Little Red Notebook: Excerpts

I have a little red notebook. I got it right before I left Spain (so the very first pages are filled with notes and addresses of my friends there). In it I write all manner of things. Lists, quotes, numbers, reminders. It is as good as any detailed diary at shedding light onto the memories of the years the notebook and I have spent together. I love the juxtaposition of deep thoughts and grocery lists, bible verses and phone numbers. 

A telling glimpse:

"Recuerde que eres increible!! Aqui tu eres una amiga . . . FOREVER!! T.Q. (te quiero) Miss U" - Guiomar

Flight Info: BP4REQ
CO 145 T 1:15 p.m. - Madrid - 3:40p.m. - Newark
CO 85 T 6:54 p.m. - Newark- 9:27p.m.- Atlanta

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
-1 John 4:7


"Grow old with me, the best is yet to come!" -Robert Browning

"If it is true that all human love has it's source and meaning in the very love of God, then there must be a reciprocal relationship btw these two forms of love, the infinite and the finite. God's love validates human love, and human love reflects and images God's" - Essay about love in John Donne's sonnets.

7.15.07 [dcf] [Q?] Winn Collier
homosexuality & the church
  • We should have proportional energy in light of the gospel. Not dictated by culture.
  • Why does the church at large want to separate struggle with homosexual sin from any other sin? "we're in here, and they're out there"
  • Not (just) a theological or political conversation. A human conversation about people, love, shame, dignity . . . 
  • [On hearing this Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy not sacrifice {hosea 6:6} For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."]
Harry's Hummus:
2 cups chickpeas
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup water

"Education is cultivating the life of the mind so that it knows how to grow in true understanding" - John Piper

"That God is love compels us to be sure that truth gets to all people, and that God is God compels us to be sure that what gets to all people is truth" - JP


"love is not a victory march, its a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah"

To do:
finish songs
marriage license

To do: (Keith's handwriting now)
Drivers license and license plate
auto insurance elaine
name change
bank account
renter's insurance

Vampire Weekend
White Rabbits

"We have a sense that the world is not right. We have a sense that we are very flawed and yet very great. We have a longing for love and beauty that nothing in this world can fulfill. We have a deep need to know love and purpose."

The Book Thief
Jayber Crow
Wide Sargrasso Sea
3 Cups of Tea
Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"All those things for which we have no words for are lost. The mind--the culture--has two little tools, grammar and lexicons: a decorated bucket and a matching shovel. With these we bluster about the continents and do all the world's work. With these we try to save our very lives." - Annie Dillard, Teaching a Tree to Talk

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