Wednesday, January 28, 2009


So this weekend the wife and I are going to engage in our annual State-of-the-Marriage weekend.  We try to work through any big issues that have come up during the year and to set some goals for the year to come.  We usually look at budget stuff, job stuff, housing stuff, married-people stuff (you know what I mean).  This year, however, we're going to try to decide whether or not to have children.

When we got married we said we didn't want to have any kids until after we had been married for five years.  Well that was in July.  So now we are trying to make the call.  

I'm posting this here not to ask for advice (opinions are ok though), but mostly to ask for prayer and wisdom.  We don't want to make this decision lightly.  It can't really be based on a list of pros and cons.  We're trying to seek God's will for our life and for our marriage.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Matrix Trilogy: Good or Lame

So Jason and I were talking about the Matrix just the other day and I made it my goal to convince him that the second and third Matrix movies were, in fact, good and have philosophical depth.

Jason's contention (correct me if I'm wrong) is that while the first movie did in fact explore some deep philosophical issues, the second and third movies only had the appearance of depth without the actual substance.

I refered to this site where there are several philosophical essays which the Wachowski brothers released alongside the second and third movies.  I feel that this is the best evidence that I can show that they considered more than just the surface of the philosophy that appeared in their movies.  Other than that all I can offer is my opinion, for what that is worth.

I think that the Matrix trilogy moves us from grey to black-and-white to a multi-colored world.  The grey is the meaningless fog in which Neo lived as a software developer.  Then Morpheus and the gang (jinkies) led him on a journey of discovery where he saw that there is a conflict going on that is much greater than what he had known.  Finally, Neo continues on this journey to learn that in this battle there is not a clear distinction between good and evil due to "race" or "religion" as there are evil humans and good machines.  The world is full of color, the fog has been lifted and the details are becoming more clear.  Smith wants to keep the world in the grey/black area, thus they must fight.

What do you think?  Good or lame?

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Stealers

It must suck to be a Stealers fan with a concience (if one exists).  They are consitently rewarded for dirty play and given unfair opportunities by the refs.  The good news is the Willis McGahee is expected to make a full recovery from the helmet-to-helmet hit that he suffered last night.  The bad news is that there was no flag from the refs for an obvious rule violation.  

Earlier in the game the refs handed the Stealers some points by calling pass interference in the end zone when there was clearly no foul (and they didn't call similar fouls against the Stealers).  

I hope you're looking forward to a Superbowl where the refs do more of the same so their precious Stealers can win a seventh title.  I wonder how many they would have if the game were called according to the rules.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Can't it be both?

The question: "Can't it be both?" has become a common refrain in our house.  It works so well as a response to many questions.

"Are you making fun of me or do you really hate the yarn fest over in Sisters?"

"Do you want cake or pie for dessert?"

"Are you going to take a nap this afternoon or sleep late tomorrow morning?"

See how well that works?  It's a great response.  But since we've been using this to confound and confuse one another, we have found our joke to have a more serious meaning.  Too often religious questions are posed as "or" questions in order to separate groups.

"Do you immerse or sprinkle?"

"Do you use instruments or are you acappella?"

"Are you conservative or liberal?"

Why do we have to limit and confine ourselves by these either-or questions?  So much of our religious discussion has turned divisive when that has very little to do with the ministry of Jesus.  When he was asked either-or questions his responses were often similar.

"Should we pay taxes to Caesar or not?

"Will there be marriage in heaven or won't there?"

"Did you come to unite us or divide us?"