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May 11th 2002 [May. 11th, 2006|10:42 pm]
Dean Chandler

October 3rd 1947 - May 11th 2002
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Meetings, Petitions, New Classes and THANKS YOUs [May. 7th, 2006|01:47 am]
[Current Location |Hillsong United - United We Stand]

Meetings and Petitions:

We've been exchanging emails with Dr. Enlow trying to arrange a time to get together. It appears that Dr. Enlow was very serious about wanting to hear our opinions and ideas. This is very encouraging. Now that we have the attention and ear of the #2 man at the school a whole new set of questions arise.

What do we say? Do we start making explicit suggestions? Do we make subtle suggestions? Do we present an entirely different system?
What do we bring up? Are we limited to the standards? Should be bring up the Sabbath issue? Do we mention the frustrations of the students with the administration over the Sabbath issue?
How do we say whatever we do say? Do we speak as proud students who have earned the right to be heard? Do we merely ask questions for clarification?
Its all too much for an introvert like me to consider. I over think too much.

Anyway, after talking with a few more individuals, we might still do the petition after all. Basically, since its the end of the year, a lot of momentum could very easily be lost once the school year ends. Therefore, when the faculty and administration start meeting over the summer, they could easily write-off our "letter" as the work of two frustrated students. We would collect signatures so that if the momentum begins to wan, then the appearance of the petition would give it new life. The petition would be more of a backup plan rather than our first strike.

Things to Consider:

1) If 3/4 of the school signed a petition which was opposed the standards, the school would be forced to ignore it. If the school made a change after receiving a petition, they would be letting the students run the school. The school would never and should never allow the students to run the school.

2) Its going to be very difficult to maintain momentum once the summer hits. Thus, the people opposing our position could easily write off a letter from just two students. However, if the letter had 200 signatures on it, it would obviously not merely be the work of two disgruntled students.

3)Being that we've already achieved the main objective of the letter (dialogue), passing out "the letter" to the student body and collecting signatures could EASILY be viewed as an offensive act. In our current position we're concerned students looking to improve the system. If we start looking for signatures, suddenly we might become zealots out to raise and arm and overthrow the system. The last thing we want to do is damage that which we've already achieved.

We've decided to wait until after our meeting with Enlow before making any sort of final decision. However, since there is less than two weeks of school left, we're running out of time to do a petition. So, a final decision will have to be made in the next few days.

Next Semester:

I finally registered for classes. And here they are....

Theology 1 - God, Christ, Spirit - Gentry
Principles of Teaching and Learning in the Classroom - Auld
Marriage and Family - Wagner
Principles of Bible Interpretation - Crutchfield
Learning Environment and Classroom Management
Field Ed. - Teaching in a Christian School (K-3rd)
Bible for Teachers - Cooper
Its a very full semester with several intense classes. Should be interesting.

Thank You

This section is mainly for my Xanga readers who are mostly CIU students

I just wanted to give all of you a big THANK YOU for all the encouragement in your comments on the last two posts. Gary and I have literally been working on this for about 3 months. We've received a great deal of support all along the way, but often times support has come in the form of "Yeah, but....." For every positive comment there would be five negative comments. I'm not complaining really. We certainly needed the feedback to both improve our position and to make sure we weren't swinging too far to the left. However, there was the side of me that was very concerned that very few people really got what we're doing.

Its been very encouraging to read your comments because it has affirmed the fact that others agree with what we're doing. You might necessarily agree with our exact position (that is fine...I don't think I agree with myself on some of the issues), but you're supportive of our overall cause (dialogue and reform).

Thank you! Your Comments really do mean a great deal to me
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Meeting With the CIU Faculty - Resolution to "The Letter" [May. 2nd, 2006|01:16 am]
[Current Location |Passion - Jesus Paid It All]

Meeting 1

I got stood up for lunch by the guy that leads the youth part of Mission Columbia. Not a good start for the day.

Meeting 2

I'm not going to lie. Prior to this meeting I was getting incredibly nervous. In fact the last time I this nervous was when I spoke in front of 2,300 people to talk about a mission trip. I really didn't know what to expect.

After the meeting started they went through about 15 minutes worth of announcements. Then Dean Blewitt read from Ephesians 4 about how we need to be edifying with our words. This was our introduction...then we walked forward and Gary proceeded to read the entire letter. Upon completion, Dean Blewitt passed copies of the letter out to the entire faculty and opened the meeting up to discussion.

There was dead silence....then Blewitt's phone rings and he walked out of the room.....still dead silence....everyone was just kind of looking around the room waiting for someone to make the first move.

Finally Cliff Bedell stands up. If you don't know, Dr. Bedell is probably one of the oldest and most respected members of the faculty. I really didn't know what to expect, but I knew his input would probably predict where the rest of the conversation would go. So he stands up and begins to speak favorably of the letter and our arguments. He hardly approved of our efforts and was pleased that a pair of students took the initiative to write such a document.

Once he sat down the dialogue really opened up. Many professors were very pleased that we made a document which was in their language and well articulated. Others started to ask many clarifying questions to figure out exactly what we wanted. Once our intentions were clear they began to ask us about what changes we would suggest. Overall the meeting was very encouraging.

There was really only one comment which seemed to be negative towards our intentions. One professor implied that wish for students to be allowed to do drugs off campus, and to support the standards he appealed to his personal experience. Before we could respond to his comments, one of the professors came to the rescue and defended us. On several other occasions some professors started to ask challenging questions that Gary and I didn’t' have answers to, but then one of the professors would come to our rescue and articulate our thoughts better than we could. For that, I would like to thank Dr. Gentry, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Wenger.

Immediately after the meeting a man walked up to me...when I say he walked up to me, I mean he's a close talker. He shook my hand and asked where I was from. As soon as he Gary turned around to join the conversation the man says, "How about you guys re-write the hand book this summer?" At this point in time Gary and I begin to half-laugh because we're not sure what the guy is saying. He then continues "I'm half-joking, but I would like you to re-write the handbook over the summer. I'd love your input." He then pulls out a card from his wallet and begins to write his home number and cell phone number on the back. He then invites us over for dinner some time so that we can chat. I turn the card over and it reads "Ralph E. Enlow Jr. Ed. D. Provost." That was pretty cool.

A couple hours later we met up with Rick Swift, Dean of Students. We had a good suggestion about some possible steps we could take to make some positive change. Afterwards we went over to chat with Dean Blewitt. We once again had further discussion about what is the next step. He essentially said that the "letter" has served its purpose. At this point in time there is really no point in turning it into a petition. In fact, that would most likely be very counter productive at this point in time. Dean Blewitt also mentioned that Dr. Powell said that in 25 years of attending faculty meetings that this meeting had the most discussion.

At this point in time I have accomplished all that I set out to do with both the "letter" and my Pilgrim's Protest article. A dialogue has begun between the students, the faculty and the administration. The wheels of change appear to be in forward motion.

I would like to thank all of you that challenged me several months ago to do more than merely complain on my blog. Your rebuke did not fall on deaf ears, and without it, none of this would have possible. Through this experience, I can testify that the faculty and administration of CIU are open to hearing from students and others. If you have a complaint, you CAN do more than simply vent on the internet or make t-shirts. Articulate your concerns through appropriate means and they will listen (this paragraph make more sense if you've followed the CIU Xanga controversy).
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Letters, Jobs and Invisible Children [Apr. 30th, 2006|03:27 am]
The Letter

There have been some real exciting developments over the last few days. Gary showed the letter to Pat Blewitt (Academic Dean). He got so excited about it that he offered to let Gary read it at the next faculty meeting (May 1st). Gary, of course, took him upon on his offer. So, tomorrow, Gary and I are going to stand before the CIU faculty, present our letter and take questions. This is more than a little bit intimidating. I really have no idea what to expect.

Also, Dean Blewitt handed our letter off to Rick Swift (Dean of Students). So, yesterday Gary was pulled aside by Dean Swift to discuss the letter and the meeting briefly. I'm not really sure what exactly he thought of the letter, but from the little bit of the conversation I observed, he seemed to support what we were doing. In the last 3 days our little letter took a HUGE leap forward. Not only is our letter in the hands of the CIU staff, several of them really support what we're doing. Likewise, we have the dean of academics passing our letter out to the other deans and to the provost.

There is actually one more really cool update, but I don't want to mention the specifics until I know more details. I'm going to follow this post up with The Letter itself.

Summer Plans

Friday morning I received a phone call informing me that this summer I will be working at Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville one more time. This is almost certainly the final time I will be interning at Pflugerville. I'm actually really nervous about this summer. The first summer I interned (summer 04) was some what intimidating. There was an backward situation where I almost didn't get the internship. So that kind of started things off on an odd foot. I was also fairly insecure about working at a church. I didn't feel worthy or capable. I was terrified I was going to mess everything up. Well, that didn't happen. And even for all my fears and insecurities, I'd been volunteering at the church for awhile at that point. I'd been working with the youth pastor in various ways for over a year. So I had a pretty good idea what to expect.

Last summer I didn't even think about it. I was well established in the youth ministry, and I knew exactly what to expect. I'd been working at the church for the past year. There was nothing really scary about it. If anything, I was far too comfortable in my position. The only real concern was over the fact that I was leaving at the end of the summer for CIU. So the big problem was the fact that I started to shut down early.

This summer is an entirely different situation. A month after I left the church, the youth pastor left as well. In the past 9 months they have not hired a replacement youth pastor. So the students and the leaders are have a strong thirst for something new or something old. They love it when I come and give the students a taste of the old, but they're desperate for a full-time leader. Returning to this sort of situation makes for a really weird situation for me. One the one hand it’s a very familiar place filled with familiar people. On the other hand it’s not the same as it was a year ago. I'm not the same as I was a year ago. The people aren't who they were a year ago. Trying to fit all strange new pieces together will be very interesting.

I'm also very nervous about this summer because I will be working under Bobby Pruitt (most likely). Bobby was my youth pastor growing up. If ever there was a person I put on pedestal, it was him. I'm slightly terrified of him and it would probably accurate to say that I'm desperate for his approval. Certain insecurities never seem to go away. You would think that age 24 I'd be past the stage of life where you're still trying to impress your youth pastor, apparently not. Hopefully, this summer will cure me of a few of my insecurities.

The Invisible Children

I'm really curious as to what kind of responses I'll get to this musing.

I'm all for a good cause. Far too many people are apathetic towards the things going on in the world. My own apathy bothers. Considering my financial blessings, my giving is pitiful. I adopted a child through Compassion in an effort to attempt to do more to help others. But really, it would be most accurate to say that I give money because I know it’s the right thing to do and I feel guilty that I don't do more. Supporting a child relieves that guilt. I would be lying if I told I was broken hearted over the suffering in the world. In fact, I'm probably more bothered by my lack of emotion than I am by the suffering itself. A good cause can get me excited about helping others. It moves me beyond duty to real connection.

Tonight was the Global Night Commute to support The Invisible Children. For those of you unaware, the invisible children are a group of children in Uganda who nightly travel to the city to sleep together in the town. Their villages are too dangerous to sleep in at night because anti-government religious revolutionaries kidnap the children and force them to fight in their arm. The Global Night Commute was an attempt to raise awareness of the problem by having 1,000s of people across the nation spend the night at their local state house writing letters to senators and to the president. As of this moment they are just short of 60,000 people signed up. In an attempt to support a good cause, I drove down to the capital building and signed the registration pad. After saying "hello" to a few friends I left. I'm really not sure how me sitting at the capitol building bored will help anyone. ...anyway, that isn't what this is all about.

Ever since I first saw The Invisible Children video I've had a very odd feeling about the entire movement. Obviously I have no desire for children to be kidnapped and forced to fight for an evil sadistic human being. However, I've never really understood the purpose, intentions or goals of the invisible children movement. According to their website, this is their mission.

Invisible Children, Inc. is dedicated to providing financial resources to invisible children by documenting their true, untold stories in a creative and relevant way, resulting in positive change.

Alright...their objective is to raise financial resources for the invisible children. This sounds very noble. As someone with financial resources I can certainly support that. However, things get a little bit messier when you go beyond that. As I surf through their website, I don't really understand most of what I'm seeing. When I clicked on the movement page I was a little bit baffled by what I saw. A little window popped up and told me about their Suburban Safari: National Tour. Apparently they sent 7 "vans" and 30 CRAZY college students out to spread the word. Along the way they hosted concerts and set up merch booths. The goal of the Global Night Commute was apparently to raise awareness and to facilitate change in "policies of the United States government in regard to the situation." It all sounds very noble, but we're starting to get pretty far away from a simple mission to provide financial resources for the invisible children. Now we're starting to get involved in foreign policy.

The Invisible Children foundation is certain led by passionate people that want to make a difference. They have the passion I wish to have. If I had their passion, I would be a far greater person. My problem is that I'm not certain they really have a good answer. There is injustice all over the globe. I certainly don't deny that the struggle in Uganda is awful, but there are awful struggles in many countries. Children suffer in most countries of the world. I'm not certain that it’s the United States' job or responsibility to play the global police. As much we often like to think that "terrorists" are just religious nuts or one-dimensional villains like Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe, they're normally actually very complex individuals with very motives. Much of the world hates the United States because we feel the need to get involved in everyone else’s business.

I certainly haven't done the research of the people who started the Invisible Children foundation, so I don't really know what the current U.S. policy is... after reading their website; I'm not really sure exactly what they want. Instead of finding clear objectives on their website, I instead found virtual propaganda "Northern Uganda called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world because of lack of attention." As I have repeated many times, I'm all for a good cause and I certain wish to do my part to ease the suffering of the children in Uganda. However, rock concerts, bracelets, letters to the president and parties at the capital building are starting to get pretty detached from the mission of raising funds for the invisible children. I don't question anyone’s motives or intentions, but it just feels like things have gotten a little out of hand and the focus seems slightly off.

DISCLAIMER: This is all coming from someone who drove down to the capital building to make sure his name was registered. I want to do my part to help. At this moment I don't have any suggestions for how they can do their job better. So I'll support what they are doing. My purpose is really just to stir up thoughts and discussion...and really it’s for to attempt to articulate what I've been feeling the past couple of weeks.
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The Da Vinci Code [Apr. 24th, 2006|03:07 am]
[music |Hillsong United - Free]

The Da Vinci Code

Alright...it happened...I gave in and read The Da Vinci Code.

If you don't know much about my reading life, this is probably one of only ten real novels I've read in my entire life. When I was in elementary school I remember reading children's versions of classic novels, but somewhere around middle school I stopped reading entirely for about 8 years. Honestly, I don't think I read a single book in high school, save possibly Of Mice and Men and parts of The Martian Chronicles. I barely even read my textbooks when I was at community college. Over the last three or so years, however, I've been really pushing myself to make reading a regular habit. Since I'm a somewhat of a productivity-driven individual, I tend to only read books that I can see a direct benefit to reading. For this reason (and the fact that I'm a slow reader, I was actually certified with a reading disability in grade school) I don't tend to read many novels at all. All this is really just to say that I really have little exposure to good literature and have no really perspective to give a meaningful literary review of ANY book.

When I first started to hear the buzz about The Da Vinci Code, back in 2003 or 04, I didn't really pay much attention. We live in a culture that likes to use shock and controversy as a marketing technique. T.V. shows like South Park like to use "controversial" crude, tasteless humor and the History Channel and U.S. News & World Report like to run "controversial" stories about Jesus and Christianity. So I don't generally like to get worked up over controversial fads.

Beyond that, from the beginning the entire thing seemed a bit silly to me. Anyone with any knowledge of how we got the Bible and history can see straight through the holes in Dan Brown's view of Christian history. Beyond that, it’s just a novel. Novels are supposed to tell larger than life compelling stories. That is why we read them. So it was a little bit beyond me as to why the Christian community would get so worked up for this particular fiction story.

The problem with The Da Vinci Code is that this little fad didn't go away. It kept selling more and more copies. Somewhere along the way, the Christian community started to take notice and get a bit worried. With the new Ron Howard-Tom Hanks film on the verge of coming out, the Christian community is getting to ready for war.

For me, I first started to notice this resurgence back in February. In my evangelism class our professor informed us that Josh McDowell was writing a book in response to The Da Vinci Code. This seemed a bit odd to me, but I didn't think anything of it. Then, over Spring Break I found out that my youth group back in Texas had done an entire series on The Da Vinci Code. The following week, one of the school newspapers ran an article discussing the neo-paganism found throughout the book. A few weeks later, on a prayer day, there was an entire chapel dedicated to discussing the controversy. In response, one of my friends ran out and read the book that night. She informed me that I should do the same. Ironically, I responded with something like, "I'll take that into consideration, but it’s not going to happen" (within 5 days I had read the book).

The fact that our school would have a chapel message dedicated to the book got me seriously thinking about how absurd the whole situation is. But it didn't end there. I went home for Easter weekend to discover that my church in Texas is going to run an entire series on The Da Vinci Code. Not only that but the church I grew up in (which now has roughly 4000 in weekly attendance) STARTED a series on the book on EASTER SUNDAY. Instead of a talk on the resurrection of Christ, they did a talk on this book (I assume to attempt to take advantage of the large number of visitors). Later I learned that a number of other churches ALSO chose to do sermons on the book on Easter Sunday.

The final straw came the Monday before I was suppose to fly back to Columbia. While showering I had my radio turned to the local Christian radio station. During a little news segment they started to discuss the film and the announcer flat out called it "anti-Christian." After I heard those words the thoughts kept bouncing around in my head, "it’s just a fictional book." I absolutely could not figure out why the Christian community would be freaking out over a simple novel and labeling it "anti-Christian." I had to find out what the controversy was all about.

Having now read the book, I must admit, I really liked it. Pretty much as soon as I started reading it I was hooked. In fact, I literally stayed up all night reading this book. I could not put it down. Without having much to compare it to its tough to say what it was about this book that drew me but boy did this book draw me in. As a stated before, I'm a slow reader. So the fact that I read a 489 page book within a 24 hour period of time is really impressive.

Part of the appeal for me is that I love grandiose conspiracy stories. The bigger the conspiracy the better. Back in high school, I went nutty for the movie Conspiracy Theory. Likewise, the global, government, alien cover-up stories of The X-Files were always my favorites. Likewise, I also enjoy history, the Christian faith and the history of how we got the Bible. The Da Vinci Code has all that stuff packed in there. It was only naturally that I would enjoy this novel.

With all that said, I am absolutely baffled by the controversy that has surrounded this novel. Are people really taking this junk seriously? Sure it made for a compelling story that drew me in, but how could any intelligent person take this stuff seriously? Did they start checking the Declaration of Independence for a treasure map after watching National Treasure? It would make just as much sense in my mind. I understand that Dan Brown's research was very extensive, but he also just made up tons of junk. More importantly, even if his scholarship was reliable, it’s all dependent on the story, which isn't true. If the details of the story aren't real then the reliability of the controversy can be thrown out the window. It just has nothing to stand on.

On the flip side, it’s bizarre to me that the Christian community would go absolutely nuts over a mere novel. Sure the ideas found within the fictional novel are against The Church, but it’s still just a novel. Books are supposed to take place in alternative worlds which resemble our world. Many Christians may be against Harry Potter, but I've never heard some call it "anti-Christian." If Christians are going to freak out over popular novels that take place in fantasy worlds which oppose the Christian worldview, we might as well call Harry Potter "anti-Christian" because it contains magic. Now I do understand that because of Dan Brown's research this particular novel does come MUCH closer to reality than Harry Potter or Star Wars, but the principle still applies. The Da Vinci Code doesn't contain outright blasphemous material like "The Last Temptation of Christ." It’s really difficult for me to take the charge that this book is "anti-Christian" seriously. Beyond a quote from a Roman Catholic character, which called Christian morality a product of the 3rd century (p. 448), and a quote from the main character, which called all religious faiths unreasonable (p. 370), I have really hard time calling this book "anti-Christian." If this book is anti-Christian, then every book or movie whose plot-line revolves around a world not founded on the Christian worldview is "anti-Christian." The Da Vinci Code just clearly explains how it sets itself apart from the Christian reality.

I think the reason that the Christian community is responding so strongly to The Da Vinci Code is because it’s something we can be united on. Christians have been fighting certain in-house debates for over 1,500 years. For the past 500 years Christians have been split down the middle forming into Protestants and Roman Catholics (of course, there are all so the Orthodox Churches as well). As Christians, there are only a handful of things we all agree on. With the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, we have one more thing we can agree...this book is NUTS! Whether you're a free will Baptist, a reformed Presbyterian or a Roman Catholic priest, we can all agree that Dan Brown's view of Christian history doesn't correspond with reality or historical records. Therefore, we as Christians can very easily unite in reaction to this book. The Da Vinci Code is an easy target for a people who aren't terribly prone to target anyone thing together.

I simply can't take all the hype and controversy seriously. I heard one person claim that the movie will spark a cultural movement from post-modernism to a period of neo-paganism. Perhaps I'm just a bit naive about how gullible people are, but it is simply beyond me that a work of fiction could have any significant cultural impact. We aren't talking about a deeply philosophical novel or social commentary. We're talking about a by the numbers conspiracy-thriller filled with bogus history and outrageous theories. Are people really buying into this stuff? Are Christians going freaking out over nothing? Is the Christian response giving too much credibility to a mere fictional novel? I have no idea...but the whole thing sure is fascinating.

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Uncertain Surprises from Atlanta [Apr. 21st, 2006|12:47 am]
[music |Hillsong United - Free]

Surprise Surprise:

As many of you know for the extended weekend I flew back home to surprise my girlfiriend. To set this deal up, we had Jennifer's aunt call Jenn and tell her that she needed to pick her up from the airport to surprise Jenn's mom. So Jenn would believe she was going to pick her aunt up from the airport and then I would be there instead. It was going to be beautiful. Her aunt was going to call her right before I went down the elevator. That her aunt would get to be on the phone during the magic moment of clarity where Jenn realized I was in town........didn't happen. The Jennifer was 50 minutes late. So late that her aunt had to go to a church service. So when Jenn pulled up to the airport curb I snuck up behind her car....when she noticed I was there she freaked out. It was amazing!!!

A Night in the Atlanta Airport:

I was suppose to fly back to Columbia monday night. That didn't happen. Because of how absurdly busy the Atlanta airport is, my flight from Austin was delayed 20 minutes (because it was waiting for a flight from Atlanta). Then when we got to Atlanta in the sky we had to fly in circles around Atlanta for 20 minutes before landing because they had no open landing strips.. Then we sat on the ground for 20 minutes waiting for a gate to open. By the time I got off the plane, my second flight had left. This meant I was stuck in Atlanta over night. They gave me two food vouchers and a $46 hotel voucher. However, it was uncertain as to whether this meant I got $46 off the hotel price or whether the hotel price was $46. When I called the hotel, teh person seemed terribly confused and suggest I just get a ride to the hotel to settle. I happened to think that was a moronic idea because it could very easily end up with me getting charged $150 for a hotel room....not gonna happen.

Instead I decided to sleep in the lobby. ...more accurately, I decided to stay up all night reading in the lobby. I considered sleeping briefly. However, very soon afterwards the homeless started to crowd into the lobby. Several of them in fact started walking around the room asking for money. I very quickly came to realize it would be very bad idea fall asleep and leave my laptop and wallet unguarded. So I cuddled up on a bench and read through almost all of "The Da Vinci Code." Around 5 in the morning a security guard went around and cleared out all the homless....and then came the rush of people. By 6:30 a.m. the airport was packed full of people. The secuirty lines were easily some of the longest I have ever seen (though they moved quickly). ...anyway, things got better and I made it back to CIU just in time for Sabbath Chapel Part I.


I'm still not really sure whats going to happen this summer. I have officially applied to intern at the church I used to work at, but I won't find out if I get the position until next week. If I don't get the internship, I'm really not certain what I'm going to do. I'll almost definately stay in Columbia for the two week version of Principles of Teaching. However, once I return to Austin I have no idea what I'll do. I really dont have time to seek alternative employment, so it could be a very interesting summer.
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Lost in the Atlana Airport [Apr. 18th, 2006|12:16 am]
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]
[music |The Stillpoint Band - Amazed by You]

Trapped in Atlanta

Because the Atlanta airport is wildly irresponsible in the way they book flights, I missed a connecting flight. So, I'm writing this entry from the Atlanta airport...where I will be staying tonight. I'm currently not very happy with Delta, the Atlanta Airport, the baggage claim office or the Atlanta Sheraton Gateway hotel. Uggghhh
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New Baby Boy [Apr. 15th, 2006|10:08 pm]
Quick Updates

1. I'm an uncle AGAIN!!! My sister-in-law gave birth to a baby boy...but they have no name yet. YAY!!!

2. Also, for Easter weekend I came back to Austin to surprise Jenn. It worked! This trip is too short.
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Babys, Conferences and Baby Pictures [Apr. 10th, 2006|02:20 pm]
[music |Audio Adrenaline]


I'm not certain if I'm actually allowed to say this or not....but my sister is having another baby. She's due in December (I believe). And as I've mentioned before, my sister-in-law is also expecting. So by the end of the year I will have five nieces and nephews. Fun times!


Columbia Conference

So this past week was Columbia Conference. For those of you who don't know, Columbia Conference is a essentially a youth retreat held on the CIU campus. Something like 150 students from across the nation come to the school and the various majors put on a big conference for them.

In typical fashion, I was very skeptical of everything at first. Since I had absolutely nothing to do with the whole process, I really had no idea what to expect. All I really knew was that I was told by my RA that I wasn't allowed to leave campus and that I was suppose to stay in my room as much as possible....I did not like this idea much at all.

Anyway, it turned out to be a really neat deal. The speaker was pretty good....he actually broke down and cried during all four sessions. For the sessions the Comm majors really added lots of cool touches. They had a four person video crew going. It was all very impressive.

Of course, since we don't have cabins on campus, I ended up having two Methodists from out of state staying in my room. That was very ....interesting. All day saturday afternoon they kept hiding things in my room. Then 15 minutes someone would come in my room and start going through my stuff looking for the hiden item. It was as if they had no clue that I miht not want them going through my underwear drawer...they seemed a bit clueless to the idea of boundries and personal space. It was very peculiar. Anyway, we had lots of fun. Late Saturday night we did a devotional on Ecclesiastes 4:11. Then we applied that passage to our own lives.

Also, I got to spend a good amount of time with four of the girls from the Columbia Crossroads Youth Group. We talked for like 3 hours saturday night. Good times.
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Snakes on a Plane!!!!! [Mar. 30th, 2006|11:08 pm]
Its been an eventful couple of weeks. Lets recap....

28 minute of teaching in the Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville Junior High
13 days with Jenn
13 books purchased
5 lunch appointments
3 books read
2 1200 mile road trips
1 Spring Break
1 article published in school paper
1 homework assignment I forgot to do
1 domain name registered
1 website in the works
1 trip to the Hooka-Lounge
0 puffs of the Hooka (stupid standards )
The Pilgrim's Protest Article:

Thus far I've gotten some positive feedback about my article. Thats good. Apperently during Wisdome Literature today they spent the first 45 minutes of class discussing standards. In the middle of the discussion one girl said, "The guy that wrote the article just doesn't get the purpose of standards." In response I would say, "EXACTLY!" She is correct I don't get the purpose of standards, at least not in their current form...or the way they were 20 years ago.

Anyway, Gary and I are in the process of finalizing a draft of a letter we're planning on passing on to the administration. I saw Gary and I but really he's doing all the work...hahaha. Apperently he's trying to quote Calvin's Institutues in it a lot. That should be interesting.

My point in mentioning it is to try and get support of others. If you're interested in taking part in what Gary and I are doing, please leave a comment. Basically we'd like to draft a letter and try and get as many serious signatures on it as is possible. We're not interested in getting signaters from slackers who just don't like rules. We're looking for individuals who share our concerns regarding the standards. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED COMMENT.

Teaching at Pflugerville:

So this past sunday I taught at my old church in Texas. Getting back and teaching there solidified my desire to return this summer and intern again. Whenever I'm back in the junior high at P-Ville its like I jump right back into my life 9 months ago. It just feels right. So I do believe I will be interning one final time.

Teaching at Pflugerville has such a different feel to it. The simple fact that there is a stage makes things feel much more professional...and the simple fact that there is a good group of students is also more encouraging.

Anyway, I recorded the talk (as I recall all of my talks). You can download it here.


I'm working on putting up a webpage. As of yet I don't have a specific purpose in mind, but I've had this idea in my head for a website for a long time. So for right now I imagine I'll just put up my weekly talks and my more serious blog entries. However, long term I'll would like to use it for more than warehousing.
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