Van S’ 2005 List

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 28, 2005

It is the end of the year.  Christmastime is usually pretty busy.  I’m at a coffeeshop trying to work on my Statement of Faith, which is a senior year requirement for Seminary.  Instead of doing that, which is due next week, I find myself blogging.  Ah, blogging, my public addiction.  Instead of offering you something substantial, something to think about, I’m going to give you my favorites of 2005.  Enjoy.

Van S’ Favorite Coffee Shops of 2005 (in order…1 being best)

1. 2nd Moon Cafe on Franklin in Minneapolis (this is my unofficial office)
2. Hard Times Cafe on Riverside in Minneapolis (if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know its unique charm.  It is simply the most ecclectic, motley place to go have coffee…a great place for people watching)
3. Blue Moon Cafe on East Lake in Minneapolis (from the owners of 2nd Moon…the 2 cafes share the same staff, so when I bring Amy to work along Lake Street, we stop there)
4. Dunn Brothers in Roseville (in the Roseville Library…this is my old unofficial office, back when I ministered in the first ring suburbs of the north Metro, and when I lived on campus at Bethel Seminary…I still meet people there when I have to be up on that end of the city)

Van S’ Favorite Movies of 2005 (not in any particular order)

1. Good Night and Good Luck
2. Kung Fu Hustle
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
4. History of Violence
5. The 40 Year Old Virgin
6. Ong-Bak, Thai Warrior
7. Batman Begins
8. The Constant Gardener
9. Serenity

Van S’ Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2005 (in no particular order)

1. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (Amy and I read fantasy and Sci Fi to each other…and this is the best of the year)
2. Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp (I love this book.  I don’t understand why more haven’t picked it up…it is simply an excellent primer on discipleship in America)
3. Consuming Religion by Vincent Miller (this book planted the seed in my mind which will give birth to the Conference on Christianity in a Consumer Culture)

Van S’ Favorite Blogs of 2005 (in no particular order)

1. Jesus Creed
2. Leaving M?nster
3. Chris’ Blog and Brandon’s Blog (they are two of my closest friends, and part of Missio Dei, but I’d read them anyways)
4. Radical Congruency
5. Odyssey

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4 Responses to “Van S’ 2005 List”

  1. Gregg on December 28th, 2005 9:18 pm

    Where would you rank the movie, The Machinist?

  2. Van S on December 29th, 2005 1:02 am

    I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it isn’t a 2005 film. If it WERE, I’d probably put it at around my 16th favorite film of the year.

  3. Sivin Kit on December 29th, 2005 5:10 pm

    Hi there, I’ll be meeting with jason face to face soon (like next month!). I just watched The Constant Gardener a couple of days ago. It’s one of the better movies for me this year too.

  4. Van S on December 29th, 2005 5:39 pm

    Jason is a good guy–very entertaining. :)

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