Archive for December, 2008

30
Dec
08

The Behrens’ in USA Today

jesusx-topper-mediumIn case you missed it, Jenny and I were in the USA Today (as well as many other national newspapers) on Christmas Eve.  We made an appearance in the background (Jenny is there on the couch, and that is my back, with our friend Glenn) of this photo that was used to tell the story of a congregation that dressed like Jesus to provoke the culture.  See the article here.  I’ve actually been to that church once.  In high school me and a buddy went there to see a former professional wrestler (Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase) give his testimony about how he came to Christ.  It was unforgettable, in a hilarious sort of way.  Apparently spectacle is something the church values.

30
Dec
08

My Own Personal Hell

skating-logo1Every morning as I eat my breakfast and get ready for work, Jenny and I watch the Today Show.  This morning they debuted this new, week-long segment.

11
Dec
08

Business Model of Church

So a couple of weeks ago I finished reading this.  I couldn’t put it down, not because I was loving every word, but because I found Hybel’s perspective very interesting.  I was able to pull out a handful of good stuff, but I disagreed with the vast majority of it.  The main idea was that leaders of churches are responsible for becoming the best leaders that they can, and that the best way to do that is to learn from the best CEO’s that we find.  Here’s an excerpt from Publisher Weekly’s review of the book “While not theologically deep or biblically rigorous, it is full of wise principles, useful lists and practical leadership tips.” Yuck, this is not what I’m interested in.  For more on the church as a business, check out my friend’s thougths here.courageous

09
Dec
08

Changing the world…one hankerchief at a time

For about a year now, I have carried a hankerchief in my back pocket.  During the course of that year, I have used it to blow my nose, etc.  However, the secret reason that I began carrying said ‘kerchief was because I pictured myself using it to rush to someone’s aid or something.  You never know when it might come in handy (I know it might sound odd, but that’s how I pictured using it).  Well, this week it’s destiny was fulfilled.  While sitting in a coffee shop with a friend, someone noticed that an old woman had fallen in the lot across the street.  At a moment’s notice, my friend and I sprung up and out the door (I’m convinced the only reason that our response was so quick was due to the fact that we were together).  I helped the lady up only to find her bleeding profously (and I do mean profously) from the forehead (she was on blood thinner meds, so it ran like water).  We attempted to blot with Kleenex but that made no impact on the wound.  Then it hit me!  My hankerchief.  I whipped it out and pressed it against her head while my friend dialed 911.  The woman attempted to continue her business (trying to get into her car, leaving a trail of blood along the way).  But we were finally able to convince her to take a seat inside the bank while the paramedics came.  She was eventually taken to the hospital for 20 stitches.  Kudos to my friend for having the guts to dial 911 (his first time) and the others that helped us.  As I returned to my seat in the coffee shop, I prayed that God would provide me more opportunities like this.

p.s. – I obviously tossed the hankerchief, and have been sure to carry one everyday since.

04
Dec
08

Proposition 8

Prop 8 was a bill passed in CA, redefining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry.  “Funny or Die” posted this star-studded video in response (featuring John C Reilly, Darrel from The Office, Andy Richter, and Jack Black as Jesus).  Offensive?  Maybe.  Funny?  I think so.  Convicting?  I don’t know.  Check it out and post your comments.

04
Dec
08

Favorite Directors

I was reflecting today on some of my favorite movie directors.  I think I have it narrowed down to 4…

4.  Baz Luhrman – Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Australia(?)

3.  Lars Von Trier – Dogville, Manderlay, Dancer in the Dark

2.  Michel Gondry – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep

1.  Coen Brothers – O Brother Where Art Thou, No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading

Who are some of your favorites?

03
Dec
08

African Anniversary

One year ago Jenny was on her way to Uganda.  That began my two week wait to join her there.  It was a good two weeks.  One filled with eager anticipation and anxiety.  I had previously never flown.  So I was preparing for a 24 hour flight by myself, only to arrive in a culture that I had only limited experience with.  Whoa.  I’ve been thinking of my trip to Uganda a lot lately.  Several of my friends from Christ Church have just arrived in Uganda today.  Others have been there awhile.  May the Lord bless and keep them all.

During my layover in Amsterdam.  Trying to stay awake to catch my flight.

During my layover in Amsterdam. Trying to stay awake to catch my flight. Contrary to the way it looks, I am not laying on a bathroom floor. Just leaning on an airport wall.