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Location: Tallahassee - Miami, Florida, United States

Just a guy who loves coffee and shares coffee.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

the Coffee Pub

we finally have a logo.

Monday, March 13, 2006

spring break missions update

there was this day that one only hears of in storybooks and movies with visual editing to make the sky appear so clear and perfect. it was on this day through the streets of key west that caleb and i came upon a van filled with boxes of bibles and painted on the side of this van were the words "key west bible class". we could not pass up the opportunity...to take a picture.

that set us off on a terribly funny scheme where we staged missions work all over the island. we didnt do any counter missionary things, but we didnt help build a church damaged from the hurricanes or lead bible classes. i knew that everybody would greatly appreciate this update. feel free to comment on how awesome the pics are. ;-)

Sunday, March 12, 2006

the cost of discipleship

i don't know why i do some of the things i do. for years my insecurities about myself have been the thought at the forefront of my mind (de mi mente). in the past week i have done things that make me more uncomfortable than many can possibly imagine. it may not mean much to anyone else, but for me it took more strength and courage than walking up to a pack of buffalo grazing the swamps of the everglades and offering them a slab of meat for for dinner. some of my choices confused and in a slight way bothered some of my closer friends. while the other decision makes me ask myself, "what the frick were you thinking!"

the first was going to the beach and taking off my shirt. i know how absurd that sounds, but remember, my insecurities go deeper than you could imagine. now, why would i go years without taking off my shirt in front of people; years of going to the beach and pool and wearing my tshirt; but then suddenly taking it off at south beach, of all places, where the hard bodied, rippling six packs were so prevalent one would imagine there was a kiosk nearby handing them out for 2 cents a pop? it was pride, as odd as that sounds. the thought of being seen as insecure, for the first time in years, held more power than my actual insecurity. is that a success? a failure? is pride the kryptonite of my insecurity? i don't think so, but it won me over that day.

and this morning i wake up to caleb reminding me of my promise to go running. why did i make that promise! i know exactly why. i told caleb my reasons. 1) south beach and all those abs, 2) a friend in gainesville. what? a friend in gainesville? i haven't talked much about it to many people, but i can't stop thinking about her and poor caleb hasn't stopped hearing about her. but back on subject, i went running. or, rather, i should say, i went speed hopping with a nice throw up intermission followed by a lame walk of shame home.

why did i do these things? what about caleb made me feel the need to expose my harshest insecurities? perhaps i am realizing that if you want someone to open up and be real with you, to feel comfortable enough with their own insecurities and shortcomings, you need to set an example. there is the risk of being seen as weak. incapable. and a overall embarrassment. but i at least know that my heart is in finding out who i am and who the people are around me. and when i do then we can begin that journey of becoming more like christ despite our shame, insecurities, pride, pale orca-like belly at the beach or vomitous intermissions in life.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

spring break

It sounds great to say that I took a week off to spend in Miami and the Keys but the problem that I have, and I find increasing similarities with Caleb, is that we cannot go somewhere where there is a need and walk on by for a snapshot at Hemingway's house. Just around the corner of Hemingway's Key West house, was a church which had been so badly damaged from the hurricanes this year that parts of their interior were still exposed. Caleb and I helped.

Things always lead to another, as I found out on the Apprentice tonight, and we ended leading a few Bible classes.

In sad news, Pepi got voted off the Apprentice last night. Caleb and I were at his house, hanging out with not only him, but one of the other Apprentices also, Sean. It was a really fun time with the whole family, and we all could tell that things were not looking good for Pepi throughout the show. But to sit and hang out with him and Sean and all their family was brilliant and such a truly unique experience.

Today I am taking Caleb on the one and only Tour of Miami. So we are getting ready to head out now. But before I do...here's one last image for you to sit and be jealous of.