Monthly Archives: October 2012

Thursday Intermission

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Intermission. This is a groundbreaking day for BeaMuses. Today we explore a topic  so unusual for me that those who know me best would never guess I’d be doing this. But I shall forge ahead, breaking out of those preconceived notions that seek to define who I am.

Today’s video is about … football.

A link to an article about this story can be found here. It’s worth the read.

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Elections: A Wesleyan Approach

Election 2012

Election 2012 (Photo credit: League of Women Voters of California)

You may not be aware of it–I realize it’s difficult to keep up with these things–but in our country, at this very moment, there’s a presidential election going on. Who’d have guessed?

I realize you probably don’t want to read one more thing about the election. We’ve all been swamped with calls, commercials, articles, debates …

This is a very heated election year. Not everyone shares the same views. I’ve heard Christians from both sides who believe their view is the correct one from a biblical perspective. And yes, I have my own opinions, too.

However, as the season wears on (and on, and on), I do have something to share with you about all of this. Elections have always had the potential to be divisive. John Wesley, founder of Wesleyanism and the Methodist movement, addressed this issue in 1774. In his journal for  October 6, he wrote:

I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them,

1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy:

2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And

3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

Sometimes it’s hard to disagree in love. It can be difficult not to press one’s own opinion on others. Yet even in this election season, when spirits run high and many voices scream for attention, we have higher things to consider: How can we show Christ’s love in this world?

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Happy Friday!

English: Waterfall near Lepena, Slovenia Slove...

English: Waterfall near Lepena, Slovenia Slovenščina: Slap, Lepena, Slovenija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Friday—traditionally the most popular day of the week for many people. It’s the end of the workweek, the day of release from the “have-to,” when people lean in and embrace the “want-to.” It’s a day of anticipation, of excitement stirring, of looking forward with happiness.

Friday is the launching pad into the weekend, when parties and trips and rest happen.

What adventures will the weekend hold?

You know, the Bible talks about this—about the kind of life in which people experience, not just rest, but a sense of adventure. Where people can live with purpose and excitement, eager to see what the new day might bring.  It’s a new kind of life: “life in the Spirit,” it’s called; or a life filled with a “spring of living water.”

God’s kind of life is a life that is abundant, one that overflows the bounds we tend to put on life.

How do we find this kind of life? Paradoxically enough, we gain by giving.

We give our lives in submission to Christ.

We give our time in helping others, whether in words or in silence, in actions or in rest.

We give our talents in use for the Kingdom.

We give our words to encourage, to comfort, to heal.

We give our possessions or money for causes that are just.

Whether you’re working for the cause of justice for the oppressed, trying to help get clean water to those who need it, or simply giving the next person in line behind you at the store a bottle of soda and an encouraging word, when you’re living in God’s Kingdom, life has its adventures.

Want to be a Friday person all the time? Look for the adventures God has for you.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water [from the well] will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

–John 4:13-14, The Message

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome!

Today we see why, if I lived in Thailand, I’d be watching the commercials. Not the shows, necessarily … but the commercials? Yes.

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That’s My King!

I’ve got a midterm this evening, in a class on the gospels. The things we’re studying are interesting–but there’s an overwhelming amount of material. And somehow, in between differentiating times and authors and audiences and theological distinctives and so on, I didn’t get as far as writing a blog post.

So I thought that for today, I’d share a video about the God who’s the focus of the class, and of this blog. Enjoy.

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Thursday Intermission

Thanks for joining me for Cloak-and-Dagger Thursday! I mean, Thursday Intermission — time for a break from the busyness of the week. Today we’re breaking out of the norm and taking a  slightly different approach. I hope you can handle the suspense!

Music? Check. Mechanics? Check. Programming? Check. Both of my sons appreciate this video featuring flying quadrotors performing the James Bond theme.

Of course, you shouldn’t get too into the theme today. I mean, using a  freeze ray in the coffee shop is clearly out of bounds.

Probably.

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Like a Duck Takes to … Well, You Know

These ducks are discovering water for the first time.

Rescued from a woman who was hoarding birds, the ducks had lived in pens without access to water or proper nutrition. Eventually, the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary was able to rescue the birds (among over 130 of various kinds).

The Sanctuary nursed them back to health, and now we can watch these newly rehabilitated ducks learn to swim. They’re a little confused at first, but eventually they get the idea.

I’m glad they finally got it! And I’m glad the people persevered. When herding the ducks didn’t work,  they took the tough love approach and simply tossed them into the water. And you could see the ducks finally figuring it out: “Hey! This isn’t so bad after all! In fact, it’s pretty great!” They were finding out what they were made for.

As I watched this, I wondered: How many of us are like the ducks? We’ve let our circumstances, other people’s expectations of us, our own expectations of ourselves or of what life should be like keep us locked away from what we were meant to be and to become. We’ve let the person we’ve become dictate who we will be. And while sometimes that’s awesome … sometimes it isn’t.

Christ came to bring us salvation. He came to unlock a new Kingdom for us. I believe part of that involves unlocking who we were created to be. As we do that, we become more fully alive.

Are there things that are holding you back from doing or being what you were made for? Sins, others’ expectations, the expectations we place upon ourselves … sometimes we need to examine those things to see what might be holding us back from living a more fulfilled, life-filled, life.

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