Monday Musings

Here are a few odds and ends that are bouncing around in my head this week:

Seattle Mariners Hire a New Manager

In the area’s worst kept secret ESPN announces that the Mariners have hired former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge. Seattle has had too may managers since Lou Pinella left. We’ll see if Wedge can turn things around for this troubled franchise.

Sermon Question

I’m stepping into the pulpit at my church this Sunday – something I get to do 3-4 times a year. This time the topic is set because we are in the middle of a series on our core purposes as a church. This week’s topic is outreach and I want to focus in on the importance of making our ministry of outreach relevant to those that we are reaching out to. To make a point I’m considering wearing jeans – something that I don’t think has ever been done in our church on a normal Sunday. Your thoughts?

Chilean Miners

Is it just me, or do you see what happened in the rescue of 33 miners as ‘miraculous’? Here’s a great article from Relevant about that phenomenal story!

Office Addition

Last week I purchased a new whiteboard for me my office. I have been asked to review, adjust, and create new systems to help us do ministry better. A white board will help me diagram issues, connect dots, and in general  just think better. Any other piece of old-technology that I should use? Any ‘systems’ pointers or advice?

Charitable Giving Down

The top 400 charities report a significant drop in charitable giving this year in this article from AP. If you work for a charitable organization have you seen this trend in your organization? (This has not been true of giving at the church I attend and am on staff at.)

Upside Down?

If you are one of the thousands of people who are “upside down” in your mortgage and are waiting for the government to fix it you might want to read this article at CNN. (Actually, even if you’re not either of those things you still should read this article.  Thanks to Bram Floria for posting the link on Facebook.)

Nice Tacoma Restaraunt

I’ve mentioned the ‘Over The Moon Cafe’ in this blog before but Julie and I dined there on a Groupon last week. This owner-operated restaurant is one of great ambiance and even better food. Always well-prepared and creatively served. It’s a smaller, unhurried, intimate fine dining establishment that we will return to – especially since we have more Groupons to redeem!

5 thoughts on “Monday Musings

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  2. Dave Wagner

    I remember a Sunday when you wore a shirt with a big ink spot on it. And we all thought and felt bad that you had an accident before service and didn’t have time to change your shirt. But in true Joe fashon it was part of the sermon and helped to drive home the main point of the message. I think if the body get rattled by a pastor in jeans on a sunday then you’ve got bigger problems and probably aren’t ready for outreach yet. Just keep the waist band above your butt and you should be o.k. Wish I was there.

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  4. secondchair Post author

    I agree, Tyler. This hiring does not inspire me to renew my share of a partial season ticket package. This will probably be Jack Zduriencik’s last chance to save his own job. If Wedge doesn’t get the job done Zduriencik will be gone. (BTW, I’m still so blown away by the Twins failure to show up against the Yankees that I haven’t watch any post-season games!)

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