Friday, May 23, 2008

You're just as boring as everyone else

I have been in Arizona since... yesterday. And I don't understand why people wait until I am out of town to call me to hang out.

I have discovered that Arizona has a remarkable amount of wealthy people, or at least the area that I am in does. Yes, I realize that I am from Johnson County, but... whatever. Arizona has things like QuikTrips, Chick-fil-a and In and Out Burger. So I like it. It also has a whole lot of "bro's" which I don't like that much.

We drove through a church CAMPUS the other day. The church is called CCV which stands for something I am sure, I just don't remember. This place is huge. They have baseball fieldS and soccer fieldS. There are at least 12 buildings on the campus, all of which dwarf most churches in America. I realize that I know nothing about the church as far as theology goes, but when they bring in celebrity Jesus (Jim Caviezel) and other things like this, I can't help but think that they could be spending their money on... more important things. But who am I to say? Maybe seeing a paid celebrity in church was exactly what someone needed.

Moving on. I love Kansas City. Arizona is cool, but it makes me realize even more how much I love Kansas City.

Let's hang out starting Wednesday May Twenty Eighth. Two Thousand Eight. Naturally.

nicholas david welch

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bluebirds on our shoulders

This summer has been good so far. I have not been very productive, but I think that's ok. I have 1 week between school and work, and I intend to take full advantage of the break.

I was able to buy a backgammon board for my good friend sam yesterday. I was really happy when I found it, because I had been looking for quite some time. The board I found was in great shape (which is rare) and ONLY ONE DOLLAR!

I also made a friend, his name is Tim, and he is really small. He came to broadway to watch us play backgammon, and watch us do everything else too.

I gave up facebook forever. I have never been happier with a decision. I really have not missed it at all, so if you want to get in contact with me, my email is or my address is
4611 w 101 terr
Overland Park KS, 66207
I have a surprise for everyone that I will reveal at the end of the summer. Some of you already know about this, but alot of people don't.

If you guys have never listened to the band The National please go do it. You will not regret it, I can promise you that.

No take backsies.

nicholas david welch

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Grapevine Fires

Sigur Ros
Who's with me?

Greek food rules.

For Shanna.

nicholas david welch

Monday, May 5, 2008

dear we better get a drink in you before you start to bore us.

I was tagged by Adam.

here are the rules:

1. the rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. each player answers the questions about himself or herself.
3. at the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. ten years ago I was doing...

Ten years ago I was finishing up 5th grade, about to compete in my first track meet, in which I would win both the long jump, hitting about 12 feet, and the softball throw with a whopping 150 ish foot throw. It is this victory in softball throwing that would prove to launch me into a lucrative javelin throwing career.

2. five things on today’s to to list...

1. Get my statement of faith started for Doctrine II. (not due till next monday holler)
2. Put together a study guide for my Minor Prophets test. (not until friday holler)
3. Read more of "Jesus for President"
4. Figure out flight information crap (not holler)
5. Clean my room

3. things I’d do if I were a billionaire...

If I was a billionaire I would do nice things for people. Alot. I would buy an entire restaurants meal for the night. And I would give money to my friends who work really hard and still don't have enough money. I would pay for college for myself and my sister and people who never the opportunity to go to school. I would own a pretty nice car, that was reliable and got good gas mileage, and I would own a huge house with lots of rooms with lots of beds so that lots of people could stay with me. And I would finance drug addictions for homeless people.

4. three bad habits...

1. Laziness
-I realize this is somewhat broad, but it affects most of my life, so I would really like to figure out how to get rid of it.
2. Popping my knuckles
-I have always wanted to stop, but I think it might be impossible
3. Obsessive compulsive behaviors
-This isn't usually a bad thing, just things like routines that irritate me if I cannot fulfill them.

5. five places i’ve lived...

1. Kansas City
2. Bartlesville, OK
3. Manhattan, KS
4-5. I have not lived anywhere else.

6. five jobs i’ve had in life...

1. Referee supervisor/trainer for Leawood parks and rec
2. Youth intern for Hillcrest Covenant
3. Barista for Edesia's bakery
4. "Stick boy" for the Kansas City Foundation surveying team
5. Snack Bar at Prairie Life Center

7. tagged people

1. Julie Settje
2. Dustin Patrick
3. Blake Russell
4. Becca Parsons
5. Tom Krap (even though I know he won't do it)

I would like to add at this point, that the following people need to get blogs, because I really want to read things that they are thinking.
-Sam VanBuskirk
-Paul Utzman
-Alan Keller
-Shanna DiPaolo (the tumblr isn't enough)
-Taylor Lareau
-Mara Cavallaro
-Barret Hunstad
-BEN EGGERS (seriously dude... come on)
-Stan Welch
-Kate Welch
-Amy Welch

I love everybody. And I want to hang out with all of you. A good place to do that will be at City Park in Manhattan KS this friday. If you have any questions about that just ask me.

God is love and love is real.

nicholas david welch

Friday, May 2, 2008

This is gonna be a long one...

I should say that I have been listening to these albums alot lately:

I don't know how many people will read this whole thing, but I am sure there will be at least a few. It is going to be kind of long and I know that long posts can be somewhat tedious. So I am sorry if this bores some of you, as I'm sure it might considering none of this is groundbreaking information.

The other day in my lifegroup a girl mentioned how she had heard the phrase "Christianity should be one beggar telling another beggar where he or she found bread". This isn't really anything profound, but for some reason it has been on my mind quite a bit since she said it. She mentioned the person who said it, but I had forgotten who it was, and was kind of upset because I would have liked to see the quote in context. Then earlier today I was reading the May_June 2008 issue of RELEVANT magazine, specifically the section dealing with "7 burning issues". They basically took 7 semi hot topic questions and asked some popular leaders in today's christian culture what they thought about them (Steve Brown, Shane Claiborne, Chuck Colson, Cindy Jacobs, Brian McLaren, Nancy Ortberg, Jim Wallis, and N.T. Wright).

The first question that RELEVANT posed was this:"Is our focus on social justice out of balance?"

My first reaction to this was "Isn't dealing with social injustice kind of what we are supposed to do?" I felt pretty good about myself when I read on and found that almost all of the responses confirmed my reaction. So much so that I am willing to bet that whoever asked the question felt a little bit dumb. They shouldn't feel dumb though, because I think that to an extent, that really is how social justice is viewed. It is almost as if it is something we should address when we get done with work, or get out of class, or when we are less busy. People are struggling now, and they are hurting now, why would we think that showing them that the kingdom of God is available now can wait until we find ourselves with less to do? Christ teaches us to pray "May your kingdom come here to earth. May Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven."

Shane Claiborne makes the observation that "People are hungry for a Gospel that embodies a social, political alternative to the patterns of our world." The term "Gospel" simply means "good news", people are hungry for "good news" about political situations. No one can argue against that, people are hungry to know that it is even possible to hear "good news" regarding politics.

This naturally takes us to evangelism, and what it should look like. Which coincidentally brings back the aforementioned (good word usage nick) quote regarding beggars. In context the quote reads as follows: "When a Christian sees someone who is physically hungry, a Christian feeds the hungry person. Why? Because hungry people can't understand the plan of salvation? No. Simply because that person is hungry. That's what Christians do. And if a person is spiritually hungry, a Christian becomes 'one beggar telling another beggar where he or she found bread.' Why? Because that's what Christians do." (Steve Brown)

I don't think the idea of beggars telling other beggars where to find food needs to be explained in great detail. They need food. Really badly. When they find food, and become satisfied or fed, and go on their way, they will see other beggars who need food really badly. When they see them, they will know what the other is going through and will eagerly share with how they found food.

"Justice and evangelism are things which have to go on through the work of the Church simultaneously." (N.T. Wright) I am not going to go into a long discussion about my thoughts on evangelism, because I already have. But evangelism is not this loud, wordy, forceful form of "worship" that it is often made out to be. It is simply telling others where you found food.

I hesitate a little to come up with posts like this, because I think Christians sit around and talk about Christians too much. But on the other hand, too many people never talk about anything that matters. I don't mean on their blogs, I just mean in life in general. I don't know whether it is due to insecurities, or thinking they are smarter than everyone. I wish that I had conversations like this with more of my friends, Instead of always talking about stupid crap that won't matter in 10 minutes. I hope that people aren't afraid of looking stupid when they talk about things that they have questions about, or things that they are passionate about.

This really didn't end up going where I meant for it to, but whatever. I hope you guys have a good weekend.

If you live in Manhattan KS, you should go to the Manhattan Arts Center sometime between now and May 23rd. My friend Tom and I have some photos on display.


nicholas david welch