Monday, October 31st, 2005 :: 5:50 PM
My Weekend
I'm Waiting For You
three days
fourteen hundred miles
one really cool friend
two works of art
seven photos
one legend
one majestic instance of creation
two buffy episodes
one beautiful movie
one major change of plans
one overpriced hotel room
twenty-two hours of music
zero speeding tickets*

* Ohio could learn a few things from our mullet-loving neighbors to the south. (But just a few.)

Thursday, October 27th, 2005 :: 9:04 PM
Tired of Being at Home

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“…the biblical story of sin, love and redemption is unfolding in our lives. And for some reason, God tends to use people who have experienced great pain and failure for His purposes.” (>>)


Welcome home.

“…I like the fact that most of the people don’t know me and I don’t know them. I can come to church, enjoy the singing and sermon, and leave, not worrying about anything or anyone. Your way of meeting seems too serious and far too personal for me.” (>>)

“In this application of a homily on wisdom and the Spirit, Paul acts in a way very typical of himself. He attacks a problem by going deeper. He sees the real issue not just in a moral weakness, a refusal to be harmonious and loving as a community. He sees the real issue in a blatant contradiction in the life of the Corinthians. The homily in effect speaks of the essential role of the Spirit in the life of all believers. The homily groups people simply into two groups, those who have recieved the Spirit and those who have not, those who are being saved and those being damned, those for whom the crucifixion of Jesus is God’s wisdom and power and those for whom it is a stumbling block. After having made this point in the homily, Paul then turns to the Corinthian Church and says in effect that he cannot speak to them as people endowed with the Spirit (3:1-4). Their jealousies, quarrels, and partisan spirit is in such contradiction to the work of God’s spirit, that he must address them as sarkikoi, a word only difficultly translated ‘hell bent on the flesh.’ Despite the charismatic gifts that the Corinthians feel so proud about, their community behavior puts them dangerously close to ‘those perishing,’ those for whom the crucifixion of Christ is meaningless.” (>>)


I don’t think heaven will be so much clouds and harps, but rather the fullness of the things we feel deepest but only get shadows of in this life, like art and music and love.

“The point is that no matter how twisted things get, no matter how unfair, no matter how brutal, no matter how tragic, Jesus has walked the path and walks it with us still… The only answer I have is that we are not alone, that God has embraced and entered into human suffering and pain.” (>>) [MP3]

“I’m still unclear as to what I’m supposed to be doing in order to be a better disciple of Christ. I know that I’m supposed to obey the direct teachings of Christ; that I’m supposed to take care of the marginalized and the poor… But I don’t know what to do with the Bible. I don’t know how to apply scripture to my life; I don’t know how to become more a person of prayer; I don’t know how to engage myself in the ancient spiritual disciplines that have that have nourished people for hundreds and even thousands of years. I don’t know how to do that, it hasn’t been translated yet.” (>>) [MP3]

“I want someone to pluck me off the side of the road and love me with total abandon. I’m not talking about God here, not something ephemeral, but a woman, a flesh and blood woman. A woman who’ll cast out my self doubt and drive it into the lake to be drowned. A woman who thinks I’m worth everything.” (>>)

“Now every woman and every man
They want to take a righteous stand
Find the love that God wills
And the faith that He commands.
I’ve got my finger on the trigger
And tonight faith just ain’t enough
When I look inside my heart
There’s just devils and dust.

But I’ve got God on my side…” (>>)

“In my life, I feel like I’ve always been about 10 years behind in terms of figuring things out.” (>>)

“I have not grown personally in terms of faith with the kind of consumer-oriented Christianity that is prevalent in America. That has never helped me; it’s only stunted my growth. What I mean by that is the self-help, formulaic kind of stuff; the moralist/political angles on our faith tradition. None of that helped me. I didn’t grow. And really what happened was there was a switch that turned where I got interested in the more relational dynamic of faith, the whole notion of God fathering us rather than focusing on the rules or whatever.” (>>)

“If we ended up building another television out of [the Internet]… what a shame. We would have spent twenty years with a possibility of having done something great and having lost it. So I’m spending my time, my fortune … on trying to make sure that we have a future that we actually want to live in, something that we’re actually proud of at the end of the day. Having said, ‘Yeah, we built something as good as books. We took the Library of Alexandria idea, of having all information available and not only made it available in Alexandria, Egypt … but took the Library of Alexandria and make it available to anybody all over the world….’ That’s a worthwhile goal.” (>>) [MOV 57:58]




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