Showing posts from April, 2008

Non-profit of the month: April, 2008 -

Teaching English to eager students in other countries is a wonderful opportunity to offer practical service that is part of what it means when Christian try to live out love your neighbor

One organization helping make that happen is Over the last decade or so I've supported individuals who have taken part in this kind of work in places like China and Czech Republic. You can check out where else they are sending teachers.

Because going overseas for a summer or for a longer period of service is challenging, the organization pays a lot of attention to preparing the teachers and emphasizing that they are going as a team.

To hear more of what they are about, check out their video page.

Please consider supporting their work!

Devotional Thoughts: Maasai Creed

Came across the Maasai Creed today while idly web surfing.We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created man and wanted man to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe on the earth. We have known this High God in the darkness, and now we know him in the light. God promised in the book of his word, the Bible, that he would save the world and all nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good his promise by sending his son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left his home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and man, showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by his people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He was buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch him, and on the third day, he rose from that grave. He ascended to the skies. He is t…

Politics: The Pastor Jeremiah Wright Controversy

Have been sick as a dog the last two days with a nasty cold. As such, the radio is on as I nap on and off through the day and I hear about the news about the Pastor Jeremiah Wright controversy.

As a follower of US politics, I watched the rise of Sen. Obama with interest. He appeared on the scene and became the bearer of the hopes of many Americans for a different kind of politics.

This is what I wrote about Obama after his win in Iowa. Excerpt:Unless Obama has some scandal hidden that comes out of the woodworks or if he totally bungles debate performances that shows he isn't ready for prime time, he may well be the Democrat nominee and the next president.
What worries me is that Obama is a blank slate and people are stampeding to him. People are investing all this hope for the future on what is essentially an unknown quantity.Obama is backtracking on his long association with Pastor Wright. This association reflects a connection to an old style of politics: the politics of g…

Technology: Greenpeace Founder Supports Nuclear Energy

Patrick Moore was one of the co-founders of the Greenpeace movement. In this recent interview with Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, he explained the reason he backs nuclear energy.


Wind and solar energy are intermittent and thus unreliable. How can you run hospitals and factories and schools and even a house on an electricity supply that disappears for three or four days at a time? Wind can play a minor role in reducing the amount of fossil fuels we use, because you can turn the fossil fuels off when the wind is blowing. And solar is completely ridiculous. The cost is so high - California's $3.2 billion in solar subsidies is all just going into Silicon Valley companies and consultants. It's ridiculous.
I know that France, which produces 80 percent of its electricity with nuclear, does not have high energy costs. Sweden, which produces 50 percent of its energy with nuclear and 50 percent with hydro, has very reasonable energy costs. I know that the cost of producti…

Devotional Thoughts: 19 IFs

Job 31 ...

At this point, it feels like Job is making a closing argument in his own defense ...

I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look lustfully at a girl.
For what is man's lot from God above,
his heritage from the Almighty on high?
Is it not ruin for the wicked,
disaster for those who do wrong?
Does he not see my ways
and count my every step?

The opening remark in his closing statement is the basic premise of all that has gone on before:
Doesn't God see my righteous ways?
Shouldn't ruin befall those who sin?

At the moment, Job wonders has God seen the good he has tried to do in his life?

Job wonders, why has ruin befallen me who has tried and mostly successfully to live rightly?

Next follows NINETEEN "if" statements ... go ahead and read it and get into the rhythm and cadence of Job's argument. I'll try to summarize at the end.

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If I have walked in falsehood
or my f…

Politics: Dick Cheney stand up comic!

Dick Cheney at the Radio and Television Correspondent's Dinner ...

Part I

Part II

Youth: LifeHouse Everything Skit by Glendale Presbyterian Church Youth Group

A couple of months ago, our youth group saw this skit on youtube video.

Many were deeply moved by the presentation and some decided, let's do it for our church.

Well, a couple of Sunday's ago, the drama team after much dedicated practice shared the skit with the congregation.

See it below on Youtube ...

Bravo to the team that put such time, effort and heart into it!

And may all who saw it in person and via you tube be moved to consider what great love Jesus has shown us!

Sports: Kansas and UCLA the underdogs

There you go, the odds page on today's game.

KU is a 3 point underdog to UNC and UCLA is a 2 point underdog to Memphis.

Its all about playing your type of game.

If Memphis gets out into a high speed game, it will turn into a dunkfest and UCLA will get blown out. But if UCLA slows them down like they did 2 years ago, then UCLA has a shot to win. In a close game, Memphis free throw shooting might get mental. Speaking of foul trouble, UCLA would be in a huge hole if any of their starters get in foul trouble as the UCLA bench players don't play a lot of minutes and UCLA would be hard pressed to get a lot of offense from the bench if they have to play extended minutes.

Meanwhile, in the other game, I think UNC would like to speed it up like Memphis. But if it turns into a slugfest I think KU might have a bit more going for them.

In my brackets, I had KU playing UCLA in the finals. That is what I'm rooting for because I like underdogs and of course I'm a Bruin fan!