Showing posts from February, 2007

why flags should not permanently be in the sanctuary

dateline: last night, worship committee, prosper united methodist church.
subject: lent and holy week planning meeting, with a few rabbit chasing exercises

it's my first worship committee here at prosper. the goal was to make plans for holy week and easter. after discussing these and other issues, it came to report sharing time. one of the reports due was on ordering flags. i didn't know what that meant, but hey, i am new here, and happy to learn and hear what's going on. then i learn that we're talking about an american flag in the sanctuary. some of the members looked at me and said, "we just noticed we didn't have an american flag or the church flag in the sanctuary." i held my breath, and almost held my tongue. but no, contrary to what i wanted to do, i spoke.

"i'm not a big fan of having flags in the worship space. oh hey, look at the time-- gotta go! now that i've already said too much i know you'll not want to hear my reason…

last second predictions

i meant to give this year's oscar predictions much more time, but hey, my life has been slightly hectic recently. i think we're about 27 minutes into the telecast. christy and i are recording before the boys go to bed. we'll tune in after finishing disk 5 of season 1 of 24. talk about addictive. more news to come on that front.

anyway, here goes:

best actor
Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.), Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFilm), Peter O’Toole in “Venus” (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Film Council)
Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Sony Pictures Releasing),
Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)

the pick: will smith. i haven't seen last king, but wouldn't be surprised if forest won. truth be known, i didn't think happyness was that great.

best supporting actor
Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight), Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children” (New Line), Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond” (Warner B…

sometime you want to go...

where everybody knows your name...

no, the bishop has not appointed us to boston after 7 days in prosper! we're still here, and very happy. the boys returned from their five days in bay city last friday, and are really digging their rooms and the new house. one huge bonus: the church playground, covered, right across the street. it's great to be a kid in prosper!

i just returned from lunch at the place to eat in prosper, the cotton gin. it's a great little place, packed around the clock, in downtown, just a few blocks from the church. in fact, it's run by church members! so far i think we have had five meals there, and yes, we've been in town for a week! they've got everything, from breakfast to burgers to chicken fried steak to salads, if that's your thing. today i had a huge cheeseburger, a final celebration of food before the season of lent begins tomorrow, ash wednesday. for lent i will be fasting on wednesdays, and not eating sweets or fried fo…


jeez, do i love moving day! or should i say moving days? i am soooo thankful to mom and dad for keeping the boys this week! it would be nearly impossible for christy and i to keep them happy while we unloaded boxes. james: easy. that kid could watch t.v. 24-7; miles, on the other hand, could care less about the "idiot box." he just wants to be read to and played with. and it's not like we could send them outside: it's been under 40 since we moved in. literally every minute.

i am thankful too for the annual conference moving fund, supported by every congregation's cheerful contribution to their apportionment. based on the distance a pastor moves, he/she is given an allowance. thankfully prosper is far enough away from duncanville that the allowance paid for the movers to pack as well as load and unload. of course once we are unloaded we are on our own, and the fun begins!

while i am on the subject of being thankful, the folks at prosper church have been v…

birthday at the movies

last friday was my birthday, and christy gave me an awesome gift: a day at the cinema. i saw a double feature: pan's labyrinth, and letters from iwo jima. both films have received lots of oscar buzz. iwofor directing and best picture among others, and panfor foreign language and many artistic categories. i was interested in pan's labyrinth because it was described as a horrific fairy tale with amazing visuals (hence the oscar noms). it did not disappoint. it was haunting and thrilling.

i saw iwo jima for several reasons: i am a huge clint eastwood fan, especially so when he is directing. plus i saw last year's flags of our fathers, which told the iwo story from the american perspective, specifically the men who were part of the famed "raising of the flag" picture. i still can't believe that mr. clark from oak lawn was there and knew those guys!

letters from iwo jima is told from the japanese side. we hear of their prejudices toward americans, the accusati…