Friday, September 30, 2005

Searching For the Spiritual

In thinking about the launch of Cascade Hills I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis.

"[L]et us beware of the ambiguity in the word spiritual. There are many New Testament contexts in which it means 'pertaining to the (Holy) Spirit,' and in such contexts the spiritual is, by definition, good. But when spiritual is used simply as the opposite of corporeal, or instinctive, or animal, this is not so. There is spiritual evil as well as spiritual good. There are unholy, as well as holy, angels. The worst of sins of men are spiritual. We must not think that in finding [something] to be spiritual we have found it to be in itself holy or inerrant."

~ C.S. Lewis The Four Loves

Lewis was talking about "Friendship love" as an idea, with my addition of "something" in brackets, but I think it applies to, and that he is also talking about anything of a "spiritual" nature not pertaining to the Holy Spirit.

Because something is spiritual does not mean that it is good or bad. I have heard too many stories of people that I respect talking about their interactions with demon possession and with other spiritual warfare to take these things lightly. I have experienced personally evil spirits and Satan working against the work of Cascade Hills, the work of Kairos Church Planting Support and other church plants already. The Enemy is waiting to find ways to attack, and the dangers of "spiritual" things apart from God may lead someone in the opposite direction than they thought they were going. We have been given the Word through Christ, so we should powerfully share it in love with everyone.

It is my prayer that at Cascade Hills we seek God for all protection and strength that He will deflect all arrows from the Enemy and the love of Christ will be evident in our lives.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Techno A Cappella

I was bored the past couple of days (especially today with Kori being in Portland) so I was recording some stuff on my G5 (which is what I got it for in the first place, so I might as well get my money's worth). If you are a fan of Techno/Dance music and/or A Cappella music, then you might like this. All sounds are vocally produced by me.

A Cappella Techno

Friday, September 16, 2005

Inventor Denies Using Dead Cats For Fuel

For those that don't like cats, there may be a use for them after all.

There is an inventor who has created a biodiesel fuel using garbage. People are having doubts after a paper wrote that he is using dead cats as part of the mixture.

“I use paper, plastics, textiles and rubbish,” Koch told Reuters.

“It’s an alternative fuel that is friendly for the environment. But it’s complete nonsense to suggest dead cats. I’ve never used cats and would never think of that. At most the odd toad may have jumped in.”

Bild on Tuesday wrote a headline: “German inventor can turn cats into fuel -- for a tank he needs 20 cats.” The paper on Wednesday followed up with a story entitled: “Can you really make fuel out of cats?”
Here's the whole article:
Inventor denies using dead cats for fuel

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Intellectual Stimuli

Where do you find your inspiration to write?

Due to lack of an intellectual stumulus of any kind (or at least perceived lack of such), I feel like I haven't had anything important to say here. After sulking and giving energies to other things, I remembered the whole purpose of this blog, and with the viewing of many others' blogs with the equivalent of email forwards and some missing posts for months, I felt better about myself and the content I send into cyberspace.

I also found some great nuggets of thought-provoking goodness in a book I had dropped several months ago and just picked back up. Here is one talking about Jesus:

"He was not at all like the psychological picture of the integrated, balanced, adjusted, happily married, employed, popular citizen. You can't really be very well 'adjusted' to your world if it says you 'have the devil' and ends by nailing you up naked to a stake of wood."

~ C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)
What Lewis was trying to explain just before this is that things such as greed, egotism, etc. are just as normal in people as physical maladies. They are "natural" to all of us, and there is only One in whom these things were absent. I'm all for speaking the language of the culture, but perhaps not being well adjusted might not be so bad. That is, of course, unless you're just plain looney.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Words On Rescue

I have been out of town in Cannon Beach the past week and some crazy things have been happening. First of all, my month of returning to run sound for Rescue is now over, however while away I have been trying to keep up with the happenings down in the Gulf Coast and the rescue efforts down there. It has made me think about what I have, how blessed I am, how fleeting these possesions are, and what I am to do with them. I have a friend who is more than likely going to be shipped down there in the next week or so to help with the efforts and regain some order. I also have another friend whose church in Memphis is taking in some of the refugees and helping them where they can with food and clothing. I pray we can each do our part to help hurting people.

In order to do my little part of helping out, any donations made here on my website will go straight to the relief efforts. I am still trying to figure out to what charity or how that will look, but rest assured it will all go there. Just click the button on the side and let's all do our best to help.