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The Wits End

Today, Emily got to her conference a little late due to my slightly handicap when it comes to reading directions.  Going north, when you’re supposed to be headed south never gets you where you’re going very fast.  After I dropped her off I returned to the hotel, and worked on my article; once a 1,150, now a 850 word delight.  Well, maybe not a delight, but 850s isn’t too bad for “long-winded one???.  I reworked some of the focus and tried to make it read clearer than it does here on my site.  There are still some parts I am unsure of, things I think I would cut, but left it up to the editor because its easier to have someone else cut stuff than it is for me to do it.  I am not that happy with it, I feel like it misses the main point that I wanted to get at, but I am not sure what else can be done.  Maybe its best to let these things fly as they are, and learn how to build it better next time from the way it crashes.  I’ve attached it the newer shorter version at the bottom of this post for those of you who don’t have anything better to do with your friday night. 

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San Diego

I am looking forward to this upcoming weekend because Emily and I are traveling down to San Diego this evening and we are going to stay until Saturday afternoon.  I think it will be a lot of fun, not only is San Diego cool, but I have some work I need to get done and this will provide the time for that. 

I am lecturing in Ryan’s “Jesus the Missionary??? class on Monday.  I have the core part of my lecture done, but I need to work out the group activities and nail down my sources a bit better.  I am pretty excited about the lecture though, its going to be on the “Community Formation and The Lord’s Prayer.???  Its something I came up with last year and I’ve had some good feedback about it, so I wanted to give it some legs and see if it can walk in a classroom setting.  Ryan was gracious enough to give me the opportunity.  I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, but I don’t necessarily feel like I’ve made headway into anything, I feel like I am desperately grabbing in the the wind; my chance to be in front of the class and share something I really care about and believe in may help me see things are happening…maybe not. 

I will also be working on an article the Fuller’s newspaper, the Semi.  My friend Mike Work plugged some of my material on the technology and Christian practice to the editor and she wants to use my “Multitasking and Simplicity??? article.  So I have to edit it down to 800 words (no small task for me) and polish it up a bit.  I really am excited about getting more opportunities to write, this is one of the main reason’s I’ve changed some of the structure to my blog.  I think I’ve always liked to write, and I find that “blogging??? is a way to practice and think out those thoughts.  I like blogging better in some ways than printed publishing, because you can get immediate feedback, who doesn’t like that?

Finally I am really excited about what’s going on with Quaker 2.0, a side project I am working on with Chris and others.  Not only is it another venue to try and work out thoughts, and carry on dialogue but its also a pretty focused conversation about Friends’ practice in the post-modern world.  Its a collaborative project, so that means that we get to share ideas and sharpen each other in ways you don’t normally get to with your own writing. 

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Hey Man Slow Down: The Art of Friendship Behind The Screen IV

I need to finish this series of four articles on Technology and how its affecting our lives in positive and negative ways before it gets away from me. When I first sat down to write about all of this it was because of a couple of prompts; my reading the Time Magazine article on multitasking and teenagers, my reading a book I had just finished by Joseph Grassi and an experience I had on the train. As I have been writing and thinking about all this, there was one last topic I felt I need to bring up: friendship in the technological age.

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Why Quaker 2.0?

I’ve written my first post as a contributing member of the Quaker 2.0 team today, if you’re interested in what’s going on over there here is the link.  The main point of what I write there is that we as the Friends’ movement are in a “crisis??? and need some fresh thinking on what it means to be a Friend today. 

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O Gracious Light: When Light and Darkness Find Each Other

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house (Matthew 5:14-15).???

Emily is returning home tomorrow, she has been gone since this past Saturday morning when she left for Ohio. Her trip was made up of two parts, she visited her mom and pops in Ohio, and then on Tuesday she flew out to Chicago to spend time with her sister and brother. From what it sounds like, it was a great trip; not only did she enjoy the concentrated time with her folks, but it has been a great time for her to visit the wonderful city of Chicago and kick it with her siblings.

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Two Invitation For Everyone

I wanted to make two invitations to anyone who happens upon my blog in the coming weeks:

1. Shawn over at LoFi Tribe has announced the theme for April's Ping Homily Series, its on Humility. We'd both really like to see more involvement on this great reflective exercise so if you are interested in the next month write up a short homily on humility and either 1) ping him (you can do this by copying the link above named “April's Ping Homily” and adding it to your post on your own blog), or 2) if you don't have a blog type jump over to his post on the humility and write the homily as a comment (you may want to write it out first in a text document just in case). The prize is a free book at the end of the 4 weeks (or so).

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March Ping Homily Selection

I just learned that I was selected to be the winner of the March Ping Homily Book Prize with what I wrote on courage from a non-violent Christian position. Shawn at LoFi Tribe is hosting these as a part of the 9rules religion group idea that was started a few months back.  I really like what the idea of creating a topic and having people write about it over the course of the month and so I am not only excited to have been selected but am looking forward to seeing this project grow.  To stay up on new Ping Homily please visit Shawn's Ping Homily page.  Thanks Shawn for putting this together.     

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How to Blog for Theology and Religion

I’ve been thinking for sometime about doing a how-to for theological and religious blogs as blogging is something I’ve grown increasingly interested in and challenged by.  There are many how-to blogs, and websites that cover tips on blogging – here are a few that I love to read regularly: Paulstamatiou.com; Emily Robins; CopybloggerLorelle; Blogging Pro; A List Apart and Problogger; these are just a few of the people who are dealing with tips on blogging tips, how to write and how to set up your site design.  Many of the things I will write here are things I’ve learned from those listed above.  However, none of them really focus on religious based blogging, so I figured I’d help to fill in the gap.

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A Couple Links for the Week

Here are a few sites I think are a must see this week:
Nik from Scarylittlemonkey.com has come up with a new scary theme – in fact its pretty freakin amazing and though its not available for download its worth your browsing pleasure.

When you get a chance you need to take a look at Tasty Niblet, it will split your sides open and cause you to laugh a little too.

And one other “blog??? that needs to be checked out this very moment, is Isaac Marion’s Burning Building.  There’s not much to say about it other than —– shoot…ahhh…well…just see for yourself.

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Hey Man Slow Down: Silence and Noise – Sharing Space with Technology III

I've been carrying on for the past week about slowing down in an age of technology; whether this is something we really need to do, why and how we might go about doing it are all questions I am looking at. In the last article I talked about multitasking, teenagers, and simplicity. I talked a little about how too much of a good thing can take away from our quality of life, and even worse our struggle to become human. In our day, there is a real struggle to find space to become fully human, there is so much competition for our loyalty, our money, our attention, and our bodies all of this can be used as advertisements for products, sex, religion, and services.