Sunday, December 26, 2004
Saturday, December 25, 2004
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Monday, December 13, 2004
Dendinger ordained as bishop of Grand Island Diocese
To do right, love goodness, and walk humbly with God. This is the charge given to William Dendinger.
I'd never seen a bishop be ordained, and installed. My mom's uncle was a bishop, and I always looked up to him. In the formative years of my youth, he was a definite influence. And while I was there when he celebrated his 50th anniversary as an ordained priest, I never got to see him ordained as a bishop, and didn't have a chance to go to his funeral.
Growing up in the evangelical tradition, but with that Catholic background has given me an appreciation for times like this. I really do appreciate that my faith isn't some modern invention. I like the history, and rich tradition. I love my church, but the glitzy worship team with its power point lyrics and light shows is cool, but it's modern. It's a product of now. But seeing a bishop anointed with oil, that's not modern. It's downright ancient, and I like seeing the connection. I think that's where the big, modern, evangelical church sometimes fails. We don't do a very good job of showing our God is bigger than the here and now. We're so eager to be hip, and cool, and show God can exist in our high tech world that we forget to mention he's always existed.
Anyway, sorry to pontificate on that, but I did enjoy being at a two hour mass, to see a new Catholic bishop. The symbolism ran deep. There was the bible presented to him, to show his appreciation for the word. The oil on his head. The other bishops laying on hands. The ring placed on his finger shows his fidelity, his faithfulness to the bride of Christ, the church. The miter (that goofy hat) relfects God's glorious crown. The crosier is a pastor's staff, to show he shepherds the people. It was cool. Why can't protestant evangelicals do this kind of stuff? I'm not saying abandon all our modern advances, but it's fun to reconnect with this stuff too.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Relient K, Mmhmm
Not as poppy and adolescent as past releases. I've only given it a listen or too. It has some good moments though.
Lovedrug, Pretend You're Alive
Picked this up when I was getting the U2 disc. Listened to it once and liked it.
But everything's gonna take a back seat to U2 right now :)
I've been playing a new game. Dark Throne is a MMORPG. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game that is. Basically, you get your population, train some to be soldiers, others are guards, others are miners, etc. And you fight battles, mine gold, make money, fortify your camp, build your army, create alliances, etc. Even if you're not interested, click my link, because it will help me gain more population.
Friday, November 26, 2004
So I've seen it eleventy billion times, it's still dang funny. If you can find a copy, hold on to it!
Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!
Ok, so the plot's pretty weak. Weird Al gets to run his uncle's crappy TV station, where Al's creativity can shine. Features Michael Richards , Fran Drescher before they were famous.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Really, really tired.
I was a sponsor at a middle school guys overnighter. I went to sleep around 3am the first time, and again at 5. And was up by 8.
And now I feel like a zombie. I didn't leave church until around 10 am. I slept until almost 1pm. Now my body's all screwed up :)
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Building on his small-town image, a self-professed need for change and the charge that his opponent had traded South Dakota ideals for Washington clout, Thune sealed victory early Wednesday morning."
You think? The Argus Leader is South Dakota's biggest and most influential paper. It's a solid paper, but it's liberal leanings have never been more clear than this year, as the paper doggedly stood by Tom Daschle, giving John Thune no shot. Now Thune has been elected, they seem to sheepishly admit he may have connected with voters more than Daschle did. No kidding. Thanks for finally catching the obvious. Of course, I'm biased too, towards Thune, so I'm probably a bit harsh, but Thune is more in step with everyday South Dakotans than Tom Daschle, and I'm happy to support Thune, even if I no longer live in SD and can't vote for him.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
I breathe the mist
floating about the stars
I can caress with velvet hands
I breathe the mist
floating within without
this pen between my fingers
I know you are there
within without me holding me
I know you are there
catching carrying this beautiful mess
escape the pain
within a room somewhere
escape the pain
so deep inside the soul
I have no key
no map to find"
I am a beautiful mess. And that's ok. I'm beautifully messy. And that's how God made me :)
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Sunday, October 17, 2004
John Osenbaugh was never mundane. And he's still not. Cancer may have ended his earthly life, but now John's been healed, restored, permanently. It's hard to lose him, and we pray for his family, as they say goodbye. But at least we can be assured that John, by his faith in Christ, has been touched by the great healer.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
I love this kid. His name is John.
He's a smart, and funny kid, and definitely unique. But the brain that set him apart, making him a math whiz, and definitely not mundane began to fail him six months ago. Just four weeks before his high school graduation, he learned he was getting a full four-year scholarship to a prestigious tech program. And he learned he had an inoperable brain tumor. Turns out they operated anyway. After weeks in the hospital he finally came home this summer. He was getting stronger, although obviously slowed by his condition. His brain was repairing itself. His motor skills were coming back. He was on his way to being John again. He planned to take a year off, then head to college. So he decided to volunteer as a youth leader at church, as I do.
Then I got the e-mail I didn't want from his mom. John was losing control of his arm. They did a spinal tap; Doctors discovered more cancerous cells. There was a new problem. John's family tell me they know he will be healed, but don't know if that means he'll be taken from us, and healed by the great healer.
John's the only boy in the family. Eight sisters and him. And his life may be cut short at 19 by a condition that threated the very thing that made him him.
I'd ask for your prayers for not only John, but his family. The doctors haven't given them much hope, so as they always do they've turned to the source of hope, and they have the peace that passes understanding.
But it still hurts.
I can't imagine losing your only son, especially one who's young and a true original.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Saturday, October 09, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Friday, October 01, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
I just read this.
I'm astonished. Pro football players don't wear cups anymore.
How dumb are these guys?
In other news, the first two teams to clinch the MLB playoffs -- teh Twins and Cards! Yay! Now maybe they'll get to face each other for the World Series :)
Monday, September 20, 2004
Yay! I'm digging it already, on the first listen. It's dreamy husband and wife indie pop, made on their home studio equipment. It's not as big as Fleming & John (another spiritually savvy husband and wife DYI band), but it has its own lo fi charm.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
You have Tetanus
How you get it: Bacteria enters body via puncture wound
There is nothing you can do now but wait for death to arrive and hope it comes quickly. Make your peace.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The Bush Twins, Ready to Rock (washingtonpost.com): "Conservative radio kingpin Rush Limbaugh, 53, who announced his separation from his third wife, Marta, in early June, is dating CNN anchor Daryn Kagan, 41, a spokesman for Limbaugh has confirmed to us. The two were spotted at a party Limbaugh co-hosted at a New York restaurant, where guests included Vice President Cheney, New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Bill Frist. The coupling came as a surprise to some friends who consider the Atlanta-based Kagan part of the liberal media axis and a feminist -- but, then again, opposites attract. Kagan, who has been with CNN for 10 years, hosts 'CNN Live Today,' which airs from 10 a.m. to noon, ending just in time to catch her sweetie's three-hour radio show. "
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
The news car died about 45 miles from home on the interstate, so I phoned in a live report at 5pm, and was back in time to be live on TV at six. Ah the joys of commuting to a murder trial because of a change of venue. Hopefully this thing will wrap up soon. It would seem the evidence is pretty convincing, if not horrifying. I'll be glad when this trial's done.
Saturday, July 31, 2004
But it was fun. I shot a 90 on a pary 72, so I was +18. The good players were under par. I would have been about five strokes under that had I not putted at least five times on the last hole, after laying the disc only feet from the hole on the tee shot.
And yes, like real golf you use a variety of different things -- drivers, mid-ranges, putters. And it's fun and cheap!
Friday, July 30, 2004
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
For the first time I...
...saw Starship Troopers. It made me hurt.
...went to Home Depot. It was a big warehouse type place but I couldn't find any employees, so I went to Ace Hardware. (Ace is the Place with the Helpful Hardware Man)
...bought scrapbooking supplies at Hobby Lobby.
...made a cool photo collage. It took the combined brain power of my sister and I, but it's done.
When a friend & his wife announced they were moving (he's been a youth pastor I've worked with) I took a bunch of black & white photos of students and sponsors, hoping to do something with them. I couldn't figure out what. My sister suggested making a three layer photo montage. I bought a movie poster frame. It has one sheet of plexiglass in it. I had two more cut to fit the frame.
I bought these photo stickers at Hobby Lobby (the kind that stick the pic to something) and stuck a bunch of B&W photos to the back sheet of plexi. I overlapped some, and left several gaps.
On the next sheet, I layered some color pics to fill in the gaps, and cover up portions of the B&W pics. It creates a nice dimensional piece. I chose not to put a mat in the back, so it really does have a lot of depth.
The front sheet is the one that came with the frame. Nothing's attached to it.
It looks really cool. And you can make it at home too!
Start with the poster frame. You don't use it for anything but as a glass to cover the art inside. And the other two sheets get covered with photos. I left some gaps so you'll be able to see the wall through it in patches. I'm proud. I'll post a pic later.
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Ok, so some moron stoll a copy of the new, unreleased U2 album. And Bono says if it ends up on the internet, guess what, U2 will put the songs on iTunes and have card copies by the end of the month.
Thereby screwing up months of planning. Well, that's not quite how he said he. Read the article if you want to see his word choice :)
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
The link is to the pictures.
I'm old :)
A few observations... it was cool to see not just what people do, but who they are. And in those regards, they've come out well. It's cool to see people I respected in high school who have been thinking through their lives, and the process of faith. It is a process, and something some old classmates have learned, as they understand grace.
Some people have changed, others haven't. Changes come (or don't come) physically, and to personality.
I had a few jitters showing up, mostly because I haven't been home in a few years, since my parents moved away, and also because I was going solo, and knew a lot of people would be married, which it turns out they are. I had a lot of fun just being with the sober people there, and even some of the non-sober were fun to see again too. And that's not a judgment on drinking. Drinking's not an issue with me. Just an observation :)
The best part wasn't the big reception on Saturday night, but the picnic on Sunday because everyone brought their families. That provided a better atmosphere for talking, and finding out where people are at, not just physically and job-wise, but emotionally and spiritually. I liked what I heard. It was cool to see people who I still have something in common with, that I can respect as people on a real level.
I was probably a little quiet, but it was weird being the token single guy, and the guy who, by my own admission, has done a poor job of staying in touch. It doesn't help that I don't go home anymore, because I have no home after my family all moved away.
I regret not getting to see some people I would like to find. Guys like Grant Olson, Chris Stearns, Jeff Richardson, Chad Martin, etc. I was happy to see David Sample, Mandy (Even) & Greg Rabenhorst, Greg & Stefanie Sanborn, Amanda (Sanborn) Downs, Courtney (French) & Justin Moose, oh I'm forgetting some so I'd best quit there.
And I got to spend time at the cabin of Cory and Erin Heidelberger talking politics, philosophy, and religion, just like the good old days.
An interesting 24 hours, to say the least, plus the 4.5 hour car trip each way to and from Grand Island to Madison.
Friday, June 25, 2004
I think this may be the next book on my list to get.Adventures in Missing the Point: How the Culture-Controlled Church Neutered the Gospel
was a tremendous book, also by McClaren. I liked Missing the Point so much, I think I'll have to give "new kind" a try. First, I should try to get my copy of Missing back from my friend Sheree. She snagged it at least 6 weeks ago, and read it, so I need it back so I can re-read it :)
Friday, June 18, 2004
I am concerned churches will get the idea they have to start 'postmodern ministry' just as in the past they felt they had to have a youth pastor, children's pastor, singles group, nursery ministry, etc. I fear churches will think they have to, and out of obligation will hire someone to run the ministry.
I think a better model is to not think of it as another ministry, but think of it as ministry. Does that make sense? Postmoderns seem turned off by anything that smacks of being a program. For reasons both right and wrong.
I would hope churches would realize they don't need a new ministry, but a new outlook, which is easier said than done of course.
I would encourage churches to really study postmodernism, and study postmoderns. Find ways to interact with them. Befriend them. Not just to make them a project, but because you care. People of any generation and worldview want to be loved and cared for and respected and listened to. So go do that.
It's hard to visualize, because it's not program driven, or numbers driven, but rather relationship driven. That's hard to quantify and collect data on and show results on. But I think relational ministry is where it's at. Churches need to realize hiring a pastor to reach postmoderns may not work. It's going to take the collective work of the church. Everyone has a role to play. We still need shepherds to guide us, but we also need to realize we're all part of the body, and can't pawn off our work on another paid staff member, when in reality our lives need to be our ministry, because we need vital relationships to spread the gospel.
We need to question more than forms of worship, but why we worship, and what worship is. Not to redefine it, but to reclaim it.
Worship isn't just song time, or an hour (or two) on Sunday morning. It a lifestyle.
When we do gather for corporate worship, we want to participate, not be spectators.
I think we need to ditch some of our so called worship songs. How am I supposed to worship other when I'm always talking about myself. Plus many songs don't allow us to be honest. Can you honestly sing a song with phrases like "I will" or "I always"? I can't. I won't always turn to God. I know I should, but even the writers of scipture don't make such claims that they will always do what's right? No. Why is the focus on us, and our response? Isn't that missing the point? My pastor friend doesn't like these songs, because as a leader he feels accountable for misrepresenting God's truth, for sugarcoating it, and putting the focus on us. And he doesn't want to be responsible for that. He wants people to be honest. He doesn't want to play songs that don't encourage honesty. I totally respect him for that.
Back to the point, I hope worship leaders, songwriters, pastors re-think the way they do things. We should value authenticity and honesty in our relationships with God. We need pastors who can help us, and leading by example doesn't hurt.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Saturday, June 05, 2004
As he said, "When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future."
Thank you sir, for your devotion to this land.
Friday, June 04, 2004
When we think of someone being saved, we tend to think in terms of the starting, and ending points. When did they "accept Christ" and we look to when they will go to heaven some day.
and on evangelism, I like what Brian McLaren says, "In many ways apologetics today is like selling gasoline during the ’70s — you needed to provide both leaded and unleaded gas. … To be a good apologist today, you need to offer both standard and innovative responses to common questions."
If there was no heaven or hell would you still believe?
I think people forget about the kingdom of God, that it exists here and now, as Luke 17 tells us. "the kingdom of God is within you"
Isn't that the point? To live as a part of His kingdom here and now?
My boss' boss was fired today. Or should I say "resigned", but not of his own choice. He was a smooth, charming, charismatic guy. But once you got to know him, he was a manipulative, fear mongering, greedy, controlling, bitter man. He was not a fun man to work for. He inspired greed and ill will. If leadership starts at the top, and a group takes on the characteristic of its leader, than we're an ugly, ugly "kingdom". It's a messy kingdom. Not completely corrupt, but at the same time hardly worth living for. So how have I survived working at a place with such a crappy leader? Because he's not my kingdom. I was in his kingdom, but not of it.
My kingdom isn't mine. The one I'm in will last for all eternity, and I'm already part of it, even before I die. That's salvation. God has redeemed me for His good. I'm called to love God and love my neighbor.
That's the great commandment. Funny how not all the gospels end on the great commission. Maybe it's not as important as we make it out to be. Maybe if we live out the greatest comandment more fully, the great commission will be fulfilled.
stay tuned for moe on the subject...
The second book written and the third chronologically, you're the story of a Narnia hundreds of years after the last visit, populated by mythological creatures struggling to overthrow a king determined to wipe them out. Susan's Horn brings help when it's most needed ...
Find out which Chronicles of Narnia book you are.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Ok so it's a bit on the cheesy b-movie side, as far as graphics and effects. But it's a fun movie, that makes a point. It's about human nature, freedom of thought, emotion, passion, war.
It's like Fahrenheit 451 meets the Matrix, throw in some 1984. And yes, I've read Bradbury and Orwell.
One of my favorites is James Lileks'The Gallery of Regrettable Food
Lileks went through old cookbooks, especially those wonderful promotionals ones made by the beef council or whoever. funny, funny stuff.
What's Right With America is one of those book of lists type books. It's one giant list. Everything from
4 of 5 doctors can agree to anything...
... and the 5th, independent minded doctor.
A silly, mostly lame book, but for some reason it still makes me smile.
and I picked upMike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, by Mike Nelson of Mystery Science Theater fame. Funny movie reviews, including comparisons of Bruce Willis to a Jeep. It gets you through the Minnesota winter, but you know it's rusting away.
This was my story yesterday. A personal story it was, at that.
I know John Osenbaugh. He's a cool kid. He just found out two months ago he had a brain tumor. Here's a guy who could do math in his head who was so affected he couldn't remember his own girlfriend. Scary. A guy who's brain got him a full-ride college scholarship finding his brain had failed him. The brain is such an amazing thing. But upset its balance, and it's frightening. Another friend of mine suffers from seizures. I found him the first time after he had them a few years ago. It was right before 9/11. He couldn't remember things. Didn't know why I was in his house. As I was talking to him, he forgot I was there. Then 9/11 hit, and he couldn't tell it was real. He's doing well now, and I hope John too will recover. He's a great guy and a fighter, so I expect nothing less :)
Sunday, May 23, 2004
any playoff series:
1) Your team
2) The team playing the team you most enjoy hating
(ie, Red Wings fans may pull for whomever is playing
Colorado, and Maple Leafs fans may pull for whomever
is playing Montreal before invoking the remaining
rooting precedence structure).
3) The Canadian team
4) The Original 6 team not from Canada. In the event
two Original 6 teams are playing each other, you
should root for the team that is not the Rangers.
They won their Cup a few years ago, and if it takes
another 40 years to win it again, that's just fine for
the true Old School NHL fan.
5) The first set of expansion teams (Buffalo, Pgh,
6) The team north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of
7) The team west of the Mississippi and north of the
Corollaries to the above: since an Old School NHL fan
holds grudges, has a long memory, and has a sense of
history, you may not in any event pull for:
1) Any team that has moved out of Canada (Phoenix,
2) Any team that has moved out of Minnesota (a.k.a.,
the Canada of America) [Dallas]
3) Any team that has been in the league for less than
Therefore, it is clear that if you are an Old School
NHL fan, you will be pulling for the Calgary Flames in
the finals over Tampa Bay, since they carry the banner
for Canada (see Rule 3) and Tampa Bay is below "
Online Folk Festival
for coming up with this :)
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
here's some stuff i've been doing / thinking about.
- graduation time. makes me feel old :) it's been 10 years since i got out of high school. it's cool to see kids i've invested time in come out alright. nice to know i haven't polluted their minds too much ;)
- matt moving on. matt's the youth pastor at our church, and a once in a lifetime kinda guy. i don't know when i'll find another guy like this. but i don't think it ends here. i think both he and i have a lot more to offer the kingdom of God
- girls. so what's new. i'll find one eventually :)
- disc golf. it's fun
- dance dance revolution. aw yeah
- the kingdom of God has been on my mind. it's becoming increasingly clear to me that salvation isn't just about going to heaven someday. it's also about being part of the kingdom right here, right now (cue fatboy slim). it's about joining God where he's working. Living for the kingdom now. How does that look? I don't know, but it's a process.
Saturday, May 08, 2004
It's a great read.
Everything from why the Bible isn't what we've made it to be, to what evangelism is, to why the church should care about AIDS.
Not just a great read, but a must read.
Friday, May 07, 2004
And if we have more people watching, we can charge more for air time on our ads.
My big series this week was No Hablo Espanol. Yeah, a cheesy look at why businesses in a town with 20% Hispanic population are learning Spanish. Duh.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Saturday, April 24, 2004
That's a relief.
Its one of those days, by instinct, I turn on CNN just expecting horrible news.
In 1993, it's when the standoff in Waco at the Branch Davidian compound ended. And, more importantly to me, when SD Governor George S. Mickelson was killed in a plane crash
In 1994, it's when Tim McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
April 20th has a rough history as well, as the date of Columbine.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Making Sense of Church: Eavesdropping on Emerging Conversations About God, Community, and Culture
just ordered these from amazon :)
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Culture-savvy, Creative, get-things-done Guy Seeks Meaningful Opportunity
Does your organization need a faith-infused, culturally sensitive creative-type to get things done? Look no further. An award-winning journalist with a heart for the emerging church, and the postmodern generation is seeking not just a job, but a career where his passion for truth, beauty, and love come together.
Photography? I can do that. Video shooting / editing? The Associated Press sure thinks so, from all the awards they've handed out. Youth ministry? Check. Six years and counting. Web design? More than a decade of experience. Small groups? You bet. College ministry? I know a thing or two, having been in leadeship through my four years. Ever run a music festival? Sure have. Know how to build relationships? Yep. And that's just the beginning. Eagle scout? How'd you know? Plus I'm a music fan (U2, Moby), avid reader (C.S. Lewis), movie buff, and have even known people who have been on Survivor and The Real World (true story).
Sounds like someone you want on your team? Of course!
e-mail Steve today
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Saturday, April 10, 2004
things are coming together for ::soulstice festival:: presented by timberlake
most of the lineup is there, and more will be added
Here's what we're looking at:
links are to Amazon.com so you can hear / buy them and support them so they'll still be on tour when August rolls around :)
Thursday, April 08, 2004
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
If you're not sure what it is, check out
The site that inspired the book
And while I'm recommending things, U2 Go Home - Live From Slane Castle is a great DVD. I need to watch it again
Saturday, April 03, 2004
where you can see what various bloggers have in their libraries.
Everytime I list a book here, it will end up on that list.
So here are some favorites I've read:
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Friday, April 02, 2004
they're fantastic. i can't help but dig the album lovers, lead the way it's great.
and singer anita robinson is collaborating with joey b. of the echoing green (check out their album winter of our discontent) on a new chillout album called pristina.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Monday, March 29, 2004
Another murder to cover. They're always a tough assignment, personally, and professionally. This one has more personal connections than most, as well.
Here are the murders I've covered, that I remember
- Little Diana Molina, two year old beaten to death
- Amie Barnett, killed by her estranged husband
- Sword Slaying supect Chris Decker killed Ken Skidmore with a sword
- La Movida shooting where the guy (Gabriel Contreras)
- Marsha Montano murdered outside her home
- Bruce Carlson killed his wife
- There was the Burkhardt guy
- Lopez / Espinoza killed Kendall Wertz in GI
- Ruiz-Medina convicted of murder iN GI
- Oh, there was Willa Caster in Kearney, I covered the trial
- There was the so-called mercy killing Hebron with the Ohlrich man who killed his wife who supposedly had cancer but didn't really
- Who could forget the most notorious, Jose Sandoval, from one of the deadliest bank shootings in US history
- Louis Conover Jr. in Hastings killed his parents
that would make this at least #14, and I may be forgetting some, sadly.
I'd like to think I do a good job of getting these stories right. That's seems silly to say, as a journalist should get it right, but many don't. Many don't understand the legal proceedings, and also make stupid mistakes that cost credibility. I don't think I do.
Saturday, March 20, 2004
i took second for videography for a piece on disc golf (and I'm not even a full time photographer). i'm pretty proud of that
i also took second for spot news, for our coverage of an incident where a woman threatened police and they had to shoot her
plus i think i took honorable mention for agriculture, for a story at husker harvest days, the nation's largest working farm show.