Thursday, December 28, 2006

Barry Zito Signs With Giants

One Barry obviously wasn't good enough for the S.F. Giants. They signed Barry Zito for $126 million to add to their pitching. It makes me emphasize something I've said before: defense wins games, and in baseball pitching wins games. The A's seem to breed good pitching. I wonder what gem they'll find next, and if they'll ever get the complete package they had almost 20 years ago. A sad day in Oakland, but they might be moving anyway.

Barry Zito signs contract with Giants

Monday, December 25, 2006

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Am the Time Man of the Year

Time Person of the Year = Tim

And so are you if you are someone who created content in cyberspace. Apparently ANYTHING is considered relevant now as long as it's on the internet. This makes me think of a quote from a recent great movie:

"Oh, I'm real all right. Real enough to defeat you! And I did it without your precious gifts. Your oh-so-special powers. I'll give them heroics. I'll give them the most spectacular heroics the world has ever seen! And when I'm old and I've had my fun, I'll sell my inventions so that everyone can have powers. Everyone can be super! And when everyone's super...no one will be."
~ Syndrome from The Incredibles
So when you're posting on your blog, commenting on mine, visiting forums, uploading to YouTube, or linking to various other websites, you are taking away the powers of the Supers. This begs to ask the question, how do we gague what is truth in a world where truth can come from anywhere (including Time Magazine)?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Of Pigs And Pearls

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to lead a men's bible study at the predictable location known as Starbucks. The topic was one I came across while slogging through Dallas Willard's The Divine Conspiracy. In it, he takes a different approach to the passage in Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus says, "do not give dogs sacred things to eat, not try to get pigs to dine on pearls. For they will simply walk all over them and turn and take a bite out of you." (Matt. 7:6)

Here, we normally view the "dogs" and "pigs" as sinful or unchurched people, or whatever you want to call them, and the "pearl" is our salvation in the Christ. I don't think it's any coincidence that this is also referred to in another story as the "pearl of great price" for which a man sells everything he owns to obtain. Here is how Dallas Willard explins our traditional translation of this passage:

"The long-standard use of this verse is directly opposed to the spirit of Jesus and his teachings. That use suggests that we may have certain wonderful treasures, of truth and of service perhaps, that we could give to others. Perhaps the 'treasure' is the very gospel itself. But there are some who are not worthy of those treasures. We have to watch for such people. Normally they are thought of as people who will not accept our 'treasure' or would not use it rightly. They are the 'pigs or the 'dogs' in question. And we are not to waste our good things on these worthless or evil people." (p.228)
Does this understanding of this verse make you throw up in your mouth a little? It should. Willard suggests, as did I at our bible study, that in fact the pearl will be trod upon by pigs and not accepted not because the "treasure" or "pearl" is not worth anything, but because it is not helpful to them. In their eyes, it does not meet their needs, so instead they will bite you, for as Willard says, "you at least are edible".

What I tried to bring out in our study is the idea that forcing the "pearl" of the Kingdom on someone will not help them. Trying to force your beliefs on someone won't make them see its value. It is when you live the life that is blessed by the "treasure" that others will truly see its value and purpose working practically and wonderfully in you, for someone must see the value of the "pearl" before they are willing to go sell everything they own to purchase it. Otherwise, they hold on to things that have less value and cannot cherish the "pearl" the way it should be cherished. In other words, the way to share the "pearl" is to cherish it in your own life and live in a way that displays its value to everyone.