Tuesday, November 30, 2010

reinterpretation of some parts

Brain McClaren just posted some thoughts of Herzog that reinterpret some passages of scripture that I found pretty mind blowing. Check it out here.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

short film: "this KINGDOM"


this KINGDOM from phos pictures on Vimeo.

A moment in the life of Brian Wolke, his wife, his kids

and their challenge.

Directed / Edited: Eliot Rausch

Director of Photography: Lukas Korver, Matt B. Taylor

Message: Darren Rouanzoin

Music: Kreng / Song: Merope

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Laundry Love at Christmas Time

I was asked to write a blog about Laundry Love, so here it goes.

Many of you have heard about it already, but here is the jist of what we are doing.

Monthly, we've been visiting a Laundromat in downtown Mesa, providing snacks and drinks, paying for laundry, helping fold clothes and getting to know people. As you may expect, all of the families that show up each month are struggling financially, some are living in temporary housing and some are homeless. It has been great getting to know them and hopefully, as I recently read Jesus would do, loving them wastefully.

We have a few new developments to share:

  1. The Laundry we were in is closing down. Luckily, owner has another Laundromat just down the road which he is able to keep open. This new one is at 58 S. Mesa Dr (Mesa Dr. just south of Main St on west side of road). Since we have to move, we are also taking this opportunity to change the date. We are now moving to first Friday of the Month. So, the next Laundry Love will be at new location on Friday, Dec 3rd. As always, we could any help you can provide.

  2. With Christmas coming, we also thought it would be nice to try to help some of these families have a special Christmas. So, we are collecting as many gift cards (or money to buy gift cards) as possible in various denominations ($10 - $50) from food stores (Basha's, Fry's, Food City, Rancho Market) or Walmart cards. We plan to have EmDes kids make some Christmas Cards at our next meeting to put with the gift cards.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Connecting and Wholeness

Saw this incredible TEDx talk this morning, and I thought it would fit in well with our recent conversation about community and connecting.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Dear EmDes family...

I am so sad to say that Chloe has the stomach flu. It came on @ midnight and she's been up vomiting since and it's now 3:30AM. I am doing my best to try to get the word out as fast as I can. Obviously this creates a conflict for me hosting group later today. I need to see what's going to further evolve with her...or who else in the house may come down with it.

I guess something like this is bound to happen at some point...putting us all in an awkward spot...but I really hoped it never would. Thank you so much for understanding.