out of the lifeboat

I received the following email from my friend Thom on Monday morning,

I don’t know if you are familiar with an artist named Steve Taylor. He definitely ushered the new wave musical musical genre into the Christian musical world, in a respectable way. He has great, poignant, tongue and cheek lyrics. I was immediately reminded of this song from the 80s as soon as Chuck Howard mentioned the game Life Boat yesterday.

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new orleans update: they’re back

(Pastor) Glenn sent me the following email yesterday afternoon. Make sure to check out the photos at the end of this post.

We’ll we’re back, but there is a part of us that wishes we were still in New Orleans. Personally — and I think I can speak for most if not all of us who were on the missions trip — I miss the very tangible sense of biblical community we all experienced during this trip. We were, and are, the family of God, the body of Christ, working and laughing together, listening to, and praying for each other. Several students wanted the drivers to turn the vans around as we neared home so we could head back. I really think we got a taste of heaven this past week, and it was a powerful experience for us all.

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my pcc lunch spots map

OK, this is just completely for fun. Steve King and I had lunch on Friday at the Burrito Bueno on North Avenue just a few minutes from PCC. This got me thinking about my favorite lunch spots within a few minutes drive of the PCC building. So, I’ve created a new Google map that I’m calling Parkview Lunch Spots. The only criteria is that I have to like the food and they need to be within a quick drive of 764 Saint Charles. Cheap is also a good thing. Yes, it is a bit arbitrary. Once you get to the map you can click on the place markers for my very unsophisticated review of these fine establishments.  I will be adding favorite lunch spots over time, but feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions.

You could also take me out for lunch to a place that you think deserves to be on the list. Just a suggestion.


new orleans update #7

This came from (pastor) Glenn this morning before the team got on the road for the last leg of their drive.

Well it’s Saturday morning, we’re all safe and sound (but pretty much spent) and starting to do what we need to do to get back on the road for our final leg of this missions trip. I just wanted to update you on our debriefing meeting last night. In a word, it was wonderful.

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mocean worker video

I picked up the new Mocean Worker album on Wednesday… talk about some toe-tapping summer goodness. Here’s the video for Shake Your Boogie.

What’s not to like? For you jazz fans this album includes samples from Marcus Miller, Herb Alpert and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Check out another song from the album, Tickle It with some introduction by Bob Boilen of All Songs Considered.

harry potter and the death of God

Lev Grossman wrote a fascinating little article in last week’s Time magazine titled Who Dies in Harry Potter? God. As one who has only seen the Potter movies I’m mostly removed from the current hype surrounding tonight’s release of the final book in J.K. Rowling’s series.


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