still around

just not always with stable internet connection and still in a bit of a wondering phase since when we left the Canyon.  We did just that, we up and left – we did not have time to plan our “exodus” (does anybody in these kinds of situations?) – been keeping up on the blogs when I can and we are still figuring a way forward and have yet to land in Phoenix.  It’s pretty rough and tumble for sure.

One thought I’ve reflecting on is the connection between the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and the missio dei.  They are connected you know, and interrelated – the incarnation and resurrection were/are the impetus of the missio dei – they are what make it possible if not necessary.  Resurrection leads to Mission.  A Resurrection life in Jesus leads to a missional life in Jesus.  In fact, Mission flows out of the Resurrection life of Jesus, which is also in us (as Paul tells us in Romans, that Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives in us).  The fact that Jesus rose from the dead should compel us to pursue God’s salvation to the ends of the earth.  Why wouldn’t it?  Do we think the benefits of the resurrection are for us alone?  They are not.  Instead, they are to be shared, not only in community and care for one another, but also in proclamation and in care for others that they too may know and experience the risen life of Jesus in them as well.

all for now.

on the problem of platitudes

why do they have to be so prominent during the tough times for people needing support??!! (not just in loss through death but maybe job loss, position loss, sense direction loss, etc..)

in my opinion the main problem of platitudes is that they reveal a lack either of the following: understanding; empathy; compassion; depth of insight; connection to reality or pain and suffering.

i know it is dangerous to overthink issues and people and to assume too much but still….

A platitude is a trite, meaningless, biased, or prosaic statement, often presented as if it were significant and original. The word derives from plat, the French word for “flat.” Whether any given statement is considered to have meaning is highly subjective, so platitude is often—but not always—used as a pejorative term to describe seemingly profound statements that a certain person views as unoriginal or shallow. An example of a platitude could be “go with the flow” or “The only thing to fear is fear itself.”  See Dictionary.

or in church culture some examples might be:

  • God will get you through it…
  • Find out what God’s will is and do that…
  • God is in control…
  • Keep your focus on the Lord…
  • They are in a better place now…
  • All in his timing…
  • let go and let God…

the list could go on and on and on.   these are basic truths that are not untruths per se, but simply stated in a flat and often trite, meaningless way (often unintendedly).  when stated, they usually grate and don’t comfort.

please, for the love of God, if you are with someone needing support, make every effort to avoid platitudes?  most of us just say them without realizing it – I know I have and I too need to work on it – it isn’t very loving or supportive.

Most embarassing book meme

Mark found an embarassing book on his bookshelf and posted it and challenged others (tagging me along with others) to post photos of their most embarassing books.  Most of mine at the moment are all boxed up but I had to find a book I needed the other day and came across this (it’s still in a box I don’t feel like digging out to get a photo at the moment):













I know, I know, isn’t it tragic?  and… I was gullible enough to actually buy it myself thinking it might be interesting.   I am still pretty ignorant when it comes to archeology and related issues but I do read Jim West’s and Bob Cargill’s blogs so I am learning to be more discerning…  like Nick I am too afraid to give it away for fear of polluting others with it.

I have had other embarassing books – too embarassing to mention here but I no longer possess those.



ignorant KJV quote of the day

by a commentor “John” who put up the following drive-by comment on a post about the 2011 NIV:

PEOPLE LISTEN the niv and all other bibles are not the true translation only the kjv bible is the true bible don’t be decieved by the devil because the antichrist is comming to decieve you. The end is comming soon. The nniv as it is called is going to be worse not corrected. Zoldermens is making up storys it is man made. That is why there are so many bibles comming out. They aren’t the true bible. Any church that uses anything but the kjv bible is teaching the wrong thing. This was predicted in the kjv bible 2Timothy 4. Look for yourself.

I’ll just leave it for you all to consider.

been in So. Cal

connecting with some friends and family and getting some rest too – looking forward to connecting with fellow blogger Robert Jimenez.  I wanted to connect up with TC but he’s a bit out of our range (we have our kids and need to minimize drive time with them), I should have tried to meet up on our way down here but alas, all is well.

We’re also being treated to a day at Disneyland.  🙂

so the blogging world goes on… and so does the mission of God in this world.   Are you part of it?  I hope so.

had a birthday

Yesterday (5/8) – I turned a new corner.  I am now no longer a 30 something fellow, but turned 40.  Can you believe it?  Bet you had no idea – I am pretty sure my blog doesn’t communicate that I am middle aged or over the hill does it?  Maybe it does and I just don’t know it?  Maybe it doesn’t matter.   Anyways, I guess they say your 40’s are the new 30’s – that they are supposed to be the most productive years of your life.  Perhaps, I guess that could be up to me to be productive.  well, here’s to a new decade faced with new opportunites!

facebook, etc.

if you’re on my facebook list – I have deactivated my account for the Easter season (Easter through to Pentecost).  Just letting people know so they won’t think they were defriended – and it is for personal reasons (time mangagement with regard to fb usage continues to be a problem).  

Probably in this time too, hopefully, we’ll have finally found a new house to replace the one we were living in that is full of toxic mold.  If you are the praying type, please consider praying with us.  In an ideal world, we need brand new fully furnished so we can minimize taking anything over to the new house only to perpetuate the problem. 

Additionally, we also be fully involved in itineration and building up a support team for the ministry here at the Grand Canyon National Park – in case some missed it, we are are now candidate missionaries with Assemblies of God US Missions.  Upon fully building up our support team and with approval from AGUSM, we’ll then be fully appointed general missionaries with Assemblies of God US Missions.  Confused yet?  You can read my about page to see more.  

Basically, instead of becoming appointed missionaries to go overseas, we’re becoming appointed missionaries to the Grand Canyon National Park, which is not terribly unlike going overseas especially given that our nearest Walmart is 85 miles out, the nearest mall 95 miles out, nearest major medical center 85 miles out (in in parts of Flagstaff, AZ), and our nearest supermarket (for groceries) 60 miles out (Williams, AZ).  So, we’re pretty isolated. They have a general store in the park but at $6 for a box of cereal, sometimes it’s just easier to go to Williams and do bulk shopping. 


Congrats to Dr. Chris Tilling

for successfully defending his PhD thesis.

from his facebook page he writes:

Has recently successfully defended his PhD thesis, and will now become Dr Chris Tilling … I trust all you plebs out there will finally start treating me with a bit of awe and respect 🙂


certainly sir, now that you are officially a somebody!  🙂