Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Two Interesting Websites

Fellas!

'Sup guys? Hope everyone is doing well. To those of you that came out on Friday, I had a great time chatting and hanging out wit ya. For those of you that did not come out, just to let you know, we had the most awesomest of times. Wow, I never knew that Brandon was such a "wild and crazy guy"! Just kidding. We missed you and i hope that we can all get together again real soon.

Been kinda a slow week at work. Had lots of time for paperwork and such. Also for unsupervised surfing of the web. Found two interesting websites. The first is titled Ten Verses Never Preached On. I do not have my Bible at my desk at work, so i can not double check, but these verses would make for some very interesting sermons. Jeff, has God ever told you to preach on any of these verses? Just wondering.

The second comes from a guy by the name of Richard Dawkins. Now i know some of you are groaning right now over the fact that he is a famous and devout atheist. He also has some controversial thoughts and arguments on the existence of God. Nevertheless, i am of the opinion that if i'm reading Richard Foster then why not also read Richard Dawkins. Two men of differing opinions who challenge me to think. When i read those two, (or any nonfiction for that matter) I take their opinions and rationally weigh out what they are saying. The short of it is, they make me think, which is a good for all of us. Again, keep an open mind when reading this, because for a lot of us he will push some buttons. However, in this letter to his then ten year old daughter, he poses good and bad reasons for believing. For me it asks a very important question: "Why do we believe?". He then tells of three very dangerous reasons for believing. Let me know what you think of those three. Do you believe for those reasons?

For me, that is where i am right now in my life. Questioning and thinking about, why i believe.

Monday, March 5, 2007

NY Times Article and Healthy Competition

Hey guys! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. I had some quiet time walking around Apex Community Park. While I was walking two young guys (19 & 20 yrs old) stopped me and chatted about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They were nice enough and i was not confrontational/belligerent. We chatted for a couple of minutes and they told me about their faith, invited me to church and gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. I might check it out later this week. Don't worry i'm not converting. Has anyone had a good/bad experience with Mormons? How about a time when you were witnessing to a complete stranger?

Anyway I was checking out nyimes.com during my lunch break and the most emailed article is: Darwin's God. I have not read the whole thing yet (it's 11 pages long). but the author poses some very interesting questions is her thesis. If you do read it, keep an open mind (that's all us scientists ask you to do) and see if anything interests you. I know for me, the connection or link or non-link that is between science and religion is fascinating. Check it out.

Also, I'm trying to think of stuff that we can do when we get together on the 16th. I am trying to get a ping pong table moved in to the spare bedroom, so we can play. Also if you have a gaming system we could hook that up (i know Malik has one/several, maybe we could persuade him to bring one). Or if you have a board game for a group we could do that. I do have a DVD player if need be. If you can think of anything else to do that would be cool. i'm open to suggestions.

Alright guys. Have a good one.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

The Discipline of Fasting

Hi guys, I hope everyone is doing well. I just finished the chapter on fasting (Celebration of Discipline) and think I'll give it a serious try. I have fasted before but didn't really know what I was doing. I think I'm ready to try this slow approach of;

1) Lunch to Lunch... then
2) 24 hrs at a time once a week for a month or more... then
3) A few days at a time ..... and so on

Does anyone fast on a regular basis? Do you feel it is as important as praying and tithing as suggested for consideration (in the book).