Thursday, September 02, 2004

Unrelated Thoughts on Many Unrelated Things

1) I'm living a "B" life. I'm too busy being church guy to get A's in law school, and too busy being in law school to get A's as church guy (whatever that would mean).

2) Rebekah is cool and we're in the best place we've been in awhile. We still annoy each other at times, but for some reason, we laugh it off and move on these days. After nine years of love, we're starting to really like each other.

3) I get very frustrated by many people who refuse to suffer in order to grow. There comes a day when we must grow up and quit worrying about ourselves so much.

4) Tori is flourishing so far in Kindergarten. I have been impacted by the beauty of some of you in your homeschooling philosophy. I'm somewhat persuaded. Yet my own story is one of going to public school, and in spite of its many drawbacks, there is some beauty there as well. It's one of those issues that makes us stronger because we have some diversity among us. And, in all honesty, if I had more cash, I'd send my kids to a private (though probably not Christian) school.

5) There is more traffic and longer lines on Thursdays than any other day of the week. Am I nuts, or has anyone else noticed this?

6) If had the time and energy, I would: learn how to surf, hike the Grand Canyon, run a full marathon, and call my family more often.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Some Thoughts on Church, Once Again

Yesterday I left my house at 8:30 AM and returned at 8:30 PM. In between, I spent time with four different groups of people in four different homes. All four meetings could be called church though they all four were very different from each other. And now for some quotes:

“Church is not a building. Church is not an event that takes place on Sundays . . . when Scripture talks about church, it means community. The little fellowships of the heart that are outposts of the kingdom. A shared life. They worship together, eat together, pray for one another, go on quests together. They hang out together, in each other’s homes.”

“A true community is something you’ll have to fight for. You’ll have to fight to get one, and you’ll have to fight to keep it afloat…. You want this thing to work. You need this thing to work. You can’t ditch it and jump back on the cruise ship. This is the church.”

(quotes taken from a blog that took it from another blog that took it from John Eldredge's book Waking the Dead.)