Friday, February 10, 2006

Prayer Requests

Here are some prayer requests for those of you out there who want to pray for our fellowship at Coe. I hope to periodically post new requests and of course answers as well!
  • In a few weeks, the chapter at the university of Iowa is hosting an outreach to the campus and our fellowship will be travelling down to help them. We will be inviting students to watch a Nooma video and then participating in discussion groups about the goodness of God. Pray that God would bless the ministry at U-I, and would help us grow in love for lost
  • Pray for growth. We have experienced God do many things recently, and I would love to see that translate into a bigger group. We currently have about 20-25 students regularly involved, but there are many more that need to learn about Jesus and experience His love. Pray that God would use us to bless and serve even more students on campus.
  • Two non-Christian women are currently exploring Jesus through a GIG with some of our students. Pray that their hearts would be opened to the good news of Jesus, and that our students would be blessed through their investment.
  • Pray for students as they made decisions about next year. Where to live (we are encouraging students to consider intentionally moving to floors with lots of freshmen, to maximise opportunities for outreach), what classes to take, what priorities they will give their time to. Several students are also considering joining our student leadership team. Pray that God would grant these students wisdom and they would choose the best.

Way to go Sharon!

Sharon Nichols, one of my old InterVarsity student leaders has gone on to study Egyptology at the University of Memphis. She has always been nuts about Egypt. When she was still a student here at Coe, she went to see the movie The Mummy with her twin sister. During the opening sequence she noticed a factual error with the movie (imagine that...) and yells out loudly to her sister (and the whole theatre): "Five canobic jars!!?? Everyone knows theres only four canobic jars!!"

Well, she is now in Egpyt with a team from her university, and was recently part of an incredibly significant find:
CAIRO, Egypt - The first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut’s in 1922 contains five sarcophagi with mummies, breaking the nearly centurylong belief that there’s nothing more to find in the valley where some of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs were buried...

Congratulations Sharon!!!


In a NYTimes article she is mentioned by name:
The director of the Memphis institute, Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, and an Egyptology student, Sharon Nichols, were present with Dr. Shaden when the tomb was discovered, , an assistant director of the institute, Mariam Ayad, said in a telephone interview. They arrived in Egypt in December as part of an annual expedition.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

SpaceMonger - Great software!

Well, it was inevitable. I'm running out of storage space on my laptop. I've been ripping all our music to our computers, and it was the last straw - I had only 1.5 GB left on my 40GB drive. I know I've got a bunch of stuff I really don't need, but the problem is how to find it. Cleaning off a few megs here and there really doesn't make a dent. Its pretty tedious going through each folder and trying to figure out whats important, and how much space it uses.

Enter SpaceMonger. This is a great little app that goes through your hard drive (or any folder) and graphically displays the contents scaled to size. Each folder or file takes up space on the display propartional to how big it is. This lets you quickly see how your drive is being used, and focus on areas that use the most space, while ignoring things that although they may be unnessesary, really aren't contributing to the problem.

I knew my music was taking a lot of space (about 9GB), but little did I know that I still had a bunch of old video files that I used to create a video for my dad that were taking up almost as much space. Nor did I realize that I had an old video game installed that didn't even work on my laptop which was taking up another GB or so.

After some simple cleanup, I now have over 10 GB free. Thanks SpaceMonger!

Friday, February 03, 2006

For all of you that say that you never know what to buy me for Christmas

Or better yet, my birthday is coming up soon.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

My first foray into our legal system, pt. 2

Well this morning was my court date.

I was up until about 1:30 last night working on all my evidence and my arguments. I wrote out what I would say, and tried to anticipate any arguments the police officer might make. You can see the sweet diagram I made of the street, the parking sign, and my car to clearly show how I was not in violation. I was ready!

I got up bright and early, and went to go argue my case. I wasn't late, but I didn't have a whole lot of time to spare before my 8:30 hearing, so I was a little worried when I arrived at the courthouse and realized I didn't have change for the meter -- the irony of getting a parking ticket while I was in court fighting a parking ticket would be too much for me. I asked a few people for change, but nobody had any. So I ran into the courthouse to find some change so I could run back out and feed the meter before my appearance.

When I got to the courthouse, I discovered that they had full airport type security which I had to wait to get through. Inside I found a change machine - ran back out, fed the meter, ran back in, through security again, and finally checked in at the window with a few minutes to spare.

So there I am, sitting in the waiting area in my shirt and tie, sweating because I just ran a few miles back and forth to my car and the courthouse is at about 92 degrees for some reason. I also discovered that if you wear a shirt and tie to traffic court, you will be quite overdressed. Seriously overdressed. Finally, they called us all in.

The courtroom was pretty small. All of us who were being seen sat on benches around the perimeter of the room. The judge then told us all that we were here not for a hearing, just to file our plea. If we pled not guilty, a seperate trial would then be scheduled. This confused me, nobody told me this wasn't the actual trial. Why on earth would I come to court if I didn't want to fight my ticket? Remember, I had already filed an appeal by mail. This was rediculous. I was all prepared. I woke up early! I had diagrams!!!!

Sure enough, when it was my turn, she called me up, asked how I wanted to plead, I said, "Not Guilty" and she said ok, your court date will be March 13th. I had to sign a few papers saying that if I didn't show up, I would automatically lose and owe a bond of $79.

That was it. It was all rather anticlimactic. Now I have to wait until March.

So far, I'm out about $4 for parking and postage and 3 hours of my time in fighting my $25 ticket. We'll see at the end of this all if it is worth it. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion...

PS - when I got home, Andi informed me that wearing a shirt and tie with jeans isn't a great look for me. Apparantly thats one of those things your just not supposed to do.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A good day

My guitar magazene and Christianity Today both came in the mail today!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Radio controlled cars of the future

Some guys mounted a camera onto an RC car - with the controller, they can pan and tilt the camera as well as drive the car. They then drive around while watching the camera through goggles. This is neat, but would be a lot cooler if a) they had video and b) they rigged the goggles so moving your head would control the pan and tilt of the camera.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Recently, I've felt like a tree who's roots have become dry and withered, pulled back from the water. My energy and motivation for engaging in the work of God has been pretty low. I get distracted so easily - blown around from one activity to another, filling my time with different things so I can avoid the main things that God has for me.

Lord, renew my desire for You and your Word. Draw me to your stream. Watch over me. Help me sink my roots in deeply. I want to prosper and bear fruit. The energy for ministry comes from You!