I am using a new browser called flock.  It is good integration to blogging, del.icio.us, flickr, and all the social web stuff.  Soren likes the flickr integration.  He was pretty excited to see his picture.  Here it is:

Community Knowledge

Here is what I'd like Google, Microsoft, or whoever to do next. I'd like to be able to run a search limiting it to those sites that I and people I respect, respect. It would be sort of like an online community search engine. It doesn't seem like this would be too hard. With all the Flickr, Technorati, del.icio.us type things floating around, it might already exist. Anybody know of such an animal?

Arrested Development

Courtney and I recently started watching the first season of Arrested Development on DVD. I have avoided it, as I do most TV these days, but after eating with one of the actors, I was curious. With Pete and Jamie in L.A., I ate with Tony Hale who plays Buster on the show. He was a little crazy, but I excused him since he was an actor. I am so generous. Anyway, he was really pretty cool, and I respect Pete's comedic judgement, so I decided to try it.

Family Camping Part I

We went family camping this weekend. It was a lot of fun. See the flickr photoset for picures. More reflections to come.

Small Group Transition

Our small group just finished the study on Galatians from Redeemer Presbyterian Church NYC. It has been a great study. I would recommend it to anyone. It will and should be controversial at times, but the Gospel is controversial.

free culture


It has nothing directly to do with Christianity, but it is one of the best sermons I have heard in a long time. This man communicates. If you wonder what Open Source is about, watch this. If you want to understand how to communicate to people younger than say 40, watch this.

Am I going to be held accountable for what I know

Last week, I purchased some Kool-Aide from some kids and two single mothers in the projects near our house on the way home from church. There I was in my spiffy clothes, decked out boys, and new mini-van buy 25 cent kool-aide from kids in Wal-Mart clothes who probably struggle to pay the bills. My conscience has been bothering me since.

It just doesn't seem right. Sure, I have

Lost moments

What was it like to be a child? What do Gage and Soren think as they are going to sleep at night. I hate it, but I am getting old enough that many parts of my childhood are becoming opaque to me. It is kind of sad.

It is particularly sad when

If its worth doing well..

If its worth doing well, it is worth doing poorly.

Three examples:

Rusty's prayer updates - My friend, Rusty, sends out prayer updates for his church plant. He asks that we "send up a quick one" right when we get the email. Courtney and I were recently commenting on how at first we didn't like this so we thought we would save the email and prayer more when we got time. Now we just follow Rusty's instructions, and we actually pray for his fledgling church. If it is worth an hour of prayer later, it is worth 5 minutes now. Don't neglect the 5 minute prayer because you can't dedicate the hour.

Saving money -

William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet


This is one of my favorite movies. I first saw it on video about 8 years ago. It could have been made today. Shakespeare's story and unmatched power with words is matched by Luhrmanns directing skill.

A more relevant Romeo and Juliet could not be made. Shakespeare's words