Sunday, November 30, 2003


SPOILERMAKERS!! The unranked Purdue Men's Basketball team upset #2 Duke 78 -68 last night to win the Great Alaska Shootout Tournament. The Boilers are now 4-0 and I'm starting to get my hopes up. I'm guessing they'll enter the polls ranked somewhere between #15-18.

Monday, November 24, 2003

As a family we've been watching the first tape in the Marsalis on Music video series. I don't know who's enjoying it more, us or the kids. In the first tape, I have particularly enjoyed Marsalis' jazz band playing Duke Ellington's adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Well, I've been holding out for a few Christmases now, but I think I'm going to have to break down and buy a copy of Harlem Nutcracker on CD.

If you've never heard it, you've got to give it a listen. If you're an iTunes user, look up "Dance of the Floreadores" to get a sampling of what you get when you mix Duke with Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Well, it looks as if one of us bloggers presented a paper this week at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting:

Crain, T. Chris; St. Louis University
His Glorious Presence: Mercersburg's Incarnationally Aesthetic Theory of the Inspiration of Scripture (you'll have to scroll down a little)

Way to go, Chris, or shall I say...Dr. Crain?

Friday, November 21, 2003

Good thoughts from Andrew Sandlin on working moms. I appreciate his lack of vitriol in disagreeing with a brother and his wise restraint in not calling something sin, which the Bible does not call sin.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

I'll introduce you to a new blog from a pastor friend and seminary classmate of mine (I won't reveal his name--I'm not sure if he wants to remain anonymous or not). PJ's Ponderings has been up and running for a couple of weeks now. So far he's blogged some great quotes from the Eugene Peterson that he's been reading, along with some of his own reflections. If for no other reason, however, go check out his reflections on Jeff Meyers' new book The Lord's Service (November 20th post). Very helpful.


This new 20 inch iMac sure does look good to a guy using a 12.5" Performa monitor...though I ain't complainin'...I'm thankful for what I've got.

I just read a a review of a new book by Rachel Greenwald entitled, Find a Husband After 35 Using What I Learned at Harvard Business School. I kept waiting for the punch line, the "wink, wink--just kiddin'", but it never came. Greenwald advises women to brand themselves (I wonder if Greenwald recognized the pun), and to make husband-hunting a full-blown marketing plan, including setting aside 10-20% of one's annual income as part of a marketing budget designed to snag a man. I have no doubt that this will snag men who are interested in finding a brand that they like...I just wonder about brand loyalty.

P.S. Look for the "Christian" version of this book on shelves at your local Christian "book"store in the next 12-18 months.

Reblogged from the Highlands Study Center blog.

Face Off soon a surgical possibility?

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Another state bites the dust.

Here's part of a post card I received in the mail from a Lutheran church in my community:

Over 10 Trillion Served

Nobody serves up a better combo meal than we do. It comes with a super size of God's Love. We don't have a drive thru, but we always have room at the Lord's table.

Duane, any comments...

Monday, November 17, 2003

Silbo is the most complex "whistling language" in the world. It's four vowel sounds and four consonantal sounds can be strung together to make over 4,000 words. It is found in La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa. In order to protect the language from extinction, elementary school children on La Gomera are required to learn the basics of Silbo up to the age of fourteen. You can hear a sample of Silbo dialogue here. The translation can be found in this article.

Friday, November 14, 2003

I had no idea that Dordt College's Journal, Pro Rege was offered free of charge to anyone who asked for it. I'm a subscriber as of this morning.

Professor Anthony Esolen gives us a valuable and interesting read on boys, sports, and the church called What Sports Illustrate over at Touchstone. Esolen is an English professor at Providence College in Rhode Island and offers a defense of manliness, a defense of football (Woo-Hoo!), and a call to the church to be faithful in restricting the office of pastor to men. Here's an excerpt:

If it is said that women are more spiritual than men because more of them are to be found in churchly places, I’m not buying. I’ll take the sacramentality of football over the spirituality of uplifting chatter any day. A true man, and there are many still, struggling to be both true and man, would sooner have his right arm wither than change his loyalty to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet he leaves the Church. Why? Sin, of course; but in fact the Pittsburgh Steelers present themselves as more worthy of his loyalty than does a church that demands nothing. Of course, he is wrong. But they are more wrong who have made it so easy for him to go wrong.

The sky is falling, the sky is falling...they'll be dancing at Wheaton College tonight!

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Strained my hamstring playing football on Saturday morning,

but I followed the standard R.I.C.E. advice -- Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate -- and it's feeling much better already. I'm still going to take it slow, because I really want this behind me for good. I DO NOT want to reinjure this thing.


Speaking of glowing reviews...Jonathan Williams, a deacon in a PCA church in Tennessee couldn't say enough good things about my Senior Pastor's book The Lord's Service: The Grace of Covenant Renewal Worship. I've already read it through in several earlier editions, but haven't had a chance to read it through in it's final published form. It was very good even in it's earlier editions, I'm really looking foward to sitting down and reading it now that Jeff totally reworked it.


Dr. Esther Meek's recent book Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Ordinary People received a glowing review from John Frame in the Fall 2003 issue of Presbyterion, Covenant Seminary's Journal. I was already planning to pick this up and read it, but Frame's enthusiasm for the book is making me consider bumping it up on my "to read" list.

Friday, November 07, 2003

This is cool. Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium is a prototype for a new wireless communications system called e-Stadium. A small test group that grown from 20 to 120 fans throughout the season has been accessing e-Stadium on their cell phones and/or PDA's. Currently e-Stadium's features are fairly limited--providing up-to-the-minute game statistics, sports scores from around the country, player bios, current weather conditions, and even where to find the closest concession stand to your seat. It's like having ESPN and more in the palm of your hand, WHILE enjoying the live game experience. Eventually, instant video highlights and replays as well as the ability to order food electronically which will then be delivered to your seat (for a pretty penny, I'm sure) so that you don't have to miss any of the action, will be available as well.

There's more info here and here.

Maybe someday we'll be able to use these devices to e-mail the announcers in the press box and the coaches and players on the sidelines..."Hey coach, don't you see that the weak side wide receiver is getting a 9 yard cushion from the DB, get him a quick slant and let him make a move...then set up the pump fake and go up top."

Thursday, November 06, 2003

This is a BARGAIN! For $0.99 (not including shipping) you can pick up a copy of Harvie Conn's The American City & the Evangelical Church: An Historical Overview. I have half a mind to pick up a dozen copies to give away...but if I do, then you'll never buy it, thinking that I'm going to give you a copy, so I won't buy any, but you should click the link above and get a great buck for the price of a McDonald's value meal.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Got a sore knee? Try a leech.

Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and, if we are fortunate, with ourselves.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

What a great story about Big Mac, the 3rd fastest super computer in the world. Basically to sum it up, Macs Kick Butt (for a lot less $$). Way to go Steve-O.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Most of you who knew who Mike Yaconelli was, probably have already heard that he was killed in a car accident this past weekend, just in time for All Saints Day. I felt like I had to note his passing here. For better and for worse, Mike Yaconelli was a mentor and encourager to youth workers for decades. One thing you could not deny is that he loved kids and those who gave their lives to loving kids. The guy was 61 when he died a few days ago and he was still doing Young Life at his local high school as he had for probably 40 years. He had a passion for youth, but was not uncritical at all about youth ministry.

Yaconelli was also the founder and, for many years, the editor of the Wittenberg Door just The Door. We all loved The Door for it's irreverent and satirical jabs at the faithful. The Door, especially in its earlier years, was, I gather, very much the embodiment of Mike Yaconelli.

There are various tributes around the web (I enjoyed Jamey Bennett's more than most) so I'll not add mine...just one recollection.

I remember when I was a young, clueless, and tremendously discouraged youth worker and I walked into my first National Youth Worker's Convention in Chicago. Yaconelli gets up on stage and opens the convention by saying something like,

"If I know most of you like I think I know you, you are tirelessly ministering to and loving kids all week, every week. And if know most of your churches like I think I know your churches, they probably think you aren't doin' nothin'. Well, we know that you love kids and care for kids and teach kids and show kids how to follow if you don't wanna come to any of these sessions and hear these stupid lectures and go to these stupid workshops...don't!! I'm not only giving you permission to skip this stuff, I'm commanding you...Get up to the hotel room, take in a movie, have dinner, make love to your wife and check out of here at the end of the week. For many of you that would be the best use of this convention. So get outta here, right now, we don't care if you come back. We won't tell your churches."

And he was right (though I faithfully attended every session). ;-)

I'll miss Mike Yaconelli, and I was definitely better for having read and heard him.

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