saturday evening raviolis

tonight emily and I made homeade ravioli from a jamie oliver recipe, it was fantastic.here’s the recipe from his book “The Naked Chef Takes Off” (Jamie Oliver)8oz potatoes peeled1 1/2 asparagus, bases trimmed and stalks peeled1 clove garlic – chop itolive oilsalt and pepper1 handful of fresh mint, leaves picked from the stems1 fresh pasta recipe (we used his and it was great)2 very large pats of butter2 heaped tablespoons mascarpone cheese1 handful of grated parmesan cheesecook potatoes in salted boiling water, until tender, then drain…. It was a nice evening of cooking in the kitchen with Emily.Here are the egg yolks sitting in the middle of a pile of flour, getting ready tobe made into noodles.Making the noodles was a lot of fun but a lot of work.This is when our raviolis were freshly made.Emily makes sure its all happening the right way so we can actually eat.The finished product.

the media, culture and the past year #1

In any case we’ve gotten at least more interested in TV shows.A Bit About MediaIn”The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries” Michael Budde he talks about the “old art of TV bashing” and quite frankly his tv-bashing is pretty good – because what he points out is the impossibility to cultivate kingdom practices within a community of faith when so much time is spent in front of the television…. One of the main purposes of media is to create a desire or need – so that people keep coming back.This is why churches and every Christian must be careful with the intake of what kinds of things we allow to influence us. Many of us have been formed not only in the consumerist culture of American but also in the “consumerist” culture of our churches – we’ve learned how to consume spiritual life in the same way that we consume any other product that is sold to us. In “Emerging Churches” Ryan Bolger states, “When churches decide to make entertainment their main focus, they create a continued expectation and desire for more.

out in the open

Though Blake has offered to personally return the money to those who have had a hard time getting a hold of them (he even gave them his cell phone number — 330.313.7259 and 330.209.9373), it was also nice that Mr. Alexander said something about the non-banquet, though there was nothing said about why the media wasn’t there for the “media launch party.”A number of random thoughts still on the table:Answers to questions we continue to bring up should not involve the same old rhetoric (that most in support of this league seem to use), “believe it will work,” “have faith in unseen things,” “satan is attacking.”… The Lord seems more concerned about this than you do becasue he told us to pray “give us our daily bread” and the league being in a prime position to offer the answer to this prayer will be held accountable to God to do so.Its good that its been pointed out to us a number of times that Mr. Heard is not God, this has been a big question up in the air for all of us. –We are trying to dig up credibility here, comments like this really don’t do much for that.There are some issues that have arisen out of this whole money order deal.

encouraging comments about the league

It is unclear whether the tryouts are specifically for evaluation purposes or some other form of punishment issued in response to the massive skeptism and accusations.Lastly, the impression I received, is that due to the complaints of a few (almost exclusively family and associates who were displeased with what happened at the banquet), Mr. Heard has made a decision to make things alot more strict and “more like how most professional leagues are run” to spite accusers that the league is a scam and a fraud…. So once, again it looks like things are just being conducted at a very ameteur level right now, and due to the power that Mr. Heard has over everything, the players would be greatly benefited by a player’s union.Here is more info from the same source who thankfully is critically thinking about this league:-I’m sure the players will receive copies of the new contracts.

theological reflections on xzuberant faith

here is a letter I have written and emailed (xfmpstreetball@yahoo.com as well as xfmag@yahoo.com) to the leaders of the XFBA.Michael Heard, Gregory Railey and Jevon Blake,In this whole expose of trying to discover what is true and false about this basketball league I began re-thinking this whole thing from top to bottom, so a bit of theology is due…. This is how categorically significant truth-telling is to those who call themselves – Christ-followers.And so if the XFBA is a group of people trying to pull the blindfolds over people’s eyes OR if they are just really naive business people who don’t know how to do what they’ve set out to do – then either way the Gospel calls them to tell the truth.

Update #4

they are not sure if this means they won’t get paid $2800 each on Jan. 30th, but if they don’t go they’re not in the league and definitely won’t get paid.3) They are supposed to be mailed a copy of their contract, and they are to send in some forms to get their medical benefits. Signing was Jan. 7th, as of Jan. 13th C.C. had not received his contract in the mail.4) All four Canton teams are required to show up this coming Sunday, Jan. 15th, at Michael Heard’s new church.