The young dog is snoring.
Seriously. He sometimes gets so loud he wakes me up. I digress.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Stephanie and I became involved with the PBCC Jr. High group in late September, early October of this year. I recall the first Sunday Steph decided to go to Sunday school with the group, I told her I didn’t want to go. Then I said I would. Then I said I wouldn’t. Then I said, “OK, I’ll come with you, but I’m just there for this week. Just checking it out.” I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve never been someone who considers himself to have any gift with youth. I’ve never felt called to be a Youth Pastor (and I still don’t, for good cause). But I also never even thought I would fit in and find a place to serve with a group of Jr. High students and their leaders. And yet, I do fit in. I really like these people and these students. What an odd thing to have happened for a guy like me.
As you know, one of the ways I’ve found to help the JH group out is by being their webmaster. i @m +He W38M4S+3r! b0w b3Ph0R3 Me, MoR+@L$! Anyhow, I’ve been working on the site, and it’s coming along pretty well now, so check it out and let me know what you think. The CSS is a bit messy / redundant in places, but it’s working fairly well. I’m proud to say that IE 6 plays quite well with it. IE 5.5 even renders most things perfectly, with the only differences being that it doesn’t center the page correctly (yet?), and the grey background shows behind the blog entries instead of the proper white, in spite of a “clear” statement. But it works fine! It just looks slightly funny. Any help on that will be greatly appreciated.
I was telling Steph the other day that I’m realizing now that I’ve been a little starved for Christian friends. Some people leave the “Bethel Bubble” and stay in the Christian realm their entire lives, or most of their lives. I had a somewhat-rude awakening from that when I moved out here. I went to church for about a year without actually plugging in. I just went and sat and listened, and had brief conversations with people who recognized me or Stephanie, and then we left and that was that. My friends were my coworkers and a few others on the side who also loved Macs and worked where I work, but weren’t in my immediate group. They’re great people, don’t get me wrong… but… for my Christian readers, imagine this for me: suddenly, all your Christian friends are gone. Replace them with cool people who share your 2nd or 3rd favorite interest, but not your 1st. How do you feel? Semi-content? Yeah.
Now that I’m involved with the JH group, I’m actually making friends with some of the other leaders little by little, and it’s caused me to stop and look at my other group of friends out here and realize that there was a hole that none of them could fill. That none of them were supposed to fill. And it’s a rather large hole at that, considering all of my best friends are always ones with which I share a bedrock world-view. I don’t share that with the others. But I do share that with the JH folks, and that’s truly refreshing. And when I discuss music with them, and we touch on Caedmon’s Call, I can explain why I find the depth of theology in their lyrics to be so fascinating, and not get blank stares. That’s a real connection, in my opinion.
I should also mention that the friends I’m referring to don’t read this blog. I can only assume it’s because it’s boring or something. But if they do stumble upon this, I think they’ll understand I’m not slandering them as much as I’m saying that I’m glad I’m “diversifying” (?) my groups of friends a bit. If you love rock climbing, you can’t blame your current group of friends for not suddenly wanting to go out and get serious about climbing rocks. You just have to add new friends who already like it. Same thing.
(Incidentally, one of the people I’ve just met at church strongly recommended Radiohead’s Kid A, so I’m going to have to check that out. He seemed disappointed that I only have OK Computer.That may be a separate entry when it happens. I’ve got questions and opinions about Radiohead that necessitate a new entry. But comments are welcome now!)