Folks should stop by Bruce Chant's blog and extend congratulations on the birth of his and Ruth's son, Judah John (similar to my birth-weight and destined to play American football as an offensive lineman).
Its growth would be remarkable for a church anywhere, but is especially notable in an "unchurched" city like Seattle, smack in the "None Zone." More people in the Northwest say "none" when asked their religious affiliation than in any other region in the country, researchers have reported.
The church is renovating its 40,000-square-foot building and recently bought a similar-sized facility a block away, with plans to use both sites for services by late 2006. The two buildings encompass the first two phases of Mars Hills' growth plans.
"Phase three," pastor Mark Driscoll quipped, "is world domination."
(via Pete-- who I get to hang with this weekend, and whose church is getting a new building this weekend!)
I have finally put up my Church Planting Resources Sidebar. I intended to add a substantial number of links to this over the summer, but have realized that this may never happen. In fact, I haven't added one link since my initial plea. But, here are the resources that I have found helpful enough to return to on my own. As always, feel free to add to the list...
Seeing people in a different environment, among other animals ... teaches members of the public that the human is just another primate," Wills said.
The exhibit puts the three male and five female "Homo sapiens" amid their primate relatives. These eight have divided interests, from a chemist hoping to raise awareness about apes to a self-described actor/model and fitness enthusiast.
Katie and I spent the last week house sitting for some friends who have no wireless internet but a huge home theater. It was a rough trade off, but I was able to ignore the blog for a week. It was a good thing too, since I needed to dedicate much of the week to getting my registration settled for fall courses.
We're back at home now and trying to find a new wireless connection to leach off as the one we had been using since we got here is mysteriously gone.
All this, plus our woes at the border have left us with no wheels right now, I have been forced to give Katie piggy-back rides all over Vancouver (at her insistence). She is actually bidding on rickshaw's on ebay as we speak.
Over the weekend, I was able to read N.T. Wright's, The Meal Jesus Gave Us (an excellent book that I would commend to everyone). It was a great book and a great memory considering that The Metal Dad himself gave it to me as a going away present.
I also started re-reading Bosch's Transforming Mission, and hope to post at least some quotes if not some reflections on the introduction and first chapter.
I know that everyone is "talking" (pun intended) about Google Talk, but to answer my brother-in-law and like five other people's questions-- yes, you can use this chat client via iChat. Here are the steps to configure the two. I don't know why I would use this service since I already use iChat for audio & video chatting, and Sykpe for other audio chatters not on the mac.
However, before I talk trash about anything Google, Katie and I played around with Google Earth last night on a friend's PC and it is pretty cool. Perhaps if Google could incorporate these two software features, I'd be in.
I knew the sign reading "Left To Hope / Right to US Border" was not a good omen. The sign you see here would have been a welcome alternative. Instead, I headed the opposite direction of Hope to rescue Katie from our own country. A long story. Yesterday was a long day.
"caffeine intake appeared to explain some, but not all, of the diabetes-risk reduction and weight change. . ."
in short this study seems to buttress the belief that moderate coffee consumption, sensible diet, and regular exercise (like a challenging yoga practice, or even i'll allow, even a nice 5k run!) appear to significantly decrease the chances of developing diabetes. diabetes is apparently turning into an expensive public health epidemic before our eyes in europe, north america, and indeed worldwide.
however it appears more and more that scientists need to change the focus from caffeine alone. as long-time readers know, coffee contains at least 1,100 identified components, of which chlorogenic acid may presently be the most interesting in regards to human health.
or more likely, coffee as a complex and completely natural product works as a whole -- all of its constituents together -- to offer subtle but important health benefits when enjoyed with common sense.
(via) [NOTE: I have increased coffee consumption to counteract the absence of yoga in my fitness regime]