Monday, February 28, 2005
It's a beautiful day in Azusa California. I'm about to go over to the Homework House to tutor my two gals Christina and Janet. I'm having a little trouble tutoring Christina in Math, I think we're on the same level.
Yesterday we ate some mean Middle Eastern food and went on a classic Glendora Sunday afternoon walk. I've been reading a lot these days.
For school I've been reading a lot about Globalization and Economics. You need to check out some of Noam Chomsky's writings.
And on the side I've been reading 'God's Politics' by Jim Wallis and 'Blue Like Jazz' by Donald Miller.
And I saw a film the other day, 'Wings of Desire' it's from Germany and it'd be worth seeing.
Yins take care and I'll email Uncle Eddie with a ling ling to our blog.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
p.s. in case you haven't noticed, wes is all over this blog
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Friday, February 25, 2005
Here is an excerpt from Dallas Willard's book Divine Conspiracy. I am reading this book for the second time, and reccommend it to all of you. His premise is that many "Christians" today do not take discipleship seriously and we view our faith only in terms of "where we are going to spend eternity". He goes on to explain that the heart of the gospel isn't eternity insurance but an invitation to partner with God here and now. for more click here
"My hope is to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him. Very few people today find Jesus interesting as a person or of vital relevance to the course of their actual lives. He is not generally regarded as a real life personality who deals with real-life issues, but is thought to be concerned with some feathery realm other than the one we must deal with, and must deal with now."
"[A]ctual discipleship or apprenticeship to Jesus is, in our day, no longer thought of as in any way essential to faith in him. It is regarded as a costly option, a spiritual luxury, or possibly even as an evasion. Why bother with discipleship, it is widely thought, or, for that matter, with a conversational relationship with God? Let us get on with what we have to do."
"This book, then, presents discipleship to Jesus as the very heart of the gospel. The eternal life that begins with confidence in Jesus is a life in His present kingdom, now on earth and available to all. So the message of and about him is specifically a gospel for our life now, not just for dying. It is about living now as his apprentice in kingdom living, not just as a consumer of his merits. Our future, however far we look, is a natural extension of the faith by which we live now and the life in which we now participate." -- from The Divine Conspiracy