February 18, 2007

goodness to the world

Jesus, when dealing with evil in people's lives would focus on calling them toward something rather than away from something. Instead of blatantly pointing out obvious errors (sins) he would rather show them how life could be. This was how he brought out the goodness in each person and in turn brought goodness to the world. That is another reason why so many people were initially attracted to him.

February 14, 2007

politics, peacemaking and war

first of all, I'm sorry for those whose hopes i let down on the title and the potential for wonderful alliteration.

perhaps the two sides of the coin are not always all the options. maybe we get caught up on thinking we know what is right and what is wrong and we miss out on the liberating, life giving, and better (screwed the alliteration again:) way...the third way. I am starting to see how Jesus and his teachings often presented this third way. A way to not vehemently oppose or support such radical, what seems 'black and white' issues that faced the people in that day. The third way was often the way to expose the evil while still allowing room for the evil to turn. A most difficult way which seems to be rooted in a deep love and respect for humanity, all humanity.

February 2, 2007


perhaps the greatest power next to love. for wonder prompts worship. and we were created for worship.

Stuff your eyes with wonder ... live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. -- Ray Bradbury