Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sad Day

Blazers great Kevin Duckworth died last night at the age of 44.

Monday, August 25, 2008

RA Video

Here is the latest video from the J. Alvin RAs. For a little history click here, then here for the video from my first year.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

RA Training

The RAs have arrived on campus and the flurry that is the start of the school year has begun. This week will be full of RA training activities and new student move-in is on Friday. It'll be a busy time, but full of energy and excitement. It's good to have everyone back.

Breaking News

Elisa is officially crawling. She's been "creeping" for a while now, but as of this afternoon she's actually crawling.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

All over the Map

Carolyn just told me about this great website that gives a "tourist map of literature." Literature-Map.com takes the name of any author and plots him or her in the middle of a bunch of other authors that vary in similarity on a progressive scale. It's very entertaining to see what pops up and could help you find a new favorite author.

Friday, August 15, 2008


I hear it's getting pretty toasty in the NW, which is weird because it's been unseasonably cool here. Carolyn was happy our heat was finally working today during the rain storm.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Chef Was A Spy

Julia Child was a spy, how cool is that? Click here for the article.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bike Accident

We have a bike rack on top of our faithful car that has performed very well. Today, while transporting my mountain bike (to be fixed) I had a little accident. While driving the bike fell out of the rack causing body damage in multiple places on the passenger side of the car. The car ended up with a scratched window, one deep dent (with pain chipped), a couple other dents, and scratched paint.

I think the bike is fine, but I feel really dumb about messing up the car so much. Carolyn asked if I felt better about it knowing the car already had a couple dings when we bought it (that whole the first cut is the deepest thing). I didn't, just foolish for not making sure the bike was in the rack properly in the first place.

Elisa Standing....


Here we are at a wedding last weekend.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lars and the Real Girl

Carolyn & I watched the movie Lars & the Real Girl last week and we really enjoyed it. The Blockbuster description listed it as a romantic comedy, which it totally wasn't. I would describe it more as a character drama. The story centers around the reclusive Lars (played by Ryan Gosling of The Notebook fame), who buys a sex doll on the internet and strikes up an unconventional relationship. Although the story has a sex doll at the center, the movie is clean and language free. It's a moving story about compassion, love, and caring for others that I highly recommend.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Monday & Tuesday was our Residence Life retreat which meant I was gone on Monday night. The res. life team started our retreat by heading over to the U of A and touring their residential facilities. They showed us their new building that cost about $80,000 per bed to build. To contrast JBU just finished a new wing on one of our resident halls for only $15,000 per bed. We spent the day on Tuesday on Beaver Lake. It was a great day hanging out on a float boat jumping in and out of the water constantly. It was very hot, though, and sunny.

It hit 100 degrees and although I repeatedly put on tons of sunscreen throughout the day, I'm roasted. Carolyn said it's the worst sunburn she's ever seen me have. Tuesday night she described my back as "glowing" and last night it was fluorescent pink. It doesn't feel too bad; it only hurts when I move. Tonight I'll be gone again on the Student Development retreat here. Our SD retreat will end by going to the Naturals game on Friday night which happens to be the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I'm going to have to record it.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Shack

There has been much said already about this book and part of me thinks I shouldn't bother. However, by definition this blog exists for giving my thoughts (see name), so I'll proceed. I've talked with people who have absolutely hated it and conversely those who loved it. I decided to go ahead and read it because there are millions of people reading it right now and I want to be able to talk with them about it. I've been trying to live up to something my all-time favorite theology prof (Western's own Dr. Gerry Breshears) said, "Don't talk about it if you haven't read it."

Overall I'm glad I read it and wouldn't say that anyone shouldn't read it. To me, Young's book comes across as pretentious at times and didn't have the best writing. It wasn't written to be a systematic theology even though it deals with theological themes. While reading the Shack it is important to remember it's fiction. Becuase it is fiction and telling an emotional tale I fell there is more wiggle room in the story. I think Young does a very good job of presenting the God as three persons yet one. The Trinity is a hard concept to convey, but I think he does well. Personally, I thought God the father as an Aunt Jemima-type personification was a little over the top, but I understand and appreciate his point (He's trying to break the stereotype that God is a white guy). Through the narrative Young presents a universal salvation that definitely undermines the role of the cross. The argument is made that since God loves all his children, it's inconceivable that he would ever condemn any of them. This undermines the role of Christ's sacrifice and the full character of God (love is the main characteristic presented to the exclusion of many others).

If you want to read more about the Shack from a couple guys who really know what they're talking about I recomend the aforementioned Dr. Breshears and Multnomah's own Dr. Dan Lockwood (Click the names to go to their articles).

Friday, August 01, 2008


Here's a little article I found this great ESPN article about Micheal Phelps and what he'll try to accomplish this year. Click here to check it out. It goes into detail about his schedule, explains how he's trying for 8 golds (More than anyone ever in any sport), his diet, and that he "will burn a marathon's worth of calories in the pool every day for nine days, on his way to swimming more than 30 miles."