...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily final.
Iris Chang, a best-selling author who chronicled the
Japanese occupation of China and the history of Chinese immigrants in
the United States, was found dead in her car of a self-inflicted gunshot,
authorities said Wednesday. She was 36.
One friend observed that she was so depressed from the focus on her work highlighting the atrocities of torture and abominable evil of human to human, she gave up on life.
November 11, 2004 Fetal Footprint
My take- the church is built on a Rock- it is laid on the immovable and sure foundation that never shifts. The metaphor of being all things to all men doean't seem to fit this notion. The fountain flows from the Rock. the flow goes where it will, but the rock never shifts- maybe we all need to learn this together?
The Seven Wonders ...
A group of students were asked to list what they thought
were the present day 'Seven Wonders of the World.' Though there were some
disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt's Great
Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Panama Canal 5.Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica 7. China's Great Wall While gathering the votes,
the teacher noticed that one student had not finished her paper yet. So
she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied,"Yes,
a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."
The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help."
Found at http://sunfields.blogs.com/ 5.50 a month for a gig of storage space!
You won't find Lewis mentioned on the National Public Radio site- check it out...
Born Again Christians Were a Significant Factor in President Bush's Re-Election
November 9, 2004 (Ventura, CA) -
Most of President Bush's supporters did at least two things during the first week of November: they voted to re-elect the President and they went to church. The acclaimed "values voters" turned out in huge numbers on Election Day to support the incumbent and thereby prevent a replay of the 2000 cliffhanger outcome. Had it not been for the unusually high turnout among voters driven by religious convictions, the results might have been different, according to a new nationwide survey by The Barna Group.
According to Variety, George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh are producing a 10-hour project for FX that will explore spiritual and moral issues surrounding the Ten Commandments. The project will be set in modern times, and each one-hour episode will be helmed by a different director, TV Guide reports
Prof Fired for Conservative Views Seeks Damages, Reinstatement
Jim Brown and Jenni Parker, AgapePress
A former professor at a New York community college claims he was fired because of his conservative political and religious beliefs. Dr. Michael Filozof has filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, alleging liberal members of the school's Political Science Department waged a campaign of harassment and ridicule against him. According to Filozof's representative, attorney Nelson Thomas, his client's support of President George W. Bush and the Iraq War sealed his fate. The lawyer says the official argument that the school gave for letting the instructor go "was that he was not a good citizen and he was philosophically conservative." Meanwhile, Thomas says, "In the evaluations that he received from the college -- even the ones in which he was terminated -- they went through what a wonderful teacher he was, how well respected he was by all members of the student body, including Democratic students in his class." However, the attorney notes that the otherwise widespread appreciation of Filozof was not shared by the political science department at Monroe Community College, which he says clearly does not value ideological diversity in earnest. The former MCC faculty member alleges his constitutional rights were violated. Thomas is seeking all damages available to Filozof, including his lost wages, and is asking the court to order that his client be reinstated at the college.
Sierra Leone: A Village Called "There Is No God"
When native missionaries in Sierra Leone were searching out areas in need of the gospel, they came across a rural village whose name, when translated, means "there is no God." Stricken by the hopelessness such a name implies, they immediately made plans to take the message of Christ to this isolated community. The village is in a northern province of Sierra Leone that has become an Islamic stronghold. Those who are not Muslims practice occultism, consulting juju gods and living in constant fear of evil spirits. This particular village was known throughout its district for its terrible name. Native missionaries visited the village to build relationships with the chief and elders. God blessed them with favor, and chiefs gave the missionaries permission to start gospel work. Missionaries are using a holistic approach to evangelism, bringing physical aid to this poverty- stricken community in the name of Christ, thus opening people's hearts to His truth. The community has asked the missionaries to take over the village school, which was suffering desperately from lack of leadership. Now, the new generation in a village called "there is no God" will hear His gospel. The missionaries face many obstacles in their work. Native gospel workers are determined to give this village a new name by the power of Christ.
There is a way that seemeth right to a Man
A Portuguese shepherd took up arms in despair after he bartered 15 goats and 2,500 euros (3,000 dollars) in exchange for a young new wife, who never turned up, a newspaper reported.
No Brainer: Reverse Mentoring
The idea of one anotherness- allelon- demands we learn from and are accountable to each other in a synergystic body of believers who have vital interrelationships based on our unity and identification IN One Lord, One Faith and One baptism. Mentoring is borrowed from a world view that is distinctly capitalist and only overlaps Christian principles in select areas.
November 11, 2004 I am back...
My spam is at over 1000 after the 5 day trip even with
deleting several hundred at the conference. I learned about the next internet
telephony communications nemesis at the conference : "SPIT"
The characters are loosely reminiscent of a Fantastic Four with powers swapped around- remember Mr Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Thing, Human Torch?... but much funnier, as the main character is dealing with a middle-age crisis that is more dangerous than the villains he has encountered.
The plot follows the misadventures of a family of former superheroes rediscovering the true source of their powers -- in one another. Mr. Incredible (Bob Paar) fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis until he started getting sued for trouble and was forced into retirement by the government. Fifteen years later, he and his wife Helen (the former Elastigirl) struggle to maintain "normal" civilian identities and have been relocated to the burbs by the government.
Bob now fights boredom in his job and a bulging waistline while reminiscing and eventally moonlighting as a covert superhero. Brad Bird is a GREAT storyteller, and ultimately that is what it takes to make a great movie.
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