1. What was your most memorable
moment from the last week?
2. What one person touched
your life this week?
3. How have you helped
someone this week?
4. What one thing do you need to get done by this
time next week?
5. What one thing will you do over the next seven
days to make your world a better place?
Humans 'nearly impossible' to clone: study. This from National Post.
From John Adams site. Actually not too bad an ethical approach to life in general? Read the April 13 blog.After promoting netiquette for years it is a good observation that as we move into true community in the blogosphere it is important to read the thread to understand the heart of the matter. Wading in on conversations you have no history with is taboo in analog society and the same goes in the digital commons. We are our own gatekeepers and that means responsibility is key.
This is excerpted from a thoughtful and passionate post from Bene Diction on War Blogging (and blogging in general) and communication online.
"Blogs are a fantastic way to learn what other individuals are wrestling with. They can shock us. They can move us. They can help us understand that pretty basic language has nuanced meaning in another culture. They teach us about group think and individuality. They can help us wrestle with our thoughts and emotions and place. They can move us into asking new questions. They can prod us to prayer and growth."
I started blogging as a spiritual discipline but it has surprisingly led to insights about the evolving online possibilities of human interaction that intrigues me as an instructional designer and teacher and human being. Blogging is different than bulletin boards or usenet groups in that most of them contain posts that are much more conscientiously communicated than the precursors were. Community was possible in the old days- I was helped tremendously by a community related to Parkinson's support over ten years ago and the rule seems to be- passionately care about what you are communicating and if you are Christian always keep in mind this is a test and a trust that is God given. Write for an audience of One with a view towards opening the windows for others to partake if they wish.
On the madness of crowds. How do we monitor such possibilities in our culture? Precipitating from my studies of cognitive theory, I see this applying to the church AND the lost world. If most deluded people think they are being perfectly reasonable, how can they ever examine their own hearts? Only supernaturally, by the Holy Spirit, for the heart is deceitful above all things- who can know it? conversely, I think this is a case with sin- at its root, sinning against an all powerful, holy, righteous loving God is sheer madness- but how will you know if you are spiritually blind?
A ten on the pedagogical delights scale
The Mad Professor. For every budding mad professor, this super-secret lab manual contains recipes for icky slimes, zippy robots, edible geology, and other gizmos and experiments. These countertop science projects are educational, safe, and fun!
I thought about adding some links to this grisly Muslim festival but declined. The Satanic gets enough press already...News of the Weird would likely go offline if not for strange religious practices. I need humor.
Have you seen the Treasury of Deathless Quotes?
"God's restraint has a purpose,...Only in the agony of His absence, both in the absence of blessings and in the felt absence of His Presence, will we relax our determined grasp of our empty selves enough to appreciate His purposes." Larry Crabb quoted in a review of "Shattered Dreams".
I have contended that I have had real difficulty mouthing the words "Brokenness is what I long for...brokenness is what I need". I choke on them. I contend that I would rather seek to be(and that it is possible to be) a submissive, pliable lump of clay on the potter's wheel than dry greenware that has to be broken and ground to dust before it can be transformed. Could it be that keeping that pliable heart might mean we can appropriate the blessing of God without being burned in the fire? Someone said "you'll never know God is all you need till God is all you've GOT"... May it never be so! We can know the fire is hot, and it will surely sear our life as we are refined, but I wonder if we should dare pray for suffering and brokenness? Let's talk about it...
you alone rule The Earthıs your footstool
My Adonai- Lord of All, Lord of my life and Lord of the wherefore and
bend my knee And so I am free To finally do what is right
Anthony Foster from October 2, 2002
With one voice weıll sing one song
With one heart will lift one voice
With one mind we shall unite
Anthony Foster lyrics October 1, 2002 music done today
April 14, 2003 Rats... another investment opp missed.
April 14, 2003 Playing on Campus
Lunch break and a short blog- The Student Center dragged out the BBQ pit and the radio station (KCFV) is blaring Gospel Hip Hop which is so cool- my new window is open and it makes being inside on such a glorious day barely bearable...
This is from Let the Nations be Glad by Piper
Suffering deepens faith and holiness
This is helpful when pondering war.
For those who missed, here is the summary for next week.It includes the assignment guide to help you formulate a purpose statement. Rmrmber- these are not static- they will change as you change and grow in direct proportion to your growth.
I diverted the teaching of the book to what I see as a profound weakness in it- the absence of any mention of the promises Jesus made to believers who encounter the world on mission- suffering and persecution. Made for a Mission includes excerpts from Let the Nations be Glad and a couple of reviews of it as well.
The culture I am in is a culture of suffering. As I am more responsive to the leading of the spirit I see this ever more clearly. I think I have identified a mark of callousness in my attitude toward the struggles of humans in my world, and am comitted to ongoing purging and renewing of my mind in this sphere. The evangelical church has historically benn regarded as purveyors of pat answers to those who are suffering and distinguished itself as uncompassionate and irrelevant. The catholic church has done much better on this front, I would propose. So how can we construct a compassionate answer to the problem of pain and the problem of evil that will resonate with emerging generations?
Ultimately I find it a terrifying proposition that God is not in control of my suffering and pain. That would mean there is a sphjere beyond his control and I am at the mercy of a merciless world. I find it most comforting that nothing will touch me that He has not permitted.
Check out this alternate view "Blessings out of Tragedy" Written by John O'Keefe on theooze and we'll discuss it.
April 11, , 2003 Belated Friday Five
Answer the following five questions in your weblog or journal. Make sure you leave a comment here with a link to your post or just leave your answers in the comments section.
1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
Elton John or Eagles, can't remember timing.. Would have been ZZ Topp but somebody offered me 200 bucks for the ticket on the way in.
2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
Bruce Cockburn and JMT even after all these years, Chieftains, Secret Garden, Michael Card, Mary Fahl, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche.
3. What's your favorite song?
Lately "The Road That Will Take Us Home" by
4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Piano or Fiddle.
5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
Handel of course. Bach if he would speak English to me.
From the personal weblog of Anthony Foster @http://anthonyfoster.com/blog/