Monthly Archives: January 2006

Willard states… “We automatically remember what makes a real difference in our life. The secret of the great teacher is to speak words, to foster experiences, that impact the active flow of the hearers’s life.”

… “By showing to others the presence of the kingdom in the concrete details of our shared existence, we impact the lives and hearts of our hearers, not just their heads. And they won’t have to write it down to hold on to it.” (p. 114)

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Stereotypes cont. and meaning cont.

My buddy Mark found the BBC transcript of the broadcast I heard which got me thinking about the Roma and stereotypes

Also, somehow, a webpage was added as a comment to my post about meaning… I checked it out… it is interesting… I would love to have heard Francis Schaeffer converse with keepers of this website… His book, How Should We then Live? gives some great answers to the propositions on the site…

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Dr. King part 2

A friend sent me a link to a website run by Prison Fellowhip. I think the article about Dr. King is worth the time to read…

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Martin Luther King and the meaning of life

In chapel as part of my talk yesterday about the meaning of life, I read excerpts from King’s “I Have a Dream” speach. I found this speech powerful. I found a website that has the audio on line and was moved by its power… (I’m not linking ‘cuz the audio was not so good and the feed kept stopping to buffer – if you kow a better site that really works you could give it to us in a comment). My point in chapel was that life does indeed have meaning. So I would ask this of you… what would you answer to a person who asked you what is the meaning of life…??? hmmmmm? perhaps we can see an interesting comment or two…

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I, too, have been tagged…

My friend J.R. tagged me for a little blogging confession: fessin’ up to five guilty pleasures.
The rules: Write about five guilty pleasures. In the end, you need to choose people to be tagged and list their names…

1. making the coffee stronger than most people like it…

2. listening to Liszt Ferenc every day…

3. writing every quotable quote I read in my Palm…

4. blogging…

5. hamburgers from ‘five guys’ and and fried chicken from ‘wayside’…

TAG! you’re it – Mark, Laci and Arden – now it’s your turn for ‘blogging’ confession

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HOW we can stop acting on stereotypes

this morning I was listening to the BBC and heard an interesting report on the Roma in Hungary… the Roma are a people group who migrated (according to some) from India nearly a millennia ago and they are usually refered to as ‘Gypsies’…

according to the reporter seven percent of Hungary’s population is Roma… once, a friend and I were driving through a large central city and he commented that it had a large enough contingent of Roma that they held two seats in parliment (I never checked this out, it was a decade ago)… the Roma get a hard time from Europeans in general, just type ‘Roma’ in the BBC search engine and look at the headlines you get… in an English camp in Central Europe (CE) once, a student told me that his people looked upon the Roma the way Americans look upon African-Americans, I challenged his gross over-generalization, but unfortunately, his point was taken… sadly, I understood…

so a friend asked me recently about social issues that need to be addressed in CE: I would respond that the problem of homeless kids is really close to my heart… but, getting people to develop world views that are not based on prejudice would be number two… Jesus wanted this, he taught us to cut through the traditions (from which much prejudice originates), and even the Mosaic Law, through the Decalogue to the heart of the Shema, to which he added the love of neighbor… Willard comments this way about that… “But in God’s order nothing can substitute for loving people. And we define who our neighbor is by our love. We make a neighbor of someone by caring for him or her.” (p. 111) last night I saw the recent film about the revenge sought by Israel for the killing of the Olympic athletes… while I do not agree completely with the worldview that some say the maker of the film is putting forth, there is really something to say for looking beyond the racial and historical hatred that makes one group hate another…

all are our neighbors, all are the image bearers of God, all need an introduction to their Image Giver… THEN we will be able to stop acting on stereotypes…

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