Monthly Archives: April 2010

Reductionism

The way that our modern world has made such huge leaps through the years has basically been by taking things apart, analyzing them, reducing them to their individual functions to see how they could be manipulated and progress could be made. If you ever dissected a frog in Jr. High, you already know this. And this has been the way we have been taught to see the world. We reduce. We prod. We explain.

I started reading Life of Pi this weekend. I rarely get to read fiction, but I had heard raving reviews about this book from several of my friends, and there’s something about having a newborn in the house that makes one want to go to another world occasionally. The book is written by a guy named Yann Martel, and he made the dangerous, but rewarding decision, to write himself into the story he was telling. Continue reading Reductionism

Samuel David

“God’s continues to make babies, because God loves stories.” – Elie Wiesel

So yesterday morning at 5:18, Leslie gave birth to our 2nd baby. It’s a boy, named Samuel David. Actually, at the time he wasn’t named Samuel David, we decided to wait until we actually met the new little guy before naming him. Our thought process was that we might name him one thing and he come out looking like a Zebediah. We now know that is a mistake. Mainly because we forgot that all babies look like potted hams during their first few moments, and we didn’t want to name him Spam. Continue reading Samuel David

Master Legend

When he was a child he was abused by his parents. That showed him how dark the world could be, and how someone needed to do something about it. People said he always had a good heart, but maybe they also thought he was a little off. Now that he wears a uniform everywhere he goes, they probably feel justified about thinking it. After all, normal people don’t wear capes. Yesterday, a friend of mine showed me this article that was written by a Rolling Stone journalist last year. And it’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading Master Legend

MANA on Facebook

I’d like to start by saying, I never do this. But I think this is important enough that I’m going to ask you to join a Facebook group.

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about MANA, or Mother’s Administered Nutritive Aid, and today I’m writing about it again. I’d like to ask everybody who reads my blog to go here and join their Facebook Fan Page. And I’d like to tell you why. Actually I’m just going to repost some of the details I wrote last month. If you’ve read this recently feel free to skip to the end for more details. Continue reading MANA on Facebook

Peter’s New Reality

I had a guy come up to me yesterday, after a teaching I did, asking me about some things that at first seemed kind of cut and dry. He is studying with a girl who has absolutely no church background, and she had a lot of questions. This girl doesn’t know what 728b means, or the difference between Obadiah and Amos, & she would think Balaam’s donkey was the screenplay for Shrek.

And she is asking some great questions. Continue reading Peter’s New Reality

When Exclusion is Beautiful

So one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter is Conan O’Brian. About once a day he crams a funny, ironic statement all into 140 characters.For example, this is one of my favorites: “Jewish fun fact: If you celebrate Passover on top of an overpass, you go back in time.”  But that’s not the only reason I like him. A few months ago, Conan decided to try a social experiement. He would follow only one person, to be chosen at random from his list of 800,000 followers. He wanted to see if it would change their life.

It did. Continue reading When Exclusion is Beautiful

The Silence of Caesar

So this is my last post on the end of Acts, and I’d like to point out something here that I haven’t in the previous two posts. Acts has a really strange ending. If you think about it, Luke ends his story in a really bizarre way. It’d be like watching Luke Skywalker headed into blowing up the Death Star and all of a sudden the credits start rolling. But there is a reason that Acts ends this way. Continue reading The Silence of Caesar