December 30, 2011
For the past few months I’ve toyed with the idea of collating the best of what I see each week. I really enjoy sharing resources and regularly post links, quotes, and thoughts on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. But I’ve been thinking that perhaps it would be good to collect the best of those each week into a post that my friends could take a look at as they please. With that in mind, “open eyes, open mind” was born.
I’m convinced that there’s that of God all around us…ideas that provoke and prod, bring joy and hope, and spur us onward. So I’m going to try sharing things that have made me think, laugh, cry or consider over the past week each Friday (or Saturday) here on my blog. It’ll be a downloadable PDF with live links to each item. All I ask is that if something causes you to pause, smile, reflect, or reconsider that you leave a comment, thought or question so that we might engage in conversation. Here’s the inaugural one, which I’m labeling as 2012, issue negative one, seeing as we’re not quite into the new year yet. Enjoy!
December 23, 2011
A couple nights ago, I had the privilege of hosting a reflective prayer path at my house (here was the Facebook invite). We had a great turnout & people seemed to really appreciate some time to slow down, pause, and consider the presence of Hope in the advent season. I thought I’d post the guide from the night for those of you who couldn’t make it. Enjoy!
Welcome & Overview
Christmas Take Home Letter (from final station)
September 23, 2010
Most of you know that I’m currently working on my Masters of Divinity. While I love the cohort that I’m having discussions with, I’d love for some of those conversations to be continued in a larger forum, so occasionally this year I’m hoping to repost some of my thoughts here for your reflection and interaction. Enjoy!
Magnetic Chess - Opposites Attract by johnthurm, on Flickr
This past week we had a discussion on orthodoxy (right belief) and orthopraxy (right action) and how/if they interact. We read a variety of articles that I reference…hopefully the essence is still conveyed even though you’ll be missing some of the context.
Question: Can we really do without orthodoxy or orthopraxy? If not, what is their relationship? If we can, what would that look like? Read the rest of this entry »
March 15, 2009
this past weekend i accomplished the following tasks:
-cleaned my bathroom
-cleaned the dining room
-caught the dishes up
-cleaned out my car
and, in the past week, i’ve knocked my email inbox from 430ish down to 284 (still a long ways to go to my goal of 90, but well on my way). and cleaned out several storage rooms at First Friends.
while the person who randomly stumbles across my office (yet to be cleaned) might not realize it, i enjoy organization. there’s something about sorting through things and bringing order to chaos that’s strangely satisfying.
but why should you care about my cleaning habits (unless you’re single, female, & looking for an amicable guy)? well, because the virtue of sorting things out applies to our souls as much as it does to our spaces.
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February 20, 2009
i have spent a lot of time in my life researching pornography. first as a (seemingly) hopelessly addicted consumer and now as a porn crusader of sorts, bringing what little illumination i can to the dark (but ever-brightening) paths that lead to a sun-drenched freedom.
so when it was published today that researchers at Princeton had determined that young men objectify women in bikini’s, i can’t say i was particularly surprised. but i was interested. it turns out that when men look at images of scantily clad women, their “brain areas associated with handling tools and the intention to perform actions” are activated. my translation of this is that in some sense women lose the “imago dei” that we’ve all been infused with and become merely steps along a path to self-centered personal pleasure. Read the rest of this entry »