Monday, April 30, 2012

My friend from long ago wrote this on April 25th this year,

"One of the greatest spiritual writers of our time, Henri Nouwen, brought attention to Lies we often listen to and let define us. Drawing from the temptations of Christ, Nouwen illuminates that we too are tempted to define ourselves by 1) What we have, 2) What we do, and 3) What other people say about us. If we live these lies, we are subject to doing more harm than good. We exploit people and the entire created world without realizing it. Yes, even in our good intentions".

I'm struggling with where I think I should be as opposed to where I am right now.  But where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.  I am forced to reexamine my wants vs. my needs.  I have everything I need right now to be perfectly happy.  I am loved. I have nourishment.  I have employment. I am healthy.  I have the sunshine.  I have silence.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

I've never been a fan of this particular school at all, even when I was a conservative.  Bob Jones is a fundamental Christian university in South Carolina that is known in Christian circles for their ultra conservatism.  I knew people who went there in the early 90's when you couldn't walk alone with a member of the opposite sex in public unless you were 18 inches apart.  This video doesn't really tell the whole story though.

Kudos to to him for standing up for what is right.  This kid had to know what he was getting into when he entered Bob Jones.  However, growing up conservative like this, it was an evolution and a slow liberation from that thinking as I struck out on my own as well.  Perhaps the same is happening to him. I wish him the best!