Saturday, April 23, 2005

Blue, like kick me in the arse!

So I'm currently reading Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. This guy is a great writer. He kind of reminds me of David Sedaris with his story-telling ability.

A few great thoughts from the early chapters:

* The problem is not culture, other people and their morals...The problem is me. I'm self-serving and care more about being entertained than I do about justice. (This was what Miller wrote, but it is certainly also true of myself and most people I know).

* Some of the largest indictments of the church in America are the lack of love for the oppressed and questioning, and its shame about God. I'm going to withhold my opinion here for a while, but man the church needs to start loving people and caring about justice like God does.

More to come later on marriage, celibacy, and memorization of scripture.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

This is a young buck by the name of Gabriel Miller. Man, kids are cool. Posted by Hello

Fighting City Hall through City Hall

I've been struggling with the new craze of blogging lately in our nation. The "about me" culture that is prevalent and encouraged in our society has great potential of removing us from community and reality. So I'm going to try to make this about something transcendent beyond, "today I went to work and then I had to do homework. I also had to pay taxes. That's just not fair!" My promise, to you the reader is to avoid this as much as possible.

So I also need to apologize in advance and ask your forgiveness for some of my crassness, in addition to my pride. I struggle with it (like everyone), but I have a particularly difficult time with it. Anyhow, I'll get back to some issues later that might be good for discussion.