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One of the staff members at Central offered to take pregnancy pictures of Michelle a couple weeks back. We thought it would be cool to remember this moment in our lives and so we went to Freestone Park. The pictures turned out amazing. I even managed to get in a few of them like this candid one below. While I’m sure some of the ladies may be saying “Ahh, how cute” (referring to my wife’s stomach) I thought it would be fun to invite you guys to leave your own caption to the picture. So, feel free to leave a line or two at what you think could be happening or what either of us is saying.

The Monster-Peach

No, this isn’t a post about my love for Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” I’ve come up with an idea that I know is revolutionary…and ahead of its time. I have a vision of a new product that combines two things that I love: Monster energy drinks–and peaches. I’m not sure if this means Monster infused peaches or peach flavored Monsters. I’ll leave that to the more creative people. Anybody with me?

Was Jesus a Pacifist?

The idea of pacifism has been on my mind lately for two reasons: 1) with the elections I heard a lot of talk about the war in Iraq and how it is hypocritical for believers to support war and yet oppose abortion; 2) I’ve been reading a few authors lately that argue that Jesus was a pacifist and that we must adopt this stance as believers. So I’ve been reading the Bible lately with a filter for pacifism. In my reading this morning I came across three passages where it appears that Jesus is anything but a pacifist. This is not a researched list, this is simply three examples from four chapters that I read today.

Jesus tells a story of a king and his people called the Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11-27). He ends the parable in verse 27: “But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them–bring them here and kill them in front of me.” That sounds pretty harsh. Not just to kill them, but “kill them in front of me.”

Jesus tells a story of a man who owned a vineyard called The Parable of the Tenants (Luke 20:9-16). He ends the parable in verse 16: “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” Again, a pacifist could evict the tenants or fine them, but He says to kill them.

Finally, as Jesus prepares Himself and His disciples for His capture, He tells them how to get ready in Luke 22:36. “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” This is an odd verse especially given that He rebukes one of disciples for later using it.

Now I know that there are a handful of verses that could lend support to both sides of the argument (which will probably be quoted back to me). I’m simply arguing that I don’t see this issue as an easy black-and-white answer based off of Jesus’ actions AND teachings. Since I’ve quoted things that I agree with Brian McLaren about, let me add a quote of something that I don’t agree with. He writes about a second coming where God forcefully sifts people and judges them and the seeming contrast from Jesus’ life.

“If we remain charmed by this this kind of eschataology, we will be forced to see the nonviolence of the Jesus of the Gospels as a kind of strategic fake-out, like a feigned retreat in war, to be followed up by a crushing blow of so-called redemptive violence in the end. The gentle Jesus of the first coming becomes a kind of trick Jesus, a fake-me-out Messiah, to be replaced by the true jihadist Jesus of a violent second coming.” – Everything Must Change (144)

I’m still not sure exactly where I land on this issue but I can tell you that I think there is validity in BOTH arguments based off of the Jesus we see in the Gospels.

November 6th

Yesterday was fun…

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Sadly, I know that many of you are asking yourself, “Who the heck is Guy Fawkes?” Remember, remember, the 5th of November…

If the lights still haven’t clicked on for you then rent the movie, V For Vendetta, call up some friends, and watch it tonight. You’ll be glad that you did. It’s one of my top 5 favorite movies and we’ve created a tradition of watching it every November 5th.

You can watch the trailer below or enjoy one of the best monologues from the movie:

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

TRADY Award – Stephen C.

A TRADY award (Tomorrow’s Reflection Award for Distinguishing Yourself) has officially been awarded to Stephen Clarke. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for fastest pumpkin carver. Watch him set the record in this video. Happy Halloween!

As usual, if you know of anyone that deserves a TRADY then please email it to me and maybe you’ll see their names next to their own award sometime soon.

Here are the requirements to be considered for this award:

  1. The person must have some unique talent or passion (neigh, obsession) that is different from most people
  2. The person must be someone who is not a “celebrity” and that needs the attention and power that comes from receiving a TRADY
  3. The person must do something that someone else could argue was a complete waist of time