April 2004


general26 Apr 2004 10:59 am

maybe i’ll write more in a bit… i need to get these reviews knocked out… plus work… what the… where did this rain come from?…

peace… love… bdg…

general23 Apr 2004 12:50 pm

my blog can beat up your blog…

peace… love… bdg…

general23 Apr 2004 11:37 am

is it just me or is today Friday… woah… have i got a lot to work on… let’s get it on… oh, and one last time… no, i’m not going to GMA Week… the TRu got the shaft… (like, shut yo mouth)…

peace… love… bdg…

general22 Apr 2004 11:42 am

so i woke up this morning and it felt like Friday… i guess i just can’t keep the days straight these days… though i’m sure i’d rather be wrong about a Monday feeling than a Friday feeling… i’ve stepped up a bit on the reading… still not sold on Yancy’s book of grace though… maybe i am just a jerk after all… anyway… this beat is hot… go to this Site and listen to “Tho Em Up” while you read this entry for the full effect… (Fab… if by any odd chance you’re reading this… all my kudos go to you today… keep bangin homie)…

anyway… i wonder what i can do to make this journal better… it’s pretty perplexing… i think you all skim the long entries… but if i drop a bunch of random short entries… (which is oft how i process things throughout the day)… they go unnoticed as they quickly drop off of the front page… what to do… what to do indeed… maybe i should just stop… maybe…

so anyway… my eyes really opened yesterday as i drove home and listened to a little bit of the news in between traffic reports… (well… not that i normally drive with my eyes closed or anything… i mean, of course, my proverbial eyes)… anyway… my eyes opened to understand the parable that is entangled within this whole war on terrorism… quite an enlightenment from that perspective… i hope to type it all out at some point… but… “like woah”…

“<theTRu> i’m generally not much of a commentor guy kinda person… ” ’tis true indeed… get over it… i don’t subscribe to other xangas… i don’t usually comment… i don’t pass off eProps everyday… maybe i should do it more… but hey… it doesn’t mean i don’t read your site… it doesn’t mean i don’t love you still… it just means more when i do comment… and besides… it’s not like i’m bursting at the seams with kudos and clever banter, myself…

so… i tried to listen to some country music yesterday… (i saw a Kenny Chesney ad and got the urge to hear some twang)… anyway… yep… that market pretty much sucks… what’s up with that?… MercyMe really needs to release Homesick to the mainstream country market… they would tear up the charts, i suspect… of course, Bart would have to come to grips with the fact that he has a good country voice…

so… here’s a pretty funny story… little boy wasn’t feeling all that well earlier this week… he had a fever and such… so he didn’t have much of an appetite and he didn’t like sitting in his seat… but when we let him down he would kind of lean into me sitting in my chair and whine a little… so i picked him up and sat him on my lap and he seemed happy… then he decided that he would help me eat my meal… which was a chicken sandwich and french fries… so he was eating bits of my fries and roll and then he would shove a fry at my mouth expecting me to open up and take a bite… (he even opened his mouth each time to show me what i was supposed to do)… so he would feed me a bite then take a bite then feed me the rest of the fry… after a while, he stopped taking bites and just focused on feeding me… the problem is that he doesn’t understand the time it takes to chew… so as fast as he could grab and feed… my mouth was filling up… i probably looked like a squirrel with my cheek packed up with food… but little boy laughed and laughed… and it was all good… he’s better now, by the way…

okay… and now it’s time to redeem the internet… off i go around the world (wide web) so fast and so much that maybe time will stand still… or even go backwards and maybe i can write a better entry…

peace… love… bdg…

general21 Apr 2004 04:45 pm

let’s see… it’s Wednesday… but i took yesterday off of work and it feels kinda like a Monday… all day i’ve felt bummed like i missed an episode of ALIAS last night or something… i did miss American Idol and Gilmore Girls but my wonderful wife taped them for me so i’ll enjoy them sometime in the near future… anyway… dun dun duunnn… i have another episode for you all… another entry in the ongoing struggle between man and machine…

The Ghost in the Machine (Part Six)

this episode goes out to the silly old desktop computer that i keep in my kitchen… since i don’t spend too much time sitting around in the kitchen… and since this desktop is fairly slow and runs Windows ME… i’ve bastardized it to some extent… oh… can i say that?… okay… anyway… this fine piece of computer is generally used for little more than a CD/mp3 Player… so imagine my surprise when out of nowhere… the sounds of music erupt into the atmosphere tracing back to this very desktop… no one was anywhere near it… it just started playing the CD in it’s drive… if that weren’t strange enough… in and of itself… the CD that was in the drive was none other than David Crowder Band – The Lime CD… so the verse was as follows… “I will not be quiet… I will not be silent anymore”… man… i tell you.. they’re plotting against me…

so there you go… uh… yeah… i’m gonna get the heck outta here… more of my work over here… Caedmon’s Call Walk TRu… whoop whoop!…ok settle down… i can’t read straight…

peace… love… bdg…

general21 Apr 2004 10:00 am

give… me .. two… purrs… i… need… two… purrs… so i can get to stomping in my err force ones…. (*dj scratches*)… i’m gonna be singing that crap all day now… Hotmail also gets the (*dj scratches*)… why? “This server is too busy.”… dirty rats…

peace… love… bdg…

general20 Apr 2004 03:56 pm

why yes… yes it is… thanks…

peace… love… bdg…

general19 Apr 2004 12:38 pm

i don’t belong here… and yet in some strange way i do… i am an anomaly among anomalies… i could fit in more if i pretended to be smarter than i was… or lied a lot about other things… eh… fitting in is overrated…

peace… love… bdg…

general19 Apr 2004 12:10 pm

ho hum… another meeting… no doubt… ’tis Monday indeed…

peace… love… bdg…

general14 Apr 2004 11:41 am

so the one-hour meeting went two hours, but overall it was good… we were discussing small groups… how to organize them and how to best minister to them… interesting things came up… and it meshed pretty well with my recent thoughts on culture and how to reach out… i know you may be surprised to hear that i haven’t abandoned that train of thought… i’ve just been behind… i’m like the little two man car with the teeter-totter type thing that propels it along the track… i can see the caboose on the horizon… if i pump hard enough… i may eventually catch back up to that train… yeah i know… right now i’m riding full fledged on the crazy train… anyway…

the problem with the “modern worship movement” is that the focus is more on pleasing man than God… (i told you that i’d come back to this)… so… i’m sitting standing sitting in this “worship” service at work… and we sang… we had reponsive readings… we had imagery going on the projection screen… we had candles lit… and we did this thing that the leader called a “word jam”… as he explained… this is apparently something that is “really popular” with the “emerging church” and it appeals to the “pomo” crowd… (yes i know… buzz buzz buzz)… this “word jam” stuff though… let me explain this a little further… see… you break the room up into three groups… and you have a passage of scripture broken up into three sections… group one starts off reading the first section of scripture… when they start the second section… the second group starts in on the first… and it continues like a round of “row, row, row your boat” back in kindergarten… right… so the intent as it was explained to us… is to create the illusion of “how it might sound when in Heaven all the voices are raised in praise”… in actuality it sounded like everyone was mumbling their own little thing under their breath such that none of it made any sense… we did this three times or so… what stood out to me, besides the confusion of what was actually being said, was the statement that it was “popular”… is that what worship is supposed to be?… popular?… i don’t think so…

anyway… after the service was over… and we settled into a “working lunch” meeting… the leader…. God bless him for having a good heart… brought it back out… “so did you guys like the worship service?”… and there it was, plain as day… the bottom line… “did the worship service please you [man]?”…

a while back, i wrote in this very blog… something to this effect: “i find myself worshipping God every Sunday, despite the “worship” portion of our service”… so… to set things straight… it’s not just this fringe worship service at work that i found this fault with… the church i attend each week… the church at which i serve as a deacon… “my church”… so let’s explore the faults in my own backyard so to speak… this past year… we added a “contemporary” format to our church service arsenal… so we now have an early “traditional” service that features hymns from the hymnals… a middle “mixed-bag” service that features a blend of “contemporary” worship songs with a hint of hymns… and the third service is an all-out “comtemporary” service which features pretty much all “modern” worship songs… part of the logic behind this structure was to grow the church… why not, right? modern worship services are proven to bring in crowds… nothing wrong with drawing a crowd… in fact this has even led to the musical part of the service being the dominent focus of the service… the general format is as follows… first, we start off with one or two songs… then welcome (shaking hands etc.)… then announcements… then a couple more songs then a reading from the Bible… then a song… then offering (a song generally accompanies te passing of the plates)… then some more songs… then the sermon, which has been whittled down to approximately 15-20 minutes… then more songs as part of the invitation… and… there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with incorporating music into the service… but what i see happening… and this is gonna trample all over the garden of a book i’m working on… music as worship is increasingly efforting to draw people in by way of experience… and that’s dangerous…

i’d expand more but then you’d never buy my book if i wrote it… anyway… my intentions are not totally selfish… today i’ve got plenty to work on… so… off i go…

peace… love… bdg…

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