Friday, October 31, 2008
I'm not a big fan of this holiday -- certainly not a fan of the way it has become second only to Christmas in consumer spending! That is ridiculous. And while I could get into a discussion of the reasons that followers of Christ should not celebrate this day v. why it is okay to let your kids go out and get free candy, that's not my intent.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
While this video is about innovation and technology and Kenya, it also speaks beyond those parameters. If you like IDEAS or are motivated by CREATIVITY or if you love KENYA, you'll want to watch this.
The subject is interesting, but it is not important that you either understand the complexities of the technology or even see the importance of leveraging social media for the greater good.
What is important is how this will likely push you to take Africa out of the box you'd put it into. That alone is worth the 4:14 it will take to watch it.
Russ Hersman (friend and colleague whose office is next door to mine) sent me a link to this video in an email. He is the appropriately proud father of the speaker/storyteller in the video.
Edde Arthur (friend and colleague who is the Director of Wycliffe UK) blogged about it. And now I'm blogging about it too.
Nathan, from Ireland, recently led a short-term trip to Cameroon. This is the video he put together to tell that story. I found it because Jessica, who is living and serving in Brazzaville, Congo blogged about it. She knows Nathan.
This trip as sponsored by Wycliffe UK -- one of the dozens of Wycliffe organizations around the world.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My friend Sandy was recently in Thailand and took a bunch of interesting and creative and sometimes silly photos illustrating my favorite number 47. Here are my favorite onese of those she sent to me. I just had to share them. Click on the image to see it full size in your browser. Can you see all the "47's" or not?
And, this gives me one more opportunity to remind those of you who need reminding (or beg those of you who need begging) that there is still time to post a comment on my September 22 blog post "47 days until my 47th birthday."
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Truth is, I REALLY want to be wherever it is that God wants me to be -- and I don't mean that to sound all Sunday school-ish at all. That is where I find true peace and contentment.
But sometimes I'd like to be transported to one of these ideal places for a short rest. These are places where taking a deep breath is easy and naps come without effort.
(Thanks Mali Anta for making it easy to blog your photos from flickr...)
Friday, October 17, 2008
I found this image on flickr. The photographer is named Joe Bollinger. I really like his work -- he has a great eye and enough photography skill to convey his vision to others. Very enjoyable. I found this and put it on my hard drive a number of months ago to use for wallpaper. After my 30 hours in Chicago in October and being reminded first hand of the wonder of changing leaves, I was drawn to this image again.
Answer: Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Among Millennium Park's prominent features are the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the United States; the interactive Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa (that would be the photo above with the face and the water and all the people interacting with it); the contemporary Lurie Garden designed by the team of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel; and Anish Kapoor’s hugely popular Cloud Gate sculpture (that is in the photo to the right and there is a reason it is hugely popular -- it is HUGE and cool).
Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
A blogger working in West Africa sharee the following on her blog recently:
Last night I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant. They had tortilla chips on the menu, which was even in English. So we ordered them. This is what we got.
A fried tortilla with fries on top.
Fries=chips in British English
So, tortilla chips.
Word for word translation can lead to serious miscommunication.
The fries were good, so this was not a serious miscommunication, just a good laugh.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
He aches over our distance and preoccupation.
He mourns that we do not draw near to him.
He grieves that we have forgotten him.
He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness.
He longs for our presence...
For too long we have been in a far country:
a country of noise and hurry and crowds,
a country of climb and push and shove,
a country of frustration and fear and intimidation.
And he welcomes us home:
home to serenity and peace and joy,
home to friendship and fellowship and openness,
home to intimacy and acceptance and affirmation.
--Richard Foster, Prayer
Lucy, whose blog I follow thanks to the wonder of RSS feeds and Google Reader, shared this on her blog today. I loved it so much I wanted to share it with those of you who read my blog (or who might, for some reason we may not be able to understand, read this particular blog at least).
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
than the Bible.”