Friday, April 28, 2006

Fun with Mustaches

Over the last few days, I have been slowly eradicating the mass of facial hair I have grown in the last two months. I thought I would share the results with anyone who may be interested in the photo's below. We had a big celebration called the mustache bash as a fun way to end the school year within the community of h2o.

I hope the many staches seen below will brighten your day.

And, if you are concerned that my mustache mania might become a problem, I assure you, I am no longer sporting the stache.

For those of you who are lamenting the loss, Mustache Bash 2007 is just around the corner . . .

Me and Cam Stache Style

Me and Cam Stache Style, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

And here we are, me and my buddy cameron, strutting our stache style on the evening of the 2006 mustache bash in Morgantown.

Tiny stache

Tiny stache, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

Charlie Chaplin eat your heart out

short stache

short stache, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

Have you seen the Pink Panther diamond?

"Normal" stache

"Normal" stache, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

I think this is more of what the classic stache looks like.

No soul patch

No soul patch, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

The soul patch is gone. But the stache is in action.

wide stache

wide stache, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
Here I am sporting a wide stache with a soul patch.

short bars

short bars, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
This stache is reminiscent of those found in the movie tombstone--a great mustache movie.

No Chops

No Chops, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
More fun with the mustache. Here I have shaved my chops!

Monday, April 24, 2006


Foo, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
There it is. My foo for the sake of the 2006 mustache bash Morgantown Chapter. Some friends of mine down in blacksburg originated the event, and you can check out all of the fun and festivities related to it at


Chops, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
A little beard modification


Beard, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
My new look! At least until the mustache bash Saturday night.

Friday, April 14, 2006

I guess I would be an Amsterdammer!

You Belong in Amsterdam

A little old fashioned, a little modern - you're the best of both worlds. And so is Amsterdam.
Whether you want to be a squatter graffiti artist or a great novelist, Amsterdam has all that you want in Europe (in one small city).

I'll always stand . . .for you

Tuesday night I went to see Delirious and Tree 63 in a free concert in clarksburg, WV.

It was an interesting evening. I found myself a little detached from all that was happening on the stage. I listened to the lyrics and let them resonate in my mind. As the musicians played, I found myself engaged in conversations with the people around me. There is a lot of pain and hurt in our world, and it seems like sometimes it won't stop. I am shocked at the hurts some of my friends have had to walk through.

As I listened to conversations, and I listened to the lyrics, I felt a bit of the despair of so many of the young people assembled in this venue.

The chorus of one of the songs Tree63 sang is the title of this blog.

I felt like as i heard the lyrics it was like the musicians and the people in the audience were making a commitment beyond their capabilities, like saying something they could never live up to.

I think sometimes we make statements like this, and then, if we fail, guilt and shame overwhelm us, and we end up sliding away because of our failures.

Christianity bids us toward something different. We are to run hard after God, and if we fall, we are to allow grace to keep us standing up, and keep on running.

Don't let sin entangle you, cast it off, and run!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I don't want to jump the gun on this one. I thought spring was here a week or two ago, and then it got cold again. I had a great day yesterday though. Early in the day I was able to get a lot of work done. Late in the afternoon I rode my bike out to meet a buddy of mine for a late lunch. Afterward, I figured I would use one of my tremendous starbucks gift cards and get myself a little coffee, and read outside. While I was sitting there, one of the Baristas approached me, sat down at my table, and completely interrupted my reading.

But it was cool. You see, I go do work out in the midst of people knowing that there will be interruptions. There will be conversations that start. There will be kairos moments in the midst of chronos time.

Yesterday was no exception. I sat and talked to a guy named Justin who was a little shocked when he found out what I do for a living. I like that. It means that I probably don't fit any stereotypes. After he found out, the questions flew though. We talked about justice and our need for relationships, and I was able to talk to him about how Jesus came not only to die for our sins, but to show us how to truly live.

Unfortunately, I had to curtail the conversation because of a prior engagement, but we had a good hour of laughing and being serious, and sharing both our frustrations and joys in this life. I was also able to share a little bit of hope--both for this life and for the age to come.

Do you make yourself available for God to interrupt your life? I would love to hear about a Kairos moment you have had recently.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Passion

The Passion, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
Last night I went with a few friends to see the Passion in Morgantown High School's auditorium. It was a quality performance. It was really cool to be on the watching side of the performance this time.

If you have an opportunity, you should go see this drama. Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, the play is definitely worth seeing. The performers, are of an amazing caliber--this didn't feel like a church production.

Go see it. Take a friend. Meet the cast.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Tonight in our canvas group we started off talking about the Widow of Nain and Jesus' healing of two blind men. Then the time together took an interesting change of direction. A guy who has been coming fairly regularly this semester shared a burden he was feeling that people weren't making the Bible a priority.

It's kind of Ironic, this subject keeps coming up. A group of people who want to live under the reign of Jesus would be students of the text, one would think. And yet, the Bible remains the most popular, and yet least read, text in America if not the world today.

It's an amazing book, the Bible. Maybe it is just too intimidating. I don't think it is that we don't understand it. I think it's kind of like what Mark Twain once said, "It's not the parts of the Bible that I don't understand that bother me, it's the parts I do understand." Maybe there is a healthy fea of not being able to live in accordance with the Kingdom of God. Maybe there is a fear of allowing the with God life to be made manifest in our lives. Maybe there is a fear of cost. Ignorance is not bliss though. We have a divine call to abide in Christ and allow his words to abide in us.

Wouldn't it be amazing if our towns were transformed by the church. Wouldn't it be amazing if people were caught up by what they saw in the life of the people of God's church?

Let us be students of the sacred text, and let God change our lives through it. Let's live it out day by day!

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Season is Over, or is it?

Mrach Madness lost its appeal on March 23 when WVU lost at the buzzer to Texas. It seemed to revive a bit when George Mason upset UConn to the chants of "Go Kryptonite!" Somehow the season was over before it was over. I lost interest when the championship game was going to be UCLA and Florida. There just wasn't a huge appeal for me. And tonight's game had no excitement to it. 73-57 Florida won. It's their first National Championship in basketball, and I am sure there are many chanting, "It's great to be a Florida Gator" in Gainesville.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the celebration of an even greater victory. In less than two weeks, I will celebrate with millions around the world the greatest victory ever won. The powers of death, sin, and evil were decisively beaten by Jesus the Messiah through the cross. The lenten season comes to an end soon, but this magnificent victory will continue to be celebrated forever and ever.

So, let's celebrate!!!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Bumper Stickers

Earlier this week I was doing some research for my English class when I came upon a web site that had a bumper sticker photographed and posted on it. The bumper sticker said, April 1, National Athiests Day. Underneath it was a scripture which stated, "The fool has said in his heart there is no God." At first, I thought it was a rather ironic holiday. Then I realized it was actually a comic bumper sticker poking fun at athiests in the same way many athiests or non-Christians put Darwin fish on their cars.

Why do we choose to be so mean. While there is a certain degree of humor in a statement like these bumper stickers depict, it is a bit mean at the same time. Do we really need to put statements like this on our cars. I googled the statement on the bumper sticker, and I found that the bumper sticker was sold at Christian book stores. While I admire the creativity of putting the scripture and the date of the year together in a humorous way, I was saddened at the same time. I just thought that it seemed like we might be "returning evil for evil" when we mock and ridicule others. And when the sticker is sold in a Christian establishment, and someone is making a profit from it, it seems even more outrageous.

I wonder how many areas of our individual and communal lives we are allowing another standard to rule in our lives?