Friday, July 25, 2008

The Road Hog-pt 1

Well, many of you know that I recently crossed the line from "cool" to "very cool" with the purchase of a scooter. I bought a Roketa Capri--a sleek, silver 150cc machine that will get me down the road at up to 60 mph. The best part has definitely been the gas mileage--on bad weeks I get about 65 mpg and on good weeks I average out around 75 mpg. It has made a big difference in our checking account at the end of the month. It will have paid for itself pretty much before winter gets here. When we moved into town last month, it put me about a mile form work. So between the bike and the scooter, I typically use about $4.00 is gas all week. That's right: four freaking dollars.

The paperwork was a nightmare because I ordered it from a wholesale group in Arizona. I was the first person to purchase from their eBay store and they basically had no clue what they were doing. It took about 8 or 9 weeks to get all the paperwork straightened out so I could get it licensed at the courthouse. (Yes, the state of Kentucky considers the scooter a motorcycle because of engine size.) The wait was worth it and I love my Road Hog.

Yesterday, I rolled 1000 miles on it! It was such a momentous occasion that I pulled over to take a picture of the odometer with my phone.

I would highly recommend you purchase a scooter for yourself. It will change your life: you'll save money on gas, you'll get to feel the wind in your hair, and you'll just plain be cooler.

PS-Brit and I are without a digital camera at the moment. Soon as we get one, I'll post actual pics of my scooter.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Bishop himself...


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The one, the only, the infamous: John 14:6

Read it here: John 14:6

You see it on a lot of billboards. You see it on a lot of t-shirts. If would be a toss up between this verse and John 3:16 if you asked someone to boil down Christianity into one basic verse. And, unfortunately, I think John 14:6 is often misunderstood.

I agree with John 14:6—one hundred percent. I think that catches people off guard sometimes. (For some odd reason, people either misunderstand what it means to be an Emergent Christian or misunderstand a lot of the changes I’ve gone through in the past couple of years. But that’s another post…)

However, I think when a lot of people quote John 14:6, they mean something other than what Jesus meant.

You see, the verse says that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life—and no man comes to the Father (God) except through him.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the light…


Not Christianity.


You see, Jesus didn’t come to establish a new religion. He didn’t come to setup business model churches or establish Christian retail stores or start a Christian music industry or etc.../I could go on and on...

Jesus said he came to bring hope—a new way—a better way.

For some reason, we’ve told people that Christianity is the way. And that’s not what Jesus said. It’s certainly not what he meant. To say “Christianity is the way, the truth and the life” has a totally different set of implications than saying that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.”

I don’t believe that Christianity is THE way. I believe Jesus is. He didn’t boil it down to a specific set of beliefs or ideologies. The man himself boiled it down to following in his path—to following the way of Jesus.

I’ve really wrestled with what to write now. Should I pose questions or scenarios about what this changes and try to answer some of them? Should I explain further what I think this means? I could. But I won’t. Not now. I’d like to hear what you have to say. I have comments enabled for a reason, and only once have I ever edited them. So talk about this with me. I’d love to hear from you. Let’s chat…