Monthly Archives: July 2005

Another Cool Tool for Wasting More Time

This little widget toy looks to be lots of fun and a certified waster of valuable time. But just think of the cool factor when the office staff looks at your screen!Information | Konfabulator


Pyromaniac on Harry

PyroManiac, one of my favorite bloggers, has an insightful post on Harry Potter (and fiction in general) from a Christian perspective. Go Pyro.

Harry Potter?!!

As a Christian pastor, I should probably NOT admit that I actually enjoy reading the Harry Potter series of books. I know that if anyone ever reads this blog I’ll probably get some negative comments, usually from fellow believers that haven’t read even one of the books. While I do have a couple of ministry friends that enjoy the books as great stories (which they are), and J.K. Rowling as a creative author, I know at least one who would consign those who read the books to one of the lower rings of Dante’s Inferno. He hadn’t read the books, but knew someone who had. “Magic” was the issue. I found JOLLYBLOGGER: Harry Potter is Heating Up Again to add some interesting thoughts.

An Interesting Thought

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller is a very interesting book. The style is more like Annie Lamott, the theme is somewhat eclectic, but the sentiment is a deep spirituality that pursues being real, honest, authentic. I especially liked his comments about our culture – even our church culture – being passionate about “nothing.” Miller says on page 111:

“A friend of mine, a young pastor who recently started a church, talks to me from time to time about the new face of church in America–about the postmodern church. He says the new church will be different from the old one, that we will be relevant to culture and the human struggle. I don’t think any church has ever been relevant to culture, to the human struggle, unless it believed in Jesus and the power of His gospel. If the supposed new church believes in trendy music and cool Web pages, then it is not relevant to culture either. it is just another tool of Satan to get people to be passionate about nothing.”

All those seeking to be relevant would do well to consider thoughts like this . . . .

Looks cool! Lots of fun! No Productivity!

Stardock Object Desktop and Wincustomize lets you redesign your Windows environment in some very cool ways. It costs a bit, but it is fun. There are 100’s of nicely designed suites you can apply with a simple interface. Stardock updates the program elements regularly. You can even make your interface look like a Mac. You will appreciate it a bit more with a higher end graphics card … it might even give you an excuse to upgrade!

Windows XP Themes, XP Skins, XP Visual Styles, Icons & Wallpapers for your ultimate desktop experience!

Real-life motivations?

The Demotivators Collection – from is not really “politically correct” so maybe that’s what I like about it. Of course I like to have some encouraging poster and promos, but maybe we have become so “slogan-ish” in our approach to life that we have lost sight of the reality of life. So … that’s my philosopical comment for the day.

Looking for Sun

OK! I’m ready to head back to the Caribbean and another cruise. Won’t happen for a long time but memories of warmth and not-all-that-expensive luxury on the Celebrity Century pop into my mind on weekends like this … rainy rather than sunny in the great city of Sammamish. Of course that happens every year in Washington it seems. I’ve been here for 20 years now and it still seems odd that it’s cool on July 4 and wet and gray and … you get the picture. Enough whining for now. My sermon last week was about rejoicing always, praying always, and thanking-God always. Guess it’s time to do that with little things like the weather.