Thursday, December 20, 2007
"... after the vietnam war era: mcnamara concluded that is would be rational to limit the armament costs by producing larger runs of each weapon and selling them abroad. the us also happened to be running a three billion dollar general trade deficit. foreign arm sales would be a way to balance the situation."
"my country (the us) can boast that we produce 53.4 percent of the world's weapons." jimmy carter said, "we cannot have it both ways. we can't be both the world's champion of peace and the worlds leading supplier of small arms."
"80% of the top buyers of us weapons were countries that our own stae department labeled undemocratic or countries known for their failure to uphold human rights, such as egypt and saudi arabia."
"it is estimated that every year small arms kill more people than the atomic bombs dropped on hiroshima and nagasaki put together."
i read these quotes and have so many emotions and thoughts. i am not sure what to think but somehow it does not all make sense. we get pissed off at all of these other countries but do not even police ourselves. we definitely as a country serve money over god. we may say that we are for peace with our mouths, but it seems our actions say something so different.
Monday, November 12, 2007
i just thought i would land over here and share the highlights of my above average and maybe you could say a great weekend. the pic is just becuz it is awesome and will draw more attention to the post. lol. so here are the highlights:
- the silver bullets (kade's soccer team) continued to reign terror in division U-8 soccer of ayso region 60. i do admit that i am not a soccer fan and you will never catch me watching it on tv, but i love to coach the silver bullets. they are a great group of 6/7 years olds who are so much fun. if you were to visit our practices you would think i am running a basketball practice. i have turned basketball drills into soccer drills. they keep space... the pass... and the play defense. i am one proud coach!
- the trojans took care of the tree loving cal bears! it seems if we can beat arizona state next week, which will be a tough one. than destroy the care bears on Dec. 1. oh you want to know how much o love the silver bullets.. i gave up tickets for that game because i have a game at 1 pm and the usc vs ucla game begins at 1230. it is our last game and just could not miss it! so all the trojan haters get ready for us to make run for another bcs bowl. our team travels well for bowls, so as long as we stay in the top 12 in the bcs rankings (currently 11th). we will be chillin in a bcs bowl for the 5th year in a row. the dynasty is not dead!
- i saw american gangster at 10 am on sunday while most of you were chillin in a pew :) it was a great movie and it took me about half an hour to recover from wanting to start my own drug cartel and shoot people. lol. you must see the movie. very good. denzel is always good though.
- i watched football with friends the rest of the day and than hit the house church of alhambra to end the day. we had a great discussion on death and grieving and jesus in the middle of it. very interesting because a few friends lost people this week.
Monday, October 29, 2007
oh and the care bears lost... so that always improves a week.
oh and those stinkin red sox won! i will boycott espn for three days in my displeasure for them winning! lol.
Friday, October 26, 2007
this book, "everything must change" has caught me of guard though. it truly has gotten myself thinking about the societal structures in our world and my place in building them up or my place in bringing them down. he makes a comment that
"for some of we are happy going through life knowing as little as possible about economics, politics and ecology. As long as we pay our credit card bill, avoid going to jail, and enjoy a cold drink, we'd rather not deal with the complexities of the societal machinary around us."
he nailed me! this was a perfect description of me for so many years, but over the last few years i have taken small steps into the waters of some of these areas. i think i have taken small steps because i am afraid of the changes that i would need to make to fully take the plunge. ecspecially, when my thinking and ideas run smack dab into the way i like to live my life some times. i think i also have walked slower, because i have issues with how people perceive me. i must admit that i like people to like me. lol. and since as i tread into the waters on these issues, many of the people that "liked me" seem to not like me. because i seem to land on the opposite side of them and than they would like to just get in arguments with me and call me names. but as i read this book and have dialogues with others on the topic i am truly challenged to walk forward and not care what people think. i already have no desire to defend myself to people who are not willing to share a true friendship first and than talk. i just do not have time or the energy for that anyway . i have two boys and barely have enough energy to be a single dad and very little energy to wait for that right girl to land my way. haha.
i do not post much, but maybe this book will push me over here a little more. but i am on facebook! so you can visit me there! lol if i do post again on this it will be about "framing stories". a little more confusion from j-lou. peace.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
- usc looses to the 41 point underdog team in nocal. congrats and much love to john liotti and all of east paloalto who were dancing in the streets after the game. i hope no cars were blown up in the celebration.
- the yankees loose to the indians.... i am know an indian fan.
- i loose to samdog by one point in fantasy football.
- the care bears looooooooose to notre dame. read my post awhile back and i joked that this would occur, but never thought those stinkin care bears would ruin the chance to see notre dame go 2-10. but it is always nice to see ucla loose.
- kade's soccer team destroyed another opponent. kade even scored a goal and the team still has not been scored on all season long. i am a great recreational activity coach.
- the basketball season is opening soon and the bulls did not trade for kobe. so i am still a bulls fan. lol.
- mark sanchez will start for the trojans this week and the john david booty era maybe over. it will be fun to see if mark's potential and hype will live up to anything.
- ucla (the cuddly care bears) are still unranked
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
- kade still has his mohawk and his teacher and school love it! yeah for public schools... booh private schools who do not let kids express themselves! :)
- pray for evan... he is really having a tough time with school. he is back at his old school that he seemed to like. pray that he will adjust to the fact that he needs to go to school.
- soccer is on! i am not a big soccer fan, but i enjoy coaching kades team. these kids are focused and are running other teams off the field. evan's team is a lot of but evan not too interested, which i am fine with. he may be more like me and have no interest in playing soccer.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
ben olson and the CARE BEARS could not quite handle 0-2 utah. i think a 44 - 6 blow out from the utes is credited to dropping the care bears from 11th in the polls straight out of the top 25. oh yeah, i know u beat usc last year just in case you all want to remind me. we would appreciate you playing less like crap though care bears coming up to our game so you help make the pac 10 look better.
if it is not great enough to see the care bears flame out. i am speechless after the golden domers loose the 0fer bowl to michigan and land 0-4. i can not wait to see you 0-7 next month. oh, but u do play those care bears in a few weeks, so you just may be able to snag a victory. lol. i wander how many loses it will take to fire weis compared to ty wilingham.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
- you are never just a number... if you show up than you were probably invited and you already now a few people and they will introduce you to the other few.
- you get to ask questions and dialogue with people in regards to the reading from the scripture
- you are able to stay engaged each others life on a regular basis... our house church had been breaking off at the end of the evening to pray for each other in small groups. we have not done this the last few times... i hope we get that part back soon.
- it is not based on the leadership of an individual.
- you have the flexibility to start one with your own group of friends... i have a group of guys that i am very close with that i have met a few times on my back porch.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
kade, anthony, kyle and jonathan got to hang out with kade's day all day. i was the most popular chaperone and a few kids cried becuz they were not allowed to be in my group. we went tp pacific park in santa monica... a little board walk with rides and games (i hate those games that rob you of money and are impossible for a 6 year old to win)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
matt dunne from alhambra trying to create a hole in the ceiling!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
we shared a meal tonight with three survivors of katrina. i spoke with an older lady that was moved to the superdome as katrina hit, but than was evacuated out of the city to dallas, tx. she was there for a few months and bounced in a few places, but now is back in new orleans. she explained with almost tears coming down her eyes about how she lost everything, including her two cats. i thinks she misses the cats the most. my heart was broken. they speak about a disaster that hit almost two years ago, as if it happened last week. i think the trauma from the event is immeasurable. i don't blame them because as you drive through the city you are constantly reminded of katrina. you cannot go one day without being reminded of the devastation.
i know what i do this week is a drop in the bucket of what needs to take place, but one of my desires while here is to really encourage those that are serving here year round. a guy named dave monte that graduated from clemson and chosen to move into the community and host people year round that want to serve. he is amazing. the churches that are hosting and partnering with tigersgo are amazing also. a true appreciation and a desire to learn what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. i will try to post some pics up over the next few days. peace.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
hopefully, i will more inspired soon. lol.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
i was encouraged to here from crissy brooks of mika cdc that in her gentrification workshop that she had fifteen cities from around the country represented. i heard from other people that it seemed like more people traveled from around the country to attend the event this year. we even had someone travel from africa to be with us.
so i now have a week off and have many things i should do... but we will see what i do get down. as i am writing this post i am looking at my house that i do need to clean... but i have already golfed once and am hoping that i get two more in before i go back.
so i hope everyone of you have a great memorial and hopefully i will be able to read more and post more since conference is over. i have been intrigued with some conversation with antibaptist people, so i may read some of that... they have this view of trying to see god in your enemy... i need a lot of help with the loving enemy thing, so it may be helpful. oh yeah ... baseball is over as well, so that allows more free time to.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
i also have been getting continual updates from pasadena on a student who was shot. i have been reminded this week that death is real, no matter the age or the person. all 3 people that i am connected in one way or another were killed or severely injured in different ways. as i write this i am emotionally drained, but also see the value of a community of faith. the presence of mary glenn and others in alhambra standing by the family and my friends in pasadena standing by the family as there son lay wounded. it is very evident when evil and darkness enter in... it can be pushed back by the forces of light when we choose to be jesus for people. it allows hope to creep into all of the despair.
james really tried to connect with me... he always remembered my name, he was more interested in talking with us and having a meaningful conversation that making sure we got through some talk sheet or some agenda. he was interested in us and desired us to follow christ. he called and i usually brushed him off for those church beach trips and swim things or any other youth event. but in those dark days of my life... james was the one person that kept a refreshing view of christ and the church in front of me. he really meant a lot.
i am sad to say that james died last week. he was hit by a hit n run driver as he was traveling to the bay area. i have not seen his since high school but maybe once. but he did know that i actually turned out alright and i did get to tell him thanks. he leaves a wife who is pregnant and three children already. pray for his family i have no idea the pain they are feeling. i just wanted to say one more time ... thank you to james banez who gave me my first lesson in what it looks like to do relational youth ministry.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
It’s time for concrete action that would actually and seriously reduce the number of abortions in America. A better approach than the symbolic legal battle would be to gather new energy for a commitment to advancing real solutions. A constructive dialogue should include how best to prevent unwanted pregnancies, support pregnant women who find themselves in an unexpected situation, and effectively reduce the abortion rate.
Read the entire article.
But there is a common thread in many of the most horrific perpetrators of violence that begs our attention – they kill themselves. Violence kills the image of God in us. It is a cry of desperation, a weak and cowardly cry of a person suffocated of hope. Violence goes against everything that we are created for – to love and to be loved – so it inevitably ends in misery and suicide. When people succumb to violence it ultimately infects them like a disease or a poison that leads to their own death. Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a violent kiss, ends his life by hanging himself with a noose. After his notorious persecutions, the Emperor Nero’s story ends as he stabs himself. Hitler passed out suicide pills to all his heads of staff, and ended his life as one of the most pitifully lonely people to walk the earth. We see the same in the case of Columbine, the 2007 Amish school shootings, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and this recent Virginia Tech massacre – each ends in suicide.
The rest of the article.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
“If you were asked to steer a conventional, western church on a missional path and were given the freedom to utilize or reallocate all funds and resources in the best way you felt this could be accomplished, how and what would you do?
You have three staff members and a lien-free building. And the building is located in a neighborhood where few members actually live.”here is his answer and 40 comments... if i have the time to think maybe i will give you my answer. if you have an answer i would love to hear it also.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
i know when this conference is over it will feel great to have helped get all of the 100 speakers to the campus for 120+ workshops for the 2000 leaders we are hoping to attend. so until that day, i will try to continue bury myself in my dell to get details done and not blog too much.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
thanks ben for the link
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
we had a great meeting at pablos house on sunday night with a group of people that had been a part of the gathering and some who even began to follow christ through oikos. we were discussing the launch of the house church network. we even had some other people who have been having similar thoughts about church and what it looks like biblically. as i looked around the room, i saw a great group of people that have never left each other, even though we officially ended the gathering. these people were at the gathering and have continued to meet, read scripture, pray for each other, support each other and be a faith community even though we had no official name to gather under except jesus. so i came to the conclusion that the gathering never ended, it never failed, it was alive and well because i think if i read scripture that the 'church' is not the building, a place or time people meet, a name, but it is the people. if we want to get theological... it is the body of christ. what i saw sunday night was the gathering. it was even more pure, because it was gathered with no agenda but to love god and love people.
we began to explain the vision of the house church network, which is really taking the values of the gathering and emphasizing its original intent of small is better. the groups eyes were lit up with excitement. we explained a desire to live out this passage of the early church...
Acts 2: 42 - 47
They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, sharing in the Lord's Supper and in prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity � 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
in my opinion and i think jesus would agree, that church was never intended to be about gathering together in a building on sunday mornings to receive a pep talk so i can try and not sin for the rest of the week. the church is about us being interconnected and dependent on each other as we follow christ and his teachings. and as we are interconnected and loving our neighbor as ourselves, other will be so intrigued and desire to follow also. but it seems we value the large, we value hiding in church and not allowing anyone into our business. we value pointing out the faults of everyone around us and not noticing how despicable our own lives are and how full of pride, greed, materialism and hate. all of those things that god does not desire to be a part of our lives. but hey, what about those homosexuals... we need to stop them. shut up and stop being such a prideful arrogant bastard and maybe someone will stop long enough to listen to you tell them about jesus. as we develop this house church network, we strive to intertwine our lives together and take jesus' teaching and allow it to affect every aspect of our lives. we hope to continue stand next to each other as life sucks some time and is great some time. share a drink and cry when it sucks, but celebrate and laugh together with the joys (i.e. our childrens' birthdays, job promotions, weddings, and so much more).
i know i am no where close to what christ desires for me... i need to continue to shed those things that hinder me from allowing god to really use him in his kingdom, but i am glad to know that i finally opened my eyes to see that the gathering is not dead but is alive and well. thank you pablo, sonia, tiffany, laura, armando, james, art, teresa, michelle, danielle, kirby, jon, manuel, and all the rest that still intertwine our lives for the love of jesus and the mission of his kingdom.
Monday, March 26, 2007
|Kades 6th Bday Party|
we had a great time at my house on saturday celebrating kade's 6th birthday. i cannot believe that he is already 6 years old. he had a bunch of his friends and family over to the house with the traditional bounce house being the center of attention for the kids in the backyard and the tri tip and chicken was the highlight for the adults. i am now currently in the process of assembly all of the lego star wars collections that he recieved. you can see from the pics that we were succesful on a a few of the smaller ones and i will keep you updated on the x-wing that we are beginning to assemble. it was a lot of fun and a big thanks to all of you who came out and made kade feel very special. if you click on the pic above it will take you to a photo album of the party. i hope you enjoy.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
i have been in new orleans since last thursday and it has been tremendous. i have seen a lot of pictures over the last two years, but it way different to be walking around and meeting people who have lived through the disaster. i have met countless people who have lived for the last 19 months in trailers that were not made for long term housing. i have spent most of my week at a single mom's home. jaime lives there with a few other family members and with her son eddie. eddie is full of life and reminds you of the ability for children to overcome difficult situations much quicker than adults. he is more interested in us playing catch with him than actually having us fix his home. as you may be able to see from the pics, this home was 4 feet under water. jamie purchased the home after the storm, because her home was totally demolished and had so many different chemicals there was no hope to salvage it. so she bought this home and is living in it while trying to fix it up. our hope is to dry wall most of the house before we leave on thursday. but since, we have to move there stuff in between hanging pieces and cleaning i am not sure how far we will get.
the people are so appreciative of the numerous people that are volunteering in this community. we have people honk and wave at us all the time. i met one lady that just walked up to the church when she saw the group to ask if we could help her parents that are about 70 and were attempting to fix their home by themselves. this group has been here numerous times since the storm and said that each visit more stores are opening and more life is being visible. a few more children playing in the streets. there still is a long road home, but some are determined to make it. they will not leave and they are thankful that some people have not forgotten about what katrina did to the community. and the usual statement is that the only people that seemed to not have forgotten is the people living out the kingdom of god. i am thankful to be here and hope to return and hang out with them over the summer possibly.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
the five streams are the following ... 1. Prophetic 2. Postmodern 3. Praxis-oriented (how the faith is lived out) 4. Post Evangelical 5. Political.
you can read the article to get details about each of the "streams" but a couple aspects jumped out to me as i was in thought about the house church network. in the third component of praxis-oriented, it hit a key strand to our ideas about the network. the house churches that are launched should/must have a missional component to the community that the house church is located. it should be striving to better understand what it means to love our neighbor and have that as high of a priority as meeting in a building or location. our spiritual act of worship should be tutoring at a school, serving at a shelter, a garden, the police station or where ever there is a need for the purpose of us being the hands and feet of Jesus. we need a theology that changes the way we act and not just worried about how we think.
i am tired, so if i write any more in will probably not make sense and i will not even understand it myself. so i will try and blog about this more later.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
the house church model has a lot of things that we truly wanted the gathering to be about, but got lost in trying to create a larger gathering. we value the small intimacy of smaller groups and the value of developing leaders to lead and be active in the community. so at the end of the month, the experiment will begin. so if you are reading this and have been apart of sunday nights get ready for the next experiment. haha. you know we will be a knocking.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
evan was booted from preschool back in november. he has been chilling with me, his grandma's house or joya who has a home daycare. he has been needing to jump back into preschool to be around other kids and be better prepared for kindergarten. he made it through day one yesterday and i have not been called yet today. i am hoping that he will listen and not make too much trouble. he is such a great kid, but just has that temper that blows up sometimes. we will keep you informed.
i have been mia from the blogging world, because i have been busy. i think i have like 2 - 3 posts that are in me, so will try to get them out throughout the next two days. my first post will be on my 2nd year as the manager of the orioles or as the kids and some parents call them... the OREOS. oh well. i have 13 great kids... 2 girls and 11 boys. we have been practicing twice a week til games begin. we had picture day this last saturday, so it was fun to see the kids in their uniforms and if you can tell from the team picture that some how evan makes his way onto the team. he is the one in the front row... and the only one with the orange jersey. the parents were cool and let him be in the picture. hope you enjoy the pics and more to follow throughout the season.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
the book, the spider and the starfish speaks out people who are caught in the old command and control system of organizations and that they do not understand organizations that are decentralized. they should learn to understand them, because a decentralized organization has the ability to really create problems for the centralized organization. here is an example. napster was created to pretty much screw the music industry by allowing people to share music or as the music industry saw it... steal music. napster had a creator. the music industry went straight at the creator to sue him and put him out of business. what happened? napster was shut down! what happened next? three to five other peer sharing music softwares were made available on the internet for people to share music. the music industry believed that if they took out the leader that they problem would be solved. you see, people want to share music and will continue to share music no matter what the music industry does because it does not rely on one person to provide it. the more times the music industry went after people, the more new softwares were made available. now there is something called e-mule that is like napster but the creator is anonymous. he/she does not want to make money and no one knows who it is, so they cannot sue him/her. the book discusses that in a true decentralized organization that you can take out someone you perceive as a leader, but really is just a person that people follow at the time until someone better comes along. the idea or organization is not built upon one person, but is built upon an ideology.
ok, this is longer than post of my posts but hang in there. i see a very similar pattern in the way that many traditional conservative christian leaders are dealing with the emerging church. they have tried to pin point people they consider the leaders of the movement. brian mclaren, rob bell, dan kimball and i could name so many more. the interesting thing is that if you ask these people they would not say that they are a leader in the movement. brian would even say that it is a conversation and is not a denomination. non-traditional churches are popping up all over the place and they are not asking for permission from one of these leaders. they may cling on to some of the ideas and practices of these leaders, but it is truly a decentralized leadership that looks toward an ideology for direction. these churches are aspiring to be missional and followers of christ. as much as many people who do not like the emerging movement think that these people follow a person, they do not. if we were never to hear from brian or rob again. this movement would not die. you would just see a new person take the place of brian or rob.
the more people try to hit the emerging church leaders over the head with a hammer hoping that they will go away. they will just be creating a multiplication strategy that is similar to the early church.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
'Far too long, historians have accepted the claim that the conversion of the Emperor Constantine (ca. 285-337) caused the triumph of Christianity. To the contrary, he destroyed its most attractive and dynamic aspects, turning a high-intensity, grassroots movement into an arrogant institution controlled by an elite who often managed to both brutal and lax.' Rodney Stark, For the Glory of God.
here is a link to a blog concerning the book and you will get a better understanding of the book. this quote sets up the idea that the church moving from the fringes of society to the central has over the years caused it to loose its power and influence. i have many times sense the church for the most part being controlled by "an arrogant institution controlled by an elite who often manages with brutality and lax. this book has my mind going and dreaming about a place that i would feel comfortable calling my faith community that i can share my doubts, dreams and struggles in my life as a follower of christ.
i know i have been pretty quiet lately on the blog, but i feel like this could be followed by many more thoughts that will allow myself to better understand this book and the message of Christ.
Monday, January 29, 2007
The game starts at 3 pm, so if you want to come over any time after 2pm that would be great. Hope to see some of you at mi casa. Peace.
Monday, January 22, 2007
ok. i was turned on to this book by a friend and i literally read the book in three days and have not been able to get it out of my head or stop telling people about it. it is the definition of a page turner. if you are running a church, organization or non profit this is a must read. here is the basic premise of the book... if you hit a spider in the head you kill it, but if you hit a starfish in the head you create five starfish. it gives some amazing stories about how decentralized organizations destroy centralized command and control orgs. i promise you will love it, but i will not be able to refund your money if you don't. haha. if you have read it let me know what you think. peace.
Friday, January 19, 2007
the mentoring program is just the begining. the school district is also interested in talking with us about supporting and staffing after school programs at every elementary school in the city.
this has tremendous potential for huge kingdom impact. so please pray for doors to continue to open and for mary and myself to understand how to navigate these relationships. we are very excited to see where this goes. but BELIEVE is going to happen. amen.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
i am currently blogging while riding the el train. as i was waiting for the train, i was reminded of why i live in socal as my ears were about to fall off and shatter upon impact on the ground. i also realized that converse all stars are trendy and cool looking for j-lou in socal. i have thick socks on and my toes are still freezing while i am sitting my but on the train. so i know noel, chris, marcos, phil, ginny, alison and so many other dear friends live here in chicago, but i will enjoy my flight back tomorrow morning and not complain about the 40 - 50 degree weather that we have been experiencing in socal and we all thought that was cold.
well i am going to be at my stop soon, so i better post. peace.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
ok. i was hanging out with a few friends last night from high school. it was nava's bday, so a few of us met up at tgif's in brea for dinner. nava is regular reader of this blog, so i thought i'd give him some love and share a story that he reminded us of from high school. a few of my friends had gone to a house party near la habra and ended up drinking way too much. if you grew up in socal in the early 90's it was the time of the house party. these house parties would have a few kegs and usually some type of jungle juice or something else. well, this one night nava, who was about 2 or 3 years older than us ended up driving this one girls car. the rest of the group (which i was not a part of that night) had been trashed. i mean they were gone. one had fallen asleep on a diving board at the house. as chris got them all in the car the adventure really began... he was driving and one need to throw up, so they rolled the window down, but it was one of the child proof windows that only go down about half way. so johnny puked first into the window which started the chain reaction. everyone in the car was letting loose. chris was like... what in the world am i suppose to do. he pulled over in the heights and drug them out of the car and stripped them down to their underwear. we than proceeded to throw them back in the car and decided that we would deliver them each home. we went to each house... drug them out of the car onto the lawn close to the door. he would than ring the door bell a bunch take of running to the car and drive away. he dropped dio and johnny off at dio's house together. he than dropped of the girls whose car he was driving at her house. he left her in the car with the lights on facing the door and rang her door bell and than took off running home. he walked a good two miles home, but had gotten everyone home.
the next morning, dio and johnny woke up in dio's room. they looked at each other, not knowing anything about chris' adventure in getting them home and said we made it. we made it home. than dio's sister came in the room and was like oooooooh. you were so drunk. me and mom had to drag you in last night from the front yard. when the girls whose car he was driving woke up and looked in the back of her car, she found like three to four inches of puke.
i am not sure why i share this story, but i laughed the first time i heard it, i laugh every time someone tells me it again and i had such a huge smile as i was retelling it. i hope you laughed or smiled and i think even dio's mom would laugh about it now, but i am sure when she was dragging her son and his friend in the house in just their boxers she was not laughing.
"For generations the church has been polarized between those who see the main task being the saving of souls for heaven and the nurturing of those souls through the valley of this dark world, on the one hand, and on the other hand those who see the task of improving the lot of human beings and the world, rescuing the poor from their misery.
The longer that I've gone on as a New Testament scholar and wrestled with what the early Christians were actually talking about, the more it's been borne in on me that that distinction is one that we modern Westerners bring to the text rather than finding in the text. Because the great emphasis in the New Testament is that the gospel is not how to escape the world; the gospel is that the crucified and risen Jesus is the Lord of the world. And that his death and Resurrection transform the world, and that transformation can happen to you. You, in turn, can be part of the transforming work. That draws together what we traditionally called evangelism, bringing people to the point where they come to know God in Christ for themselves, with working for God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. That has always been at the heart of the Lord's Prayer, and how we've managed for years to say the Lord's Prayer without realizing that Jesus really meant it is very curious. Our Western culture since the 18th century has made a virtue of separating out religion from real life, or faith from politics.When I lecture about this, people will pop up and say, "Surely Jesus said my kingdom is not of this world." And the answer is no, what Jesus said in John 18 is, "My kingdom is not from this world." That's ek tou kosmoutoutou. It's quite clear in the text that Jesus' kingdom doesn't start with this world. It isn't a worldly kingdom, but it is for this world. It's from somewhere else, but it's for this world."
Thursday, January 11, 2007
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Friday, January 05, 2007
Living Wage Calculator for Alhambra, CA , the living wage is a better reality to determine if a family can meet the needs for them in a certain area of the country. Here is a website that explains the the Living Wage. The other link shows what a person would have to make to actually meet all of their needs in Alhambra (where J-Lou lives with his two boys). I also would like someone to find some housing in Alhambra for $1100 a month. I am sure it would be grabbed up quick. And the main site that speaks about poverty in america.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
oh yeah... thanks to the lost by sc to the care bears (nice showing in the emerald bowl) i did not have to use money to get to the championship game so like j-lou said in an earlier post i got hooked up by pauls tv (the king of big screens) and got myself a 57 inch HD TV to watch the rose bowl. i do not have to pay paul til 2010. i may be dead by than anyways. lol