Why I’m not on Facebook anymore, among other things….
Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Every life has a story.
I recently finished reading The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri J. Nouwen. I highly recommend it. I wanted to share some quotes from the book and some of my thoughts: Who can save a child from a burning house without taking the risk of being hurt by the flames? Who can listen(…)
Fashion matters. It influences the imagination and drives the way people uniquely represent themselves. The evolution of the women’s swimsuit is one place where there has been a visible shift away from modesty. In the current world of swimwear, small is often beautiful and less is considered more desirable. But designer and actress Jessica Rey(…)
I saw a great article/study about being a geek vs. being a nerd. Using a natural language processing / information retrieval (IR) statistical methodology applied to a corpus of tweets, the author determines the following distinction between the terms: geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts(…)
I’ve written about the issues with the immigration system in the US before, but this infographic does a great job explaining how frustrating the bureaucracy is in the system:
For many years, the discussion of “relevance” has overwhelmed the church. Certainly, the church’s ability to connect truth with the lives of people is critical, but has the pursuit of relevance distorted an understanding of our truest calling in society? It begs the question of whether Christians are called to be relevant or a counterculture?(…)
Commencement Speech from Wellesley High School.
Ever heard those words before? It’s Not About the Nail from Jason Headley on Vimeo.
Panda Cheese. Don’t piss off the panda….
This is a prayer by Henri Nouwen from his book A Cry for Mercy. I first read it over a year ago at Matt Tebbe’s blog. Listen, O Lord, to my prayers. Listen to my desire to be with you, to dwell in your house, and to let my whole being be filled with your(…)
Thousand years as a day. Peter Leithart has been sharing a lot of interesting thoughts from Oecumenius’s (c. 6th or 7th century A.D.) commentary on Revelation. He shared an interesting interpretation of the millennium that I’ve never heard before: Oecumenius interprets the millennium as the period between Christ’s incarnation and His ascension. During “the time(…)
J.W. Wartick does this neat thing almost weekly called “Really Recommended Posts” where he shares links to interesting stuff he’s read/watched and offers a brief description of each. I like that idea and figured I’d do it myself, only I also wanted to be able to share excerpts from books I’ve been reading, snippets from(…)
Tradition. Religion. These have somehow become bad words, even though scripture uses them both in positive ways (James 1:27; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6). I continually hear Christians use these terms pejoratively. Some bible translations even mistranslate it when it is used in a positive sense. I generally will comment(…)
The Greek word παράδοσις (paradosis) means “tradition,” literally “the content of instruction that has been handed down” (BDAG). I’ve been told that certain translations of the bible only translate this word as “tradition” when it is used in a negative sense but as “teaching” or another word when it is used in a positive sense.(…)
Slavoj Zizek is a famous philosopher, often well-known for his Starbucks example which explains the logic of (late) capitalism (assuaging the guilt of capitalism). This video which has been animated by RSA Animate and in it Zizek further explains this example and the ethical implications of charitable giving in a capitalist economy. Am I espousing(…)
As far as I can tell, the singers are chanting dominus vobiscum (the Lord be with you), et cum spiritu tuo (and with your spirit). It’s beautiful.
Listen to this great talk from Jerry Walls: I’ve got a lot to think about here. I’ve been more or less in the camp that says God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom is an antinomy. At the same time, I think there is something to be said for the fact that all of the soteriological debates(…)
If you’re looking for a strong stance on one side of the fence, look elsewhere. American Christians have a lot of prerequisite issues they need to take into consideration before trying to take any stance on immigration. Notably, they need to think through the implications of a belief in Manifest Destiny, the marriage of Western(…)
Another song I’ve been enjoying:
Was this what you expected?
As a Christian, I oppose injustice. And yet the purchase of almost every product I own and use supports global injustice. Child laborers produced my clothing,1 people were senselessly killed and exploited in order to provide the minerals being used in my electronics,2 and by using a gasoline-powered vehicle I am supporting tyrannical regimes who(…)