Archive for September, 2012

Getting Ready to Watch Game of Thrones

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Books, Film/TV

Getting ready to watch Disk 1, Season 1 of Game of Thrones.  I’m a fan of the books, but haven’t seen any of the shows yet.  I’m usually very critical of books translated to film so I’ve been hesitant to watch this.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Family Outing

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Family

Warning – this post is intended for family who care about the minutia of what my family does. The rest of you can disregard this post.

Today the family and I went to a place called the Scarecrow Patch just north of Grand Island, NE. The kids had a blast. This place is really neat. There were the usual hay and corn mazes, hay rides, etc. Futhermore, these folk have several fast slides, zip lines, a giant bouncy … blob thing, play structures … it was quite a place. For lunch the kids got to roast their own hotdogs over a fire pit and followed that up with smores (again roasting their own marshmallows). John’s overly excited about his new water bottle (just a leftover bottle from lunch…but hey, it makes him happy).  I’ll get some pics up on facebook and photobucket soon. The only downside was the unseasonably warm weather.

My Kids Are Nuts

Posted: September 27, 2012 in Family

My kids are nuts.  I’m sure every parent thinks that at certain times.  Allow me to present a sample of what we have come to call Abbieisms:

#1: Wouldn’t it be weird if you saw a monkey and it walked up to you and punched you in the head?

Um, yes…yes it would.  Especially here in southern central Nebraska.

#2: What would you think if your computer exploded and the whole world turned into Minecraft?

Dude, minecraft already infects my dreams.  I close my eyes and see blocks of earth and stone.  It reminds of the 80s when thought Tetris was a Russian plot to control our minds.

So, yea, my kids are nuts.

Say it Loud, Say it Proud

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Church

Periodically someone will ask me how to pronounce one of those hard names in scripture. Sometimes in Bible study while reading out loud someone will get to one of these awkward names and pause, then look at me expectantly.

Here’s a tip: No one knows how to pronounce these names. The key is to say them fast and confidently. Folks, that’s really all I do. There it is, the Emperor has no clothes. I just make it up too. So, next time you come across one of those hard names, just say it fast and boldly. Pretty soon you’ll be considered the expert. 😉

The Bible is Good for Game Masters

Posted: September 22, 2012 in RPG/War Gaming

One of the things I love about reading the Bible is … RPG adventure and setting ideas. While my primary purpose in reading scripture is spiritual insight and such it does have the added bonus of providing an endless supply of ideas for role-players. This was brought to my attention while in high school. Dragon Magazine ran an article on tips for story writers and game masters. One of the tips for breaking through writer’s block was to read the Bible. The author observed that it is full of story ideas. It also has uses for the average player. I’ve patterned player characters after figures like Jonathan (King Saul’s son), Daniel, Peter and Paul.

Where the Bible has provided me the most ideas, however, is in setting and world design. I’ve had so many ideas for back stories and even geographical features from reading the Old Testament.  It happened this morning. I was listening to 2 Chronicles as I put away laundry and it gave me an idea for a OSRIC/AD&D 1E world I’m creating.  Since I got the idea from an article I thought I’d post it myself incase someone else could use the tip.

Some Random Notes from Scripture

Posted: September 18, 2012 in Faith

Today two scripture passages (or really two different sections of the same scripture passage) leapt out at me as I was listening to the Bible during my morning run. The first was 1 Chronicles 15:11-15:

Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.

When the ark was created God had given specific instructions as to how it was to be cared for and transported. He’d also warned that if anyone touched the ark, they would be struck dead. For many years the ark lay, not quite forgotten, but at least out of mind. Earlier in the book of 1 Chronicles David remembered the ark and had attempted to transport the Ark of God to Jerusalem. They’d set it on a cart (not the mode of transport God had stipulated). During the trip the ark started to topple out of the cart and a man reached out to steady it – and was immediately struck dead. Apparently this time David sought God on the matter. David’s vision wasn’t bad. The people’s desire wasn’t wrong. Their manner of execution had been incorrect and contrary to God’s design. The passage made me wonder how often I run toward a God ordained vision in a manner contrary to God’s revealed will. I become pragmatic rather than obedient.

Another verse that leapt out at me was 1 Chronicles 15:29:

And as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

It made me think of your average evangelical church worship service. Some churches raise their hands, some don’t. Some dance, most don’t. Have you ever felt compelled, though, by the music leader or the congregation to raise your hands when you didn’t feel like it? Or ever felt like raising your hands but didn’t because no one else was? People will look and people will judge. Does that matter? It took me many years to feel comfortable remaining in my seat while all around me people were standing with their arms raised to the sky. It’s not that I didn’t “feel” it. Rather I felt something else. I needed to ponder. I need to meditate on the words, or on my sin, or on grace… I needed to remain seated and silent worshipping the Lord God in quietness.

We can’t assume because someone is sitting or not singing that they aren’t worshiping. As a worship minister I need to be aware of many different ways and means of worship. I need to lead while allowing the individual the freedom to encounter God in the manner that God has made most fit for them to do so.

I Did It Again

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Life

Last Tuesday they said that just showing up was the hardest part of Boot Camp.  Today I realized that wasn’t a joke.  Getting up wasn’t the trouble.  Yea, 4:30 is a bit earlier than my norm, but I’m a natural morning person so it doesn’t take long for me to get rolling.  As the time drew closer for me to actually walk out the door, however, I found an increasing reluctance which began to manifest itself as nausea.

Today was indeed harder than last Tuesday.  There were quite a few activities I simply could not do.  I just physically couldn’t get my body to do that.  We did more assessments and I realized just how pitifully out of shape I am.  Just because you’re thin doesn’t mean you’re fit. While logically I see that’s a no-brainer, I think subconsciously we think that thin = health.

Anyway, today kicked my butt even more than Tuesday.  I didn’t have fun, but I’m going to stick it out for the seven weeks.  I’m conducting an experiment on myself.  I want to see what the results of seven weeks of strenuous physical exercise will be.

When I got home I ate a banana, egg sandwich and a glass of chocolate milk.