Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Why this week?

What is it about this week? Unspeakable violence dwells at April 19th, and knows its neighbors by name, as I've blogged before (yes, I've been doing this blog thing for a while, regardless of readership).

April 19, 1993. Seige at Waco ends with 81 deaths.

April 19, 1995. Oklahoma City. 168 dead.

April 20, 1999. 13 victims dead.

Now this. April 16, 2007. Nearly three dozen dead in Virginia.

We live in a broken world. But God is good, and triumphs evil even when we can't understand.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hockey Tournament

I'm exhausted. Muscles I didn't know I have ache.

We've been playing hockey at church for about 7 or 8 years now. We play a weekly pick up game that lasts about two hours.

Last night we played a tournament. It started about 6 and I didn't leave until close to midnight. It was fun though.

Last night felt like one of those God things. Everyone got along, no one got too hurt. That's pretty much a miracle for a bunch of teenagers.

I'm proud of these guys for playing hard, but not getting nasty. The guys wer ealso very encouraging to each other.

I've got special affection for a kid named Brian. He plays goalie, and does a pretty good job. You can see him in the black gear towards the center of the picture. His team came in second. They came a couple of goals short of being our tournament champs. He made some nice saves. Especially when you consider he can't use his legs.

We have to carry him and set him in the net.

That's because Brian usually gets around with the use of braces. Brian suffers from cerebral palsy, I believe. He doesn't talk about his disability.

The other kids help him put his goalie gear on. Kids then give him a lift, and position him in net. They bring him water, and are generally encouraging. I don't think anyone pities the guy. Rather, they show compassion and try to bring the best out of him.

That's the body of Christ at work, in a bunch of sweaty, often frustrating teenagers. God moves in mysterious ways.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Mute Math

How does this Rhodes still stand after the nightly beatings it takes?

This is Mute Math, live in Papillion, NE. If you haven't seen them, you owe it to yourself to go!

More photos of Mute Math can be found here.Enjoy!

Thursday, April 05, 2007


It's April and snowing. Go figure.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blog filler: personality test

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.