Saturday, September 29, 2007

Da Vinci

We have finally begun the process of painting the main level of our house. For three years we have suffered through white walls that are now speckled with little boy fingerprints everywhere. It may seem wierd to think that white walls would cause someone to suffer, but I'm a coloful person. I love bright vivid colors.

The main thing holding me back from painting for so long (other than laziness) is the grueling process of picking colors. When you get one of those big fan things with all the colors on it it just seems impossible to choose. So needless to say I was surprised to find that one of the main colors I chose was "Clarksville Gray". I mean with all those blues and reds and yellows to choose from I pick GRAY? But to me it adds just a hint of color. And in different light it takes on a sage kind of color.

Now my kitchen is another story. I've picked a dark purply red. Kind of like a dark red kidney bean. Its dark and dangerous. I'm going to LOVE it. At least for a while.

When is someone going to come up with instant color change walls? I love having color on my walls but I'd rather have different colors for my different moods or for different events. Wouldn't it be great to have all bright primary colors for a birthday party or all shades of red for Valentines day?

I can't imagine a world without color. Kind of like the movie "Pleasantville." When they began to really live and discover life, they also discovered color. Some of the best things about color is that there are infinite numbers of them. Color is also in the eye of the beholder. We all see it differently.

I hope that you enjoy the colors of your life today. And that you find your true colors, whatever they may be.

Until Everyone Hears,

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Great Quotes

My best friend from High School, Jennifer, and I used to play an unofficial game when we were teenagers. It was the "Who can use the most movie quotes during the day" game. We were (are) movie freaks. Not totatly obsesive but we both have a great appreaciation for good movies and sometimes even mindless stupid movies. Quoting movies helped us remember the good ones and laugh at our happy memories.

I've always appreciated good quotes. Recently when I was re-reading the Harry Potter books, I realized what GREAT quotes there were in each book. Most of them by Dumbledore. I started writing them down and noticing other great quotes that caught my attetion. Whenever I needed a bit of inspiration (apart from the Biblical kind), I'd open my list of quotes and feel better. So I thought I'd share them. Let me know your favorites too.

After all to the well organized mind death is but the next great adventure. -Albus Dumbledore book 1

The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing and should therefore be treated with great caution. -Albus Dumbledore book 1

to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved is gone, will give us some protection forever. -Albus Dumbledore book 1

It is our choices, that show who we are, far more than our abilities. -Albus Dumbledore book 2.

Only a fool attempts to make a sheild in the battlefield. Prepare yourself. - trinity house wall

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
-Sirius Black book 4

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
-Albus Dumbledore book 4

You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!
-Albus Dumbledore book 4

we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
-Albus Dumbledore book 4

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. - Albus Dumbledore book 5

thoughts could leave a deeper scarring than anything else
-madame pompfrey book 5

Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked easily - weak people, in other words - they stand no chance against his powers! - snape book 5

Until Everyone Hears,

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Trinity

So my really small group turned into a duet today. I had one no-show so it was just me and my friend Eleanor. We sat around for awhile enjoying our coffee and when we realized our other person wasn't showing we decided to go for sushi. This of course made my day! How the Japanese can get me to order something so healthy as a meal and still think it tastes good must be genius.

During lunch, Ellie asks me what I had planned for discussions for small group. I told her that I was just going to get generic discussions going on who people thought God is and why people seek Him. Then I was going to ask our group what they wanted to discuss in the future and I'd plan future sessions around those topics.

So she tells me, "I'd really like a more in depth knowledge of the Trinity."

Holy Cow!! This is every pastor's theological dream! I heard angels singing and bells ringing and everything. Here's a chance to use all those big theologicial words that I learned in seminary and not put someone to sleep!

Then I realized she didn't want to hear my big words. She wanted the Trinity to make sense to her. She wanted to mentally wrap her head around who God is so that she could understand why there are different parts Father, Son and Spirit. She asked, "If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, then why was there a need for the Son and Spirit parts? Wouldn't God alone be able to do the trick?"

I wanted to shout "Yes" AND "No"! Of course God alone can do the trick, the problem is that people get in the way. God didn't need to come down as Jesus, he choose to. That act of love makes all the difference in the world.

But I also wanted to say that you can think your way to God all you want but you're only human and humans for hundreds of years have tried to explain the nature of the Trinity and always fallen short. Humans in my opinion just can't fully explain the nature of God because there's nothing to compare Him to. We can't even begin to comprehend God's divine presence, authority, love, and providence etc. Even the Trinity to a degree labels God and we tend to forget that Father, Son, and Spirit encompass so much more than 3 in 1. Each of the 3 are so complex and beautiful that it is amazing that God loves each of us individually and want us to know Him more.

That is some of what I wanted to say, but for now I just listened. Oh I spoke some but it wasn't important.

I think that I'm going to learn more on this journey with my new small group than I ever realized. I'm going to learn how to finally translate some of my big churchy words. I'm going to endeavor into a world outside my Christian ghetto that is every bit as sacred as that which is going on it. And no matter how small my group might be on any given day it is growing as we seek God who is in our midst.

Until Everyone Hears,
Dr. K

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Really Small Group

I don't really know when the term "small group" became popular. I know that when I was in 3rd grade I started a new school. That was the year I first discovered what cliques were. It was probably in a not-so-good way. I remember being asked by Steph Greer if I wanted to be in "her" group. I didn't really know what that meant until the next day I found out that two other girls in the class weren't in "her" group. In fact they were told they couldn't be. So me being the wanna-be rebel in training decided that we (the three of us) should make our own "group" separate from "her." Well that really got in her craw. Steph decided she didn't like not having control over the groups one bit. So we drew battle lines and started negotiations. Finally three recesses later we agreed that one big group was better anyway. After all we were all in the same class.

So tomorrow I lead my first small group that consists of only un-churched people. Already I've labeled it twice. Its a small group (whatever that means) and it's not-churchy! Again I've become the wanna-be rebel. I can't seem to really out and out rebel but I cant really seem to conform either. You see I've been doing the church thing on and off since high school and professionally for about 9 years. And everytime I get into a Sunday School, Bible Study, prayer group, accountability group, small group, or whatever you want to call it, I tend to get very frustrated. I either never learn enough or I'm too liberal or I'm too conservative or I just think people come with their own agenda and can't think outside the box. The two exceptions to this rule have been when I'm working with youth and having random discussions with non-church people.

Back to tomorrow... I've got a group of 5 people (but only 3 of us can meet tomorrow) and we are just going to get together and try and change the world. We have no agenda, curriculum, or attidude that I know of. This will all change of course after a few weeks but for right now its new and refreshing. Exciting actually. I think this time - I might actually learn something.

Until Everyone Hears,
Dr. K

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