Monday Morning Brief – June 1, 2009

Highlights of the Week – 1. Vacationing in Aruba.  It’s been a few years since Susan and I went on a real vacation that didn’t have to do with adoption or a family obligation like a wedding or something.  Each year, we turn down

joining my family in their time share in Aruba for one reason or another.  This year, the stars aligned and it all worked out.  My most anticipated moment was seeing my pregnant wife with my pregnant sister and it didn’t disappoint.  I loved seeing Nathan fall asleep in my mother’s arms at the beach while my dad and I discussed theology, church-life, and how the blue water was.  There was a lot to enjoy – conversations with my brother, catching up withmy brother-in-law, great food, and I loved not getting out of bed til 10AM even with our one year old.  I pretty much took him out of the crib at 6AM and held him in our bed til we got up. That’s how parents vacation.  I feel rejuvenated for the next 2 days and then I’ll wish to go back on vacation ;-) 2. Also, my cousin and his wife just welcomed their first child on Saturday.  Can’t wait to meet Sophie.  3. Came home to an awesome worship service at our church.  Great music set the tone for a great time of worship.

What I’ve Been Reading – Finished up John Franke’s Barth for Armchair Theologians, halfway through The Great Passion: An Introduction to Karl Barth’s Theology by Eberhard Busch, and Will Samson’s Enough: Contentment in Age of Excess. And am a little behind on other seminary reading.

What I’ve Been Listening to – not much.  Didn’t turn my ipod or iphone all week.  In fact, I couldn’t find my phone til last night.  How do you like me now Shane Hipps?

What I’ve Been Watching – The NBA Playoffs.  Really.  With Lost and 24 done, it’s either that or read without the tv on and really, who reads without the tv?  Like everyone, I was hoping for Kobe vs. LeBron but Kobe vs. Dwight isn’t bad.  Should be a good series.  For the same of the story of the NBA, I’d like to see Kobe win one without Shaq.  What I don’t want to see is a boring finals and another mention of how LeBron exited the court.  Seriously, it’s not a big deal that he didn’t shake hands.


  1. Hey buddy,

    It’s great to have you back. Look forward to catching up soon and is great to hear about the moments that last from vacation.


  2. Sounds like a great time!

    I basically just read your blog now, in lieu of writing anything on mine. :)

  3. @Glenn, thanks. I too am looking forward in catching up.

    @JasonB – I like your blog. Though I don’t always comment, I do read. On the other hand, I think blogs, facebook, twitter ought to be among the first to go when your time is running short. Hope all is well with you, Krista and the coming baby.

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