Archive for October, 2006

Business card idea?

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006


Source: Gaping Void

One of my favorites…

Monday, October 30th, 2006

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I made it five days…

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Well, I made it five days on my cleanse… (In case, you’re wondering, it was supposed to last 21!) I am not really sure what I did wrong, but I experienced some rather discouraging side effects from the process (If you really want to know, email me) that caused me to second guess whether this was the right thing for me right now. However, even though I only made it five days as a strict vegetarian, it was a really valuable experience for me. Here are a few things I learned about myself.

I can be off caffeine! I had absolutely no caffeine for five days and I was fine. My head didn’t fall off and i actually felt pretty refreshed in the morning. I didn’t wake up with tired-head or a general sense of grogginess which I feared, and I only had a headache for a short time on day 1 and 2. This has really got me thinking about what my caffeine intake should be on a more permanent basis. Maybe the Starbucks boycott is possible.

Secondly, I don’t need meat at every meal. When I was in college, when someone asked me what I wanted to eat, I would frequently reply, “I don’t care, as long as it’s dead, red, and bleeding.” So, the previous statement sounds like blasphemy to the 1999 version of me, but it’s true… I don’t need as much meat as I have previously thought. In fact, a meal of some fresh vegetables and fruit can taste great, be really filling, and still leaving you feeling energetic about your day! I really did enjoy most of the meals I had over the past five days.

Thirdly, I really think I could fast now. Last spring, during a series I was teaching on spiritual disciplines, I tried on several occasions to fast for 24 hours. Each time I failed miserably by cheating around dinner time. I am actually pretty proud of myself for being faithful to the discipline for 5 days.

Next, I got what I wanted. When I began this process, I said I wanted to develop a healthier relationship with food. (I know, sounds a little weird) Again, even though I only made it five days, I think I did that. After the first two days, I really felt fine. I was a little weak (and experiencing some side effects) but for the most part I felt pretty good. It was really encouraging to get past the initial cravings and temptations and realize that I didn’t need to eat [fill in the blank]. I feel like I can now better develop some disciplines that doesn’t allow my stomach to control my life.

Finally, these five days helped me see that I have many areas of my life that lack health besides my physical health. I spent the last two days reviewing my entire journal for the last three months. It was discouraging to seed that I have basically been ranting about the exact same thing for months. I’m too busy. I’m not experiencing Sabbath. I don’t have good balance. The thing is over that entire span of time, I really didn’t do anything about it! The past five days really helped me see that the dysfunction that I have in my life is holistic and each part feeds the other. It’s very hard to bring balance/health/stability to one area of your life while the other is spinning totally out of control.

So, I don’t know where this leaves me on the whole cleanse thing. I need some time for my body to recover and with the Holidays coming up, I don’t foresee me making another run at this before the new year, but at the very least, I feel prettty good about returning to a healthy and organic diet that I was beginning to develop before leaving for Kansas City. In the meantime, I continue the journey of seeking to live a whole, healthy life.

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Needle & Threads

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

I used this song, by Sleeping at Last, during one of my recent messages at Mosaic. It’s off of their Keep No Score album. Many thanks to the recent Relevant Network box for turning me on to this great band. Lyrics are below.

When the world welcomes us in,

?We’re closer to Heaven than we’ll ever know.

?They say this place has changed,

?But strip away all of the technology

?And you will see

?That we all are hunters,

?Hunting for something that will make us okay.

Here we lay alone in hospital beds,

?Tracing life in our heads;

?But all that is left

?Is that this was our entrance and now it’s our exit,

As we find our way home.

All the blood and all the sweat

?That we invested to be loved

?Follows us into our end,

?Where we begin to understand

That we are made of love,

?And all the beauty stemming from it.

?We are made of love,

?And every fracture caused by the lack of it.

“You were a million years of work,”

?Said God and His angels, with needle and thread.

?They kissed your head and said,

?“You’re a good kid and you make us proud.

?So just give your best and the rest will come,

?And we’ll see you soon.”

All the blood and all the sweat

?That we invested to be loved

?Follows us into our end,

?Where we begin to understand

That maybe Hollywood was right:

?When the credits have rolled and the tears have dried,

?The answers that we have been dying to find

?Are all pieced together and, somehow,

?Made perfectly mine.

We are made of love,

?And all the beauty stemming from it.

?We are made of love,

?And every fracture caused by the lack of love.

Needle & Thread from the album “Keep No Score” by Sleeping At Last

Cleanse, Day Four

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

I am now four days into my 21 day cleanse. If you’re wondering who I can blame for getting me into this, you can look at Marko who posted several months ago about his cleanse. Hearing him reflect the benefits that he experienced from the cleanse encouraged me to consider doing this. I am working with the same natural health coach that Marko worked with and so far this hasn’t been as bad as I thought.

My diet for the first 10 days is basically lots of fruits and veggies with a ton of supplements. No dairy, meat, COFFEE, etc… You get the idea. The first two days were horrible with my body trying to talk me back into eating the stuff I have to avoid right now. By far, the worst of these cravings was Starbucks… I can’t wait for my first cup in a few weeks. But other than that, I think my stomach has done enough shrinking over the first three days to make the rest of this manageable.

Next week, I start the master cleanse which will include a 3 day juice fast. I hope I can make it through this. If anyone wants to buy me a cup of Starbucks when this is all over, I will be back in business on November 9th.

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Thoughts from a faithful follower…

Friday, October 20th, 2006

S2PosterThis post is a little off the beaten path from some of my usual themes, but I know many of you share my passion for the show Lost. My wife and I have been in on this one from the beginning and even had a Lost watching party with a group of friends during the first season. If you are a fan of Lost who is not caught up on the current season’s episodes, stop reading now.

I am growing concerned about the direction of this show. Most series like to take us to a cliffhanger at the end of the season, and most of the time those cliffhangers take us very close to a direction we think might kill the series. Take for instance, The Office, another favorite, which is doing a great job with the angle they have taken… having Jim move to a new office and providing some distance to the developing relationship between Jim and Pam. Most Office fans weren’t interested in the show becoming a romantic series about Jim and Pam, though we love them so… The Office is about more than just Jim and Pam.

Which brings me back to Lost… A few thoughts about the potential avenues that this season might take…

Don’t turn this into a torture series… The teaser for next week is the one that really might send me over the edge. I have no desire to sit down for an hour to watch “the others” torture Jack, Sawyer and Kate. Especially, and this is the huge thing for me, when I have no understanding at all of what their intentions are… Without knowing who these people are, what they’re about, or why they are even on the island, they just look like evil people who want to torture somebody. What’s the point? Why are they torturing them? They’re not asking them for anything… To me, it borders on being grotesque for grotesque sake… I don’t have time for that.

If you’re going to share more backstory, make sure it adds to the story… In the last two weeks, we’ve discovered two things. Jin and Son had a bad marriage. I think we found that out in season one. Son’s father is a bad man. Yeah, we got that before too. Locke has a hard time trusting people. YES, I get that. He gave away a kidney to a father who abandoned him. Trust me, I won’t forget that Locke has trust issues… Seeing that he was betrayed by a undercover officer who infiltrates the drug ring that Locke previously worked in (what they heck was that about) doesn’t tell me anything about Locke that I didn’t already know. So far, I’ve seen a lot of fluff in season three that doesn’t seem to be taking us anywhere.

New characters, old story lines? Ok, last season when you revealed that there were people on the other side of the island who were in another part of the plane… I was with you… but now we have these new faces who have magically appeared in the original group of survivors. Come on… The whole premise of the show is that you are on a deserted island! And we have the return of the polar bear, who luckily seems to only come out of his cave every 20-25 days.

Make sure your new stories make sense with your old stories… So Desmond can see the future… That might have been helpful to know before the hatch exploded.

Memo to the writers: You’ve got a huge audience of people who have trusted you to take them somewhere… If you don’t know where you are going… figure it out pretty quick.

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Casual Friday Video v.1.1

Friday, October 20th, 2006

It’s been a slow week here at the Bucket as I have tackled a few major school projects… fighting through mid-terms. Today’s video is in honor of a big game coming up on Monday as the Giants come to town.

Wrapping up for the night…

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

I am wrapping up my studying for the night. For the second time in a week, I will be breaking one of my “seminary rules” which says, “don’t ever start writing your paper on the day that it is due.” Oh well… I can’t seem to pinpoint why this semester has just overwhelmed me. I am taking less hours than normal, although one of the classes has a very unrealistic work load which has really kept me busy. Whatever the problem might be, I think I am beginning to experience for the first time what burnout really feels like. I’ve certainly been stressed in the past, but this is different. It’s a deeper weariness that doesn’t get better because you take an afternoon off or plan an evening home with the family.

Tonight, I was really convicted when I told Johnny that I felt like I might be experiencing some of the burnout blues and he very matter-of-factly said, “I could tell that you were.” It was surprising to me because besides my wife, I can think of few people who know me as well as Johnny does after working together for almost three years. I had made the remark thinking in my head, “maybe this is what I’m feeling.” It opened my eyes a little bit to see that one of my closest companions was well aware of how difficult this season has been for me…

I can’t help but feel like this whole post sounds whiny, and that bugs me. On the other hand, it’s the guilt that I am not working hard enough or completing enough tasks that makes me feel bad for being whiny. It’s the same guilt that is suffocating my life and stealing my joy.

I scheduled a few days off in my calendar this afternoon for some personal retreat time. I also put some study leave time on my calendar which always provide incredible refreshment. It made me feel better just knowing those dates we’re coming. If anyone has other suggestions, I’m open. I always thought feeling burned out was a word people used to mask their laziness… God, forgive my arrogance.

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Youth Ministry Video

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Marko shares this video that would be excellent to use with a message on beauty.

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Casual Friday Video

Friday, October 13th, 2006

So, I stole the idea from another blog, but here’s a funny video for your Friday afternoon.