Monthly Archives: June 2006

Disrupting My Comfort Zone

I was listening to NPR a couple of days ago, and heard a short talk by Brian Grazer. He co-founded Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard.  (I love his hair by the way)
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His talk was called ‘this I believe’, which was one of many talks in their All Things Considered  program.

He said a few things that stood out to me, but one especially — probably because I could so relate to it. For those of you who don’t know — I am working for a missions organization and I am raising support to move out to LA with my family in August. We are close to 90% of where we need to be — but there are days where I just want to be done with this process. Brian said this about his life:

“So why do I continue to subject myself to this sort of thing? The answer is simple: Disrupting my comfort zone, bombarding myself with challenging people and situations — this is the best way I know to keep growing. And to paraphrase a biologist I once met, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”

It helped to give me the emotional energy that I needed to keep at it that day, and this day, and hopefully tomorrow.

You can listen to the whole thing here:

– if you want.


…coming world ‘order’

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Great thoughts from Tim Keller on ministry on the new global culture of major world cities…
Globalization is making major world cities more powerful than ever. Why?

1) The mobility of capital means national governments are now virtually powerless to control the flow of money in and out of their own economies, thus greatly decreasing their influence in general. The cities are the seats of multi-national corporations and international economic, social, and technological networks.

2) The technology/ communication revolution means that national governments are powerless also to control what their people watch or learn. As a result, it is the culture/values set of world-class cities that is now being transmitted around the globe to every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. NY and LA are now far more influential in forming the culture of, say, teenagers in rural Indiana or rural Mexico than are the national or local governments or civic institutions. Sum: This is the first overall major erosion of nation-state power in 800 years.

• N. Pierce: “Great metropolitan regions…not nation-states–are starting to emerge as the world’s most influential players.â€? Cities are growing in the ‘Third World’ at an enormous rate and are regenerating in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S. even smaller cities have seen a renaissance of their downtown cores, as professionals, immigrants, international business leaders, empty-nest baby-boomers, artists, and the ‘young and hip’ move back in. The coming world ‘order’ will be a global, multi-cultural, and urban order.

Here is to the great city of Los Angeles…

my condolences to my Hispanic friends…

Mexico lost yesterday to Argentina 2-1. But they have nothing to feel ashamed about. The winning goal, was the most beautiful goal that I have seen so far in this World Cup.




rescue & resurrection

Psalm 69:30 – 31 Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. For this will please the LORD more than sacrificing an ox or presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.

Eugene Peterson in his slender, but wonderful book — Praying with the Psalms – says this:

‘The great songs of praise are sung by those who have known the intensity of pain, the desperation of doubt, and the abyss of rejection. To all such people, God’s salvation & love are experienced as rescue & resurrection.’

Verses 32 & 33 The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy. For the LORD hears the cries of his needy ones…

I praise you, merciful Father, that you have not led me in a way bound by grim duty & joyless servitude, but in one that, though it traverses ‘the valley of the shadow’, always leads to ‘the house of the Lord’. (Psalm 23:4, 6). Amen.

the end of a dream

Well, my son Caleb and I have been waiting months for the World Cup, and just like that – in about a week and a half – the U.S. has bowed out and did not make it to the final 16 this year. I know, I know, I know — when the U.S. made it to the final 8 in 2002 — they probably were playing way over their heads – but, it did get our expectations up this year. We were in the ‘group of death’ though also. So, maybe they did not play as bad as it seems….

I guess there is always 2010 to look forward to 🙂

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The Beautiful Game

Well, they did not win…. but they did not lose though either.

The referee was terrible, the play got kind of chippy — but the Americans surprised my son and I today & showed a lot of heart.

Best of all, the U.S. soccer team still have a chance to get into the final 16 of the World Cup. All they have to do is beat Ghana (who beat the Czech team today 2-0, who beat us 3-0…. & for the Italians to beat the Czechs & presto — we are in… 🙂 )
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proud soccer Dad….

My son’s U-14 soccer team lost last night 3-1, but he did score their only goal!

That might sound like I am one of those soccer dads that is living vicariously through their child. Well, I hope not — but it is fun to watch him play.