Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ballet In The Kingdom

Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, recently told of meeting a wonderful little girl named Ella Mae.

Read on...you will be inspired.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Updike's "Seven Stanzas At Easter"

My friend Jared recently posted this on his blog, and I wanted to share it here. It's a poem by the late, great John Updike about, well, I'll let you discover on your own what it's about....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Death In His Grave

A profound and poetic description of Jesus' mission at the cross, enjoy "Death In His Grave" by John Mark MacMillan.

"The man Jesus Christ laid death in his grave!"

You can read John Mark's line-by-line commentary about the lyrics here. (thanks for the link Becca:)

Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Spring Is Here

This brief exchange actually happened 5 minutes ago:

Carly: "Dad, will you get me something I can ride?"

Me: "Sure - let's have a look out in the shed for our bikes."

Carly: "I was thinking of something more like a giraffe."

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Fools!

My two favorite April Fools Day posts were:



Take Advantage Of It While I Can

Here's what Bethany Hamilton, the girl who back in 2003 lost her left arm in a shark attack while surfing, said about being in the spotlight:

"I try not to make a big soap opera out of the shark attack. I would rather focus on what God has allowed me to do in picking up the pieces of my old life and adjusting to parts that are new and different for me. Most of all, I want to use my story as a way to tell people about God's story. It seems like he has given me the attention of the world for a moment, and I had better take advantage of it while I can." (from her book, Soul Surfer, 2004).

That is an unbelievably mature thing for a 14-year-old kid (at the time of the book) to say about such a loss. "Most of all, I want to use my story as a way to tell people about God's story." Outstanding. From the mouths of babes....And she feels much the same today, as her true-story movie is about to be released. The rest of the story is that she got back on her surfboard and competes....with only one arm. Fantastic.

Watch the trailer at the movie website - there are also some good interviews and such. 

This girl is inspiring. I hope I, and anyone else who catches her story, can measure up to this kind of excellent attitude in the face of a great trial!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Obsessed With Facebook

This guy Alex created this short clip for a design class, I guess. Extremely nicely done, though I don't read as fast as he can.

I feel alarmed by the statistics, though I don't know why.

I guess the thing that bugs me is: if social networking like Facebook is supposed to be about "us," why do I have this nagging feeling that somehow its still all about "me?"

The World Is Obsessed With Facebook from Alex Trimpe on Vimeo.