Friday, October 29, 2004

No skin off my nose . . .

... well, actually, there was. My nose is healing up from the surgery.
The Wed. repair of the hole they cut Tues. required a second cut (a graft?) on my nose. It looks rough, but hopefully will heal nicely.

Leper was our guest this Thur PM - a Christian Goth Techno / Romantic band out of JPUSA in Chicago (Jesus People USA). Our friend Joby plays the accordion in the band. We enjoyed our time with them.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

And then there was one - Congrats Bo Sox

Yeah Cubbies! There is only one team with a rightful claim to a curse - the pitiful, longsuffering Chicago Cubs and their loyal fans. Thanks Bo Sox for making the Northside Bums even more distinct.

Is it me or did the Bo Sox owner - the trench coat guy - look like an older, pasty, over-Botoxed Dana Carvey?

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

All clear, says Puff Daddy

They got all the cancer (see previous post). Now I just need to wait for the swelling go down. My eye is half closed & going to be black & blue - just in time for Halloween. I am staying home from church tonight to rest my eye.

My brother & sister got mom admitted to a hospital for rest, tests... I pray they can get her meds & system in balance.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Under the knife

Cancer! Sounds so ominous.
Cancer surgery - sounds even worse.

I have been such a good boy.
I had a no-big-deal skin cancer removed today (out patient surgery - on the bridge of my nose, near my right tear duct.)) I have - up to this point - resisted getting any mileage out of it. I have resisted making the following pronouncements for cheap effect:
"I have cancer"
"Did I tell you I was having cancer surgery?"
"I have cancer and I am dying" (aren't we all dying?)

They cut it off / out today & will sew it shut tomorrow, assuming they got it all.
Until then . . . pity me while there is still time (& I get a clean bill of health).

Friday, October 22, 2004

Just the right word

"A man finds joy in giving an apt reply
- and how good is a timely word!"

Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)

This is not talking about "zingers",
those are fun in a different way (not usually good).

But how cool is it when you have just that right word or answer at the right
time?! As opposed to ten minutes later thinking up what you should have said...
Timing is everything.

Lord - give us tongues that are ready to speak or ready to stay silent.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Best TV all year - Championship Baseball

No matter who is in it, I love playoff / World Series Baseball. How do you match this year's Bean Town Comeback? I confess that I felt far less sympathy for the Yankee fans than I did for Boston's.

Since we don't believe in jinx, if Boston blows it in the Series is it:
a. well, at least they made it - who expected this much
b. a deeper wound, false bolstered hopes again . . . Da Curse

I hope Boston wins for lots of reasons, one is make the Cubbies the last cursed team in baseball.

FAR MORE SIGNIFICANT we had some kids make eternally significant decisions at church tonight. This will last long after any and all baseball penants fade. The Vermaases did a great job.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Like they care

Lived in NY & loved it
Love NY'ers & even like / respect the Yankees. . .
but... & here it comes . . .
Yankee fans make it tempting to hate the Big Apple
What a shame to see a game having to be played with NY's finest on the field
Come on, show some class Yankee fans
Keep the debris off the field
You make it easier to say: Go Bo-Sox

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Do I dare dream . . .

that Boston can go to NY & win two games?
Speaking of dreaming, these long games cut into sleep time...

An Observation & A "Q":
Boston fans are the most wonderfully common mob of blokes
- no Hollywood cuties, et al...
I am rootin' for the team out of sympathy & identification with the fans
(they remind me of the long suffering Cubbie fans - just not as many yuppies)

Why are Boston's batting helmets so gnarlly (blistered paint)? Pine tar?
Why do they let them use them in a nationally televised game? Superstition?

Okay, this may be "PC", but watching the Red Soxs work their chaws & spit makes me appreciate teams that ban that stuff... SICK! While I am at it, do they have a team barber? Is he on vacation . . . ? :-p

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Happy Birthday Kaleb ! ! !

Our fourth child turns 10 today, making him our fourth "double-digit dude". We now have only one kid under 10 years of age. For some reason, that struck me this morning, making my back feel even stiffer.

Da Oldest of our Krew - our onliest girl - is a Jr. camp counselor this weekend.
Number One son has had some hearing restored with tubes in his ears again (4th time).
Number Two son is enjoying Robinson Middle School & has been elected a Scout Patrol Leader.
Number Four son, our first grader, will miss his "birthday brother" today, as he goes to a Webelos activity. He is enjoying Andrew Jackson Elem. & has a great teacher (again).

Final child note: we now have children in Elementary, Middle, Senior High & College.

We have been inexpressibly blessed (see Ps. 127).

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

I am "debated" out

Love politics
Enjoyed - for the most part - the debates
But, sure am glad they are over

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I am tired . . .

. . . but hopeful.
There is a great verse in Judges 8 about Gideon and his men. It describes them, in the midst of battle, as "weary, yet pursuing." I love that!

I ask myself at times, "am I tired of or from the ministry?". There is a huge difference. One just requires a little extra nap, the other is ... yikes!

FYI: I am just tired "from" - a good tired. Like Gideon, I too am in pursuit with some great God-given guys, ready to cross the river before us, by God's grace & enablement.

As good a group as they are, for the record, my best "skin & bones" encourager is my dear wife - 20 years this Dec. 1!.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Sunrise in the Mountains - giving credit

I drove to KY for a camp board meeting today (Twin Rocks Bible Camp, Viper, KY). Heading out about 6:40 AM, I was witness to sunrise in the mountains. Going north & up in elevation, the leaves were already turning - breathtaking! It was foggy in places, crystal clear in most, glorious in ALL. Talk about your artist - God out does them all.

Psalm 19:1-6 (NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Saddle up your horses . . .

Three years ago, my family hitched our wagon to God's leading & headed to a new chapter of life (ignored the mixed metaphor). Today, our church gets to follow suite.

Property rich & cash poor, our church is needing to sale its building. No small step. Thankfully, the place is not who we are. Though financially deficient to maintain a large, wonderful building, we are otherwise strong, healthy & maturing - the real crux of the matter. (FYI - "crux" comes from the word cross or crucifixion - any church's true central matter.

So the Shepherd is leading the sheep to find its identity increasingly & solely in HIM. Not a bad place - figuratively now more than ever - in which to be. I am proud of the good leaders & people I am honored to serve. A real people of grace!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

"No Respect" a Rodney Dangerfield Tribute

"I tell ya, I get no respect." What a funny guy, that Dangerfield. He met His maker last night. After being in a coma for weeks, his time ran out.

I admit it, I was a fan. Though sadly foul-mouthed at times, he was also flat out funny. (Does it reveal too much to say you liked him / felt a kinship with him...)

His passing made he wonder if he was ready to meet the One who most deserved respect. I wondered at the Almighty rightfully saying about us to the angels, "I get no respect."

While we should say prayers for the grieving family of the departed, we can also be reminded - ironically - to show respect to the One we will all face some day, ready or not.

Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (NIV)

Sunday, October 03, 2004

A Good Sunday

What neat people.

Facing change, challenge or uncertainty is not just unsettling, its threatening.
Our little church is facing an uncertain future in terms of finances and facility.
It is a faith-stretch for each of us. What might sharing or selling our building mean? How might that reshape, redefine or refine us? What new doors (literally & figuratively) might this open for us?

It is a great adventure indeed. Saddle up and stay close to the Chief Shepherd (Cowboy?)!