Saturday, November 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I remember when I first saw the movie, "The Exorcist." I still believe it to be the most horrifying movie ever made for numerous reasons. I didn't sleep for days after seeing it and watching it today, it still gives me the creeps and makes me sweat. For our generation, those types of outlandishly made movies had a sense of realism if you believe in the supernatural and it is that sense that scares the stuffing out of us.
(Note: It was hard for me to even post that picture to the right.)
But kids don't find "The Exorcist" so scary and it befuddles me. My teen daughters actually laughed at the movie, considering it humorous. Yes, you read that right...humorous. Of course, these are the same teen daughters who consider sampled music with thunderous bass to be "good music," mind you.
Kids are weird. Kids who don't find that movie scary are super weird. That is all. Tip your waitress.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
1. Going to South America for a month.
2. Spending a month working in your community.
For most of us, the inclination is to jump at the opportunity to see South America, experience new culture, new cuisine, perhaps even some beaches and sunshine. It simply appeals to hedonist side, our desire to enjoy ourselves.
Missions work for a lot of faith communities promote travel to exotic locations and the work is always worthwhile. Meeting need, regardless of the geographical location is absolutely necessary as part of the faith experience. Yet, it does make one wonder why more efforts aren't pushed in our local communities. Certainly there are people within our reach, close by who need a helping hand or even a visit just to check on them. But that isn't as "sexy," as appealing to the wayfarer spirit within us.
Don't take this the wrong way - I do believe that mission trips to far off lands has value and particularly so when humanitarian aid is provided. However, I believe that there is a mission field ripe for the picking within our own communities. We are to help the "least among us," and those are individuals who are right in our own neighborhoods. It could be the elderly shut-ins, it could be the single mom or dad down the street, it could be the new family in town, it could be someone with whom we work...getting the picture?
We can do a better job of helping those around us. We live in the greatest country in the world, with the most giving and caring people in the world and much of that reason is because of the influence of faith in our daily lives. We don't have to be all "preachy," just caring. We can do it, and we should do it. Faith communities should spend more time meeting need, and less time involved in politics.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mashable today, there is a new iPhone app in town that can, and will, break it down for you.
From the story:
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