You bow to no one

I really do love the lord of the rings. I watched the movies before I read the books, and I think the movies are excellent. The nice thing about the movies is that, with care, they really help to point out and demonstrate themes that are in the books that I never caught when I read the books because, well, I read them when I was young and frankly they were long and thick and I wasn’t a good reader at the time. It’s nice that the movies bring such beautiful ideas to re-expression, faithful to both the medium of film and the themes in the books.

As I was drawing this in my local Starbucks, I actually teared up. I do that from time to time, when a story hits me in an unexpected way and I see how the themes from it work their way out in every day life. Of course Aragorn bowed to the hobbits, he was the only king who would ever think to, because he was a reluctant king, aware of his fear but unconquered by it, noble, who embraced his destiny and rose only to lay it down and (and o Frick I’m crying in a Starbucks again).

the reason it hits me so hard is because this theme is central to my faith, so it works it’s way into everything I see in life.

now a lady has noticed I am a bit teary.

Aero bars: a polarizing topic.

2014-8-8I happen to love the Aero bar.  My loving wife takes a different stance, one she is quite passionate about.  She gave me permission to share this quote with the world:

“Aero bars are the worst.  They aren’t meaty enough.  When I bite into a chocolate bar, i need SUBSTANCE.”  -Diana Shauf, August 8th, 2014.

Have a great weekend everyone!


People with opinions


Everyone has opinions, and from time to time, people get preachy with them.

There are many odd things about preaching a sermon.  Even the tamest sermon is bound to be offensive in some way, because people will always disagree on anything for almost any reason.  Sometimes, a big-picture message is lost in the nit-picking of details.  I really enjoy preaching, but I think i’m my own worst nit-picker.
I don’t enjoy preaching because I like the sound of my own voice, or because I like looking like I have everything all together.  I like preaching because It really makes me take a long look at my life and where it is/isn’t going.  There is a terrifying possibility of being made into an instant hypocrite when preaching, and coming out and saying something really ups-the-ante… but if there isn’t that possibility, is there a point to preaching?
Anyways, on the weekend, I had the pleasure of preaching about overcoming social barriers, which is ironic, because I’m one of the most socially stunted people I know.  My message was as much a challange to me as it was to anyone listening, if not more-so.

Anyways!  have a good tuesday everyone!