Because you’re both dying to know

Monday, 22 December 2008

So this is the blog meme of the day: Bold the ones you’ve done from the following list.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby, if fathering counts
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit, but only a class action
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

I suppose I’ve done a lot, but there are still some on the list I’d like to accomplish.


Pride

Monday, 08 October 2007

I haven’t posted in a while. Part of it’s due to the fact that life hasn’t afforded me the opportunity to post much. Part of it is the fact that I really don’t care to post much, and is related to the largest part of it all: I’m disgusted with blogging in general. I figure I can’t provide much of a solution to my gripes with blogging/bloggers, but I can make myself less part of the problem (as I see it).

Pride isn’t a problem unique to any segment of the populace, but it is given more of a free rein in the blog format. And it’s an insidious one, pride. It takes a lot of forms, but I find it to be especially distasteful when it rears its ugly head within us as theologians.

We can get pretty full of ourselves. We get to be the big fish in a relatively small pond, and that can unfortunately be rather intoxicating. “Toxic” is the key root to that word. We clergy forget our place as servants of God, as called to the proclamation of the whole counsel of God, and we become drunk on the word authority. We begin to see ourselves as the authorities, not as the called exercisers of Christ’s authority. And it tends to bleed over into other areas of life: from politics to the societal pecking order. It’s too easy to make ourselves into the buck-stops-here last word on issues where we honestly don’t have an authoritative leg to stand on. It can get pretty ugly.

I’m now in a call where I get the best of two worlds: I’m privileged to serve as Christ’s undershepherd here while at the same time I receive the blessing of phenomenal pastoral care for me and my family. It has been humbling to receive such care and embarrassing to see through the lens of such care how haughty I had become–if not overtly then at least in my mind. And probably overtly. And when I consider some of the conversations I’ve had or viewed over the last few years I am likewise struck by the thought that some of my colleagues are stricken by this same sin.

The answer for this sin is confession and Absolution. God deals with it in the same way he deals with other sins.

The answer regarding my writing or reading of blogs is still pending.


I’m back, I guess

Monday, 11 June 2007

My wife is doing better these days, though it still sounds like it will be somewhere between three weeks and three months before she is actually up and around again. This thing has really been brutal.

Otherwise, life has been somewhat interesting, if not hectic and disappointing. But I really don’t feel a whole lot like blogging about it. That’s more for my personal writing and reflection.

There have been a couple of bright spots. Those have been good.

Oh, and from the “things that make me a geek” category, Google has now made it possible for each of us to feel, if not exactly like Jack Bauer, then like one of the more important CTU operatives. It’s called Google Maps–mobile version. You’ve got the option to view both maps and aerial imagery when you use it, just like in the PC version. The trick is that you say, “Ok, Chloe, send it to my screen,” before you click “OK.”

Yeah. Ok, that’s all for now.


Akismet

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Beautiful.

“Akismet has caught 48 spam for you since you first installed it.”

Yesssssss. I am seriously digging on WordPress. The comment spam filter has worked exceptionally well. Begone pharmaceutical advertising! It has caught the occasional legitimate comment, but on the whole it’s been fantastic. It’s just one more reason I’m thankful to have migrated to WordPress.


Updated “About” page

Friday, 08 December 2006

At Dan‘s suggestion, I have expanded my “about” page to include a bit about my new header. Enjoy.


Graphic design

Thursday, 07 December 2006

I am enjoying the expanded options WordPress offers me over those I used with Blogger. Today I played around with this blog’s header. Those of you who have found me here, I invite your comments. Is it too much? Too busy? Unattractive? (I just realized that in my anxiety over my skills I have only solicited negative comments, so…) Freakin’ sweet? Your constructive criticism is requested.