• Life in a Lull

    this weekend was pretty fun. Emily and I took it easy which we always like.  We went to Ikea to look for some furniture and spent a lot of time just browsing the store.  We love living on 10 min. from that place!

    We went to our pasadena church this past sunday, it was fun, I got to run sound and emily did the slides, she is really the coolest!  We will miss hanging out at foothills community church but we do feel the need to be plugging into Glendale more.  We don’t really know anyone here or know much about where to go for stuff.  We want to find the local spots, you know like where you take your car to get the transmission looked at, and where the best grocery stores are etc.

    I guess i have been feeling weird lately.  I have so much i want to do, mainly creative things.  I feel like i can’t get there because I have so much school to deal with.  Yesterday I was at an Art College and it made me regret never doing art in school.  It is such a part of who i desire to be, its not that i think i am good at it, but it is something i always think about, always want.  That is part of it.  The other part is deeper, and not I haven’t discovered it yet.  It is this on going dissatisfaction.

    I am not sure why I have felt this – I think it is impart because I feel like I am doing nothing.  What I  mean is I keep thinking about Emily how she is working so much, and How we want a house and a nice car, and a comfortable lifestyle and i feel like I should get off my hind end and get a real job.    I think this is one of the main struggles with school, and it is the one reason why many don’t go to school.  they get caught up making money.  But on my end, it is trying to stay focused on the finish line, investing is hard because you make real-time sacrifices, for something better later.  This investment mindedness is what has been hard for me.

    I found out yesterday that one of my brothers is in jail for driving with bad plates and no license.  I hurt for him and his family.  They don’t have much money, and he has really been struggling to find his way.  I prayed for him this morning, a real pray, the first real pray i have prayed in a while.  I really want to help them, I want him to follow Christ and find hope in this life.  I prayed that this would be a turning point.

    What will happen?  Sometimes i can’t take all the drama  Maybe because I can’t find my place in it, I don’t know what my role is, especially being so far away.  There are times when I want to run and Hide, there are times when I want to run and save them.  Then there are those times when I reminisce about the way the way things used to be. 

  • A Survey

    My Wife, Emily, Filled this survey out the other day and I thought it was really funny.  She pretty much just rocks!
    http://xanga.com/pasadenarecords
    This is what you’re supposed to do…and try not to be LAME and spoil the fun! Just give in. Copy (not forward) this entire

    e-mail and paste it into a new email. Don’t forget to delete out all the other email Addresses so this doesn’t get mpossibly long. Change all of the answers so that they apply to you. Then, send this to a whole bunch of people you know  INCLUDING* the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about your friends. It is fun and easy.

    1. First Name: Emily

    2. Were you named after anyone?  no

    3. Do you wish on stars?  no

    4. When did you last cry?  Strangely, I don’t know… I have a tendency to cry often, but haven’t had a reason to cry lately.

    5. Do you like your handwriting? Nope

    6. What is your favorite lunchmeat? Peanut butter

    7. What is your birth date?   11.17.80

    8. What is your most embarrassing CD? ???

    9. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Yeah, I guess I would say I agree with myself about a lot of things.

    10. Are you a daredevil?  I don’t know… I teach Junior High.  Does that qualify?

    11. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? YES

    12. Do looks matter? No…. but the way you take care of yourself does.Â

    13. How do you release anger? Cry and yell and get violent.

    14. Where is your second home?  Cali.

    15. Do you trust others easily?  Yes… and no.  I assume the best of people, but I also assume they won’t accept me for who I am.  I guess that shows a lack of trust.

    16. What was your favorite toy as a child? I really don’t know!

    17. What class in high school do you think was totally useless? World History taught by the football coach.  Talk about bad professional practices…

    18. Do you have a journal?  Yes, I don’t use it often enough, though.

    19. Do you use sarcasm a lot?  No?

    20. Favorite  movie(s)? Anne of Green Gables, Spellbound, Napoleon Dynamite, American Splendor

    22. What are your nicknames?  Louise, Weezer

    23. Would you bungee jump?  No, I’m afraid of heights.

    24. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? I don’t know…

    26. Do you think that you are strong? YES!

    27. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?   Breyers Mint M&M

    28. Shoe Size?   8

    29. What are your favorite colors?  greens, yellows, oranges

    30. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? My insecurity

    31. Who do you miss most?  My family

    32. Do you want everyone you send this to send it back?  Yes!

    33. What color pants are you wearing?  Army green

    34. What are you listening to right now? The air conditioner in my classroom (my classroom!)

    35. Last thing you ate? Popcorn (don’t tell Wess!)

    36. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Turmeric!

    37. What is the weather like right now?  California hot and sunny

    38. Last person you talked to on the phone?  Jeff Ash, my nextdoor neighbor from Fuller

    39. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? I think the way they carry themselves… but I would have to test to verify

    40. Do you like the person who sent this to you? YES!

    41. How Are You Today?  Well!

    42. Favorite Drink? Water or green tea!

    43. Favorite Sport?  To watch–gymnastics!  To doâ€??jogging?

    44. Hair Color?    brown

    45. Eye Color?  hazel

    46. Do you wear contacts?  No

    48. Favorite Food? Yes.  I mean I love food, but especially anything Indian or Asian or Mediterranean or Mexican

    49. Last Movie You Watched? The Italian Job

    50.  Favorite Day Of The Year?  The day I spend celebrating!

    51. Scary Movies Or Happy Endings?  Happy Endings

    52. Summer Or Winter? Four seasons

    53. Hugs OR Kisses?  Hugs

    55. What Is Your Favorite Dessert? ICE CREAM

    58. Living Arrangements? Me and Hubby 2 miles from Mission Control

    59. What Book(s) Are You Reading?  The Call of Stories by Robert Coles

    60. What’s On Your Mouse Pad? Don’t have one

    62. What Did You Watch Last night on TV?  Extreme makeover, home edition

    63. Favorite Smells? Fresh morning air, food

    64. Rolling Stones or Beatles? BEATLES

    65. Do you believe in Evolution or Creationism?  Not that clear cut… but Creation

    66. What’s the furthest you’ve been from home? Dominican Republic

  • Rob’s Conversation with Rob Lowe

    Here is an email my good friend Rob Strong sent me earlier today its worth the humor:

    “I was on a film shoot from noon till 2a.m.  Liu and I are doing extra work for our new hobby.  ‘Gotta shoot the breeze with Rob Lowe about 1 a.m.

    The conversation went something like this:

                                                              DIRECTOR

                                                  Cut!

                                             

    The buzzer buzzes, a room full of extras sigh with relief, and Rob, the extra runs up to the assistant director, grimacing and holding his crotch like a little school-boy.

                                                                ROB STRONG

                                          Oh, God!  Please!  We have five minutes

                                          till the next shot gets set up.  I’m an old

                                          man, and I’ve gotta take care of my

                                          prostate!  My bladder’s distended like a

                                          playground kickball.

    The Assistant Director waves Rob on without even looking, continuing to argue with the other Assistant Director through his head-set.

                                                          ASS. DIRECTOR

                                       

                                        Just don’t try to come back in if the red

                                        light’s on!                                         

    Rob smacks open the steel door, and stops for a second enjoying the cool night air.  He begins to stroll quickly down the sidewalk toward the bathroom-for-extras on the other side of the trailers.  He hears the door open again behind him and turns briefly to see a black-clad figure walking swiftly just behind him.

                                                      ROB LOWE

                                      How’s it goin’.

                                                      ROB STRONG

                                      Hey, man, okay.  I’ve got a tank load of

                                      coffee to get rid of.  I didn’t know we’d be

                                      here this late.

                                                      ROB LOWE

                                      Yeah.  I know.  I’m gettin’ ready to go

                                      fire some up myself.

                                                      ROB STRONG

                                      Right on, man.  See ya.

                                                      ROB LOWE

                                      Yep.

    Rob Strong continued to stroll swiftly toward the bathroom, his distended bladder taking up more thought space than the brief encounter with celebrity.

    As he peed into the urinal, he grinned with elated relief.  Then he thought to himself

                                                      ROB

                                      Holy shit!  I just talked with Rob Lowe

                                      about piss and coffee.??

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  • Napoleon Skills

    I was on the official Napoleon Dynamite site this morning and signed up to be nominated (sp.) for the president of the fan club.  I had to answer these questions below.

    1. Skills
    drinking vinegar, and ramping off the curb on my bike

    2. what is your campaign slogan
    give the curly head a try

    3. imagine its your first day of duty as the the president of the napoleon dynamite fan club and someone says to you, “unless we do something now, evil robots will rule the earth in less than 10 years. What would you do?
    i would buy Breyers Ice Cream for everyone for a year, and then do extreme sports and stuff to have fun before we die.

    4. If you could have one mythical beast as a pet what would it be and why?
    Star-ama.  a starfish – Llama, because starfish can barely be killed (and they’re shaped like ninja stars) and llama have really long necks to see things plus they’re just freakin cool.

    5. if you have to watch just one scene, say you’d been imprisoned for eternity by an evil overlord, what one scene from Napoleon Dynamite could you watch endlessly until saved by your loyal subjects?

    -the part where he asks the girl to get her stuff out of his locker-room because he needs room for his numchucks.  either that or the last scene with the tether ball.

    6. Top Three Reasons to believe in Napoleon Dynamite.
    1. HIs apprehending glasses.
    2. He is tough
    3. chicks dig him

    7. if you could take any food prodent, other than potatoes, and creat a tot from it, what would you select and why?

    tofu, because my wife is a vegetarian.

    8. DO you know sign language? if yes, prove it.

    -no – because I am not deaf

    9. if you were going to the drive-in, perhaps to see a sweet film like enter the dragon or chapping mall, but could only fit four other people in your car, what people from history, fiction or the realm of magic kingdoms would you take as your guests? And if you could sneak one more person in the trunk, who would that be?

    I would take Hannibal smith from the A-team, Gandalf the white, Donatello the Ninja Turtle, and Inspector Cleuseau from the Peter Seller’s Pink Panther flicks. And for the trunk i would take Jamie Pitts my friend from school who could handle the rough ride of the trunk and then he would jump out of the trunk when we get there and announce that he will be my vice president of the N.D. club.

    10.  What is your favorite color (other than blue, red, green or mint)?

    -dark brown like my hair and my eyes.

    11. if you had one of the new tape players that can hold 5,000 songs, what 5,000 songs would you play on it?

    -The 5,000 songs that i already have on my 5,000 songs tape player, goosh ….idiot!

Publications


Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance (2019)

Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance looks at Revelation from the perspective that Revelation is not about predicting the end times but is instead a handbook for early Christian resistance and survival against empire.

Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation on Bookshop.

A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture (2015)

A convergent Model of Renewal lays out a model for working with congregations and communities alike, interested in maintaining their tradition while also becoming more connected to their context and needs of their community.

A Convergent Model on Bookshop

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The Quaker World Co-Edited With Rhiannon Grant – 2022

The Quaker World is a book with over 50 authors around the world covering sections such as global Quaker history, to spirituality, and embodiment and emphasizes global Quaker diversity and biographies of Quakers.

The Quaker World on Bookshop.


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