Thursday, July 31, 2008
In any case I have made that drive probably four or five times round trip and remember the little town of Lavonia which it was in. Well, I was surprised to see that the town of Lavonia bought the strip club today for 1 million dollars. For what? To tear it down! And they have apparently already burned the billboards. Awesome.
In any case, just a random story that I thought those who have seen the billboards as well as my college friends would enjoy.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Lioness Cub... You can get a much better shot if you click on the picture.
The Cub growing in Kelli's face. For still being a little kitten, it's got a nice set of teeth.
Here's the black Panther cub. She was a little more mellow and kind of in her own world.
A baby Wallaby.
In any case, we're having a fantastic time down on the Southern Oregon Coast. We're headed into California tomorrow to see the redwoods.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
1. It serves Stumptown coffee, but unlike Stumptown you don't get the sense that everyone wishes you would leave.
2. It's got a great atmosphere. It's big, bright, with a nice breeze blowing through.
3. Free wifi, plus an electrical outlet at almost every table! At most coffee shops you've got to fight over the two outlets in the whole joint.
4. It's within walking distance of Western Seminary. It's possible to take a 10 minute break from class, walk there, grab a cup and walk back and miss almost nothing!
5. The entire hour I was there the sweet sounds of Sufjan were in the air. I don't think it's necessary to mention the horrific records spinning at corporate coffee shops do I?
This could be the perfect coffee shop! I'm relocating my office.
NOTE: After reading this post I know this all sounds really pretentious so I hope those who don't know me will give me the benefit of the doubt. I'm not a coffee snob or anything, I just want a place that's comfortable to have the occasional coffee meeting or work on my computer.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I came across this song "Destructor" last week and was a little disturbed by two particular lines in it (amongst many). The first line is "To the way you hated your son when you hung all the sins of the world".
Now, I'm semi-familiar with hard-core Reformed theologians but i have NEVER heard one insist that one member of the Trinity hated another member at any time. I believe to suggest that the Father hated the Son could very well be the h word (heresy) (which is a term that I use with great caution). I would love to hear others thoughts on this however.
The second line is, "God will have his glory one way or another". This picture of God is so pathetic and petty I can hardly believe it. "One way or another, even if things hadn't worked out like I planned it, even if I have to violently destroy everyone to prove myself I'm going to get my glory!" Sounds like the caricatured god of Islam.
I believe in God's judgment and in justice but I believe this makes a mockery of justice in it's simplification. He's a tiny, vindictive, violent terrorist who's out to get glory no matter what the cost! That sounds very different than the God that I see in Scripture.
Here is the full song...
"From the first time you flooded the earth.
To the last time you burned off the curse
To the way you hated your son
When you hung all the sins of the world
Heaven will disappear with a roll
The host of God will come to destroy
Sin is a declaration of war
God will have his glory one way or another
In reverence we come to Your throne.
Indebted to Your holy Son
The ripe vine of the earth will be crushed.
And your light will shine over the world."
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'm sure this will be a gigantic incentive to blog more :)
Monday, July 07, 2008
Ahh, if you've got something that is for real, let us know Time! I wonder what the next "tragic news" for Christian belief will be?
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Since Kelli and I are such organized people (and I love to plan like no one you've ever seen), we've completed our hiking plan for the rest of the summer. Plus I was hoping to give Devin some more material to make fun of me with when he gets back :(
In any case this is what we hope to accomplish! There are a few I'm extremely excited for. I think Rock of Ages may kill us but it looks pretty epic!
July 19th – Coyote Wall 5.7 miles 1700 ft. gain
July 25th – Ramona Falls 7.1 miles 1100 ft. gain
Aug. 9th – Saddle Mountain 5.0 miles 2200 ft. gain
Aug. 16th – Hamilton Mountain 7.5 miles 2400 ft. gain
Aug. 23rd – Larch Mountain Crater Hike 5.9 miles 1310 ft. gain
Aug. 30th – Ape Canyon 13.2 miles 2000 ft. gain
Sept. 13th – Bluff Mountain 12.5 miles 2700 ft. gain
Sept. 20th – Rock of Ages 10 miles 3000 ft. gain
So, we ended up driving east where it was actually sunny and beautiful today just past Hood River by a tiny town called Mosier. We did the McCall Point Hike.
This was an enjoyable hike, and it was great to have a nice change up from the typical Gorge hike as beautiful as those are. We were out in the open most of the time on this one and the breeze felt incredible and the sun was quite hot as well. Plenty of poison oak and ticks to go around! I'm really glad I didn't wear shorts this morning! Good call on this hike. It wasn't a super long hike but felt much steeper than the book and internet said, but it was a nice hike nonetheless. It was a perfect day out east! Bummer to get back to rainy Portland.
I think we're going to have to take a week off next Saturday as well due to a prior engagement and then it's off to Coyote Wall.
The rest of the pics can be found here.
This is where we thought we were almost done only to realize there was still quite a bit to go!
The top is pretty much just one large wild flower field. It would be a great hike around May. Many of the flowers were already gone.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I'll be honest here for a moment. Kelli's watching So You Think You Can Dance and I happen to be in the room (at least that's how I explain it) and I just CANNOT STAND MARY! Ahhh, it's like she's drunk all the time. Her voice just pierces a hole in my brain. I can't take it! Does she actually have fans out there?