Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Well, I registered to take the Indiana Bar Exam, and I registered to take the Indiana bar review course remote from Vegas (they send you an i-pod with all the lectures). I guess that means we have decided to move there this summer! So weird how these artificial deadlines have forced us to commit to things. Such is life.

Right now my aim is to start my own private practice back there. I'm still keeping my eyes open to job opportunities just in case something too good to pass up comes along. The people I have asked about private practice have given me very honest feedback full of pros and cons. I think private practice probably suits me best, though the initial risk is scary with a capital "S." The freedom and potential long-term benefits are very appealing, though. I think I can do it because my motivation is not to get rich, but to support the family. And regardless of what people may tell me, I just don't see any way my life can be any crazier in the next few years than it has been these past four years no matter how difficult it is. That's the truth. For those who laugh, maybe you don't know how crazy it really has been!

Rebekah is going next Friday to look at a house I found while I was back there. If she likes it, we might buy a house in a city I have no employment in. That just might be the most crazy and irresponsible thing I've ever done in my life. Or, in theological language, we'll say that I'm learning how to trust.

More to come, I'm sure . . . .

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Nouwen's Stuff on Life

With Easter two weeks away now, I highly recommend some preparatory reading. Henri Nouwen's "Death & Eternal Life," which is chapter 14 of his book "The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life," is outstanding stuff that ties in closely with John's theology of "life" -- same stuff I've been harping on at gatherings, same stuff Wayne Jacobsen unpacks in his teachings on the cross. If I find time, I'll begin posting some of it to the Apex Website this week. I highly recommend getting the book, though. It's one of the few books I find myself going back to year after year.