Michael Brown said his greatest mistake in directing the Katrina relief effort was in not realizing for so long that Louisiana is dysfunctional. Does the man not read Grisham novels? - - - - My favorite dessert: blueberry pie. (Or blueberry cobbler. What's the difference other than the shape?) - - - - We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of 7th grade football yesterday. Nothing like football on a cool, crisp autumn day. (It was 104 degrees.) - - - - Yesterday in freshman Bible I remembered why I love to teach. A student who has seem uninterested so far started coming to life as I talked about the kingdom of God and the mission of Christ in Mark 1. As the class went along, I could see her eyes brighten and her body start to lean forward. At the end she came up and said, "That was really good today." It's a small thing, I know. No need for dancing in the endzone or high fives. But what if . . . what if this student had a switch flipped . . . what if she realized that life isn't about trying to be happy and that faith has almost nothing to do with the health/wealth stuff preached on television . . . what if she heard again the invitation of Jesus, "Come, follow me"? This teaching thing is pretty amazing. (Any stories out there from those of you who do it all the time?) However, on that note . . . I'm looking for ways to follow my own advise from the last couple days. Something needs to be cut out of my schedule. And as much as I hate to think about it, teaching is a possibility. - - - - One week until the Zoe conference. Brandon, can we just pretend we're ready and quit stressing about it? - - - - Last night Randy Harris spoke on Balaam's donkey. Want to imagine what that was like?