Friday, October 22, 2010

Mea culpa

I have a cold (or the flu, or an allergy to something, or just possibly pneumonic plague). At any rate, I'm not feeling well -- and since the antihistamines I'm using specifically warn me not to use heavy machinery while I'm taking them, I will belay posting until I feel better.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Odds & Ends

  • I am thankful for the fact it was sunny and warm at the Oregon Garden; I am trying hard not to complain about the rain now that I'm back home at the Oregon Coast.
  • Preaching this week on James 5:7-20, I'm struck by the juxtaposition of patience and prayer. One is passive, one is active, but we need both in order to make it through tough times.
  • 80% of your church's work is done by 20% of your church's members, and 80% of your church's troubles are caused by 20% of your church's members -- but ideally, those should be two separate groups. If they're not, then you probably need to pastor another church.
  • Teaching this week's Sabbath School lesson on Hannah -- do you focus God's gift of what she wanted, or Hannah's willingness to give up what she she wanted?
  • And I'll close with this quote from Mark Twain: "Anytime a fellow says, 'It's not the money, it's the principle of the thing,' it's the money."

    Friday, October 08, 2010

    Autumn haiku

    North winds bring gray skies
    and a gift from Tillamook:
    the smell of wet cows.