Jun 30 2004

Quick update

I had an enormous beef brisket sandwich for dinner. It was almost too big to eat (as in I could not fit it in mouth) — how American. I have heartburn.

My cat is freaked out as we let the new kitten roam in the living room tonight. Much hissng and growling ensued, but I think they are slowly warming to each other.

Mark and I watched a downloaded movie today – Tears of the Sun. A legal one even 😉 It was through STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies®. it wasn’t bad, but not the best experience. No widescreen, no surround sound, ocassional hiccups, and compression glitches… not to mention having to watch it on a laptop lcd versus my TV (we tried the TV route via the SVideo out port, but had no fullscreen and even worse playback performance– not worth it). Downloadable movies have a ways to go yet it seems.

Things are changing at work (for better mostly, sorry no details) but I’ve been totally exhausted lately. Dunno if it’s post Mexico trip stuff, sickness, or lack of sleep (I think it’s all 3), but I’ve just been wiped lately (when I’m not mainlining caffeine).

Lots more stuff has happened, and I’m still processing from the Mexico trip, so I’ll hopefully have the time (and energy) to write more soon.

Jun 25 2004

Photo Friday: Clouds

The day the world looked wrong. I took this photo after a tornado ripped through the eastern Minnesota area. Colors weren’t right, and the vibe of everything was ‘off’ somehow. It kind of felt like I was in the Matrix or something.
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Jun 18 2004

Photo Friday: Fashion

Just had to go goofy on this one…
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Jun 17 2004

Thoughts before departure

I’m heading to Mexico in about 5.5 hours. I’m excited and a bit freaked at the same time. First off, I feel really spiritually attacked the last few days and even tonight. My thoughts are not my own, and the holiness I strive for seems far far away. Yet I am ready to strive on, knowing that God has not abandonded me. Also, my stomach is not totally better yet. Everything is not peachy keen, yet it is good somehow.

So my thoughts (as I lay in bed trying to sleep) turned to evangelism… what is it really? What is the real message? American evangelicalism would seem to say it’s all about eternal life, which it is, but I don’t see that as the gotcha of the Gospel. Sure, eternal life is gonna be unbelievable, but what is point if you sit on your butt while you’re here (or sit in your bubble) and do nothing waiting for Jesus to take you home?

To me, the really compelling part of the Gospel is a transformed life. If I die and rot in the ground, but led a transformed life, I’m cool with that. Eternal life is icing on the cake.

Here’s the phrase that popped into my mind to sum this all up:

We need to stop selling ‘fire insurance’ and start offering ‘life insurance.’

I think those worlds speak volumes, selling vs. offering.

Hell, although a great deterrent — is only that, a ‘deterrent,’ not a motivator.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Jesus didn’t come to earth to save us from Hell, he came to give us back Heaven.

So what are we waiting for?

Jun 15 2004

Now that’ll get your attention

This month, subscribers to Reason Magazine got a personalized issue, perhaps a bit too personalized 😉

A photo of their house circled on the front cover.

The article: Database Nation

Jun 14 2004

Court Ruling Keeps Pledge Intact but Leaves ‘God’ Issue Unsettled

I’m so glad we’re spending everyone’s valuable time arguing over two words in something most of us haven’t said in ages. Also, if this guy doesn’t believe there is a God (being an atheist), what’s the big deal if his daughter says “under God’ once a morning? They are just words after all. Two little words that just cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars to tell him to go home and get a life.

The New York Times > Washington > Court Ruling Keeps Pledge Intact but Leaves ‘God’ Issue Unsettled

My two words for Michael Newdow? Grow up.