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Weekly Meanderings

I’m preaching tomorrow and I’ve been staying on top of school during this new quarter, so I am really far behind in blogging.  I hope to begin catching up this week.  Anyway…here’s some stuff I came across this week.

1. lament: wartime ! rejoice: easter
2. Are Christians against sexual freedom
3. My trust in my Lord by Anne Rice
4. A wedding gift 
5. A study that notes the difference between High Context and Low Context cultures
6. The story of the 4,000th American death in Iraq 
7. A star 7.5 million light-years away explodes (but if nobody gets out of bed to see it, did it really explode?)

 That’s all I’ve got…have a great weekend.

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Weekly Meanderings

I pulled an all-nighter last night to finish up school. I’ll be catching up on my blog, finishing a sermon, and starting my next quarter class this coming week.

Here’s some stuff I came across this week…

1. Easter as the new Day of Atonement from Marc Driscoll
2. Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian
3. A little info on Maundy Thursday for us non-ritualistic types
4. Words as idols
5. An excellent post on the pronouns we use for God
6. What can the church (continue to) learn from Starbucks
7. The postmodern theology of the movie “Wag the Dog”
8. Julie Clawson disagreeing with Chuck Colson
9. David Mamet rethinks the efficacy of liberalism
10. A story of inhumanity (warning: this is intense)
11. Falling Slowly
12. Divorce that helps children (a lesson in incentives)
13. Farewell to Brett Favre we’ll miss you old boy…

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Meanderings

Some stuff I came across this week…

1. One entry in an amazing series on Francis S Collins’ book “The Language of God”.
2. The desire for un-boring Christianity
3. A healthy response to John Piper.
4. Samson by Regina Spektor
5. The last surviving US veteran of World War I.
6. “Why I feel suddenly old.
7. Traffic light timers (read the stats at the bottom)

Have a great weekend!

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My absence

This is the last week of my quarter at school, and I’ve been playing that wonderful game known as catch-up. I will be posting again early next week if all goes well.

In the mean time, I had a conversation today and a lyric from “Advice, like youth, probably wasted” (one of the best prose poems of the 20th century) ran through my brain, so I thought I’d post that as a blast from the past. A newspaper column by Mary Schmich, published by the Chicago Tribune on 01 June 1997.

Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who’d rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there’s no reason we can’t entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.

I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt.

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:

Wear sunscreen.

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Weekly Meanderings

Just some stuff I came across this week…

1. A Pastoral Response to Illegal immigration.
2. Moses was the first Jeff Spicoli.
3. A Baha’i Sunday school (I don’t know how this makes me feel).
4. Tony Jones swapping Emergent Village for Smurf Village (warning: this is satire!).
5. Thoughts on Obama’s economic advisors
6. The economics of the HD format wars.
7. If you say the word recession enough times it becomes meaningless.
8. An homage to Gary Gygax.
9 Gender swapping in Second Life (and WOW; probably DnD as well).
10. Look quick or you might miss the game.
11. Schwarz-Christoffel formula updated to be applicable to complex shapes.
12. Top 10 grammar tips
13. Infamous last words: “I didn’t realize that crocs were so aggressive.

Have a great weekend.

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Numbers 22:1-24:25

WordPress lost my original post and I’m not re-typing the whole thing (it was the longest post I have ever written for this blog).  What follows is the basic idea.

There are three primary reasons God subjects us to times of discomfort: to discipline us, to protect us, to prepare us.  How is God using the discomfort you are experiencing in your life?  (The original was better.)

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Numbers 19:1-21:35

There was no water for the people to drink and they again began to complain about where God had brought them. The people complained that at least in Egypt they had not died of thirst. The Lord instructed Moses and Aaron to take the staff from the tabernacle and go to a nearby rock and command the rock to pour out water. Instead Moses struck the rock with the staff and asked the people, “Must we bring you water from the rock?” The Lord was displeased with Moses actions and said that neither he nor Aaron would lead the people into the promised land.

A while later Aaron dies and joins his ancestors. The Lord then leads the people in victory over the Canaanites. However, on their journey the people become restless and again complain. God sends poisonous snakes into the camp. The Lord instructs Moses to craft a bronze snake on a pole; if the people look on the snake they will be healed. The Israelites continue on their journey and God leads them to victory in battle. (more…)

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