Africa related…

May 30, 2007

interesting article on athletes/celebrities and justice issues:

i think the author ignores some of the good stories that are out there (like Don Cheadle’s work with Sudan, or Joey Cheek, the US Speedskater who donated the money he won from gold medals at the Olympics last year to refugees in Darfur). But I also think that she has a point about professional athletes. It’s not fair to make any blanket statements saying they’re not doing anything (Lebron James even has an annual bike-a-thon in Akron to help out needy kids), but they could use their platform more.


in other Africa related news, President Bush announced his plans to extend PEPFAR for another 5 years and $15 billion dollars. definitely not a paltry sum. also definitely not pulling the end of the load that we ought to as one of the wealthiest nations in the world. he makes many claims about how this is the biggest gift ever…which it better be, seeing as we control over a quarter of the world’s economy in one country. at least it’s something?



May 28, 2007

signs that i’m beyond being young…

my memorial day morning/afternoon was spent accomplishing the following tasks at my house:
-putting felt pads on the dining room chairs so they don’t mark up the floor
-disassembling and reassembling the gutter drain on the side of my house to fix a clog
-taking the front door off it’s hinges and recutting it so it wouldn’t stick
-tarring the three exposed nails left on my roofing job from last weekend
-cleaning out my garage and tidying it up after it became a mess from above mentioned roofing job
-cleaning my room
-doing my laundry

i have a house. i spend my free time working on it.

what have i become?!

May 28, 2007

the things we do can feel of emptiness
when who we are is questioned.


May 24, 2007

a composition being made up of small, often diverse pieces of a medium to create a greater picture.

i’ve been at CCO Spring Institute this week at Geneva College in PA. it’s been both very refreshing and good as well as rather difficult and stressful. it’s been good for a variety of reasons…community, encouragement, times of rest, being away. it’s been difficult for a number of reasons as well. and all of these pieces have formed a week that will surely leave an impression on me.

tonight we were encouraged to think of our lives as a mosaic…of all the pieces and parts that come together to make up the whole. and it was a picture that struck me. most pieces in a mosaic are broken…broken and then made to be a part of a whole. and i feel like this reflects my life, more often than not. there’s more pieces that are broken and the hope is that somehow these broken bits will be woven together to create something worthwhile. but that’s frustrating to walk through at times. or there are those times when it seems your broken pieces have sharper edges than usual.

but they are, nonetheless, forming a greater picture together, aren’t they?



May 15, 2007

White House taps general as ‘war czar’

This headline was on CNN today.

What kind of sad country do we live in that we have to have a “war czar”? We’ve got too much war for our system to handle, so we have to appoint someone just to oversee our various warish efforts.



May 10, 2007

Derek Webb’s not so new album (he just came out with a new one, but this one’s really not that old), Mockingbird is a scathing reprimand to modern evangelical Christianity. and rightly so. sometimes i feel like there’s more wrong with the church today than there is right. and while i know that’s a broad overstatement, that a statement can even be made in that direction does indicate that there’s something wrong and it’s not worth ignoring. anyway…these lyrics really struck me today:

don’t teach me about politics and government
just tell me who to vote for
don’t teach me about truth and beauty
just label my music
don’t teach me how to live like a free man
just give me a new law

i don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me

i want a new law
i want a new law
gimme that new law

don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
i prefer a shot of grape juice
don’t teach me about loving my enemies
don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
just give me a new law

what’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
for one you can that cannot get you anything
do not be afraid

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