If I Hear Another Woof

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My neighbor’s dog barked all night. Sometimes their other dog would join in. No matter what, the dogs would not stop barking but for a few minutes. Sweet relief would then be interrupted by barking once more.

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You start thinking about things when you are constantly being woken up by a barking dog. I found myself flashing back to my childhood. We had two dogs at that particular point in time. Benji, a Lhasa Apso, and Chance, a Golden Retriever. They trained my family well. Any barking, late into the night, was immediately followed with someone letting them into the garage to sleep. I remember my parents not wanting the neighbors to call Animal Control on us.

They look so innocent… but they are not! The neighbor’s dogs sleep all day and bark all night. I dislike them, passionately.

The barking kept going all through the night. I wondered if the dog had treed a creature; I wondered if the dog just didn’t want me to sleep. Saturday night and Sunday night, the dogs barked. No response from the owner. No, I think they were sound asleep.

At one point I got up, padded down the hallway to the backdoor and poked my head outside, nothing. The dogs had magically quit barking in those moments. I couldn’t hear anything that might have been causing trouble, so I went back to bed. The dogs began barking again.

By 6:00AM, I think they stopped. I slept really well for about thirty minutes. Climbing out of bed to get ready for work, I felt like we had a baby. The warm shower and coffee not doing much to wake me up.

I drove to work and arrived here safely. A co-worker talked to me, I could hear an edge in my response. You could say that I mildly barked back.

Stupid dogs.

Surf Report – 5/3/10

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Welcome to the Monday edition of the Surf Report.

.: God :

The college ministry, at my church, has been in need of a big jump start for a long time. Currently, two students attend. At one point, the college group at church had a full time pastor dedicated to leading the group and going out onto college campuses and recruiting. The college group was huge at its height…but that was maybe 9-10 years ago.

About two weeks ago we had a speaker at our church talk about what our personal gifts are and how we should be using them in the church. This got me thinking. I really enjoy mentoring others, being an open ear to listen; I also enjoy teaching out of the Bible. So…why not come up with a plan to takeover the current college ministry and infuse it with new life. Having a vague idea about how to do this, I e-mailed a bunch of friends and asked for their opinion. I specifically asked that if they attended a church college group while attending college, what attracted them to said group? Their answers are as follows:

Structure – College students are lectured to all day. Why lecture to them more by preaching for an entire hour? Instead (working with an hour format) dedicate:

  • 10 minutes to announcements/ misc.
  • 20 minutes to a time of worship (rock out!)
  • 30 minutes to a time of teaching (make it partly an open discussion, engage people)

Activities – Schedule numerous low-key activities per month with a big activity scheduled at the end of the semester. Activities could include:

  • Formal dinner – get dressed up and go to someones house for a nice dinner.
  • A night of board games with another class at church
  • Movie night, etc.

Leadership – activity engage/ include others in leading the group through:

  • Planning activities
  • Leading worship, etc.

So I’m still in the process of compiling my thoughts on this possible project. If you have any ideas to bring to the table about your experience in a college ministry or why you attended a college group, comment away.

.: Life :

Confession time, I am a bit of a Disney geek. There is something about the ability to transport people into other worlds that just sparks my imagination. Below is a video of a new water show that Disney is working on in their California Adventure park. Enjoy!

.: Gaming :

At the suggestion of a friend, I dove into Half Life 2 over the weekend. Already I have defeated futuristic helicopters, played fetch with a robotic “dog”, and entered into the darkness that is Ravenholm.

"Dog"

Hopefully the gravity gun renders Ravenholm a walk in the park. Until next time.

That is it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!