Thursday, September 28, 2006
Some of you at Grandview know my friend, Brett Miller (whose lesser known cousin is a guy named Ben Cachiaras). Brett sends great things to me. This one has to be shared. You may need to double-click on the picture in order to read it.
If I had to chose between selling angry monkeys to children and being a minister at this place . . . well . . . it would be a tough choice.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Meghan played in the band for the first half of the game. It was rainy enough that they didn't have to wear their band uniforms. Now for the BIG NEWS. . .
A new student chats with Dr. David and Ruth Rambo. Dr. Rambo oversees the international students. He also used to be the leader of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
I will introduce you to the international students (who will only be here six weeks) as I get to know them. One of the students, Jamie Taylor (front row, third from the left), is the grandson of Hudson Taylor. Hudson Taylor well known as a missionary to China.
Below you can see pictures of the mixing of the Council, the International Beesons and the American Beesons. We're milling around and getting to know each other.Because of this blog, I am the guy who is always taking pictures. Here Randy joins in the fun.
Amazing. With all of that education and all of that experience he still hasn't figured out that he is wearing a dress. Actually, it is the traditional clergy clothing in Papua New Guinea and it is called zulu or a lapalap. He only wore it the first day. I happened to notice, though, that he had sock indentations around his ankles. He copped to the fact that he didn't wear it to campus. He changed in office right before class. Here Jim is holding a pandanus leaf pounder (or rikininar). It is the counterweight for a large clam shell. They are passed down from generation to generation.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
A poem the doesn't apply to me . . . really . . . I'm serious . . . Why are you looking at me that way?
by David Budbill
I want to be
so I can be
What good is my
when I am
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
What I don't know is whether or not this is intentionally or unintentionally funny.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
On Sunday morning Jason went with me to Grandview. Here is a view from the back side of the building. That's Buddy's motorcycle. It was a beautiful morning.
The praise team was practicing when we arrived. It was great to hear them again.
David Roberts preached a wonderful sermon on the importance of words and controlling our tongues. I was especially glad to be present when Logan was baptized by his dad.
I was able to snap a few pictures of the congregation after bringing greetings to the church. It was great to see everybody. I realized I have been away too long. We have such a wonderful church that it's hard to be away. You begin to realize what you're missing when you're gone.
After lunch I ran a few more errands, then Jason and I drove back to Wilmore. Once I got home I played UNO with the girls before they went to bed, then I finished my papers that were due the next morning.
After the day-long session I was able to hop in the car and go to Tennessee. That's the next blog entry (I'll try to do that later today).
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Newbigin exposes the Modern (Post-modern?) faith that takes shape in the secular worldview and its commitment to the rational universe, a belief that cannot be proven by use of reason itself. The natural result of this secular faith is the formation by default of a society that uncritically believes in accepting as valid the plurality of ÂtruthsÂ people are encouraged to embrace in their private understandings, but that are not seriously allowed into public discourse. If Christians are to be faithful to the gospel, however, we must be unashamed to proclaim as valid our starting point in the debate. The Christian starting point is the revelation of God in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the in-breaking of God into history and the high point of the meta-narrative that comprises the story of God's interaction with humanity.
If you're still reading this . . . thanks for sticking with it!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I forgot to take a picture of Joel for you. I suspect he prefers it that way anyway! It was good to see him. The girls and I had a good day.
Cindy got home Sunday morning before church. We all went to the Beeson Center for a special Beeson community worship service.
Now I'm trying to finish my reading for the Anthropology class that begins on Monday. As it turns out, I'll be driving to Johnson City this weekend to take care of house buying details. This is good news. It means that I'll get to be at Grandview on Sunday!