Thursday, February 24, 2005

No One Is Beyond the Reach of Christ

So I've been really busy, OK! Get off my back! I spent four hours today, five hours yesterday, three hours the day before editing ONE SONG for the new Witness album. That's just the past three days. That doesn't count the hours spent recording last weekend and the time I'd rather spend with my girlfriend than online posting to a bunch of weirdos.

But I digress...back onto the topic.

It was announced recently that the guitarist for Korn Brian Welch has decided to leave the group because he can no longer support the message the band portrays, because he has given his life to Jesus Christ. I can't say I'm the biggest metal fan, though I've been to two Metallica concerts and have enjoyed my fair share of metal, but I never thought Korn was all that good anyway. The reason I think this story is so interesting is because it tells so much about our culture. He is already being painted as a traitor to his fans and as a sellout to other beliefs. The other side of the story is that it shows the power of God to work in people's hearts and that no one is beyond His grace, regardless of the things they have done or said in the past or future.

38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Coffee May Decrease Chances of Liver Cancer

I knew there had to be something good about coffee besides keeping me awake. There apparently has been a study that shows that coffee may lower the risk of getting liver cancer. They say it has something to do with the caffiene. They did a study on mice previously by spiking skin cream with caffiene that it lowered the risk of skin cancer in them. This study on liver cancer was done on 90,000 Japanese people. Of course, drinking coffee probably also increases the chance of other types of cancer, but at least your liver will be healthy!

The healing effects of the Black Mistress.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Working Undercover For Christ

Last sunday at our worship gathering at Dwayne & Julie's apartment, Jason ended our wonderful encounter with a charge to put on our shoes and turn our cell phones back on and go out and talk to normal people (i.e. non-Christians).

For some reason I instantly got this picture in my head of going undercover. After being with all the "hoity toity" Christian people on sunday, I cover up the blinding glow that eminates from me with my grungy Columbia jacket and my nasty, grease-covered baseball cap in order to blend in with everyone else. The trick is to do my best to look like them and speak their language without sounding too much like a tourist. I then picture my job as a child of God, changed by the sacrificial blood of Jesus, encountering and engaging people enough to get close to them only to unzip and slightly pull open my outer facade in order to show them the glowing coolness that lies in secret beneath. Their reaction is not up to me, only that I show them. They may recoil in pain from squinted eyes, or gape in awe at the whiteness of the light they have never seen before.

I think my brother's got the right idea.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New Ideas

I told myself when I started this blog months ago that I would make the effort to post about once a week, or every other week just to keep the juices flowing, plus I really don't see the point of even having a blog if you have only a couple of posts. I mean, does anyone really want to hear your one opinion about a movie and your college football team without really knowing who or where the opinion is coming from?

After reading a blog entry from my brother about him wanting to write a book, it made me think about how much I would love to write a book. The only problem is that right now I can't think of one thing that would be new, novel, inspiring, or even somewhat interesting enough to write about. In fact, I have been so brain dead the past couple of weeks I haven't even been able to write a blog post.

This finally leads me to the point of this post: if you could write a book what would it be about? What topic do you care enough about or have enough mastery in the subject to compose an entire book on the subject? At this point in my life I honestly don't feel I have the knowledge or the skill to write an entire book that hasn't been written already or that would be interesting enough to any reader to make it worth taking the time to create it, but if I had to choose something, at the risk of killing a cat (watch "Surprise Dinner"), I would have to write about taking the Gospel to unloved people, and how the church as a whole hasn't done a very good job at being like Jesus, but how they have in fact been like the very people Jesus rebuked. Of course, I would try to do this in the most loving way possible as an example and at the risk of becoming even more hypocritical. This is what Cascade Hills is trying to do, and what I think a lot more of us need to hear.