Josh Brage

The End of An Era
October 27, 2008, 11:54 am
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“Are you on your way to minister or ministering on your way?”.

This has been the resounding question in my head all of this week. Along with “Hold everything loosely.” Ministry is an interesting entity. It requires so much from you. It requires virtually everything that you have emotionally, mentally, spiritually and often physically. Balance is hard. Keeping the right priorities is difficult. Keeping your own life separate is damn near impossible (at least for me.)

Last Monday, I was let go from ORCC and Catalyst.

This was somehow not surprising, however it was also very difficult to hear. Throughout the day, I was both relieved and pissed off. Wednesday sucked, I felt unwanted and unneeded. By the end of the week, I calmed down and have now become far more resolute.

I am going to go to school. I am going to read my Bible more. I am going to get a better job. I am going to work on building some freelance design clients. I am going to continue to impact Catalyst in whatever ways I know how! I am going to offer my creativity, my passion, my excitement and my gifts to continue to help further the Kingdom to the youth culture of Denver. None of that has changed! In a lot of ways, I am free. Free to just go be me.

It is not going to be easy. “But with God’s help, I shall become myself!” The largest thing that I will miss sorely is working everyday with my best friend, Mark. That truly sucks. I will miss working with the interns daily. But that will all be alright. I still see Mark plenty! The interns are about to start getting schooled by me at Axis and Allies on a consistent basis. And above all of this, I trust the Lord, I am chasing Him and He is chasing me! Hey, sometimes you can’t have your cake and eat it too, well, maybe for a little while.

“I flew too close to the sun on wings of pastrami.”


Oh to Lead Hank Hill’s Life
October 23, 2008, 11:01 am
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I would like to live a life that is this straight forward and simple. This picture kind of already reminds me of my friends and I. Unfortunately, that either makes me Bill or Boomhauer. Here are some amazing Hank quotes. (thanks Craig!)

“Dang it Bobby, your mom and I had our wedding pictures taken in front of that fence!”

Bobby: “You’d never make it in LA.” Hank: “Dang it, I hope I never make it to LA!”

“Ginseng tea?? I’m not gonna get hopped up on dope!”

(…as he gets handed a cigar.)
“Don’t mind if I — oh, you probably didn’t realize this, but this is Cuban. I’ll just go ahead and destroy it for you.”

“Why would anyone ever smoke weed when they could just mow a lawn?”

(referring to Ronald Reagan)
“I miss voting for that man.”

“A poodle? Why don’t you just get me a cat and a sex change operation?”

(Answering Bobby’s questions about PMS)
“Bobby, some things are like a tire fire, trying to put it out only makes it worse. You just gotta grab a beer and let it burn.”

“Bobby, from now on when I ask you how your day was, what I mean is ‘how was shop’?”

“You can’t just pick and choose which laws to follow. Sure I’d like to tape a baseball game without the express written consent of major league baseball, but that’s just not the way it works.”

“Yeah, Lost, That’s Lame”
October 20, 2008, 11:24 am
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Last night a friend of mine saw me wearing my shirt from our retreat last year, LOST. It is a decent enough shirt. He was excited, “Oh man, is that a Lost shirt that is really cool, where did you get it?!” I told him that it was from church and what not. “Oh, Yeah, Lost, That’s Lame.”

Publically, I declare that I am not going to knock off famous, public, trendy marketing anymore. iCulture, will be the end of it.

The Ebb and Flow of Football and Food
October 20, 2008, 8:21 am
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Yep, that is the descriptive quote from my birthday weekend, actually from most of my fall weekends. I won’t attempt to be dramative and try to convince you of how cathartic it to watch football all weekend – I am a guy, I like sitting in my chair and watching football. Period.

Thanks to all who sent me birthday wishes! Thanks to my AWESOME folks for hosting a GREAT birthday party! It was a blast! Although I do not like playing games with Shelley anymore.

Huskers dominated a weak team. Hey, a win is a win and we looked good. It was nice to see a defense shutting down cutback lanes and making tackles. And it is great to see a high-effiency, high-scoring offense.

Sorry I haven’t been writing more. I have been fairly caught up in Catalystlife. But I will work harder this week!

Follow Up – Huskers Were Not Spitting
October 7, 2008, 8:23 am
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Follow up to Those Were Not My Huskers

Alright, to be fair to my boys, Husker Mike is reporting that these accusations were false. I do find it interesting that there appears to be so much bad blood between those Mizzoo Tigres and the Huskers, maybe Chase is just a bad sport or something, I don’t know. It appears that both coaches investigated and found no truth in his statement. So, while that can be withdrawn, my point that 14 penalties is unacceptable stands. In my mind, Bo has plenty of time to get us winning (like 4-5 years in my opinion) I would really like to see us drop the bad attitudes and the penalties.

Man, we need some talent on defense. I would have loved to have been at the practice where Bo, probably in frustration with his defense, just flat starts looking around the field shouting, “Can anyone here play linebacker!?” as Cody Glenn starts walking onto the field with a beam of light coming from heaven. That is not a good narrative on the defensive talent he was given to work with. But, we will be back!

This Weather is Hopeful to Me
October 6, 2008, 8:49 am
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This looks good! Very very good. I like the cold weather. It somehow seems hopeful to me, I don’t know why. Which is interesting, because during chapel this morning, Terry Law is talking about hope. Faith, hope and love. Lord knows, I have heard plenty of sermons about faith (thanks P. Brian) and a lot about love, but, as Terry pointed out, no one seems to talk about hope very much. Maybe I should learn something about hope . . .

(Notes from Terry Law:)

“Something good is going to happen to me.”

This is a saying made famous by Oral Roberts, but it is the ultimate statement of hope. We, as Christians, must stand on a foundation of hope.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28)

We must keep this verse close to our heart. This is how God approaches our lives.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Ps. 23:6)

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11)

God, by His nature, is good. That is who He is.

This is a hopeful thought for the morning.

Those Were Not My Huskers
October 5, 2008, 10:44 am
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Last night was a very very difficult evening for me. Even writing this the next morning is hard. Those are not my Huskers. Bo needs to get some stuff together and quickly. I understand not having the right players. I even understand not winning right now, but if we are going to lose, we cannot lose like that. We lost a classless game last night. Two weeks in a row, I have watched an extremely undisciplined team behave like a team from Florida. Is Bowden coaching this team? 14 penalties!?! 14!!??! 14 for over 100 yards! That is ridiculous. Rumors of our players spitting at the Missouri players?!~? This is NOT NEBRASKA FOOTBALL. Bo, get control of your team. I understand that this is not the best Nebraska team, but lose with class, poise, honor and respect and you will have the state behind you. More loses like this and we are going to get very tired very quick. You do get props for your attitude, I appreciate that you hate losing – I hate losing. I appreciate that you immediately take the blame for the loss instead of blaming your players, like Billy C. I appreciate your not giving in and rolling over for the 4th quarter.