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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tonight Randy Harris, a beloved member of Highland and a gift to Churches of Christ all over the world, is going to begin a three-week series called "Great Is the Mystery: God in the Darkness." (Come early for fajitas at the Oasis meal, served 5:15-6:30, if you can.) For those of you who are too far to come tonight, don't worry. Randy works this material up for his own church and then shares it everywhere! It's coming soon to a theater, I mean "church," near you. - - - - And the guest resource person for next year's Nashville and Fresno Zoe conferences is . . . Lauren Winner. For more info on this brilliant, God-filled young woman -- her bio, her books, and her blog -- you can check here. - - - - Yesterday I taught Revelation 1-5 to our 90 freshmen Bible majors. Tomorrow, it's chapters 6-22. Then Randy gets to deal with whatever difficult questions may be left--and I intend for there to be plenty! I just keep thinking: I hope I help some of these young ministry students half as much as Neale Pryor helped me. - - - - To Lee and the Gang at College Church in Fresno: The avocados you sent are ripening, and I've made guacamole five straight days. And that's with a trip to Nashville thrown in. (I made some for lunch Sunday before leaving and then for dinner Monday after returning.) - - - - Thank you, Coretta.


  • Wow! Lauren Winner. Excellent choice! (As if you needed me to tell you that.)

    She was at Calvin College here in Grand Rapids this last month and I found out a day too late. Aaarrrggg!

    By Blogger reJoyce, at 2/01/2006 04:44:00 AM  

  • Will miss Randy - Faith Decisions with 8th graders!! Lauren Winner - I wanna go! Revelations - best teaching I ever heard was from Ann Grahm Lotz. Guacamole - I want some! Coretta - yes, thank you.

    By Blogger Candy, at 2/01/2006 05:04:00 AM  

  • Are you willing to share the Guacamole recipe?

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 2/01/2006 05:21:00 AM  

  • Two wonderful events going on there that I hate to miss. Randy and Fajitas!

    I teach Revelation here at Cascade. What books do you use?

    By Blogger KMiV, at 2/01/2006 05:47:00 AM  

  • KMiv - This is a survey class, so the only "text" we're using is the New Testament -- in hopes that they'll take reading it seriously!

    Kelley - A while back (maybe later today I can track it down -- or maybe someone else remembers), we had a whole blog with guacamole recipes. There were some yummy ones.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/01/2006 05:48:00 AM  

  • I'm very excited about Lauren Winner. I think she'll be an excellent resource.

    By Blogger Phil, at 2/01/2006 06:01:00 AM  

  • Yeah, Lauren Winner. I think Mudhouse Sabbath is one of the greatest books ever. Because my Mom was raised in a Jewish home and then became a Christian when I was a toddler, I identify with so much of her writing. It is awesome.

    Now we just need Zoe doing "Havah Nagilah" on the stage and the title for their new CD could be Zoe and Tevya - "Accapella on the Roof." Ooh, quality thematic elements (like those above) just keep coming....I had better stop now.

    By Blogger Arlene Kasselman, at 2/01/2006 06:10:00 AM  

  • By Blogger Jimmy Shaw, at 2/01/2006 06:28:00 AM  

  • Woohoo!!!! I couldn't be more excited about anyone else coming. She has become my favorite and I am always telling others to read her stuff. From the very first time I read something of hers I have wanted to meet her. Wow!!! I just can't believe this is really happening. I am so glad that all of you who plan and visioncast for Zoe are tuned into the Spirit. I will be there for sure.
    And yes, thank you Coretta Scott King...when you could've given up and stepped into the shadows and dealt with the grief from losing your husband and the frustration from the slow progress in the civil rights movement...you kept going and kept bringing it all back to the front of our minds...thank you, thank you, thank you.

    By Blogger julie, at 2/01/2006 06:39:00 AM  

  • how does one go about getting some copies of randy's talks? do you have like a ministry that handles that sorta thing there at highland, or do you have a book store, or what? i ask that because i don't think my congregation can afford randy to come to a church near me down here in l.a., but i know that there are those that would love to hear him speak. he came down to park row in arlington when i was a member there a couple of years ago. i got copies of what he talked about.

    one of the classes was about the lord's prayer. while i listened to it i transcribed it to a card that carry in my wallet, and i printed it and have it up in my cubicle at work:

    Our Father, Who dwells in infinite light, and above everything, we proclaim You as Holy, and we pray now that You will reign here in every human's heart even as You reign over the heavens.

    We pray that You will give us what we need to survive today and we'll count on You to do that again tomorrow.

    We pray that You will forgive us for all the ways we fail to be Your children, even as we compassionately forgive those around us.

    We pray You will not lead us in over our head, but by Your power You will deliver us from the one in control of this world.

    So that in the fullness of time You should crush him, and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess You, who is now Lord, as Lord. In whose name we pray.


    i can't wait to get a copy of "seeking a lasting city."
    anybody got a copy i can borrow?

    By Blogger k2, at 2/01/2006 06:51:00 AM  

  • 2 confessions:

    1. I've never had gaucomole. It looks like the stuff you scrape off your windshield after a grasshopper hits it.

    2. Glad Lauren Winner is coming to Zoe, but I hope she loses the glasses!

    By Blogger Tim, at 2/01/2006 06:59:00 AM  

  • I pumped Sandra for the Lauren Winner info yesterday and then kept the secret for the entire evening!

    Glad you're enjoying the avocados. When we have a kitchen again, I think the first thing Lisa will do is make some guac.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 2/01/2006 07:27:00 AM  

  • Tim!! LOL "1. I've never had gaucomole. It looks like the stuff you scrape off your windshield after a grasshopper hits it."

    You remind me of a dear friend in Brooklyn, NY who, when invited to our apartment for Mexican dinner, refused the guacamole saying, "I don't eat anything that's pea green." :O)

    Mike, will Randy's series be taped? I'll miss again tonight, as I have the last two Sundays. Still recovering from nasty respitory infection. Hopefully, I'll be recovered enough to be there this next Sunday, God willing, but can't tonight, so would really hope there will be tapes available.

    Well now! Aren't you Zoe family members just the luckiest ones!! Lauren Winner! In the name lies her fame, a true winner.

    Again I beg, when will you teach Revelation in series at Highland?

    Still promising to prepare a true Mexican dinner, including guacamole, for y'all - hopefully before it gets too hot again.

    Coretta - you were a gentle lady wrapped in steel. You blessed us with your determination - you continued the struggle in the most dignified manner. Thank you!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 2/01/2006 07:43:00 AM  

  • I only got to be in Neale Pryor's NT class for 1 semester - 4 short months. It was an incredible blessing and I wish I could have been his student longer. I'm sure your students feel similarly about you, Mike. I know you're doing a great work!

    By Blogger Eric Livingston, at 2/01/2006 08:32:00 AM  

  • It always comes back to guacamole, doesn't it?

    Does Randy Harris have a blog?

    By Blogger SG, at 2/01/2006 08:48:00 AM  

  • I'm sure there may be reasons why not, but I would encourage Highland to post your lessons and other i.e. Randy on the website consistently. I download to my player and listen to lessons all week while I walk. It is great! I would love to make you a "regular". Thanks for your blog. It is a my early morning stimulant.

    By Blogger George, at 2/01/2006 09:43:00 AM  

  • Man, I am sorry I will miss hearing Randy. I'll be in the Faith Decisions class.
    I love to hear Randy speak. He's so deep when he says hello, I don't get his meaning till like 15 minutes later.

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/01/2006 10:24:00 AM  

  • Come on, bro. This is the 21st century. Start web casting or pod casting thiese Wednesday night talks. The world's a stage!

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 2/01/2006 11:31:00 AM  

  • Or "these" Wednesday night talks, if you like!

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 2/01/2006 11:31:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the link to the recipes. Will try some as soon as I get back from my trip to HAWAII! Sorry... I just love being able to say that!
    Our congregation sponsors a mission home in Guatamala. They always have fresh Avacados growing right on the tree! YUM!

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 2/01/2006 01:35:00 PM  

  • I'm sorry, guacamole is not authorized in the New Testament.

    By Blogger Brad, at 2/01/2006 02:16:00 PM  

  • I hear Guacamole is good on matzos. And if you want to start a rumor (I hear they offer it at Highland) But of course if they would podcast we might know. So how about it Mike?

    By Blogger TCS, at 2/01/2006 02:29:00 PM  

  • SG -

    "Does Randy Harris have a blog?"

    Randy Harris lives in the 17th century. He is a monk. A member of my church and of our covenant group. An incredibly gifted speaker. Yet not exactly on the cutting edge of technology. Not exactly a Luddite--just someone who isn't going to waste space on his brain's hard drive with info about computers. (Perhaps he considers the internet a passing fad.)

    Under careful guidance, he has figured out e-mail. But a blog? Not likely. :)

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/01/2006 02:57:00 PM  

  • Guacamole is like clapping and praise teams.....not authorized but enjoyed and enhances life to those who really like it!

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 2/01/2006 03:21:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    Could you explain why Randy can speak at Harding, but you can't... You share the same classroom, you share the same pulpit... Oh the mysteries of my dear Harding...

    By Blogger Drew Battistelli, at 2/01/2006 03:40:00 PM  

  • Mike:
    I just came across your blog and your very gracious comments about HERO MAMA, the story of our family's life after my father was killed in action.
    I can't tell you how much it means to me that readers like you are able to wade through the muck that was my life and see the redeemptive work of Christ through it all.
    I still see Pastor Smitty and Betty whenever I go home to Georgia, and many of those friends I made there at Rose Hill Baptist Church.
    I think that was one of the messages I was trying to communicate -- the power of a church community and how it can heal the hurts of a young child by providing that child with a "safe family."
    Rose Hill was that family to me. And the people who made up that family continue to bless my life decades later.
    Thank you for reading HERO MAMA.
    Karen Spears Zacharias

    By Blogger Karen, at 2/01/2006 05:21:00 PM  

  • Karen -

    It's an amazing book. I hope several of the readers of this blog had a chance to get it. Thanks so much for your note here. Blessings on you in your writing and speaking!


    By Blogger Mike, at 2/01/2006 08:22:00 PM  

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