I was wondering what my “Focus” was going to be for the new year. Then it kind of hit me. Perhaps this year I can stop trying as hard and simply start trusting. One of the areas I’ve been trying to work on is having true joy in my life. I know that through Jesus Christ my sins are forgiven and that does bring me joy, yet, my life doesn’t always show it. For some reason, I’ve been making a connection between joy (or the lack of joy) and feeling like I need to be trying. So, I’m going to try to allow myself to trust God rather than feeling like it all falls on me. Dave.
Well, I did it! I sent my registration in for a workshop with Leonard Sweet. After reading his books and website I finally am taking an opportunity to see him live and in person! The workshop includes three sessions, worship and dinner. It sounds odd (even to me), but I am having difficulty decided whether or not to stick around for the final session. If I do stick around it means I will miss the first couple of hours of The Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Even if I don’t stick around, I know the time spent will be well worth it. One little tidbit was the brochure mentioned that Sweet is working on a book on preaching. After being a part of preachingplus.com I’m sure that will be quite an interesting book. Dave.
Well, if you want to be challenged, here’s a link to go to It is from SansBlogue and has a quote from Bono (U2 fame) dealing with how the west has basically forgotten (or chooses not to acknowledge) the issues in Africa. I’m not really current on the issues, but I do know one of our conference missionaries has also said that he feels the west has given up on Africa.
One of the Youth Group kids told me they just got the Sims 2. Man. I’m still on Sims 1. I don’t play it very much because I tend to loose track of time. Perhaps at times that is a good thing. I can fall into a ‘driven’ state and Sims might be a good deversion. However, I have trouble limiting my time on the Sims. Plus, I’m always thinking of other more important things I could be doing. I guess the trick is to somehow get my kids involved 😉 That way, playing the Sims could also be spending time with my kids. Or, better yet, perhaps I could pretend I’m a Sim and instead of play the game I’d live my life 🙂
I’ve been amazed. For the past few days I have seen more Christian content on TV than I think I have in my life. Of course, I’ve been watching some MSNBC and FOX news shows. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” has created some pretty interesting conversations. Of course there is talk of anti-Semitism…there is also the violence. It amazes me that with all the violent movies that have been created, people take exception to this one.
Now, I have not seen the movie yet. I’m also at a disadvantage because I haven’t seen “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” or “Jason vs. Freddie” or “Pulp Fiction.” From what I’ve heard these are also violent films. When those movies came out, I didn’t hear that they were too violent. I’m just amazed.
This movie, it seems, is more like a documentary than an entertaining movie. Words like “painful” are said about it. I can’t see myself getting a large popcorn and pop while watching this movie. I’m not sure it was made to be entertaining, but rather informational and perhaps even formational. I wonder if Gibson believes people will be changed by this movie.
I’m also amazed at how many people are going to see this movie. I figured most non-christians wouldn’t really care about it (just look at Andy Rooney). So, it seems to me that most (but probably not all) people seeing the movie believe they have some connection to Christ. If this is the case, why do our churches seem so irrelevant in the world today?
Another thing I find amazing is the theater I’m planning on going to has matinee prices for all films EXCEPT this one. For some reason this movie is always $7.50 even with the other movies are only $5. Go figure. Perhaps it is because they know I won’t be buying the popcorn 😉