shuffled 11/29/08

I haven’t done this in a while and saw it on a friend’s blog.  Thought I could try again. 

Shuffled 11/29/08

1. Paranoia in B major – Avett Brothers
2. What’s the difference – Dr. Dre
3. Sloop John B – Beach Boys
4. Swim – Bush
5. Liberian Girl – Michael Jackson
6. Z Movie Saga – the Fratellis
7. Walking Shoes – Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
8. A320 – Foo Fighters
9. Mirrorball – Elbow
10. Majesty – Hillsong United

How to play – hit shuffle on iTunes and write down the first 10 songs on that list.



There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives.  Yet today, I can’t really seem to fully grasp them because my dad is in the hospital and will be for the next few days. 

Just to catch you up:  over the past 2 months, my dad has been sick with who-knows-what.  And he has lost a lot of weight and not being able to keep it up even though he would consume large amounts of food.  And the downside is that through all this  time, the doctors couldn’t seem to find out what was causing it all.  So now you are up till yesterday. 

Yesterday consisted of a ct scan for my dad.  They found an infection in his kidneys and they asked to admit him immediately.  Today, he had a procedure done and they found a lot of that infection and want to keep him in for a few more days.  This is a crappy time, because of the holiday, but we are both very thankful because we finally know what it is that has been causing his pain. 

Food for thought: you can always find things to be thankful for in every situation.  I am thankful that it is not something worse, because there could always be something worse.  And I praise God that they found it before he could have lost a kidney or something worse. 

What are you thankful for?


In times of searching out God, I realize how little I truly am.  I find myself thinking about what I can contribute to the universe and I always end up with less than I thought. 

The greatest part about that is that God loves me, not for my contribution, but for being in existence.  That is something to take pride in.  But man, I wish I could do more for God.

gotta love those purple cows

Mark Batterson hit out of the park with this blog.  Here is my favorite part:

As a leader, you need to cause confusion. Jesus didn’t do orientations. He did disorientations. You need to find new ways of saying old things (see the Parables). You need to find new wineskins. You need to sing a new song. Neurological studies have found that familiarity stimulates the left-brain. Novelty stimulates the right-brain. We need some Spirit-inspired, right-brained ideas that capture the imagination of the church and the world.

time to remix

I think I want to make mix cds for a living.  Seriously, do you know any place that is hiring for that? 

I don’t just want to mix cds for a living because it is cool.  Or because High Fidelity did it.  I just love doing it.  Listening to songs to see which ones fit best for a cd is awesome.  Tonight, I made about 10 or 20 of them.  I admit that I made most of them for myself but either way, it is quite exciting. 

With Christmas coming around and the fact that I am not rich, a few of you might get some mix cds for Christmas.  Maybe, if you’re lucky.  Or if not, maybe a single sock or something.

new name

Realization – I want a new name.

Not because I hate mine.  But simply because of John 1.

I was reading during my quiet time this morning and had a huge realization (well, MacArthur helped me out a little).  You likely know this but oh well.  The disciple Peter has two names.  Going into this morning, I already knew this.  That is what seminary is for.

So in John 1, Peter (or as his real name, Simon) is just beginning to meet Jesus.  Before this day in Simon’s life, he did not know Jesus.  Then upon meeting Jesus, the dude gives him a new name.  Jesus simply says, “You are Simon son of John; you shall be called Cephas (or Peter).”

Imagine the audacity of someone giving you a new name.  Picture this – I go up to a guy I just meet (say his name is Chris).  You are Chris, well now I am going to call Bartholomew.

The real interesting thing is that I don’t have that power.  You don’t have the power to instantly change someone’s name and for them to just accept it.  But Jesus does.

Jesus can change my name anytime he wants.  And in fact, that is what I prayed today.  I prayed for God to give me a new name.

Like I said earlier, Jason is a great name.  I simply want a name that God gives me.  Also, here is the realization from MacArthur – if you survey the New Testament, you will notice that every time Jesus refers to Simon as Simon, it is because he is being rebuked.  But every time Jesus refers to the disciple as Peter, he is being praised.

Just from that idea, I want a new name.  It would be so much easier to go through life hearing Jesus call you your old name in order to realize where you messed up.  On the other hand, it would be really great to hear your new name being used, because then you know that God is changing you.

Just thought I’d throw that out for you…if you don’t want it just throw it back.

tuesday thought drops (on thursday)

It has been a little over 3 months since I last did this but I think this is a great concept and I want to bring it back for your reading pleasure.

Tuesday thought drops (even though it’s Thursday, pretend it’s Tuesday)

  • I am having to figure out my spring schedule for seminary and seriously, it is going to be crazy.  I am going to get almost all of the rest of my core classes out of the way, then home free. 
  • Over the past few weeks, at random times, Will has been telling me about the Jack Handy quotes from SNL back in the day.  Here are some of my recent favorites:

“If you go flying back through time, and you see somebody else flying forward into the future.  It’s probably best to avoid eye contact”

“Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window?  The guy looks out it, and if he leands too far, he falls out.  Wait, I guess that’s like a regular window.” 

“One day one of my little nephews came up to me and asked me if the equator was a real line that went around the Earth, or just an imaginary one.  I had to laugh.  Laugh and laugh.  Because I didn’t know and I thought that maybe by laughing he would forget what he asked me.” 

“Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to.  Then, on the way out, slam the door.” 

“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate.  And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.” 

“I wish I lived on a planet that had two suns-regular sun and ‘rogue’ sun.  That way, when somebody asked me what time it was, I’d say, ‘Regular time?’  And they’d say, ‘Yeah.’ And I’d say, ‘Sorry, all I have is rogue time.’  It’d be fun to be a stuck-up rogue-time guy.” 

“You know what would be the most terrifying thing that could ever happen to a flea? Getting caught inside a watch somehow.  You don’t even care, do you?”

“The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.” 

“If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is ‘God is crying.’  And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is ‘probably because of something you did.'”

  • Still trying to figure out what it is going to happen with me and my future.  I feel fickle but I’m okay with that, because I really can’t make a decision until certain things open or close. 
  • I am glad that it is almost Saturday, not really because my week works like that.  But just because I am going hiking Saturday.  I haven’t done that in a while. 
  • I have a lot of reading to do, so if I seem out of touch, I am trying to be in order to finish up school work. 
  • I am very happy that the presidential race is finally over.  It feels like forever since this whole thing started.  I just want to say congratulations to Barack Obama for becoming the president-elect, as well as thanks to all of you who voted, no matter who you voted for.  It counts big.  And finally to John McCain for his great congratulations speech.  He is definitely a man of true character. 
  • And that is the end of today’s thought drops.