the current terrell family debate

the current terrell family (minus adam who is not home right now – darn driving teenagers) debate involves above commercial. pam and noah started debating whether the non-whippet dog is a basset hound or some weird cross breed that just looks like a basset. noah, correctly, says the dog is a really cute basset hound while pam, wrongly, believes that it is a divergent basset look-a-like. obviously pam is wrong but the debate lasted a pretty long time. i walked in on the middle of it. i added my two cents worth – basically that noah was right and pam was wrong. you would think that this would solve the debate but it didn’t. we continued to re-watch the commercial and the discussion. since she wasn’t going to give in and see reason pam ended the debate by telling noah “the jerk store call and they are out of you.

nothing ends a terrell debate as good as a random seinfeld reference.

i think i’ll go have a conversation now


i just finished reading a quick post from gabe lyons concerning roxxxy the world’s first sex robot and how many of us view community and conversation. first, i’m sadden to think that some people will be so lonely and/or have such a mixed up/fearful view of relationships that a talking sex robot sounds like a good idea to them. secondly, let me quote from what lyons wrote:

let me ask you: when was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with someone? i’m talking about an eye-to-eye, soul-to-soul kind of interaction.

if it hasn’t been recently, i’d understand. consider your competition. over 350 million facebook users refer to their average of 135 digital acquaintances as “friends” and many have come to believe that “community” is something to “log in” and out of, not a bond achieved over years of pain and mutual sacrifice. some of us, if we’re being honest, struggle to relate well with our own husbands or wives, or to carry on deep conversations with friends. could it be possible that we are losing the idea of intimate, connected, authentic and sacrificial relationship to an entire generation?

it’s a quick article and well worth the few minutes it would take you to read it.

going to cragislist otherwise

my dad got a deal on these bikes three years ago and gave them to pam and i. we’ve riden them a little since we moved to wisconsin. unfortunately we never rode them that much because i was busy running and pam doesn’t enjoy riding by herself. since then pam’s back went out, she had surgery, and now according to her doctor needs to ride on a comfort bike that is designed to keep her back straight. since then these bikes have just sat around in our garage. i’m going to place them on craigslist for $50 each or $80 for the pair but if someone who reads the blog or knows me on facebook wants to make me an offer i’ll gladly cut you a deal. help me find these almost new bikes a good home.

a long drive for lunch


we love wisconsin BUT there are a few restaurants from the south that we miss. some of these are nice restaurants and a few are fast food chains. chick-fil-a is one of the fast food restaurants that we miss. there is only one chick-fil-a in the entire state of wisconsin and that one restaurant is 3 1/2 hours away from the point area. this is a terrible thing! it seriously makes me question the intelligence of my new home state that i love so much. every now and then there is simply nothing like a chick-fil-a sandwich. even more important there is NOTHING LIKE A CHICKEN BISKET FROM CHICK-FIL-A. they are incredible. how can the great state of wisconsin not realize this and proliferate chick-fil-a’s all over the state? i just don’t understand.

a couple of months ago we were visited by sarah r., a former student from the parkview youth ministry and an impressive young lady who i am sure the world will hear about in the near future. we took sarah around central wisconsin, introduced her to tubing on ice, made her walk on the frozen wisconsin river, brought her to tapestry, and introduced her to the little slices of heaven called wisconsin cheese. sarah was nice enough to send us a chick-fil-a gift card as a thank you for her time in point. anyone who visits us needs to know that we just enjoy your visit – no gift cards are expected – but if they are sent we won’t return them 😉 anyhow the gift card was enough of a reason for us to travel 3 1/2 hours to racine, wisconsin to eat at the only chick-fil-a in wisconsin.

now it may seem a little absurd to you to travel 7 hours total to eat at a fast food restaurant. of course, such a thought simply means that you had never eaten at a chick-fil-a. you should correct this inadequacy in your life right now – drive to racine this moment. i promise it will be worth every mile. it definitely was for us. i’m sure the cost of our sandwiches probably works out to around $15 each but that’s a small price to pay for a southern fried family memory.

mhmmmm! waffle fries!

really? this is the name you pick?


eric g. called me one day to say “you’ve got to take a photo of the name of this company.” why would someone name their company “triple k”? surely they realized that their is a certain organization that has a really bad reputation that has 3 k’s in its name. at least that was what came to mind for both eric and i when we saw the name of this landscape company. poor choice for a name in my opinion.

palm sunday potluck

Style: "Agfa"

just a little reminder for all the “threads” out there.

tonight we will celebrate palm sunday and the coming of the kingdom of GOD by eating together during our worship gathering. the whole gathering will be based around a meal we share together and the LORD’s supper. we will do this at our normal time (6-7:15 p.m.). if you can bring food that’s great. the plan is for everyone who can to bring enough of their favorite dish for 8 people. if you can’t bring food then just bring your stomach. 🙂

oh i’m so looking forward to this.

the week in tweets – 2010-03-28

  • power went out at @sptapestry tonight (a night that was planned around prayer stations) – it made for a GREAT & SILENT worship gathering. #
  • @joshcausey – actually i think GOD's "good game" is usually a very warm feeling on one cheek. in reply to joshcausey #
  • i'm thrilled to say that @sptapestry will be holding our Tenebrae gathering at Emy J's on Good Friday. WooHoo! #
  • my 626 has now been officially totaled by the other guy's insurance company. now we have to figure out what that means. for us and the car. #
  • i am continually amazed by the quality of friends i have been blessed with. you guys and girls make me happy. #
  • @Jake_Rush – i thought josh already was a senior adult 😉 in reply to Jake_Rush #
  • @PastorTrike – 🙂 in reply to PastorTrike #
  • @Jake_Rush – does this mean he will start wearing gold chains, slick his hair back, and buy a convertible? in reply to Jake_Rush #
  • "midcent church could invent prgrams faster than women congregants could man them; & busy is, if not good, then at least sedative" P.Tickle #
  • @bradwphoto – that's incredible. in reply to bradwphoto #
  • if you ever hear someone mention integrity auto insurance or granger auto insurance run away as fast as you can! #
  • adam passed his driver's license test. he's doing a great job driving but as a parent i have never been so scared. this is scary. #
  • emy j's has just been invaded by LOUD middle school girls. the YM in me smiles. the guy in me working on two msgs for sunday is leaving 🙂 #
  • anybody in point have an xbox action replay kit i can borrow for converting an xbox to an xbmc media machine. PLEASE!! #
  • anyone have an xbox classic memory card that i could steal for a little while? i need it for converting the xbox to an xbmx media center. #
  • i know some pastors who quote themselves. why would anyone ever do that? #
  • @meganckelly – 🙂 in reply to meganckelly #
  • @TylerTullos – what happened at dunham? in reply to TylerTullos #
  • finished directed study proposal for fall semester. now3 hopefully it will be approved so i get credit for studying moltmann's trinity theo. #
  • @calvinb – i was just thinking that exact same thing! in reply to calvinb #
  • the family and i are about to drive to racine (2 1/2 hours 1way) just to eat at @chick_fil_a! #
  • just back home from 7 hours of driving just to eat at @chick_fil_a for lunch with the family. it was worth it. #

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pliny the younger on CHRISTian worship

pliny the younger

i very excited about sunday night (3.28.2010) at tapestry because the whole worship gathering is a potluck. i don’t mean that we are canceling our normal gathering and having a shared meal. nope, we are doing the whole gathering, singing, LORD”s supper, preaching, praying, discussion and all, as a part of a common meal. it’s an ancient practice within the bride of CHRIST (i.e. the church) that just isn’t done as much as it should be.

here’s how pliny the younger (a roman magistrate) described the worship practices of the early CHRISTian church.

they affirmed the whole of their guilt, or their error, was, that they met on a stated day before it was light, and addressed a form of prayer to Christ, as to a divinity, binding themselves by a solemn oath, not for the purposes of any wicked design, but never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate,and then reassemble, to eat in common a harmless meal. (pliny to emperor trajan, book 10 letter 97

to eat in common a harmless meal” HA! he got that wrong. harmless – what a joke!

there is something about eating together that plays such a huge part in following CHRIST. i believe there is a reason that the bible tells so many stories of JESUS eating with people. i believe there is a reason that followers of CHRIST should eat together – ALOT!

i can’t wait to eat with everyone sunday night. if you are bringing food please bring enough for 8 people. that way together we will have more than enough for everyone.