Thursday, August 30, 2007

I like football, not football


I like football. It's finally back with all the excitement of college football's season-long playoffs and professional football's unfolding drama. Amazing plays, hard hits, last second field goals (thank you Josh Brown).

Here's what bothers me: all these comercials about soccer (a.k.a. football) that are trying to convince me to like the sport or something. Blah-blah-Beckham, whatever. I know that it's the job of the advertisers to get me to like something, but it's the tactic they use that really bothers me. Don't tell me that if I really watched soccer I would like it, or if there's a big star I would like it, or that the rest of the world likes it so I should too. That's all pretty specious reasoning. Can't I just not like the game based on having given it a try?

I don't care if you like soccer (I don't care that most of the world likes soccer). Just don't try to make me like it with you. I've tried it, several times, and it hasn't gotten any better. I also don't like watermellon, I never have really. Every once in a while I'll try a piece again just to make sure: yup, still don't like it.

By the way, Beckham is already injured and may be out for the season.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sexual Harrassment . . . Monkey?


I couldn't make this stuff up - I just couldn't.


From the source article:
If you live in the small village of Nachu in Kenya, watch out, because a group of approximately 300 marauding monkeys is out to steal your food, sexually harass your women and attack and kill your livestock! In a truly amazing incidence of interspecies communication, a group of vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, is using sexual harassment to intimidate women and children, who are responsible for growing maize, potatoes, beans and other crops for their farming community, causing them to lose their main food supply so they now are dependent upon famine relief to survive.


So these cute little monkeys are terrorizing women and children with "sexually explicit gestures" so they can steal some corn. Stick that one in you mental picutre maker and see what comes out.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Catharsis


So I've been thinking about atonement metaphors and stuff. I've heard about these missionaries who go to a tribe and have to figure out how to express what Jesus did to this new culture. Sometimes they have to get pretty creative to figure out a metaphor that connects with the culture.

So has anyone guessed where I'm going with this? You're so smart!

I've become more and more convinced that our standard slew of atonement metaphors no longer connect to our culture. Without a solid moral standard it's hard to convince people that they need to be relieved of their guilt. People are often deeply offended by a God who would demand his son's death to appease his wrath.

So what's the answer? I have a suggestion. Let's talk about atonement as a healing process (the Greek work is katharsis from whence we get the word cathartic). It's a biblical concept (1 John 2:1-2) and it lines up with a lot of things that our culture is hungry for. The salvation process is about healing broken people in a holistic manner (salvation includes physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects). Healing is for everyone, not just those with certain sins - we're all in need of healing and we will always be in the process of healing.

What do you think? Is there really this need? Is this a good metaphor?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The blog about nothing

I'm sorry for the lack of good blogging lately. I just haven't been inspired to share much with the online world. It's not as if life has stopped, but there's just not anything that makes me want to blog right now.

The wife got a job (at The Alma Matter), so I'm stoked about that.

We've been trying to find a place in our new church and a place in Portland. To be honest we still feel like we're imposters sometimes, like we're not really church planters or not really Portlanders.

I'm trying to figure out how to finish school. I thought I had things so well planned, but now that I'm 2000 miles away it's less easy than I anticipated.

We're excited to have some friends coming to visit in a few days (but it's still a little stressing to get our house in working order before they get here).

Still working on raising support and all of those things necessary for church planting.

I'll try to post something funny or philosophical or robotesque in the near future.