the great guy in blue

a while back pamela gave me the complete tick live action series on dvd. “the tick” was this great, odd comic book that was turned into an animated series and had such a strong cult following that it was converted into the live action series. unufortunately, the live action series only lasted one year. that’s the problem with television, it never notices when it has a truly brillant show and therefore drops the great stuff for drivel.

actually “the tick” was a series that based on quirky humor. you either loved the jokes or simply didn’t get them. most people didn’t get them and therefore it passed off of the television schedule. yet the people who loved the series have continued to love it and it has maintained good sales on the dvd market. hurray for cult followings (pass the cool-aide please).

but what about the animated series? i haven’t been able to find the complete thing and that was frustrating. yet now thanks be to abe haley and his brother micah i have now been able to borrow the entire series. micah found a copy of the entire series that someone had recorded off of t.v. they’re not the greatest quality but they are at least visible and audible. i’ll put up with poor quality audio & video as long as the content is truly great. “the tick” is truly great. so for the past three days i have been watching 3 twenty minute segments a day. i love it. the animated series is so completely stupid.

the whole series reminds me of danger mouse – the greatest of all cult television shows.

thanks abe and micah for the loan of the dvds. y’all are the best.

sabbath retreat schedule

here’s the schedule i’m using for the sabbath retreat we doing this weekend.


    6:00 p.m. meet at the church and leave for rosemound (we will eat on the way)

    9:00 p.m. arrive @ rosemound

    9:10 p.m. evening gathering

    • worship

    • spiritual autobiography

    • 1st prayer journal assignment

    11:00 p.m. free time

    12:00 midnight lights out


    8:00 a.m. breakfast

    8:45 a.m. worship

    9:00 a.m. solitude

    10:00 a.m. morning gathering

    • worship

    • 1st part of the lost sheep

    • 2nd prayer journal assignment

    12:00 noon lunch

    1:00 p.m. recreation – free time

    3:00 p.m. worship

    3:15 p.m. solitude

    4:00 p.m. afternoon gathering

    • worship

    • 2nd part of the lost sheep

    • 3rd prayer journal assignment

    6:00 p.m. supper

    7:00 p.m. group movie

    9:30 p.m. worship

    9:45 p.m. solitude

    10:30 p.m. free time

    12:00 midnight lights out


    8:00 a.m. breakfast

    8:45 a.m. worship

    9:00 a.m. solitude

    10:00 a.m. morning gathering

    • worship

    • 3rd part of the lost sheep

    • 4th prayer journal assignment

    12:00 noon lunch

    1:00 p.m. clean up

the previous posts on sabbath were – sabbath post #1 and sabbath post #2.

not missing this point

i’m presently reading “adventures in “missing the point” by brian mclaren and tony campolo (along with several other books that are in various stages of being read). as always i love tony campolo. he is in a class by himself and while i don’t always agree with what he says i am at least always challenged by it.

i’ve also enjoyed brian mclaren’s words within the book. i have to admit that i typically have an aversion to author’s who become the “thing” at any given time. brian mclaren is the “thing” in some circles right now. he is referred to and quoted allot. that’s enough to usually turn me off and keep me from reading an author’s work. if an author is really good i’ll come back and read their work later. i know this is a sad statement concerning my nature. even with this automatic “popularity” aversion to mclaren’s work i’ve enjoyed the few things i read from him. i’ll have to read more.

of course, campolo is still the main course of the meal of this book as far as i am concerned. the whole thing reminds me of his books “twenty hot potatoes CHRISTians are afraid to touch” and “is JESUS a republican or a democrat?“. i love it when campolo tackles hard issues. of course, that happens almost every time he speaks or writes.

i love my group & other people making me feel bad


    i delivered the message this week for our 9:30 worship service. the 9:30 service is our “contemporary service” which means that the music is different (led by our college minister a very cool guy) and bill (another very cool guy) preaches the same message delivers to the other two services but does it in a “hipper” way (if that’s even a word). truthfully the service is still very much like the other two services just with fewer coats and ties in the audience. it was fun doing the message but it really made me realize that i love working with our youth and the ones who love them. on wednesday at the view we experiment allot. i wouldn’t go so far as to say we are “emergent” because often i’m not entirely sure that i know what the term means. i would say that our kids, adults, and college students are working on loving GOD, trying desperately to love each other, and enjoy being in the midst of a question, mystery or experiment. every wednesday night is another chance to worship GOD together in such away that we affirm the worship of our LORD we’ve have done together through our lives during the rest of the week. i love that group because they jump on board and are willing to work their way through another gathering that is supposed to be based on being e.p.i.c. but often fails.

    please don’t get me wrong – i love our church and i love the 9:30 service. i’m just saying that “big church” is not where i want to be leading. i’ll gladly follow there.


    i was reading andrew jones’ blog recently and ran across his post on his blog being dumb. he goes on to describe various ways that his blog has improved over the years but then hits on failures that he sees in his blog presently. i of course, am sitting there thinking “you can do that with a blog?” here he is thinking his blog is dumb and i begin wondering what my blog must be then. if his blog is dumb then what level of stupidity would my blog rate? i hate it when smart or talented people think they are dumb or untalented. it always just makes me feel worse about myself.

    anyways, in an attempt to improve upon my truly dumb blog i will now attempt to do my first ever trackback “ping” on andrew jones’ site. this is a small step for most people but for me it means i step one level up out of the extreme stupidity that is my blog. here goes.

APPENDUM – i just checked the trackback on andrew jones’ blog and it worked. i suddenly feel as though i have stepped up to a slightly less stupid level. 🙂 now if i could only figure out the other stuff he was talking about or at least figure out how to get rid of the line on top of my blog.