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The Hard Way

March 18, 2013

I will not steal a victory.

-Alexander the Great, in Plutarch’s Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans

Alexander fighting the Persian king Darius III.

It’s no secret.  Well, if it is you don’t have to keep it to yourself anymore.  I’m a history nerd.  Heck, I blew a small fortune to study it for four years.

One of my favorites is Alexander the Great.  This freak took the throne of Macedon at the age of 20 and over the next 12 Read more…

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An Empty Cup

March 17, 2013

I wrote this blog post on 11 July 2012 while I was in Fiji.  I never published it.  It’s just one among others I’ve either never published or haven’t gotten around to completing.  Hope you enjoy it.

“Be an empty cup.”

Chinese Proverb

A few nights back as I was Read more…

How Evangelists are like Salesman

January 11, 2013

I think too often people get the idea that evangelists are like salesmen.  I used to really hate that idea, but it’s growing on me.  I want to tell you today that the comparison is absolutely TRUE!! (from a certain perspective of course)

Before we do anything, let’s look at why we hate salesmen. Read more…

January 10, 2013

I was reading this today and thought it was brilliant.

John goes on to say that the word was with God.  What does he mean by that?  He means that always there has been the closest connection between the word and God.  Let us put that in another and a simpler way—there has always been the most intimate connection between Jesus and God.  That means no one can tell us what God is like, what God’s will is for us, what God’s love and heart and mind are like, as Jesus can… Let us use very human language because it is the only language we can use.  John is saying that Jesus is so intimate with God that God has no secrets from him; and that, therefore, Jesus is the one person in all the univers who can reveal to us what God is like and how God feels towards us.

William Barclay, The Gospel of John vol. 1, on John 1:1,2

If you want to know what God’s really like, whether he’s angry at you or whether he cares for you, read about what Jesus was like.  How did he treat people?  What kinds of things did he say?  Find out what Jesus stands for and find out what God stands for.

Kind of Like Walking a Dog

January 9, 2013

This evening as I was walking my parent’s dog Daisy (the sweetest, softest, fluffiest, awesomest dog ever) I caught a little revelation.

I’ve been walking her since I returned from Mozambique, something I don’t usually do very often.  The more I walk her, the more she comes to understand how I like her to behave.  The first couple times I walked her, she was pulling on the leash and darting after all kinds of things.  It would take some pretty sharp tugs and stern verbal commands to get her back in line.  This evening though, she started getting a feel for how Read more…

Missing God for the Hard and the Heroic

September 10, 2012

But his servants caught up with him and said, “Father, if the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroicwouldn’t you have done it?  So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?”

-2 Kings 5:13 (The Message)

Naaman was a classy guy.  He was a successful general, had servants, was buddies with his king, and was a hero to his people.  Like anyone, he was susceptible to skin disease.  Somehow he contracted leprosy.  His servant girl told him about a prophet in Israel who could cure him of this incurable disease.  Someone who could do the impossible.  His buddy the king of Aram writes him a hall pass so he can visit Israel and visit the prophet.  When he gets there, the prophet Elisha’s house, Elisha sends his servant out to give him instructions.  Go wash 7 times in the Jordan river.  At that point, Naaman begins to think he might contract more than just leprosy from that cesspool, is deeply offended, and decides Read more…

Fun Random Road Trip Pictures

August 20, 2012

On trips I usually run across things that make me smile, chuckle or laugh out loud.  Here are some of them.  It being my culture and all, North America is much more difficult to find funny images in.  I apologize for their lack of vibrancy.

High desert was flooded, and still well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Rip Curl cloud… or jumping dolphin. Read more…