My mind has been all over the place this week. Rather than focus on any one thing that I have been thinking about, I thought I would briefly recount a number of ideas that have been percolating in my brain. Feel free to pick on whichever ones catch your fancy.
1. Hey, a new picture of me from two weeks ago (for those who have no idea what I look like). As to why that is relevant, well I have lost 25 pounds over the last three months, which has made hikes like this a little easier to do. The best part is, I can walk here from home in about an hour. For further relevance, see points 5 & 7 below.
2. This coming March 10th will mark the 10th Anniversary of Michael Spencer publishing these words in the Christian Science Monitor.
We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity.
I think next January/February/March I will be taking a statistical look at his predictions. For those who don’t know how I got started writing at Internet Monk, it was as a result of responding to and supporting Michael’s posts. So my ten year anniversary is coming up soon too!
3. My mother, the computer whiz, at age 77 organized a digital scrapbooking conference this past weekend. It was a small conference but attendees came from across Canada and the United States. One lady had to leave early. Her synagogue had just been attacked in Pittsburgh. Our family is no stranger to terrorism, have felt the effect of it in Africa on a number of occasions. What was normal for us in Africa, now seems to be becoming the new normal in North America.
4. I never really “grokked” Eugene Peterson. There, I said it. Maybe because I was always more of a Martha than a Mary. Before throwing the daggers though, read the next point.
5. Eugene Peterson did not like “big church”. One of the things that I have appreciated about the megachurch that I attend is it finally allows me to “be” rather than “do”. I have one small responsibility once every three weeks, and for the first time in a long time I come home from church refreshed rather than drained. It may be time to revisit his “Contemplative Pastor”. This may make its way into a future post.
6. Being having some fun with genealogical research for the last while. I have been helping others find their families too. Ten years ago I realized that my great-grandmother was black. She was described as mulatto in a ship’s passenger list. Two weeks ago I had DNA results come in. Nope. I was wrong. A little more research and I found out that my Great-great-great-great grandfather was Italian and that was where the black hair and dark skin came from in the family. Having made that connection, I have found all kinds of new relatives.
7. Not coaching sports this year for the first time in nearly 20 years. Again, like number 5, really nice to have the break. I think that my daughter, who has won 16 national or provincial cycling titles, is also really appreciating not competing this year.
8. Leafs and Raptors baby! If you have to ask what that means we can’t be friends.
9. Dropped off of Facebook for a while. I hate what it has become. Can’t we just filter out posts mentioning Trump, whether from the left or the right?
10. The Toronto Blue Jays got a new manager this week. Charlie “Innings” Montoya. How long before someone writes:
My name is “Innings” Montoya. You killed that foul ball. Prepare to RBI.
There I just did. And if you need to ask about the quote? We can’t be friends.
There you have it. Go at it.