Archivos Mensuales: septiembre 2005

Top 5 Name Generators

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Human Ignorance and Social Engineering

 The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson in humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men’s fatal striving to control society’s striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals.

Very relevant for today!

The Cruelty of Life’s “What If’s”…..

 Won’t you agree with me, that many times, life’s "what if’s" are cruel? I mean…you ponder the possibilities, and yet, are left with an empty helplessness of things that "could’a, should’a, would’a"….

I mean, what is the purpose of these "what if’s"? Is there a lesson to glean from missed opportunities, unnoticed signs and split second points of no return? When the road splits in two, and you take one road, and leave the other do you weigh the cost of opportunity?

Funny how things work out….both things that you regret and those that you don’t but know they were a definite possibility. And yet, as Dr. Ian Malcom said in Jurassic Park…"life finds a way", and we are subject to God’s merciful sovereignty.

I probably will continue struggling with these questions for some time…and probably will never find an answer…I can just trust that all things in the end, have, are and will continue to work for good, for those of us who abide in Him.

A call to action!

 "Preach the gospel at all times and, when necessary, use words." St. Francis of Assisi

What a tremendous challenge from times of old, to be doers, and not just talkers, thinkers or hearers. Let us be active beacons of light, powerful flavor changing salt, and overall, overflowing springs of God’s love to this broken world.

What does the Gospel smell like?

 Because of my job, I deal a lot with fragrances. I have even taken a course on them and have been complimented with having a "good nose".
This background, has led me to further reflect on 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, a passage that speaks of us being a "fragrance" unto God and unto others…for some, a fragrance of life, and to others, of death. This has made me wonder…what does the Gospel smell like? How can we identify this fragrance Scripture speaks about…
In the fragrance world, any given fragrance has 3 parts…the "fragrance pyramid". The "top" of the fragrance is what you are able to smell right a way…what identifies the name of the fragrance. The second part is the "body" of the fragrance, which is what stays with you, and the third part, the "base" is what makes the fragrance stay and last for a long time. What would be the 3 parts of the "fragrance of the Gospel"?

Prayer: A Movement For the Community

 One Jewish scholar states it this way:

Prayer that isolates us–prayer that leads us to believe that we need only ourselves and God, and have no no need for other human beings and no obligations to them; prayer that regards the community and its needs as unimportant–is destructive prayer.–Reuven Hammer

Pragmatic, baby-boomer, program-oriented church communities typically spend more time "doing programs" than coming together to pray with and for each other. What would a community of Jesus followers look like if it was a community steeped in prayer?

If Jesus followers in high school and college spent much time in prayer for themselves, for one another, and life on their campuses what would life look like?

I wonder how much of most Christian’s struggle with loneliness is a result of western, individualistic Christianity?

My friend Anthony posted this great reflection on his personal blog:

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