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so… hmm.. ted haggard has come out (uh…) to say that he is completely straight now.. after the few weeks of intensive therapy for getting straight.

message to ted.. don’t

i am not sure if it is choice, birth, environment, combination… but ted loves dudes.. and he should just own up to it.. at least then.. he does nto hurt his family any further

the last boston legal show covered this with ssad (same sex attraction disorder) — sysad .. and a gay judge that spent $40k to get straight but still had relations with men

so what happens the next time ted goes out looking for a male hooker and meth?  everyone gonna jump on the pray for ted bandwagon again?   everyone gonna say… nah.. it was a lapse in judgement.. and he is not gay?

there is also news that he received a settlement package from new life and has to leave colorado .. again.  weird.  why?  if he is cured… then why make him leave the state?  it is not like the story is not going to come back to colorado springs.

it is ssad… um.  sad.

what a retarded super bowl….

the game was dull after the 18th turnover… come on.. put some gloves on… and hold onto the ball…. oooo rain.. we have never plaed in that before… what the heck

the commercials were awful save the snickers commercial and the rock paper scissors ones and carlos mencia teaching engrish…. all the other ones were just bad… some odd ones were the beard comeover…

halftime was boring… prince? err.. hermaphrodite symbol… errr.. the artist formally known as…. would have preferred any of the bands that he covered… tina turner, foo fighters… anyone else… wasn’t purple rain back in like 1985 or something .. i would have preferred the superbowl shuffle.. by the old school bears.

the best was tony dungy bringing the christian spin to every question that the interviewer was asking.. bringing the black ‘christian’ coaches… the lord brings us through the storms… and so on… loved that he felt more significant that he was a chirsitan coach to win.. over that he was a black coach… people must have been losing their minds…

Jim Nantz: This is one of those moments, Tony, where there is also social significance in this victory, and to have your hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Tell me what this means to you right now.

Tony Dungy: I’ll tell you what. I’m proud to be representing African-American coaches, to be the first African-American to win this. It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I’ve said it before, Lovie Smith and I, not only the first two African-Americans, but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord’s way. And we’re more proud of that.

i think i actually fell asleep for a few minutes during the game… it was medication induced.. but still.. i had to force myself out of the stupor that i was in

at least they have that 66.6% accurate

what kind of alien pot are these people smokin….

in an interview with ‘the sun’ … a scientologist leader said that tom cruise is going to be seen as the jesus christ for scientology.. and that tom and jesus have a lot in common.

tom has been told he is scientology’s christ-like figure. like christ, he’s been criticised for his views. but future generations will realise he was right

um… ok

he has been in a lot of mega hit movies.. and he is living off the fame of being maverick and  dancing in his underwear

i guess the opera sofa trampoline… marrying katie holmes… attacking brooke shields for her post-partum depression… have nothing to do with it… i guess that the short man syndrome and rumors of katie being impregnated by l. ron hubbards frozen man juice is not anything that draws any weird vibes…

i wonder if john travolta is mad that he is not the christ-like figure..

i guess you need to have disciples like tom… what with his drawing david beckham to the usa …

hold on.. i thought that he said he was the reincarnate of jesus… oh wait no.. that was caeser and alexander the great or something…

yikes.. lots of tv postings recently…

i notice things… weird things. i see things through my slanty adhd eyes and sometimes… it is just me.

we were watching extreme home makeover … and the family that the total product placement infomercial wrapped into an evening show glossed over a couple of things…

the family that they helped.. they seemed deserving of the blessing that was bestowed on them by the abc show… as they walked through the house .. the family spoke of faith.. and even had a prayer couch.. where they sat and prayed for families other than themselves… that were in greater need. this family was the first to say.. hey.. instead of scrapping everything.. please save appliances and furniture and give it to people that need it… fantastic.. a family that understood the charity… understood giving… understood being in community.

they were sent to disney world.. um.. owned by abc. and then the fun started…

along with a brand new house.. the crew went over to the ‘community center’ that the family volunteered at.. except.. the ‘community center’ was a church.. and in that church was a school…

they got done with the remodel.. and as they panned in…. under a rainbow were the words ‘hope is jesus‘ .. you could barely make it out.. as they were in wide angle.. and only for a blip

then.. this is when i got torqued..

a pizza joint which wll remain unnamed… except to say that they do have a big presence in denver.. and name has john in it… you figure it out… well maybe because this pizza joint asked.. or because abc hates jesus.. as they scanned over the kids snarfing down pizza.. there was an extended shot on that rainbow.. but .. what the heck. all the words are gone… it looked like the worst blotting out or putting construction paper up on the wall to cover everything up… not even the hope is.. was showing

then i knew it was a concerted effort when the family came home.. and as they panned again to the volunteers and people in the auditorium.. they had to take a bunch of goofy angles.. and they passed over the rainbow again… but had the camera just low enough to make sure that the word jesus did not show.. it was just hope is

i am the guy in the movies that will see the costume errors and discontinuity or litte things out of place… and discuss after the movie.

i am just sick of the blatant disregard for the rights of believers … yeah yeah…. it is their prerogative to show whatever they want… build a house that is so over the top that the rest of the neighborhood is a blight. the house is the center of crime when someone busts in and steals all of the plasmas and flatscreens in the house…

what about estimated property taxes and costs to maintain and do things like run electricity to that elevator they put in.. and the maintenance on that. they are taking people in need… and probably putting them into a spiral of debt down the road…

by providing what seems to be everything the family needs… they are taking hope away… without a need or problem.. there is no need for hope.

hope is not abc
hope is not ty with his shirt off
hope is not showing how much man can do
hope is jesus …

there are definite economies of scale in business.. why have 10 people to do work that 3 can do once processes are all slimmed down?   why keep 15 servers all doing different things if you can scale by having 5 servers that have multiple purposes.

one thing that i see in our todays that don’t work are war and church.

america has the biggest, baddest, and arguably the best overall trained armed forces in the world… and they were built that way to win a big war.  but when we look at iraq, grenada, somalia… out big bat did not work well.. is not working well.

churches.. when they grow too big… although they save money by being able to have multiple services in a single building.. buying coffee in bulk.. etc…. they lose community.  they lose the day to day followup and discipleship and fellowship that you may find in smaller churches.

a single pastor .. although able to preach to 1500 people.. is not able to have real relatonship with all of them, know all the names…

great.. a solution called small groups comes into play.. little mini churches… isn’t that maybe how it should be all the time?

in war.. wouldn’t building forces that are specialists in insurgency… in anti-genocide, in busting nukes be the best way to fight this war?  i know that there are special forces and seal and ranger teams.. but they have to worry about the embedded reporter and not about killing the bad guys…
but even in business.. the scale breaks.  customers that got used to having a certain level of service see that that personal touch is no longer there when the store gets bigger and bigger and gulped up by a conglomerate. calls take longer to get through.  face to face time goes away…

we have all seen waste.. either intentional or not in anything that gets too big… school boards, city government, ladies prayer meeting that devolves into gossip central with different cliques and different praying styles

like that model… the war needs to run like a mom and pop shop.. that specializes in kicking butt.  that does not have to abide by sarbane-oxley or other regulations that a big company needs to worry about.. and go after them like they are coming after us. or even better.. what they are going to start doing now, with the no safe haven rules of engagement.

be the aggressive sales guy that hounds you… cause the last sale means food for his kids..  be aggressive cause if you fail… you won’t have the america that lets you voice your dissatisfaction with the war.. or even fly a kite.

we are fighting forces that are sometimes just in the dozens as far as size.. with all the factions.. who are we gonna get a surrender from?  who will sign the treaties… oh wait.. never mind.. they are not fighting by the rules of war currently… so what makes us think they want to follow any rules and regulations.

break ot into little comat platoons.. go into the neighbrhoods… into the mosques.. into homes.. and get them

sometimes… the economies of scales allows us all to have 10 pens for $1, shirts for $2., and plasmas for $1000.

but sometimes… you need those specialty stores… the paper store that you have always used for all your journals… that candy store that is the only one that carries your favorite candy from your childhood… that one little store that still has the exact thing that you need.. that a large, bulky, mega company could never give you…

ok… i am done biting my tongue.. biding my time… mulling it over.

the issue at stake is the senior pastor that has been at northernhills community c hurch has stepped down after 21 years. this was after 5 months of a sabbatical that was originally 90 days.. and just kept going. there were medical issues… and burnout issues… there was no sin issue that precipitated this… we were told.

i have always appreciated dennis thomas over the past year and a half… as someone that laid it out there and was not afraid to take chances.. but also trying to reach out to the community that he saw around him.

as we had been praying for his health issues.. there was also another issue that would have caused problems in the church if let out prior to last sunday… but as there was no point of reference.. it was a shock and somewhat hurtful for those that had not seen what was happening behind the scenes.

as dennis read his resignation letter, i noticed one sentence…. ‘although our goals remain similar, our approach to ministry no longer align’

maybe it is the pk in me that heard something that is not there. maybe it is the pk in me that has seen dozens of churches fall apart and split because of approaches to ministries that no longer align. maybe i was waiting for the other shoe to fall. maybe it is the pk in me that felt a sadness for dennis that the church that he had given his all for over the years and his kids sacrificing for, outgrowing, not needing, moving away from him.

i guess it is not his decision… but letting God open and close doors for him. i see some of this with my dad… where there was so much change in him in the past 5 years.. but now.. he is burned out. i think that he is nearing the end of his stewardship of his church… and it makes me a tad sad

the things that we have to consider….

  • keep praying for his medical issues
  • pray for his kids… (another pk-ism i guess)
  • is dennis going to continue to come to nhcc or does this mean that he is off to greater and better things elsewhere
  • did the sabatical time give him too much time to mull things over too much?  where he may have felt that ‘his’ church was moving away from him.. slipping from his grip.
  • how will this impact the attendance and membership at nhcc?  will people leave and follow dennis?  and if they do.. are they following a man and not God?
  • how badly does this screw up rkelly and his vision for whitewater… just as it was starting.. dennis flamed out.
  • how much of the success that nhcc has had in th community an extension of dennis.. and how much of it was the elder board?
  • was the difference in approach part of the bilingual movement that dennis had for nhcc and the large hispanic population near brighton?
  • was the difference in appraoch the non traditional.. ever more evolving contemporary service versus the traditional or even contemporary of 5 years ago?
  • was the church too big for him?  was the church not big enough for him?

there are so many more questions… but these are some of the more muted ones… that i have been steeping since sunday…

dennis… you will be missed.  but remember that you are loved by hundreds and hundreds.  we want the best for you and judy.  your sacrifice was worth it.  the sacrifice and hardship that your family went through was worth it. we love you man…. keep singing with the cd blaring out of your car.

like a cicadia .. that seems to be in rest for 17 years… (just think that you you are 4 years late) busting through into the next great thing God has for you.. with wings.  what you sowed into nhcc.. you will reap in abundance.  and like the song of the cicadia … God.. through you will reach even more people with the sound of your voice.  we love ya big man.  you melt our face off.

there is an issue that i am wanting.. needing to write about.. but i am going to honor the request of the requester… arrrggggg!

it is such a major change and issue… but also being respectful of the persons involved and giving them at least a day…

i think that we all have issues like this in life… but we generally don’t display any sort of restraint and the gabbing and gossiping machine starts to pick up steam. we all need to take a step back.. especially if you have gathered what issue i am alluding to… maybe a 72 hold on any writing about the topic is in order.. let the initial shock wear off.. gather all the questions that you have and figure which ones are the most important.. then go over the list again.. and pick 1 or 2… give the requester time and space… give yourself time and space. put yourself in their shoes.

till wednesday.. mums the word

today after i had packed up my guitar and about to head out.. i noticed a little girl coming up the stage…. she started to climb the stairs and sat there… watching me singing along to some leeland that was playing as people were leaving.. she wanted so much to come up.. i brought her up and let her walk around a bit.. and she was pointing to a guitar case saying open.. open. this is when i noticed that she may have some physical and developmental challenges..

as that case she she wanted opened was a les paul electric.. i went overn and brought my case over and let her open and lift out my acoustic… and she started trying to strum and pick along.

at this point. ‘tears of the saints’ by leeland came on…

here are many prodigal sons
On our city streets they run
Searching for shelter
There are homes broken down
People’s hopes have fallen to the ground
From failures

This is an emergency!

There are tears from the saints
For the lost and unsaved
We’re crying for them come back home
We’re crying for them come back home
And all your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father, we will lead them home
Father, we will lead them home

There are schools full of hatred
Even churches have forsaken
Love and mercy
May we see this generation
In it’s state of desperation
For Your glory

This is an emergency!

Sinner, reach out your hands!
Children in Christ you stand!
Sinner, reach out your hands!
Children in Christ you stand!

And all Your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father, we will lead them home
Father, we will lead them home

leeland tears of the saints

it was hard to hold the tears back… here was a little child… singing ‘god is so good’ and ‘jesus loves me’ … if everyone had this sense.. that no matter what the issue or how bad others may see a situtation.. it is that personal attitude that makes the difference.

god is so good… and jesus loes me. that is what she kept saying as she tried to strum and pick at the strings … i think God loved that praise and worship more than the rehersed and polished sets that we try to present every saturday and sunday… no matter how many hours you practice… i still think God loves that spontanious outpouring from a 5 year old girl that loved music.. and through all of her .. lets put it as what others would call problems… still felt that Jesus loved her. that God was so good.

interesting that my verse of the day was psalm 107:1

give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!


i know it i just to blow up some al qaida terrorists…. with all the talk about new iraqi policy… the us showed some determination .. and actually acting on actionable intelligence on where some of these terrorists were.. and sending an ac-130 spectre … a mo betta c-130 hercules and making things go boom…

i hope that this is a sign that the us is going to start doing something to end the genocide in darfur

the coolest part of the c-130 is the flare system… with the whirlwiind from the props… it makes a cool image … tell me that is not cool…


driving home this morning.. i heard an ad on the radio for a psychic hotline thing…

fake conversation ….

caller ‘i am skeptical.. and i am calling just cause my sister told me about you’
psychic ‘i get that a lot … now.. why are you calling?’
… at this point… shouldn’t you just hang up.. or say… ‘ you tell me…’
caller ‘i am thinking about  leaving my boyfriend and seed to know what to do’
psychic ‘well.. put this issue in your mind while i put out some tarot cards.. and you tell me when the picture is clear in your head’
caller ‘now’
psychic ‘the cards are showing travel.. so you should take some time away from this person to decide about leaving him’

ummmm… so, did this person call psychic hotline or a sounding board….

what ever happened to healthy skepticism about anything and everything?  be it religion, science, bad science, news, politics, whatever…

do some research. read both sides of the issue.. don’t take things for granted….

don’t just accept the bible.. find out about why it is a text that can be believed.

don’t just accept that humans are causing global warming, climate change, etc… they can’t even get the weather predictions right for the same day… how are we supposed to accept their projections for 20 years from now…

don’t just accept the party line of whatever political affiliation you have… dissent when needed… support when needed…

the news…. um.. yeah.. the news… actually listen to the words that are being said.. listen to how they say it. the words they select to use…

i am so tired of christians that have never read the bible cover to cover… or darwinian evolutionists that have ever even picked up origin of the species.  how do you defend and proclaim your position if you don’t have even the base knowledge of what you are debating.

i hate lazy christians that just say.. i just have to believe that jesus died for my sins.. ok.. what now.. that is a singular moment… what about the relationship and growing in the faith that need to happen beyond that… ever crack open a concordence?  ever lift your finger and flip through other translations?  ever look at manuscript evidences?

i hate rationalists/agnostics that have their mind set that if it is not provable by science.. it should not be in public discourse at all… and since God is not provable.. you can’t have that discussion at all.  but by their own logic… they can’t disprove either.  they are putting their supposed logic inferred belief system over a a religious and maybe.. just maybe there is a supernatural explaination…

here is a project that is being headed by my friend dave….

if you have never heard dave sing and play… oh mah gaaaawwddd…. in his words.. melt your face off… it has been an honor playing up there with him whenever i get a chance… he is one of the main rasons why i started going to nhcc… the first day.. he came down and talked to us between services for 5-10 minutes…

you can also read their blogs on dpowers and tpowers links on the side there in theBlogs section


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Tara and I want to invite you to join us for a worship fundraiser for Home of Refuge, January 19th (Friday night) from 7pm-8:30pm at Northern Hills in the White Water Venue. One of the 5 things that Worship and the Word Movement is focusing on is raising $ for this orphanage ministry. They have one orphanage in Venezuela and one in Honduras. If you want to check this ministry out, which we recommend, click here. Partnering with us to do this Fundraiser, is a ministry called Get the Word Out, which is an over-night conference about how to study the Bible that evicerates complacency in Christians of all ages and deepens relationship with the Father. At least, that’s what it did to us!

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just suck it in… hold it in… let it burn… have been mulling this over for the past 3 days..

his point is that we often think of grace as cheap… but there was a great cost for the grace that we have… someone, people had to suffer for the grace that we enjoy a bit too much…

dietrich bonhoeffer on cheap grace

let the christian rest content with his worldliness and with this renunciation of any higher standard than the world. he is living for the sake of the world rather than for the sake of grace. let him be comforted and rest assured in his possession of this grace – for grace alone does everything. instead of following christ, let the christian enjoy the consolations of his grace!

that is what we mean by cheap grace, the grace which amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sins departs.

cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.

cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without jesus christ, living and incarnate.

costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. it is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. it is the kingly rule of christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of jesus christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must the asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow jesus christ. it is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. it is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. above all, it is costly because it cost god the life of his son: .ye were bought at a price, and what has cost god much cannot be cheap for us. above all, it is grace because god did not reckon his son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us.

costly grace is the incarnation of god.

from: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

back in the day…. churches used to go out to their parishioners homes or a set block and engage in carolling .. both to the delight and dread of people being sung at… especially since we would start at like 8pm.. and end close to 11pm ish…

as a pk.. i had no choice.

as a member of a church that is fairly large… i am not sure how the logistics would work.. and maybe why we don’t see carolling anymore.

the megachurches have killed the ‘community’ aspect of church for a lot of people.. and have to resort to small groups to have people get involved… i am not sure if i prefer churches that are under 200 members.. maybe under 150…

it has been over a decade since i have gone carolling… and had the pleasure of throwing snowballs, hiding from, and yelling at carollers to get off my lawn… but give me the option.

like gift cards… i know some churches handed out cds with christmas themed music.. so they would not have to do the work or actually singing a song over and over and did i mention over again… in the cold, snow, icy, lawns and steps of people that you may or may not have known

why are we robbing these memories from our kids…. that don’t know general knowledge things… and have no idea of what happened or history beyond evn 5 years back… to the kids.. carollers are just in a christmas story… and in broken engrish in a christmas story .. while serving chinese turkey

i understand some of the blue laws that keep car dealerships and liquor stores closed on sundays.. but there are also places like chick-fil-a that are closed which i have always admired… but when you are jonesing for a chicken sammich … and they are closed… dang!

i know that chick-fil-a has the concept that they want their employees to have a day to worship and spend time with their families… but i want chick-fil-a after church… i want to take my kids and family to a restuarant that hands out christian themed or make you mo smarter ‘toys’ in their kids meal instead of useless junk…

i have a solution.

seventh day adventists and jewish employees… they worship and spend time with their families on saturday.. which leaves sunday as a day _they_ could work… and keep making chicken sandwiches… for me. also.. they can do what some mcdo drive-thrus do… the order is taken in another state (really) … so they can outsource the drivethru orders so the place can be run by 2 people making me my sammiches.  someplace in asia or eastern europe since it would be monday.. bulgarians are looking for work

lets start a letter writing campaign to get this going… how can we eat mor chiken if they are closed…. especially on a day that most people _want_ to support a christian centric company

i ended up missing christmas eve services at nhcc because we were waiting for my nephew to get to our house… and we were at the football game in the afternoon .. but we watched parts of the rick warren .. purpoe of christmas service… does that count?

actually.. i prefer not to go during christmas and easter.. for any of those services… growing up as a pastors kids (pk to the in crowd) i saw certain faces just thrice a year.. christmas, new years eve and easter services. these holiday christians seem to make up a fair number in the member rolls at churches… be it for special occasions and holidays.. you will never see these people in the pews… kind of like shopping.. men are not in the mall unless they have to…

i say… let them have their day…

although i would have loved being part of the band this weekend… and i will be downloading anything that came out of the song writing frenzy this weekend (1 new song each of the 3 services) … i would have hit that wall of people and would have lost my focus on the reason i was there.. and reverted to seeing faces that are normally not there… seats filled that are normally empty.. parking spots lacking… and been sad and angry that that is how the christians are these days.

just like my disdain for over the top tacky christmas lights and props… i have a certain disdane for just showing up to church just because it is a holiday… i always hope that the persons heart is touched and they will continue coming on a regular basis and growing… but for the most part.. you know.. we all know that is not going to be the case.

i challenge you regular church goers… to boycott the next big service… like easter.. let the bi-annual christians show up and wonder what the heck is going on… see if they notice that certain people re missing.. or if they just go through the day like sheep… and oblivious to anything other than the music and decorations in the church..


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