6.29.2005

On one of my recent postings I used the word "fricken." Now from the moment that I typed that I thought to myself, "Migue, you don't like using that word, why are you typing it?" Yeah, I know Migue, your right, I do not like that word for the obvious reason, namely it is the alternative word for are ever popular obtuse and profane expletive the F--- Bomb.
I never liked frick for that reason. I hate the F-Bomb. Even in the mindless context of using it when it has nothing to do with what it means like saying, "Man dude, that movie was so awesome!" (insert in place of "Man" and "so" the "F-Bomb", except where the "F-Bomb" for "so" goes add the suffix 'ing' to the "F-bomb" and you'll know what I mean.)
Now while I hate the F-Bomb, I must admit that when it is used in the mindless context as above, it really cracks me up. It just strikes me as hillarious.
So all this I write to say that the reason I used "fricken" was to stress in a forceful but comic way my expression of being overwhelmed. I right this for my sake more than anything cause when I see the word "fricken," I keep hearing myself say, "I don't even like that word."

I know..I know, but it's just one of those "things." But I need to take this thing serious. I am an adult....yes, I know you may be thinking, "Sure he can grow a beard but he's really not an adult." But no really I am an adult. I am an adult with children. And now more than ever I am becoming more and more conscience of those things that are not good examples of an "adult" to my children or anyone else's for that matter. I have no justification for using that term in front of my children or anyone else.

I once read on a plaque,

"PROFANITY...........the effort of a feeble mind trying to express itself forcefully."

I think this is partially correct. The plaque was posted in the carpentry shop where whom the man that led me to Christ worked in. Contextually the definition was right for Lee heard people all the time using expletives of all sorts to express themselves in a forcefully and/or otherwise manner. Lee used this plaque to communicate to people in a loving way the state of mindless adaptation of the senseless and inappropriate ways of using vocabulary. So contextually speaking his definition was accurate. But the other is that the word Profane speaks to that which is irreverant and blasphemous. Any irreverant speach is that which is not glorifying to God, especially in using immorally ideaological thought forms.

I don't want my son's or anyone else's children have to try to speak using terms that are indentifiable with profanity. We or them shouldn't have to use the inappropriate to speak forcefully. There are alternatives.

So if you found my use of "fricken" funny, as I wanted it to be percieved lets "hahaha" and chuckle. But that's it. What's done is done. No more. I will not use "frick" any longer. My conscience is in agreement with this.

And now for the weather.....

Comments!!!

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6.28.2005

So much to think about and what little time and energy we have for it.

I don't know about you, but when I see the myriad of books out there that I am interested in, the stuff that I really want to think about I get overwhelmed..... I mean, fricken overwhelmed. I really do. And always what comes to mind is O' King Solomon saying, "Of making many books there is no end; and much study wearies the body."......What? Man dude, Solomon was talkin to me. Although, he may well just of said, "Of making many books there is no end, and just looking at them all will take your breath away, or worse; it may make you feel like giving up."

6.26.2005

Well, well, well says my soul.
My third attempt to publish Friday evenings event was successful. Thank you computer for cooperating. Thank you to the electrical system of my house for not "rebooting" if that's what you call what you do.
And I give God thanks for granting me the opportunity to do this without painting the walls of my house with dents and laptop juice. I have had bad episodes with my temper in the past and it hasn't shown it's ugly face in a long time and I was afraid that it might just happen if it were to happen again that I would think through, type this out and loose it.

Read below Brewing Theology to see what murphy's law was trying to oppress!

Brewing Theology

There is something special about the crafting chemistry of making stuff. A lot of stuff is made. And chemistry is involved with making everything. Matter mixed, elements combined equals stuff. Some of the best stuff that the hands of chemistry has produced is in the realm of cooking and brewing. For example, my father-in-law Damon, whom I call “Paw” is an excellent cook in the southern tradition. He experiments often with different styles and produces good ‘stuff.’ I love to eat his cooking. There is an art to cooking and also an art in appreciating and savoring food. Another one of my favorite things that the hands of chemistry have made is in the realm of brewery. Beer especially. Lager. Stouts. Ale’s, all of it. To take the things of the earth and make something as tastefully earthy as a Guiness or a Killians or a Michigan brewed Oberon and many of the fine brews out there is a wonderful thing. Some people may associate forms of alcohol (I say forms of alcohol because we also use a form of alcohol for the use of sterilizing and cleaning things), with sin. To say that alcohol is sin, or the use of alcohol is sin is like saying that eating swine or eating pig in the form of bacon is sin. Let us not be glutton’s and let us not be drunkards! With that said, the chemistry of brewery is a wonderful one. I enjoy the by product of master brewer’s.
This past Friday evening was a very pleasurable evening enjoying the works of chemistry and doing chemistry. I and eight other men, one of them being my new pastor in the faith sat around two circling tables atoped with two large baskets of Nachos Nuevo and our favorite imports at Applebee’s and engaged in some good ‘ole camaraderie! It would have been a crown to the evening if Merry and Pippen were there dancing on top of tables singin there hearts out with their pints!
Introductory comments, remarks and conversations revolved around San Antonio’s recent championship victory (which I might add was one of the best NBA playoff final series I have seen in a long while), Batman Begins, Land of the Dead (of which I retract my commenting on the then fact of desiring to see this film. Although I enjoyed Romero’s past works in the Dead series I cannot bring myself to see his recent and more than likely final installment ‘Land of the Dead’. I have no justification to see a film anymore of which I know beforehand that has sexually illicit, suggestive content and scores of potent blasphemy)……and getting drunk back in the day when lack of restraint and respect for the things of earth ran rampant in our lives.
What ensued after introductory dialogue and probably after our first of second rounds of drinks and cashing out the baskets of bought for you by Roger Williams Nacho’s Nuevo was the beginning of a thoroughgoing conversation that was mentally engaging and intellectually stimulating. Applied Theology was what we were all after. Talking about Evangelicalism’s present preoccupation with an atonement-centered gospel ex., “Avoid Hell…..Repent…..Trust Jesus Today..” but not limited thereto, and the need for a, albeit the biblical account of redemption as a whole. A redemption that addresses not fire insurance, as though salvation is only about going to heaven when you die, but rather a redemption of reality itself. The Kingdom of God coming into our broken and devastated world and lives and recreating all things new through the power of the birth, life, death, resurrection and present priestly intercession of Christ for his creation through his seated place at the right hand of God and his Spirit embodied in his church. A suggestion of the Christus Victor model of the gospel paved our dialogue’s path towards asking what it might look like for a community of faith that embraces our history of redemption (church history, historical theological developments and their implications for today) as a whole in an ecumenical way while serving our neighborhoods and cities. We began to sift through some presuppositions which led me to recognize or remember from Burke’s suggestion of 'mental models' in his book Making Sense of Church that we are in need of an examination of our mental models to see if we are aligned properly with the gospel as it is communicated in the scriptures or trying to replay 16th century church history as the sole defining point of redemptive history worth repeating.
Many things were said and not developed. Which is nice because for those of us taking mental note look forward to raise these things up again and see what develops throughout our conversation. And dominating in all of this talk is the hopes for an edification to take place that will result in bringing forth fruit unto righteousness.
I am stoked at the fact that Roger Williams and Mike Spencer are both involved in reading Grenz and Franke’s book Beyond Foundationalism. I have been wanting some comrades in the reading of this book for a very long time. Roger and Mike I look forward to discuss this book and it’s vein of subjects with the both of you.

Below I have posted some of the books that have been influential to me and are of a foundational contribution to the awareness of the subjects of what has already taken place in our begun conversation. Note, that the dialogue and the distillery of thinking through books, study and meditation are far from limited to these alone.

John R. Franke, Reforming Theology: Toward a Postmodern Reformed Dogmatics Clicking on this link will take you to the page that has a (PDF) link for this said title. Just scroll down and look under resources.
Robert Webber, The Younger Evangelical's
Robert Webber, Ancient Future Faith
Gustaf Aulen, Christus Victor (I have not read this one but look forward to it. It was cited many times in Webber’s, Ancient Future Faith.)
Stanley Grenz and John R. Franke, Beyond Foundationalism

I see blood.....




My second attempt to publish a lengthy commentary on Friday evening has been supplanted once again by the frequent and almost daily power shortages that our home experience. Just after spending time thinking and trying to articulate about the evening and than spell-checking the power goes out. AGAIN....I lost it all.

I see red.

I see blood.

But computers don't bleed.

I still see red.

I don't know if I am to post anything on this past Friday evening. I do not know if I am going to attempt anymore. I am really, really frustrated. This is not funny at all.

And of course you will read this. This will be published. Of course. It doesnt take a long time to think about and write!!!!!!

Red all around me...

6.25.2005

When all else fails, Danae is still my wife....

Roses are red.....Violets are blue.........Danae is my wife.....

Danae is sleeping. Danae is awake. Danae is eating. Danae is not eating. Danae is Danae. Danae is my wife......

Danae is Beautiful. Danae is sweet. Danae makes good turkey burgers and fries. Danae is a good mom. Danae works really, really, really hard. Danae is my wife.....

It is a depressingly frustrating experience when you completely lose everything you spent time on thinking and writing about. This just happened to me.

6.22.2005

Game 7 baby!!!

Joshua, get that Cinnabon readied and drizzeled, I'ma hungreh!!

6.18.2005

Currently reading many books at one time (but that isn't really new news), working lot's of hours (which is very good...time and a half baby~!), hangin out with my family and feeling sorry for Riley Kern's face.

Reading:
O Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants
Goheen & Bartholomew, The Drama of Scripture
Grenz & Franke, Beyond Foundationalism
Arterburn and Stoeker, Every Man's Battle
Michael Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality
Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart
Eugene Peterson's, The Message

Currently incorporating ourselves at Grace & Peace fellowship.

Currently looking forward....
to an evening with some men from Grace & Peace on June 24th over some good food, drink and stimulating conversation.

to hang out with my brother-in-law Joshua and talk about covenant theology, eschatological views and their influence upon our spiritual formation.

to toss frisbee with anyone capable of running for it! Anybody out there wanna toss one?

seeing my boys call me "papi" and Danae "mami".

a phone call from the United States Postal Service offering me a full-time permanent job.

6.12.2005

Life is an adventure filled with many events, circumstances and seasons. The current path on which I tread is filled with an awareness that I hope will never leave me but that will produce in me the fruits of Christ. I have seen this season bring out in me the worst I have seen in a long time. Struggles with sins that I long ago thought were overcome have resurfaced and have gripped me at times with violence. My attitude towards the daily "things" of our lives has become poor with impatience, bitterness and a temper that is ugly.
I have gotton disgusted with myself at times to the point that I hate seeing my face or how I look that I would shave off my beard so that I at least feel like I look like someone else on the outside. And of course this does no help to the soul.

I have become the proverbial frog in the pot.

In the past I have handled the stresses of a world and community that many times does not know how to handle the truth with feelings of great angst, confusion, frustration and lament. My inability to cope with these stresses in an appropriate Godward fashion have led me to the downgrade. Slowly, increment by increment time worked against me. And rightfully so.
Substitues offered and taken. Exposing myself to those things which are obviously destructive and to those things that would offer me no nourishment of soul. Thus leaving me verily starved and left unto eating from my own storehouses of toxicity. "lean not unto your own understanding...."
The effects of which ripple to every role of mine. Effecting all that is around me. Slowly wearing those whom I love and those that need to be loved.

And so now ensues [again] recovery. repentance. renovation. As a way of life. Fully aware. But yet not totally aware.

"Remind me of this with every decision; generations will reap what I sow. I could pass on a curse or a blessing to those I will never know." -Sara Groves

6.11.2005

Many good things to say about the late Yaconelli's influential writing,

"I don't believe in spiritual growth.
Maybe I should clarify.
I don't believe in what most people [mean] by spiritual growth. Spritiual growth has become an industry, a system, a set of principles, formulas, training programs, curricula, books, and tapes which, if followed promise to produce maturity and depth. Most of these programs are made up of the same ingredients: prayer, Bible study, service and community. Duh. Authentic growth doesn't happen overnight. It can't be reduced to a formula (take some verses, wash down with a couple of prayers, and call me in the morning).
Yes, a regimen of prayer, Bible study, service and community can and will contribute to spiritual growth, but that's like saying milk, vegetables, and chicken will contribute to my physical growth. Physical and spiritual growth cannot be reduced to mechanics. I'm all for getting the mechanics right, but spiritual growth is more than a procedure; it's a wild search for God in the tangled jungle of our souls, a search which involves a volatile mix of messy reality, wild freedom, frustrating stuckness, increasing slowness, and a healthy dose of gratitude......the kind of spiritual growth that begins with desire, not guilt; passion, not principles; desperation, not obligation...to grow by traveling the road of failure, frustration, and surprise."

Michael Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People. Pg. 88
Italics mine


Also, thank you Chris and Laura Churchill and Brandon and Shannon Capuano for a wonderful evening of good dialouge, laughter, pizza, ale and love. It was very good for us.

Peace