincere or, with raised pitch in the middle of the word and elongated vowels, very sarcastic: “SoOOry.”
Greek and Hebrew don’t have emoticons, but they would have been helpful in interpreting the emotions or attitudes or reactions in the Bible. Here are a few examples I’ve thought of:
In John 9, when the Pharisees were hounding the poor guy who had been born blind by continuing to ask him about Jesus, the man’s response was classic: “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" Continue reading →
It finally happened. In my post about Planet Fitness I made reference to the Lunk Alarm. It’s a large purple siren fixed high on the wall. It’s part of a sign that defines a Lunk as someone who displays their physical strength by shouting while lifting or slamming weights down at the end of some heavy reps. I’d not heard or seen the alarm go off in my four months there and I was beginning to think that its function was limited to decor.
When the siren went off my first thought was that it was a fire alarm, but nobody moved toward the exits. I noticed the light flashing when I got to the other side of the machine that had been obstructing my view. Everybody else must have experienced the alarm before that day because they kept going about their business unaffected. The culprits had been putting on a show that no one had been watching.
Panera Bread in Shakopee, MN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vanda and I were at Panera Bread for coffee and a bagel this morning before work. It’s been a favorite of our for several years. There’s always a crowd of older folks at the one near us in Boardman, Ohio. A little community has developed. We see many of the same faces whenever we go in, and even though we don’t know them or even interact beyond a smile or greeting, it still gives us a sense of familiarity.
There is one thing that makes me a little uncomfortable though. It’s kinda funny too.
He’s the first active athlete of the four major sports in America to announce to the world that his is homosexual. Jason Collins, the 34-year-old center for the Washington Wizards, had an interview with George Stephanopolous on ABC’s Good Morning America after his announcement. When asked what he would say to a gay 12-year-old boy dreaming of playing in the NBA, Collins said, “It doesn’t matter that you’re gay.”