Back at El Tab

A Sunday back at El Tab felt good! I'll be back Mid-March... for the duration!



There's a lot of reasons I could hardly wait to get the MacBook... one was to take advantage of the built in camera and my .Mac account. MyFace time with your friends is a fantastic way to keep in touch with those who impact your life, even if they're multiple zip codes (and states) away! We took opportunity to pray for Jeremy DelRio who will be sharing 'Incarnational Ministry' with a predominantly suburban youth leaders network in a few days. (l to r) Rudy, Ryan, John, Jeremy & Max(lower).

Everyone cheezed it up as we went offline!


Empire State Building -NYC

The truth is, I walked my feet off in NYC! All the way back on the plane I kept making a mental note: 'Note to self: Self, take the arch supports next time!'

Visited Kings College (Manhattan) and had a fantastic meeting with James Puleo & Kim Shing. Hopefully they will be able to share the Summer internship opportunity in East Palo Alto. Check it out if you are a college age student (below 23) and are interested in a 9-week life-changing experience!

Abounding Grace - Pastor Harley

Hi. The link below is about the church I visited yesterday in New York City's East Village (7th Ave & 3rd St). Jeremy del Rio has been a friend at a distance for several years, but sitting with him in this Ukrainian church building that now also houses an encarnational ministry called Abounding Grace was a refreshing view of what God is doing in a family which is extremely committed to reaching the 'least of these.' Whenever you have 9 minutes, this is the first of 5 about the story of his dad's ministry and his impact in NYC over decades.

Look at February 21 entry

If you have a little time to visit YouTube, there is also a trailer of a movie filmed by a French producer which will hopefully come to the U.S. this year.


Thanks Jeremy! It IS about showing up.



Sam's Infinity Video

Samuel has this certain talent to be in various times in infinity, side by side... you try it!  Not as easy as it looks.

choirs, caldo, cancer and choir

[please see the link at the end]

I just came from a conference this past week where I saw a whole lot of people wanting to work together. I heard a man speak of his reaction to that point of view. What is often proposed is a homogeneous {melting pot} mush where everyone is just like everyone else, worshiping God in the same 'Choir de jour' hits of the month... very unlike the very diverse scene described in John's revelation where there were all nations, tongues and tribes (people groups or subcultures) gathered.

Rather than the mush of a 'melting pot', I like the idea of Mom & Dad's 'Texican caldo' {or your cultural equivalent}... there are still all the vegetables and meat, but the combined, derived flavor of all the ingredients gives a wonderful broth or soup without losing the identity of the peppers, potatoes, carrots, cabbage (and the meat of your choice). It is well worth the wait of preparation and cooking. Maybe we need to make sure the preparation process is going well. It does take time. The cooking may be uncomfortable, but the heat of the process can release the flavor of each part into the wonder that is the end product. I'm glad we are not all the same! It's ok for me that some people like to express themselves in different languages, rhythms, etc.

I'm ok with the truth that weekly worship in America independently demonstrates the value of being able to share the message of Good News not only in an indigenous language, but also from the cultural perspective that can be embraced by the hearer. It's not about segregation, it's about variety... and that is the spice (interest or excitement) of life! I love home cooking but momma needs a break once in a while, and we don't eat at the same restaurant every time, on purpose!!! [note: my blog is ALWAYS about food, isn't it!]

A healthy body is comprised of many parts, all different, all serving vital functions. If my role is to be the 'pituitary gland in the Body of Christ,' then I want to be the healthiest pituitary gland I can be, for the sake of the body! I have seen cases where glandular cancer racks the body and causes great pain and suffering. All because of one tiny organ hidden deep in critical areas. I don't want to be an unhealthy part of the body. I must learn to be content in doing what I have been called to do, and not too imitate others. I would then behave as a cancerous cell. My Oxford Dictionary Widget defines cancer as the 'uncontrolled division of abnormal cells.' GOD PLEASE HELP US TO BE HEALTHY!

oh yeah... and there will be ONE song, and it will be sung loud, and it will be sung forever! Alleluia!

PostScript: The resistance to efforts of unity seem to be based on fear. Fear is simply an insecurity or apprehension to pain or injury. Although UNITY may be a painful process, it is much more painful to have the cancer of DIVISION rampant.

Chris... thanks for asking the question! You're right on!


Web 2.0.. not coming... here and growing!

Just checked out Jeremy's site and really liked this YouTube! link... takes about 5 minutes, but you will be better served to look at when you're serious.... naw, not really.

from the Author of Web 2.0 video!

YouTube  Broadcast Yourself™

Max wants to share a video with you

Video Description

Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes.

This is the 2nd draft, and I plan on doing one more final draft. Please leave comments on what could be changed or improved, or what needs to be excluded or included. Subscribe if you want to be notified when the revision is released.

UPDATE: I just added this video to Mojiti where you can actually write your comments into the video itself. It is an exciting experiment in "Video 2.0". Go check it out at http://mojiti.com/kan/2024/3313 and add your voice!

Transcripts are now available as well:

A couple of people have noted that the statement, "XML was created to do just that" (separate form from content) is misleading because CSS enables the same effect with HTML. I tried to integrate CSS into the video, but it ruined the flow. Perhaps in the next draft.

My statement on XML is based on the following from xml.com: "In order to appreciate XML, it is important to understand why it was created. XML was created so that richly structured documents could be used over the web. The only viable alternatives, HTML and SGML, are not practical for this purpose. HTML, as we've already discussed, comes bound with a set of semantics and does not provide arbitrary structure."

Thank you all for the comments. With your help the next draft will be cleaned up and hopefully free of factual errors.

A higher quality version is available for download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?6duzg3zioyd Please note that this is the second draft and the final version will not be available until late February after I review all comments and revise the video. Please return for a new download link at that time.

The song is "There's Nothing Impossible" by Deus, available for free at http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/103/
Deus offers music under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonC ommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license, yet one more example of the interlinking of people sharing and collaborating this video is attempting to illustrate.

CC: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/

Michael Wesch
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Kansas State University

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If we dont take this seriously now, we're in trouble!

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