I haven't really had anything to post for the past couple of days, so I'm pulling this out of my "rainy day" file… It's a paper a wrote for a Political Science class last quarter. Let me know what you think. For this quarter I'm writing one on "Understanding the Seperation of Church and State", which I'll probably start writing pretty soon.
Kicking it Old School
Does anyone else remember Bobby's World? I used to watch that all the time, don'tchyaknow.
Just got two different pieces of spam selling these:
One day in third grade we had a substitute teacher. She was probably right out of college and was definitely very pretty. At recess she took our class to the playground. A few kids scattered to go play basketball, or climb on the jungle gym or do some other thing kids do at that age during recess, but most of us just followed her around the way your dog follows you when you're carrying a plate of food from the kitchen to your bedroom.
At one point we were all gathered near the swings, and, being the stupidly cute kid that I was I figured that I would impress her with a daring feat of skill and bravery, thus wining her heart forever (or at least until three o'clock). So, I ran over to one of the empty swings and started swinging as fast and as high as I could. With hope fueling my dreams a boatload of kenetic energy fueling my body, I jumped.
It would have been great. I would have flown a good seven feet, landing in a thick cloud of dust and gravel. I would have impressed not only our beautiful new substitute, but also all the girls in my class who had yet to fall for my coke bottle glasses and third-grade wit. I would have been a legend… if my shirt hadn't gotten caught on the the swing. As it was, my shirt ripped in half, I lost my balance and landed flat on my face.
And that has been a metaphor for my love life ever since.
Here's a really good article about our Secretary of Education, Rod Paige.
"That's because, as is my wont, my self-absorption causes me to miss the point and blinds me to the central and distinctive role that memory plays in biblical faith…" (>>)
Those Very Few Times
This is an eDevotion from Mike Sares @ Scum of the Earth. You can subscribe to them by e-mailing Perikatharmata(REMOVETHIS)@aol.com.
The idea of "worship" was never that clear to me. Sometimes I didn't feel I was worshipping God because I had no feelings when I was at church (then, of course, some well-meaning Christians would make me feel worse by hinting about how unspiritual I was). Sometimes I would want to worship so badly that I would go along and act the part of the dynamic worshipper, hoping the feelings would follow. I felt like a fake sometimes, and other times it was just okay. Some people said worship was singing songs and reciting scriptures; other said no, worship was about what you did with your life. Some people said it was a mindset of "ascribing great worth [as in
worth-ship]" to Jesus. And then there have been those very few times in my life when I was overcome by the love of God and really can't describe the experience.
So I did a study of the words commonly translated "worship" in the Bible. Here ing in many expressions of thanks to God.
What I derived was that worship is basically two things: REVERENCE & SERVICE.
The REVERENCE part leaves all sorts of room for strong feelings within the course of worship — sometimes you fall face down because you can't stand up! It also leaves room for very little feeling within the course of worship — sometimes you pay homage or kneel out of respect for the Lord.
The SERVICE part doesn't require feelings at all — you serve God and others, period. Sometimes you feel wonderful when you are serving Him and others, sometimes you don't.
Hope this helps,
"Just Pretended for a While" (>>)
Kristi has started her own blog.
The next big threat in the War on Terror…
Rock the Vote
Who thinks Robin should dye her hair blue? Vote in the comments…
Ephesians 4:14-16 (>>)
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does it's work."
Learning From Our Mistakes
Josh just wrote a good article for his blog about the anti-American/anti-War ideology.
"We find ourselves… facing a nation of 23 million, with armed elements numbering around 7 million –who are concentrated at urban areas. We will not win this fight. America will loose this war." (>>)
You were saying?
1st Kings 19:11-12 (>>)
"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper."
I came across an awesome quote on Lisa's blog:
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
They also had:
July for Kings – Swim
Juliana Theory – Love
Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends
UPDATE: After listening to those four MP3s, I decided not to go back for any of those albums. I'll keep "Normal Life" by July for Kings, but the other three weren't that good.
I just got the funniest spam over ICQ:
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1st Corinthians 2:6-9 (>>)
"We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has concieved
what God has prepared for those who love Him."
Microsoft Has Actually Done Something Useful
This is cool enough to trump any prejudices I have against Microsoft… MSN Autos will actually give you an (incomplete) list of gas prices in your area so you can choose the cheapest! You'll have to setup an account, then give them your area code and make/model of your car, then goto "Gas Prices" under "My Car".
Back from Mexico, part three: Favorite Verses
These are the verses that were running through my head and/or impacted me the most last week: