Sunday, December 26, 2004

A Picture Share!

A Picture from my PCS Vision Camera
Guess who spent the night in minnesota? :)

Saturday, December 25, 2004

If You Can Avoid Traveling On A Holiday, Do. My Flight Has Been Delayed Two Hours And I Haven't Left My Local Airport. Im Sitting Here Surfing The Web On My Phone. Fun Fun. :)
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Merry Christmas!

I'm home right now in Nebraska, but will soon leave to catch a plane for Texas where my sister lives, even though she isn't even home now :) But she'll meet up with us in a few days

Monday, December 13, 2004

Dendinger Installed as Bishop

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

The last link to Nebraska football's glory days is gone. Turner Gill, who lead to the Huskers as quarterback, then as an assistant coach has left the program, in search of a head coaching position elsewhere. He praised God for the opportunity, and praised Tom Osborne for being a Godly man to work with for all those years. Even members of the media teared up as Gill had to turn his back to wipe his eyes during the announcement. I didn't snap a shot of that, but did get a picture of my camera focused on Bill Callahan.