Tuesday, February 20, 2007

If you haven't played roller hockey, you don't know what you're missing.

Or maybe you do.
NEW! Now caring 400% more for women than men!

OK, that's not my church's new slogan. But the reality of the budget ledger shows we do spend four times more on ministry stuff for women than men.

I'm not sure what that means.

Maybe the women are more organized and have more events. I know they had a big winter retreat this past weekend with food, guest speakers, music, etc. They schedule more events so need more money.

So maybe it's an indictment of the men, for not doing more formal activities. Although, men are surely well represented in our co-ed ministries.

Do churches know what to do with men? I'm not sure.

I'm not sure I know what to do with men at church. The Promise Keepers fad has subsided. We don't want big retreats at church. Our church has sponsored hunting trips for men, or trips to baseball games. The latter would be more my speed.

We talked about this at a small group at church the other day. Have men abdicated their place in the church? (And I mean Church in the universal sense, not just my local body). Or to some extent, is the church responsible for not engaging men?

More questions than answers, I know. But that's what I do.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thanks to Netflix, I just saw The Right Stuff for the first time. I enjoyed it. But then again, I dig that space stuff.

But it reminded me that I've interviewed Scott Carpenter, one of the first seven astronauts. They were the guys who flew the Mercury missions. But while I'm a space history buff -- I was pretty disappointed with my interview. Here I am, talking to a living legend about space, and also his time in some undersea lab... and well, he just wasn't tracking. He seemed a little off his game.

It left me with less than a great impression. But having seen the movie now, it has restored awe in those early space pioneers. It wasn't a great interview, but hey, at least I had the chance!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

There's something cool about seeing a deserving family move into a new home of their own. This family is not only paying for a new home, but they helped build it through Habitat for Humanity. Yes, Habitat families do have a mortgage to pay. It's cheaper than most homes. But it's not a free house by any means. They put in hundreds of hours working on the home. And this weekend they got the keys. I'm proud to say I helped put the siding on the home, with the kids from chuch. Just hope it stays up!

Friday, February 09, 2007

So I put 300 miles on the work car today. Ugh. I'm tired.