The Pop Culture Hook

May.19.2006


After reading Tim’s blog (http://www.timschmoyer.com/2006/05/17/tired-of-da-vinci-code-hype/), it has really helped me realize how desperate Christian culture can be at times. Is it just me or does it seem like Christians are constantly waiting for the next big Hollywood hit that can be used as a ministry tool? Granted, it does make it easier to convey a gospel message, but I wonder why that is?

Really, I have come to wonder if it is more a matter of Christians becoming lazy or the rest of the world becoming so jadded towards the gospel message. Let me explain.

First, the laziness. In general Christians are lazy. Then again, in general, non-Christians are lazy too. To commit to doing straight up evanglism the way Jesus did it would not only be scary, but also tiring. But then again, it worked. Jesus never waited for some great artisitic movement to hitch his message to. He just proclaimed love and grace. Why don’t we do that?

Well, we usually don’t do it because no one would listen. The rest of the world is so sick of hearing the gospel that they typically won’t even hear you out. They just move on as if what you are saying is some annoying telemarketer conversation. As if the gospel had a timeshare attached to it…

But we can’t change the way people are. We can change the way we present our message though. Rather than waiting for the next great Hollywood blockbuster, why not spread the gospel the way Jesus did?

Fully Saturated

May.15.2006


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I think we have had 5 days straight of rain now. Things around camp are just totally saturated. As much as we needed the rain, it’s getting kind of annoying. Not only annoying, but depressing.

I can’t believe how much I miss Jamie and Leah right now. It has only been a few days, but I am already near depression. I never thought I would get to the point of actually smelling Leah’s blankets, but I did it today at lunch. It’s amazing how much it reminded me of her. It was as if she was right there with me again. They really can’t get back here soon enough.

Tomorrow night I plan on going to Mankato. Hopefully I have somewhere to sleep. The plan is to mow the lawn at our house on Wednesday and then head back here to Westfield that night. I have high hopes of seeing some friends and hopefully my small group guys as well though.

-Update- I just talked to Jamie on the phone! It is 8:30 PM in Ireland right now and she said so far Leah is doing really well. I guess Leah slept most of the plane trip, which is a huge blessing. Jamie sounded a little down and I told her to try and have fun. It is difficult for us to be apart for this long, but I’m sure it will get easier toward the end of this week.


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Well, the day has finally arrived. Jamie and Leah are leaving me for two weeks as of today. It’s going to be really hard, but I know it’s important that they go. This trip will hopefully create some great memories for all of them and at least some great pictures for Leah to look back on later in her life.

At the same time though, I’m going to be awfully lonely and sad without them. Leah has become such a joy to have around her smile makes my life so much better. If I will miss anything, it will be her smile.

I will also miss having Jamie around the house though. We have so many TV shows that we watch together and I love reacting to the big moments with her. She really is my best friend.

Most of all though I will miss the times that Jamie comes to visit me in the camp office with Leah. Nothing breaks the monotony of my life quite like having them stop by for a few minutes. Again, Leah’s smile just makes my day worth living.

So for the next two weeks I will probably be posting more as I try to get myself through this time as quickly as possible.

It is really bizarre to now treat Wednesday as my new Monday. Heck, it was weird enough treating Tuesday as my “weekend.”

We did get a lot done around the house yesterday though. We hung most of the pictures we own which is really not that many. I ordered a couple videogames (Ratchet & Clank 3 and God of War) for amusement while Jamie and Leah are off in Ireland. I’m really going to miss them while they are gone. Hopefully I can just keep busy so the time goes fast.

I am also slowly adjusting to the dial-up nightmare for internet access. It is ridiculous that it takes me an hour to upload 1 photo to Flickr, but if I start it at 9 pm, watch some TV and come back, it’s usually done. I just need to pace myself so I don’t have a huge back log of photos. It also sounds like the plans to have satellite internet are moving along fast than planned. Probably by fall at the latest!

Not much else going on here at camp. It has rained the last few days which has made life kind of miserable. I’m hoping everything will dry out today so I can at least walk around and get my head straight. It always makes my job easier and more enjoyable when I walk around and realize how important this place is to so many ministries and how clearly God moves in this place.

A lot has happened in the last week. A lot.

On Thursday, we loaded up the moving truck and watched as our house went from cluttered to empty. It really helped this whole “process” sink in. The moving company did a great job and I can’t imagine moving without one in the future. Thursday night we went to our friends house and enjoyed a final evening in Mankato. It was kind of a sad night, but at the same time it was great to spend it enjoying their company.

On Friday, we loaded up the turtle, cleaned the house and made our trek from Mankato, MN to Westfield, WI. Leah did a great job as she slept the entire way (4 hours!). When we arrived at the camp, we were both overwhelmed with just how large this house is. I kind of forgot just how large the house is. There are four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a great finished basement. Friday night we spent at a hotel in Westfield as our “stuff” wasn’t at the house yet.

Saturday was the move-in day. After about 3 hours, all of our stuff was in the house. Getting it all unpacked will be a different story. We will be living in a cardboard jungle for several weeks I think. We also went to Appleton on Saturday for my dad’s 50th birthday. It was great to be able to drive home in just an hour and a half and for so many new relatives to meet Leah for the first time. Leah did get a little over stimulated due to the crowd though. She did good considering the overall stress of the last few days.

We returned home on Sunday and I actually started my job yesterday. I spent some time with the previous director learning the ropes of the camp and then spent some time in the office that afternoon. While I don’t understand all the tasks of my job yet, I can see many areas that my skills will be of use. Just in basic organization there is a lot of room for improvement. I could easily spend several late nights in the office just working. I have a feeling when Jamie and Leah go to Ireland I will be putting in some extra hours just to get things to a more comfortable state.

I could go on and on about the life without cable or high-speed internet, but I’ll save that for another day. I also need to figure out a way to get dial-up to my Mac in the basement so I can post pictures with my blogs easier. For now it is just text though. Sorry!