this is incredible

this is a video of three people in saudia arabia hanging outside a car and doing what appears to be ice skating. i have no idea how they would do or why they would do it but its quite amazing to watch.


wordpress, mariokart, & desperate housewives


    i’ve upgraded the blog to wordpress 2.5.1 which now allows gravatars in the comments. if you have a gravatar and you place your email in the appropriate part of the comment (which you have to do because i don’t allow comments without emails) then your avatar shows up. it’s much easier than the other solution i had worked on.


    i went and bought it this morning. we are in the midst of grand prixing the day away. mariokart has always been one of the games that the whole family likes. even pam, the non-gaming member of the family, like mariokart.

desperate housewives

working on the website

this weekend i spent two more days with pastors. this has been a week of pastors. anyhow, i went to the minnesota/wisconsin baptist convention new pastor orientation. this was basically a group of church planters from all over minnesota and wisconsin finding out what was available within the convention. it was a decent time.

since, getting home i’ve been trying to find out how to establish a random header image on the tapestry website. it took me all night (which is a sad statement on my coding skills) but i finally got the code to work in the manner in which i wanted them to. unfortunately i don’t really have any images that i like for the website but once i do they will appear randomly on the web page header.

SIDE NOTE: i’m working through the idea of setting up paypal as a means for people contributing to tapestry. the ease of use would be cool. the problem is that i’m not sure how you set this up when we don’t exist as a legal entity yet. i guess we would set it up through our sponsor church but i don’t really know. does anyone have any experience in this?


the climate change commercial that has pat robertson and al sharpton on it scares me. not really because of anything that’s said, but because pat robertson looks just like grandpa on the adam’s family television show. somebody should have redone his make-up or something.


i’ve spent the past two days at meetings with other pastors. there were some really good people involved in the meetings but that’s not what struck me. instead, i was hit by what we talked about. we talked about things that pastors care about and basically nobody else gives a rip on one way or the other. i’m sure this happens anytime you have a meeting that is specific to one profession. for example, i would imagine that when engineers get together and talk for business reasons that the talk is probably about esoteric engineering type things (this is a conversation that i am very glad i have never been a part of). i would imagine that when police officers get together they talk about enforcing the law, giving me tickets, and things like that. so it doesn’t really surprise me too much that when pastors get together they talk about pastoring stuff.

the odd thing was that both days were supposed to be about reaching new people with the message of CHRIST, and while we talked about some interesting things, i don’t remember talking about any of the same subjects that i have discussed with many of the nonCHRISTians i’ve met within the Point area. we didn’t touch on any of the same subjects.

it would be real easy for me to sound real with fit by just ending my post there. after all i would be the one that noticed how out of touch we were. but i need to point out that i was in both of those groups. i could have helped lead the discussion. instead, i sat there and thought how out of touch we all were. what a loser i am.

tomorrow i go to meet with another set of pastors (this is a very atypical week for me – heck it’s an atypical month). hopefully i’ll do better then.

the greatest sermon series title ever?

there are a lot of reasons that i get excited when i think of tapestry finally being launched (it’s happening september 14th) but today i developed a new one. it’s not a very important one but it make me smile. when tapestry is finally having public worship services we’ll have sermon series and eventually we’ll end up talking about sex and the bible. today while i was driving to madison, wisconsin to meet with some church planters from virginia i came up with the greatest sex sermon series title ever. it is …

that’s what she said

it makes me smile just thinking about it.

SIDE NOTE – if any of y’all steal this from me before i get to use it i am going to hunt you down with dogs and tear your tongue out through your left ear. i’m serious about this.

SIDE SIDE NOTE – i just watched this video of a golden eagle killing three different mountain goats by throwing them off of cliffs. i thought the bald eagles that we see around central wisconsin were large but these birds are huge, and apparently tough as nails.

user dependence?

this was not a fun day in regards to my interaction with certain industries’ user friendliness. first, i spent a decent part of my morning visiting a new vet (oh how i miss our vet in baton rouge). our oldest cat has high blood pressure and our oldest dog needed some vaccinations. it wasn’t a very cool visit. the pain didn’t come from either one of the pets being sick, but instead the pain came from the dealing with a vet tech whose job is apparently to try and “up sale” everybody you walks in the door. i actually spent more time talking with the tech trying to sell me additional and more expensive services, than i did with the vet explaining how my pets are doing. the vet tech wanted me to get a more expensive heart worm test than the one that is usually done. why? because it picks up an additional disease. when i asked what the treatment would be if one of my dogs was found with the disease her response was that the vast majority of time they don’t do anything. why would i want to get a test that would show me something that we then aren’t going to do anything about? when i asked for a prescription script for my dogs’ heartworm medicine she tried to convince me out of that because the drug companies warranty doesn’t work when the drugs are bought online. i told her that every real product produced had < ahref="">an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose and that’s all i would need. that’s when she responded with “well we’ll price match their price.” great, why didn’t you tell me that sooner rather than just trying to scare me with a lame treat? anyhow, it wasn’t a fun trip to the vet.

in the afternoon had my second non-user friendly experience. the coolant crossover hose on my mazda sprung a leak. the cross over house is a 5″ long hose that connects two metal fitting that are approximately 1″ apart from each other. it’s not a big deal to replace other than it was placed in a position that is nigh impossible to reach. since, i know that about half of a car’s design is making sure that a good number of it’s parts will have to be replaced at appropriate times you would think that cars would be a little easier for the non mechanic to work on. of course, the goal is for non-mechanics not to be able to work on the cars. instead, they want everyone to have to come in and pay for a dealer mechanic to replace the 5″ hose and other various parts. maintenance on our vehicles is a great source of income only if people aren’t able to work on their cars by themselves. so the car manufactures make the cars impossible to work on. it drives me nuts.

anyhow, these two experiences got me to thinking (in addition to just getting me mad). i wonder how often within church we inadvertently try to force people to have to rely on us? i would look at the vet and the car manufacture as allies if i felt like they were trying to help me rather than just get me to have to depend upon them more and more. shouldn’t the church work on helping people to live out the faith outside the walls of the church? it seems like we sometimes teaching people that our job is to provide the worship opportunities and their job is just to come to them. shouldn’t we be teaching people how to worship not only in the church but to worship in all of life? shouldn’t we be teaching people how to serve within our communities and neighborhoods instead of just how to serve within the church? sometimes it seems like we are teaching people that we’ll provide the mission trips and then they can serve.

we should be helping people to live out the faith when their within the church building and even more importantly outside of it. i believe the term for this is holistic – faith in JESUS effects everything we do and are. the church should be a sending and training area. we should be helping people to be dependent upon JESUS rather than more and more dependent upon an institution. then we would be people’s allies in their walk with CHRIST.

great neighbors

we have great neighbors. we had great neighbors in baton rouge and we were afraid when we moved to the point area that we might lose that and have neighbors that we didn’t really connect with. thankfully that didn’t happen. while no one can ever replace the wonderful neighbors we had in baton rouge it’s nice to know that we have wonderful friends in our new home too.

we just finished eat steaks and talking for a very long time with a couple of our neighbors. it was a wonderful evening.

SIDE NOTE – i listen to a great seminar on missiology from ed stetzer today. he brought up an interesting point of the main question that CHRISTianity attempts to ask the world … “if you were to die tonight do you know for sure where you would spend eternity.” he made a good point in pointing out that this question has been the main question that CHRISTians have tried to ask and answer for non-CHRISTians for the past 30 years while the big questions that people have been searching for answers for have changed. i wonder what the “big” questions are around all of us. if we don’t know the questions it is very difficult for us to show how JESUS can be the answer.