In a post-modern culture it is difficult to say that something is true, but what of authenticity? This TED talk by Joseph Pine is quite illuminating on the topic.  According to the speaker, consumerism has moved from Commodities to Goods to Services to (now) Experiences.  Interesting stuff.

I’ll be thinking about this one today.  Specifically, how does this affect the church?  My career?  My investments?

Do the social mediums of Facebook, Twitter, et. al., contribute to or meet our need for authentic interaction?


Lighthouse Hike

Here are a few pictures from a recent hike in Palo Duro Canyon with my good buddy Paul:









A Christmas Poem

Merry Christmas everyone!

I used to post poems more often; I wonder why I stopped.  O well, here’s a good one by E. E. Cummings, it’s also the poem of the day on the Writer’s Almanac.

little tree

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look     the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
"Noel Noel"

"little tree" by e.e. cummings, from 100 Selected Poems by e. e. cummings. © Grove Weidenfeld, 1959. (buy now)

One of the redeeming qualities of having a pet is that you always have something to take a picture of.  On Monday, Ramsey was laying in the coolest light cast by the blinds.  I snapped these during my lunch break.  Enjoy.

Link Clean-up

Since moving over to this WordPress.com hosting service I haven’t uploaded my old site’s links.  This is partly because I have been too busy, and partly because my old links are not applicable anymore.

For example, these old “Houston. It’s Worth It.” links are all great sites, but I live in Amarillo now:

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston www.camh.org
Ecclesia Houston www.ecclesiahouston.org
Hermann Park www.hermannpark.org
Houston Zoo www.houstonzoo.org
The Houston Museum of Natural Science www.hmns.org
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston www.mfah.org
Trees for Houston www.treesforhouston.org/

I’ll be looking for their Amarillo equivalent, watch the sidebar for updates.

[11/19 Update — I have added the link category “Amarillo Area” and a few links.]


viscosity_28562 This is a great quote by Rick Warren.  I was in the message & message notes by Whit’s mother’s pastor, Jim Leggett this Sunday.  

God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you…. Thousands of books have been written on leadership, but few on servanthood. Everyone wants to lead; no one wants to be a servant. We would rather be generals than privates. Even Christians want to he “servant-leaders,” not just plain servants. But to be like Jesus is to be a servant…. In heaven God is going to openly reward some of His most obscure and unknown servants — people we have never heard of on earth, who taught emotionally disturbed children, cleaned up after incontinent elderly, nursed AIDS patients, and served in thousands of other unnoticed ways.

That’s ironic, I had to add the word “servanthood” to my computer’s spelling dictionary… I guess it hasn’t made its way into common usage.

By the way, every time we have joined Whitney’s mother at church in Katy, Jim Leggett has given excellent, thoughtful, bible-rich sermons. If you listen to pod-casts, his RSS-feed might be an encouraging addition to your list of subscriptions.