June 30, 2005, 1:37 pm
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I got a chance to hang out with Jim Henderson of Off The Map this morning. As I listened to him, about twice a minute I would think to myself, “Wow, that’s good, I need to remember that.” After about 40 minutes of that, my thoughts were closer to, “Oh crap, I can’t remember all of this! Too much good stuff!” Oh well. At this point, I’ll just be a cheerleader for what he’s doing. Equally important to what Jim does is that he’s got a thorough, thoughtful theological base that just plain makes sense. I definitely look forward to more times ahead with him. I already linked to this once, but you can go here for an interview that Jason Evans did with Jim recently. Here is another interview I found with another Seattle Jesus follower, Rachelle.


June 24, 2005, 5:03 am
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Well, I figure that since I whined about my job a couple weeks back, I should update that scene. I won’t say I’ve necessarily had easy weeks since then, but definitely less stressful. I’ve been able to pace myself more reasonably. I thought I was going to be out of the office part or all of today, and it turns out that I’ll be there – which means I scheduled it very lightly. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I may be able to glide quietly into my weekend.

I drove to Olympia to meet with a guy who does collegiate ministry for my denomination. It was a very different conversation than I expected, and quite encouraging. This guy works for “the system” but he’s not a system machine, and from the sounds of things, he looks for ways to break the system – actually, he looks for ways of exposing the brokenness that’s already there, even if he has to stir up a little trouble in doing so. People like this are so very few and far between in my stream of faith that I’m always refreshed to meet a kindred spirit. I’m looking forward to some continued conversations about partnering together on a project . . . more to come . . .

June 24, 2005, 5:02 am
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June 23, 2005, 5:25 am
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I just finished reading Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas. I read through it quickly, most of the time thinking, “Dude, slow down and savor this.” I’ll read it again some day. There were also several points at which I said to myself, “You should post that quote on the blog.” Alas, there would just be too much. I’ve seen a few quotes from the book scattered around the blogosphere, so I’ll let those be.

Anyway, I am fighting whatever urges I might have to nominate the guy for sainthood – heck, I’m not Roman Catholic, so I don’t even know how one would go about that. But at the same time, I really believe that this guy may be the best high-profile example of a real Christian we’ve got right now. Ironically enough, many other high-profile Christians would like to question whether he is a Christian at all.

And speaking of reading, I ordered my first four back to school books last night, so I’ll be diving in soon. Meanwhile, I’ll be driving to Olympia this afternoon to meet with a guy from my denomination for a little “consulting” – how much consulting I do with them and for how long will be one of the topics we discuss. I’ll write more about that later.

June 20, 2005, 12:36 pm
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Coming to Seattle this November . . .

June 20, 2005, 12:30 pm
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Jason Evans has an interview with Jim Henderson of Off the Map posted over on his blog. It’s clutch . . . but it’s painful in the way it exposes “leaders” – both old and young.

June 17, 2005, 8:21 am
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I repent, here and now. This isn’t mere confession, my friends, this is actual repentance – as in, I won’t do it any more. For the second or third time last night I watched the TV show called Hit Me Baby One More Time, in which singers/bands who had a moment or two in the spotlight get a chance for a comeback. Horrible. Really, really bad. Cheesy host, bad production, fake enthusiasm from the live audience of extras. And then there’s the music. The shows I’ve seen have featured Wang Chung, Tommy Tutone, The Knack, and other people I had never heard of doing songs I wished I hadn’t heard of. I have experienced the consequences of my sin. This morning I woke up hearing Cameo singing in my head:

“Do your dance, do your dance, do your dance quick mama,
Come on baby, tell me, what’s the word, the word up?
Everybody says, when you hear the call you’ve got to get it underway,
Word up . . .”

Please accept my apology if you too have those words in your head about six hours from now.

In a related note of musical trainwrecks, I heard a radio interview a couple weeks ago of Paul Anka. He’s promoting his new album in which he does big band cover tunes of popular music. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun was marginally acceptable, but Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? Someone wake me up and tell me that didn’t really happen.