Wednesday, February 16, 2005

HIV the cure to cancer?

Taking the lead from Tim I thought I would write about this little article that I saw. They have modified the HIV virus and mixed it with another virus to attack cancer. In order to make sure they can track it they added a dash of firefly genes so that it glows. This is freaky stuff.

Wouldn't it just be weird if of the two great diseases of our day one cures the other?

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Is Postmodernism a fad?

This morning in chapel Dr. Richard Oster shared some of the philosophical/cultural fads that beset the church when he was a 20-something in the 70's. Secular Utopianism (utopia can be achieved when religion is removed from the cities), God is Dead, and Situation Ethics (basically a way to justify sin that is pleasurable). His point was that these were philosophies that the church had to deal with - some capitulated, some resisted - and that postmodernity is no different.

My gut reaction was to disagree. I have read and experienced a lot about postmodern Christianity and I think that it is a good and valid expression of the Christian faith. However, I don't want to be rash in coming to my conclusion. Am I, like those in the church before me, attempting to make a cultural molehill into a mountian? Do I proclaim that postmodernity is an epoch when it is nothing more than a fad? I hope I am not so shortsighted.

After consideration here is my (tenative) conclusion: That which we call postmodernity may well be a passing fad. The superficial expressions that are popular will be unpopular in a matter of time. But there has been an epoch shift that is irrevocable: the age of information is upon us. The advent of the internet is as earthshaking as the invention of Gutenberg. People are now learning to think "hyperlinked," that is we perceive of the world as interconnected and comunal rather than linear. The ubiquity of information and relationship available through the internet has begun to fundamentally shift the way the world thinks.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Get 'em started young

This child decided that it was time to start driving. Sometimes parents just aren't in tune with the needs of their child. As they start pushing for independence it's important to allow them to experience the world in a controled way to build their comfort with being independant . . .

. . . except when you let your 4 year old kid drive the car in the middle of the night!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Back in the saddle

It's been a long time since I've opened up my blog to share myself with the world. We made it through Christmas. God is good.

I am so impatient to be done with school and plant a church. Stan Granberg was here yesterday meeting with people in Memphis to discuss church planting. He met with our church to encourage them to plant a daughter church and to answer questions they have about that process. Then he came to a meeting for Harding Grad students interested in church planting.

I described it to other people that it was like I was hearing William Wallace's speach before the battle at Stirling (Braveheart reference).
"Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all of that from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freeeedoooomm."
And I just want to shout and bang my sword on my shield and run into battle!

Ok, ok; I'm a nerd. I admit it. Fine.