New Blog

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Present Matters has been a great little place for me, but I feel like I’ve moved on from it’s original purpose. Plus, I’m trying in general to reorganize DualRavens into something a bit less Winchester House. I’m not ready to close the doors here quite yet, but I will start doing a little more writing at my newest blog. Wander over to the Ravens. It’ll be my primary place for talking about most stuff. Plus, I’m trying out a look, but it’s not quite done and I’d love to hear how it works for folks.

morning and evening is back — kind of

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When I made the move to the new host my occasional blog Morning and Evening, which served more as a place for my personal journaling, didn’t quite make it. I got the content, but somehow lost all the admin stuff, meaning I couldn’t update it or do anything with it. When it was spammed I had to take it down because I had no control.

But, now I’m thinking I need something like it again. That journaling with Barclay Press was helpful and it spurred me to think about making that a bit more regular.

So, I took the content of morning and evening and started a new blog, once that better reflects my goals and thoughts. It’s called Learning to Dance.

Present Matters is going to make a similar transition soon as well, though I might just start a new blog and leave this as the ‘old blog’. Part of the reason why I haven’t been blogging much of late is because I feel like my initial goals with this blog have changed so much, not least because my interests have changed a lot. What was once terribly interesting is now boring. What has become interesting I haven’t gotten into the habit of writing about.

So, I need a bit of a change. For me at least. It’s a change that’s a long time in coming. Keep watching. I’m going to start writing a lot more again real soon.

the goings on

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Been quiet here. No real reason. The calm before the storm? Quite possibly.

I haven’t been neglecting writing. This is the project of my past week, an interaction between Jurgen Moltmann and the Emerging Church.

in case you missed it

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I journaled for the last two weeks over at Barclay Press.

San Miguel Island

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The San Miguel Island ’07 trip pictures are now in the gallery.

away and back again

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Been a long while since I posted. No reason why. Though part of it is my thinking about making some big changes on dualravens in general and I’ve been otherwise focused on that.

Then again, for the last weekend at least, I didn’t even have a computer or any contact with the world, at least the civilized world. Me and the natural world had a grand time.

Went to San Miguel Island over the holiday weekend.

San Miguel Island
San Miguel Island
elephant seals on San Miguel Island

More pics later.

I feel yucky

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On Easter afternoon I started feeling dizzy. So I took a nap. Woke up feeling worse. Nauseous. All around bad. I thought I snuck by the sickness season. But it got me. The flu hit me. I feel yucky. So, I haven’t really gotten to much of anything I should get to.

I have, however, hit on something I’m going to start looking at more closely. Curiously, after a little looking closely I found a verse that sums it all up for me.

Romans 14:17 — “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Emerging churches talk a lot about the Kingdom of God. Pentecostals and Charismatics talk a lot about the Spirit. For many these are considered two different emphases. Jesus with the first, Paul with the latter. Not so, I think. Same topic, same expression, same verses. Different words. Same meaning. They are talking about each other. There is no Kingdom apart from the Spirit, where the Kingdom is there is the Spirit.

Only in Church history folks think of the Kingdom in terms of politics and hierarchy. Folks think of the Spirit in terms of mushy spirituality and supernatural.

Hmmm… maybe I should write a book on this.

workspace

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This past week I had a lot of work to do, and it kept me pretty busy. Fortunately, the weather turned nice and I was able to do a good bit of work in my office.

My office

fears and worries

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A long time ago when I was a wee lad I liked to read the Guinness Book of World Records. It was fascinating what people could do, and fascinating what people would do to say they had a world record in something.

But in the midst of that book was a little blurb that has stayed with me for years and years: the hiccuping world record. Now I don’t know the exact amount of years involved but it was long. Like fifty years. I still remember some details. The guy starting hiccuping after slaughtering a pig in his early twenties and never stopped. Never stopped. He was in his late sixties in the volume I read. Probably still hiccuping unless death has given him ease.

I don’t hiccup very often, but because of that article there’s a curious anxiety that pops up whenever I do. I’m not neurotic at all, and I can’t say there’s anything equivalent on any other topic, but when I start hiccuping I get worried I’ll never stop. Which is why I’m right to the water, or holding my breath, or finding a wee fright. I don’t want to be a hiccuping retiree.

Think I’m weird? Maybe I am. But then read this story. It happens! People get stuck hiccuping and just can’t stop. FREAKS me out!!

Saturday Night

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This last Saturday night my brother had a birthday party. At the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure!!! AAAARRRRRR!!!!!

more pics later!