Song for the Day

October 17, 2008

I love soul.  Funk is fun, R&B is catchy, but apparently I need the soul:

Sing it, Stevie. And, nice fro’.


Getting Uncomfortable

October 13, 2008

I had an interesting conversation in my Youth Small Group last night. I ended up saying that in order for God to show you what you need to work and where your character is weak, He needs to put you in uncomfortable positions. When you get in a comfortable place, your routine, you know the right answers to your everyday problems, you know how to act in a “Christian” way.

But, what happens when you’re out of your comfort zone? I started a new job about a month ago, and it really stretched me. I pride myself on being a friendly, humble person (yes, I see the contradiction already), but at this new job, I was shocked to see how critical I was of other people’s work and where the project stood. The fact is that the existing project, while it has its flaws, was a lot of work, and most of it is good work. I needed to get off my pedestal and do my part without even thinking the critical thoughts I had been voicing. We’re all in this together.

Here’s a conversation starter: pastors, how are you getting uncomfortable this week? I was listening to a sermon today (sent to me from Peter Horning, yeah!). The guy spoke with authority on the will of God, and I caught myself wondering how uncomfortable he got each week? Yeah, he studies the Word a ton, and yeah he’s challenged by getting up and talking and the counseling he does during the week. But, that’s his comfort zone, right?

Can anything be a comfort zone after a while? How often do you need a change?

Shout out to my friends: if I had to say the thing I admire most about you that I don’t see enough of in myself, it would probably be the way you constantly go do things, because you haven’t. Mike, you rock. Spence and Karl, tour was freakin amazing. Brian, too bad that year in Colorado never happened – it would have been awesome adventure to hang out together for an entire year with no plans. I need more randomness in my life.


I’m a dork

October 10, 2008

*sigh*

i accept this. and yet i don’t regret it.


Google rocks

October 8, 2008

Google is thinking big, and I approve of that. Check out their newest philanthropic endeavor, where the ideas that help the most people win..


Music for the Day – Ultra Chill Edition

October 8, 2008

I could listen to this song all day long.


Anniversary!

October 7, 2008

Well, we made it a year. We showed all the na-sayers. We fought the good fight. We done the good deed.

It’s been an awesome year. I love Emily, and this was by far the best year yet (of my life). I’m super excited to see what God’s going to do in the next year. House? Pets? Job stuff? Who knows what’s in store for us. And, congrats to the others who made it past the year mark recently.

For those that were wondering, our Anniversary date consisted of burgers and wings at the 4th Street Grille (Thanks for the tip, Spencer). Afterward we tried to go bowling at Faxon, but every lane was dedicated to the Monday night league. We then decided to rent Baby Mama, which we’re dying to see…except the power was out at Blockbuster, so they were closed. Ultimately we ended up watching one of the greatest movies of all time, and one I haven’t pulled out for about a year: Life is Beautiful (wikipedia). If you need to see it, borrow it from us. No, just go buy it right now. Now.

Edit: Before anyone says it, “done the good deed” was not referring to that.


Music for the Day

October 7, 2008

Since I have nothing else to say, I’ll just embed it :-). Yeah, I listen to that 4-5 times a day at least.


Music Update

October 3, 2008

I’ve really been digging Death Cab for Cutie lately. Wierd, huh? Check out Summer Skin.

Also, check out Yes by Coldplay. I can’t take how good that song is.

Also, does anyone read this blog anymore? (If so, go comment on this post – Thanks! …I guess it’s pretty lame to beg for comments….well, we all already know I’m lame. No loss there.)


Attention!!!

September 30, 2008

For those of you in feedreaders, click through and check out my brand new Welcome Haiku. Expect to be disappointed, so I don’t have to live up to the hype I just created. Enjoy.


Thoughts on Jobs: Jobs for Everyone!

September 30, 2008

Well, that’s the idea.

We’ve been talking about this passage from Acts recently. How does a group go about fulfilling everyone’s needs? It does seem difficult to coordinate, especially as the size of the group increases – even a family of four or five sometimes leaves a member out at times, how could 100 or 30,706 possibly accomplish this?

The problem of meeting everyone’s needs parallels the problem of finding jobs for everyone. Everyone has something to contribute to society (1 Corinthians 12:7). As we work together, our overall wealth as a society increases (called comparative advantage). But, how do you possibly find a place for everyone?

Here are two opposing forces I see in this problem:

Innovation: As we develop new technologies or processes, make things or perform services more efficiently, we increase the average standard of living. Unfortunately, we also reduce the number of jobs in a given industry (I’ll get to this in a second).

Imagination: As we have more and more people unemployed due to innovation, we need to be creative as to how they can contribute to society. This creates jobs.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: once upon a time we were hunters and homemakers. Someone innovated; “farming” was born. Now a few farmers could feed many people. That innovation put a lot of hunters out of business. So, they became cooks and builders and sheriffs…and actresses and novelists.

So, how do you find a place for everyone in this machine we call an economy? I have no clue. I think we need to be imaginative and find the things that are worth paying for (and not reducing them to commodities).

How do we coordinate the large number of people with their talents and resources to fulfill each other’s needs? For the math geeks, it seems like an NP problem. For the non-geeks, it’s freakin hard. Near impossible, I’d say.

Unless we can somehow get over ourselves and selflessly give our talents and resources. Yeah, selfishness seems to find prices points on supply-demand charts, and it seems to distribute resources well enough now. But surely we can do better.

Thoughts? (sorry for the long one, folks)