Sunday, December 25, 2005

New Site

For the past month I have been working on a new blog. I figured that since Christmas time is the time for celebration of a birth and also the time of giving, I would launch the new blog on Christmas.

Head on over to my new blog site at

Nothing more will be posted here so bookmark the new site!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

More Holiday Cheer

It seems like every day I fall deeper and deeper into the comforting and warming heart of Christmas. I walk into my office every morning welcomed by my mini-tree with golden lights and purple ornaments (hung by paperclips), and I am filled with a sense that everything is going to be alright. I wish you could all see my office Christmas tree...maybe I will take some pictures and post them. Christmas feels like it has come so fast. There is less than two weeks till Christmas, and I wish there were still a month. Before I know it, this season will be over, the trees and lights and decorations will be back in their boxes, and I will have to wait a whole 11 months for this time.

While the we are in the midst of the season, here is some more holiday fun and cheer for you all to enjoy:

Christmas Time (Dont Let the Bells End) Video by The Darkness. (A hilarious music video)

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Friday, December 09, 2005


Last night I got to see a pre-screening of The Chronicles of Narnia that was put on by a local church here. I hadn't planned on going to this particular event (that's code for: I was boycotting it) even though I have been waiting with much anticipation to see the film. But leave it to my very un-postmodern friend Jared to offer me two tickets which he had previously purchased for the event. After much deliberation, Heather and I decided to go because hey, who turns down free movie tickets to a pre screening of a film that you have been waiting to see for the past 6 months?

Before the film started, a man in slacks and a nice blue button-down shirt came out and talked to us about how within Narnia there are a lot of metaphors that parallel to scripture and the story of Jesus. He also shared that after the film the senior pastor of the unnamed church would be coming out to address us more specifically about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I apparently didn't know what I was signing up for when I accepted those "free" tickets.

Immediately when the film concluded, the pastor came up on the stage with a microphone and began to address us very bluntly and suddenly about what we "needed" to do. He said that Jesus died on the cross for us, and that we were required to do something in return for this. The thing that we "had" to do was "believe". "And the way you believe is through prayer" he said. Then he said that he was going to lead us in a prayer. At about this time, Heather and I got up, and left the crowded theater.

Now I don't know about you, but I wasn't aware that this sort of thing was going to happen with "Narnia". I read a post by Dan Kimball about a week ago where he mentioned that a church in his area was doing this type of thing. I couldn't believe this. I mean, I guess I could sort of understand why they did it for "The Passion", but with Narnia? Now that "Passion" is completely out of news headlines, Christians are calling Narnia the biggest evangelistic opportunity this year. This to me is wrong for more than one reason...

I get kind of scared. Not for me, but what if I would have brought a friend with me to Narnia? I mean, I can sorta handle crazy christian culture and laugh it off, but I worry about those who don't know God as they see the telemarketer Christians interrupting their evening with something they never asked for. It is just sad to see our Christian faith reduced to this type of cheap marketing scheme. Where the gospel is no longer spread by a life lived out, but rather by something as offensive as an unwanted and unwarranted internet pop-up ad.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Only Talk

Today I am convicted. I am saddened at my own lack of action. When will I move past talk and into action? I say I care about justice for the poor and the oppressed, but do I really? Si Johnston's Article on justice and mission really hit home with me as I read it today.
"Have we bought hook line and sinker into British Telecom's jingle 'it's good to talk' and talked ourselves impotent, or are we so busy 'doing it' that we don't feel compelled to write about it?"

I feel as if I've been too busy talking about it that I haven't done very much. Stories of actual events that have taken place in my life will speak louder than any motivational speech that I could give of how we need to care for the poor and oppressed. Talking without doing is hypocritical at the least and mostly downright defiant of God.

Lord, please do everything you must to allow my life to be broken and electrified into movement. I don't want to be a man who's words are cheapened because my life doesn't reflect them. Instead make me a man who's life is so full of action that it tells the story of who I am.

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Friday, December 02, 2005


That's right. I said it. It is a dirty word for all you "lurkers" out there, but I would like to talk about it. Billy's comment followed by my own interaction sort of inspired me to write about the dreaded "C word" as it relates to the blogosphere. There is this sense (as Billy pointed out in a previous comment) that as I write something in this space and others join in to converse with me (aka: comment) and the others who read that connection is actually happening (for what is worse than a one sided conversation with the talking head Ryan Myers?).

I see this as a valid point and a great argument for why participating in the conversation that takes place here is a good thing to do. BUT, I see others as well. Today as I was rifling through my blogroll, I came across Billy's blog as I normally do and read his most recent post. After reading his post, I felt compelled to do more than I usually do and to actually contribute to the conversation. The topic made me think, and at first I didn't have an opinion. I read it and thought: "huh, that's interesting." but my thoughts stopped there. Usually I do this, thinking that I don't really have anything to add or that I don't have an opinion and so I move on to the next blog. This time was different though. This time I re-read the post, thought about what I actually believed/thought/sensed, and after much wrestling within me, I posted a comment.

After I posted my comment I realized, more than I ever had before why conversation is necessary. When we read thoughts on a blog and we use the "comment" button we are actively wrestling with what we believe. It was important for me to write what I thought on Billy's blog today because it caused me to wrestle and think and challenge my thoughts. If I wouldn't have commented, I wouldn't have gone through the internal wrestling that I believe is so important for our growth into becoming thinkers. I believe that its important for us to have to wrestle with things, and to think about things rather than just sit back and agree with the talking heads.

In no way do I mean to threaten those who enjoy reading and strolling through this place. Just for me, I realized today the importance of conversation and why it is so imperative that I engage in conversation and begin to share my thoughts. Thanks to everyone who reads, comments, gets angry at, and loves being in this space.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The City Christmas Tree

Yesterday as I was riding to work, I saw that State Street between Victoria and Sola was blocked off. Normally my excitement wouldn't bubble at the viewing of a blocked off street, but I knew why the street was blocked off, and was prepared for what was to come. I continued on to work, and as 9:00 came around, I left my office, walked one block to State Street and began to witness something that is absolutely magnificent. In the middle of the street (right in front of the Arlington Theater) was a huge crane, several large trucks, and - most noticeably of all - a 50 foot Christmas tree lying on its side. It is the "Santa Barbara Christmas Tree". I watched as they prepped the tree for its stage where it will radiate the spirit of Christmas to all who see it. After much cutting with chainsaws, they were finally ready to hoist the giant arbor into place. It really was magical watching this all take place. There were about 15-20 people in all beholding this site. Take a few minutes to view some pictures of the Santa Barbara Christmas Tree, and the events as narrated above: Take me to the pictures.

Sidenote: Its been mentioned to me that I haven't posted anything new in a while (not that long...its only been one week). Its funny to me though that the people who have mentioned my lack of sharing in this space are those that I call "the lurkers" - Those who very rarely or never contribute to the conversation we have here, but nevertheless still belong and are always welcome here. Anyways, I have been occupying myself with a new project that I hope to release to you all on Christmas Day...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005


You ever feel used? I do. I was going to say that being used is usually not that bad; that you get over it; that you sort of deal with it and it doesnt effect you that much. But the truth is, it sucks. No matter which way you slice it, it sucks. I've felt used in the past, and it does effect you, probably more than you think at first.

I've felt used recently. This person is never there and always too busy for me, and then the second their life comes crashing in and their friends dissipate, I am supposed to be there...every step of the way. This part alone wouldn't particularly faze me. I mean, I am not opposed to playing the prodigal son's father some of the time, but what really gets me is when I decide not to be there (after being used time and time again), I get thrashed on and dubbed a horrible friend and a guy who doesnt care. What makes it worse is that these things are not only said to my face, but to other people as well, who begin to feel sorry for them and disgust towards me. I feel a bit angry that I would pour so much into a life time and time again, and not only am I not thanked, I am damned as well. I just don't understand the blatant disregard for a shared life in community which expects community but doesnt live in it.

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Sounds of the season

If you haven't already noticed, there is now music that accompanies the festive look of the blog. As optimistic that I am that everyone loves Christmas music and would love to listen to it every time they visit my blog, I know some people will not enjoy this new feature that I have provided. So, to keep these people from running through the cyber door and not visiting my blog as often, I have installed a pause button at the bottom right hand side of this page that I have aptly given the alias "the scrooge button". Press it and the music will cease to sound, along with your holiday spirit. Enjoy...erm...or not...

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