Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas list

As a follow-up to the previous post (if you haven't read it yet, don't feel to bad), I feel that it is most likely time for my annual posting of the Christmas Fantasy List.

A Christmas Fantasy List is not a wish list. It is simply those things that, if we lived in ToddWorld, would being under the Christmas tree.

This is mostly a resource for my family. But anyone is welcome to chip in.

Computer Games

Fallout 3

Video Games (Wii)
Star Wars Lightsaber Duel
Mario Kart
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
MySims Kingdom
Rock Band Special Edition (the whole band)
Iron Chef America
Star Wars The Force Unleashed

Computer supplies
320GB-1TB portable hard drive
Laptop/Desktop Computer memory 1GB -2GB


Feasting On Asphalt
Bobby Flay’s Grill It
Grill It by Steve Raichlin
The Year of Living Biblically
Wesley Study Bible
Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney


Digital scale
KitchenAid stand mixer slicer/shredder
Pizza stone

Incredible Hulk (just released movie)

Magazine subscriptions
National Geographic
Food Network magazine
Popular Photography
PC Gamer

Music equipment
Guitar strap (fancy)
Tuner (digital)
Gibson Robot Guitar
Still holding out hope for bagpipes (cause now I have a place to play them)

Practical (boring) stuff
Banded collar shirts
Winter Under Armour shirts

Gift cards

Best Buy
Guitar Center

Jeremy Camp – Speaking Louder Than Before
Jeremy Camp – Beyond Measure
Third Day – anything
ZZ Top, Def Leppard, The Who, ELO - greatest hits collections


A brake job for my '97 Taurus
A new stereo system for my '97 Taurus
A Honda Element
Segway X-2

Back to blogging

I've taken a little time off from sharing thoughts here and instead used the blog as a repository for Bible study recordings. I will continue with that for the remainder of the study. But I decided to get back to sharing thoughts and wonderings.

And really one thing has brought me back to this place of happy thoughts (well, not always happy): Christmas. Not Christmas in the sense of family memories or even high liturgical significance. Nope. What brought me back to blogging is one simple question: have people lost their minds?

Two weeks ago. Not today. Not next Friday. Two weeks ago yesterday. November 4. I was in Hastings to spend some money that I was blessed with from my church. By the way, a big "Thank You" again to the Turpin church for that blessing. But I was looking around for something meaningful and productive and reflective of the spirit with which the church gave me that gift. I was looking for video games. But blasting over the in-store music was Christmas music. Not just a song now and then. The entire music programming was Christmas music. In the first week of November.

Then, last week I was driving home from EMT class. And there was a house with it's Christmas lights turned on. Not just a simple strand of lights around the eaves of the house. Thousands of little lights everywhere.

Last night I was going into EMT class and someone had an elaborate Christmas light display turned on.

And Lisa (as well as an unnamed member of the church - who supposedly works for the local pizza restaurant) is all excited about getting their Christmas decorations up.

Yes. I am Ebeneezer Scrooge.

But come on. Really. 2 months before Christmas is a little extravagant. I have been saying for years now that Halloween will become the next big Christmas shopping event. It will eventually rival Black Friday and December 26th as one of the financial windfalls for retailers. This year is proof of the creep in that direction.

There can be too much of a good thing.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Curriculum Writing Event

Curriculum Event notes

Content: Methodist beliefs

Scope: Grace; Sacraments; Practices (Biblical, UMC)

Sequence: as above
Grace: Ephesians 2:1-10
Sacrament: Mark 1:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28
Practices: Luke 4:16-19

Main Idea/Camp Goals
Kids will deepen understanding of UM discipleship in terms of belief and practice

Name 3 kinds of grace;
Identify distinctiveness of UM sacraments;
Describe some behaviors of disciples

Session Outline
Copyright Judson Press, 2008. Permission for photocopy.

Bible Passage:
Main Idea:

Outcomes: By the end of the session, campers will have:



Presenting the Main Idea

Exploring the Main Idea

Responding to the Main Idea