Monthly Archives: January 2008

east Hollywood pics

I walked down the street here today to grab a cup of coffee and snapped a couple of shots.

This one is an interesting one, with the cross above the sign which says ‘Self-realization fellowship – church of all religions’ (only in Hollywood)…


I think I am going to go in here one of these days, just to see what this is all about ??!!


Here is the little restaurant, that has the best coffee & it actually got mentioned in the NY Times recently. Amazing — about 1 block from Kairos. You can go to this link and go to the 2nd & 3rd slide & it will come up.

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this is on the very short walk back to Kairos:



praying with the Psalms

I read this today in Eugene Peterson’s ‘Praying with the Psalms’ and it really spoke to me.

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.   –Psalm 20:1, 9

The psalm begins and ends with the word “answer” in a key position: the life of faith depends upon God’s response.  If there are no answers, prayer finally dries up. The fact that there is so much praying (and the psalms are a mass of documentation) is evidence that God does respond. He is the God who answers.

Prayer: It is not so much answers to my questions that I want, O Lord, but answers to my needs. I don’t always understand what I need, only that I need you. Answer me in Jesus Christ. Amen.

post weekend wedding

So, I got to fly to western Montana this past weekend to officiate a wedding for a Kairos couple — Amber and AJ. For whatever reason 🙂 they really wanted me to do the ceremony, so they flew me out there.

Only been to Montana one other time — years and years ago, and that was on the flat, eastern side. Not this side…


It was a great time, except for changing planes in Seattle, and getting on the smallest plane that I ever have flown on. The wheels seemed like you could reach out & touch them…


there was wildlife everywhere deer, elk, coyotes, that I saw from about 10 minutes from the airport…


It struck me afresh what a celebration it is, and also how solemn an occasion in some ways a wedding is — as I watched Amber & AJ recite their vows to be committed to each other for a lifetime.


It is such a shock, after driving out of the mountains – you get to drive through some of this…


to come home to LA and to leave LAX & to get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic like this…


Anyway, loved Montana, but I come home to the city of LA, and I take a deep breath of the smog-filled air, and I say — “I love this city. I am home.” It is interesting, because I was talking to a cowboy, rancher-type of guy in Montana and he said the same thing about the wide-open space of that state. To each his own I guess.

voice of the day

“Contemporary American churches in particular do not require following Christ in his example, spirit, and teachings as a condition of membership—either of entering into or continuing in fellowship of a denomination or a local church…. Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have not yet decided to follow Christ.” Dallas Willard – The Spirit of the Disciplines

quote of the day

I have a friend Chad who is traveling to Haiti next week to connect with an orphanage down there, and to start up a partnership with this children’s home and with his church up in Minneapolis — The Urban Refuge. This church is one of the group of churches, that my old church (The Rock) — was also a part of. Anyway, it reminded me of a the book that I am currently reading for a class that I am in. The book is called Strange Virtue: Ethics in a multicultural world

It is probably most directed to missionaries, but anyone can read it and get a ton out of it I think. The author (Adeney) makes the comment that “…one of the benefits of entering another culture is the perspective it gives you on your own culture. Of course it is all too possible to absolutize your own culture and judge everything from its perspective.”

As a missionary — I am constantly rubbing shoulders with other cultures, and it is so easy to judge everything about other cultures — based on my experience. The author goes on to say that this is “…not done consciously. An absolutized culture is not even recognized. It is simply taken to be the perspective of truth and goodness.”

Before we can touch and influence people of other cultures, we must truly understand their culture and not simply judge it from a distance…

“Therefore, the great gift that the members of the human race have for each is not exotic experiences, but an opportunity to achieve awareness of the structure of their own system, which can be accomplished only by interacting with others, who do not share that system.”

Kairos’ neighborhood here in E. Hollywood


Looking out the window down Hollywood Blvd — when I should be paying attention at our staff meeting at JR’s place…


quote of the day

“One reason why we Christians argue so much about which hymn to sing, which liturgy to follow, which way to worship is that the commandments teach us to believe that bad liturgy eventually leads to bad ethics. You begin by singing some sappy, sentimental hymn, then you pray some pointless prayer, and the next thing you know you have murdered your best friend.” — Stanley Hauerwas