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Monthly Archives: April 2006

Day 2, Tuesday, he starts to warm up. It gets better as the week goes on…


Miller the author of several books, the most known is “Blue Like Jazz” came to UT earlier this year to address the students. He spent an entire week with them and attached are his lectures. I’ll do one lecture each day, starting today with “Monday”. Fascinating stuff…

I work at a high school here in Austin and am witness to and part of the learning process. This gives me a unique insight because I spend more time with your teenage kids than you do. I sense and see kids interested in experience, not book learning. They learn what we tell them to, but then they go do something.

Here are a few articles on what this generation is looking for and is doing…

Beyond Intentions



New Era

Heartlight Article


In the interest of fairness and since it’s a relatively cool day here in Austin, here is some video of Bailey when he was learning to ski when we lived in Aspen.


This is just for fun to see if the movie will actually work in the blog. This is a movie of Allyson on Christmas Day 2005 when she got her first bike. If you can’t view the movie, go to to download QuickTime. Also, it is a big file (most movies are) so be patient, even on a broadband connection.


On Easter Sunday we got home and watched the Rob Bell Nooma infomercial. It was a short intro on how our culture has changed and how these films reach postmoderns in ways that traditional sermons may not.

Then…they showed two of the short films. The first we had seen before, but the second film entitled “Matthew” was recently released and we had not seen it. The moment it started I had this sinking feeling in my stomach because I could tell from the music and from Rob’s expression this was not going to be pleasant. And, when he started to speak my childhood came rushing back to me. The pain, the hurt, the guilt, the anger…

I had a brother, his name was Matthew, but I never knew him. I still don’t know the full story, probably don’t want to know. So, in the film Rob talks about losing his “little brother” Matthew in a car accident and all the feelings that come with it. Where was God? Why do bad things happen?

I’m sitting there trying to hold back the tears for my mother, for Matthew. And, I’m thinking why do we let the pains of life move us away from God? How do we recapture that moment when we first realized we are His and He is ours?

We need to get on with life, to live in community as Jesus would have us do…”God means to do something with us and it means to do it in community. We are in on what God is doing together….How? We bring ourselves to the altar and let God do what he will.” Eugene Peterson

In this post from today, Mike Cope deals with these painful questions from a car accident involving his daughter. We can learn much from our children…


“In every man and woman’s life, there is a defining moment. It is a brief intersection of circumstances and choices that define a person for better or worse, a life of unfilled potential or a life that mattered, that made a difference. It is true of individuals and it is true of business. We have great passion for the difference we make in other’s lives. We provide a commodity that sustains life. But, more importantly, we provide the most precious commodity of all — hope.”

Wayne Leonard, CEO of Entergy as quoted on BusinessWeek Online (April 20, 2006)


Each week we come to this table as a family and when we do this, we leave the world behind for a brief moment.

For that moment, we rejoice together in the love that was given us by God.

Love made manifest when Christ gave himself for us and taught us what love is…

We then leave this table each week empowered by His Spirit which lives in us and we are able to love others as Christ loves.

–the bread

Father, we come together today as a family…to remember. To remember that today is a time to celebrate, to bask in the glow of that glorious resurrection. We ask that you shine down on us the glory that is yours. But, before we celebrate,we remember where we came from, and the pain, the agony, the self-sacrifice that Christ bore upon himself that enables us to have that shared heritage with you. We desire right now to experience that day when Jesus cried “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” May your spirit weigh heavy on our hearts as we remember the body of our Lord, the man who was Christ that gave his very self, his earthly being for us. In the name of our lord we pray, Amen.

–1 John 4:7-13
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

This is real love.

It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

–the cup

Our heavenly Father…Like those who were at the foot of the cross, we desire to experience the moment when the lifegiving Christ used the symbol of hate and death that was the cross to make all things new in him. We now celebrate the life that is ours to share with the world because Christ on the cross was willing to give his life for ours. May his lifegiving sacrifice be remembered in this cup and may his glory be reflected upon us so that we may shine on the world. In his name we pray…Amen.

Love is a temple
Love a higher law
Love is a temple
Love the higher law

One love
One blood
One life

You’ve got to do what you show.

One life
With each other
One life

We get to
Carry each other
Carry each other



from U2 “One”


Father, may this offering be given with thanksgiving in our hearts, with joy in our souls, with love as our reasoning. May your work be done in this world. May our will be conformed to yours. May our trust in you be evident in our offering. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.

I found out this week that KXAN local channel 36 in Austin will be showing two short films from Nooma Films at 11:30 am. It must be a local church paying for the time, but no matter how it got there you have to watch or Tivo it. His films are incredible especially as they relate the gospel to our everyday lives and to the Christian worldview.

If you’ve never been church, don’t do church, won’t do church…watch this Sunday.

Rob Bell on preaching…

Weekly teaching can be destructive to creativity.

I don’t teach something that has not been a part of me for six months to a year. Think about it, if I asked you to talk about your wedding or something else that has changed you, would you really need notes?

What would happen if on Monday morning you sat at your computer and instead of staring at blank screen, you’re already looking at ten teachings that could take place and decidiing which one was the most ready to be taught, or most needed to be taught?

Here is a quote from his book “Velvet Elvis” just to give you a glimpse into how he communicates…

Will creation always be like this? Fractured? Chaotic? This has been the question for thousands of years. And central to the Jewish world of Jesus was the belief that God not only hadn’t given up on creation but was also actively at work within it, bringing it back to how he originally intended it to be. The prophets had a way of talking about this restoration movement of God’s. They spoke of God reclaiming the earth and restoring the world. They did not talk about people going somewhere else at the end of time. They talked about God coming here at the end of time. (from Isa 66)

Notice what Jesus says about the end of the world in Matthew. “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne…”

Jesus uses an important word here: renewal.

Jesus describes his return as rebirth, a regeneration, a renewal.

Remember, when God made the world, he called it good. Why would God destroy something he things is good?

….In Jesus, God is putting it all back together.

Check it out on Sunday and let me know what you think. You can find all the films at


Here is a nice post on some of the benefits of blogging at The Tall skinny Kiwi is a good blog by Andrew Jones.

Agree? Disagree?