A sermon by Donald Miller at Mars Hill Church on November 11.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
That is why true patriots will welcome prophetic critiques of our government - because they can help America become its most righteous and most just self. Conversely, the true patriot will reject uncritical abdications of our prophetic responsibility to make our nation its best self that are expressed in such slogans as "America - love it or leave it" and "Criticism of our government equals support for our enemies." To the degree that patriotism causes division and enmity between God's children, it is in opposition to the gospel, pure and simple. But when patriotism seeks to silence prophetic criticism, it is more than oppositional; it is idolatrous, because by following its own beliefs, judgments, and interests rather than the prophetic mandate, it makes an idol of them.
Praise the Lord and Pass the Patriotism
Friday, November 23, 2007
This looks promising. The entire cast of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 are launching a web project called Cinematic Titanic. There aren't too many details online yet, but there is a blog and a mailing list.
Monday, November 19, 2007
In an interview Ray Bradbury was asked about video games. This is his response:
What about video games? If young Ray Bradbury from 1940 were here today, would he play video games where a person can experience a simulation of space travel?
That's male ego crap. I never cared for pinball games when I was 18 or 19. Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that. On occasion? Sure. As relaxation? Great. But not full time and a lot of people are doing that. And while they're doing that, I'll go ahead and write another novel.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Before I moved to Singapore, I had only been able to meet two Singaporeans. One was a Singaporean exchange student to Japan that I met while attending the Japan America Student Conference, and the other was a journalism student named Laura Chia that I briefly lived with for a summer in the Christian Campus House of Mizzou.
Ever since I moved to Singapore two and a half years ago, I've been trying off and on to find "that Singaporean I used to know from CCH." The island's pretty small, so I'd occasionally ask Singaporean friends if they knew anyone named Laura that studied journalism in Missouri. Nobody knew. When I first moved here, I sent a few e-mails to old CCHers, but nobody could recall.
Today I finally received an e-mail that allowed me to locate Laura. She currently is living as a pseudo-public figure. She's got her own "Missouri School of Journalism- Profiles of Success" page. You probably have heard of what she does, but you've never heard of her. She's still living in the states, and, of all things, she's a hotdogger who drives the Oscar-Meyer Wienermobile.
There's a chance that she won't even remember me, but maybe in the next three years I'll find her e-mail address.
University of Missouri- Profiles of Success
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
If you want to teach at a Christian school in Singapore or about a dozen other places in the world, I strongly recommend checking out this website. It is a Protestant organization that hires certified teachers with university degrees.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I know it is lousy journalism and rumor mongering, but The First Post has republished pictures and an e-mail by Htet Tay Za, the son of Burma's wealthiest tycoon. He is nineteen years old and attends a school here in Singapore.
Here is an excerpt:
[The] US bans us. We're still f******* cool in Singapore....
We're sitting on the whole Burmese GDP. We've got timber, gems and gas to be sold to other countries like Singapore, China, India and Russia.
My brother is rocking on his red brand-new Lamborghini with hot sexy Western chicks... and I need another Ferrari to rock on.
I'm sure a nation's elite always get a few privileges that the common people don't. But not only is this guy a spoiled brat, he knows he's a spoiled brat. No one with this attitude should be heir to a nation's natural resources. I hope the protesting Buddhist monks overthrow that government and the international community shuts down his whole family.
The First Post