Thursday, July 31, 2003

ATTENTION: Jim, Jon, Rudy, Valerie, Chris, Joel, Scott, Daniel and other folks interested in City Ministry - NEW BOOK ALERT!!

George Grant mentioned on his blog (July 30th post) the newest edition of the Acton Institute's Markets & Morality journal which has New Urbanism as its focus. I went to the library yesterday to copy the articles dealing with New Urbanism, but after seeing the length of the two or three articles that deal with New Urbanism, I decided I'd be better off just buying a single issue.

I'm not sure that I'm ready to jump on the New Urbanism bandwagon, but I certainly am intrigued by some of their ideas. In light of that I'm eager to sit down at some point with a new book from Brazos Press (in the Baker Books family) called Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith. Though the preceding link promises a website associated with the book, it appears that it's not up yet. However, if you click here you can download a PDF of what appears to be a mock up of the coming site: Perusing that PDF document makes it pretty clear that this is a must read for Christians interested in New Urbanism, and arguably for all Christians who are involved in urban ministry, broadly construed. The book is written by Eric O. Jacobsen who is an associate pastor in a PC(USA) Church in Missoula, Montana.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

This blows me away. Remember the days when William "Refrigerator" Perry, the Bears GIANT Defensive Lineman, was tipping the scales at a whopping 300 pounds? The article linked above lists the size and weight of the NFL's biggest Offensive Line this season, belonging to the Minnesota Vikings. Look at this:

LT Bryant McKinnie 6'8" 349
LG Chris Liwienski 6'6" 330
C Matt Birk 6'4" 314
RG David Dixon 6'5" 344
RT Mike Rosenthal 6'7" 313

Those are some big boys. And, remember, they don't just stand around and intimidate people. These guys can scoot, they're all very athletic...amazing.

Monday, July 14, 2003

Drop everything! Here's the trailer for Mel Gibson's The Passion. Looks good.

Reblogged from Rudy. Welcome back to blogland, Rudy.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Got a great housewarming gift from a friend of ours. We had him over for lunch on Sunday after church and he brought us (me) 60 bottles (!) of 1554. That ought to last awhile. Any of you who are in the neighborhood feel free to drop by -- I'd be happy to share with you.

Saturday, July 05, 2003

How could I NOT post this on hotdogblog?

Forget about Wimbledon, Tarkeru Kobayashi won his third consecutive Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, beating out William "The Refrigerator" Perry among others. Although, for Kobayashi, it was a subpar performance. He only ate 44.5 hot dogs (buns included) in 12 minutes -- six hot dogs (and buns) short of his personal best recorded at last year's contest. Kobayahsi finished 14 hot dogs ahead of his nearest competitor. I don't think I could eat 14 hot dogs in a day, much less in 12 minutes.

Kobayashi's a sumo wrestler, right? No, he weighs in at 145 lbs!! There was talk of "unfair advantage" this year, from speculation that he coats his stomach with aloe vera or takes other drugs that speed up the digestive process, to suggestions that he's been surgically altered to have his food bypass the stomach and go directly to the small intestines.

The contest, which is sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), doesn't currently drug test, or test for any other unfair competitive advantages (surgically altering one's digestive tract), but hinted that a drug testing policy was not out of the question if the need arose.

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