September 26, 2007

Recommendation

We've started watching Ken Burn's 7 part documentary, The War.

We are in awe of the WWII veterans...and humbled.

"For the past six years we have striven to create a documentary film series about the Second World War in that spirit. Ours has been, in part, a humbling attempt to understand “the things men do in war, and the things war does to them” (as Phil Caputo so aptly noted). . . Over the course of the film’s nearly fifteen hours more than forty men and women opened their hearts to us about the war they knew -- and which we, their inheritors, could only imagine. . .we have tried to illuminate the intimate, human dimensions of a global catastrophe that took the lives of between 50 and 60 million people -- of whom more than 400,000 were Americans. . . The real war involves getting down there and killing people. And being killed yourself or just barely escaping it. And it gives you attitudes about life and death that are unobtainable anywhere else. . .Throughout the series, one theme has stayed constant, one idea has continually emerged as we have gotten to know the brave men and women whose stories it has been our privilege to tell: in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives."

September 24, 2007

Public Service Announcement

Don't forget to dance.
It's good for you.

September 17, 2007

Dallas trip

We had a quick and spontaneous trip to Dallas this weekend for a few reasons. We went to a ministry conference with none other than the infamous Kirk Cameron - along with Ray Comfort and a few others. It was kind of fun watching the old growing pains star - he looks exactly the same??

Here he is talking to gang members about God:


Here's the youtube channel for their ministry.

My noted lesson for this conference was Metamelomai vs. Metanoia.
These Greek works that are used in the New Testament to denote repentance have different meanings. Metamelomai is regret or change of mind, but not necessarily a change of heart. Metanoia is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose in life. A practical example was described in achieving true "metanoia":

If I am taking a trip up to Canada with someone and I'm driving.... they will probably be taking a long nap. After they wake up, we find ourselves in Mexico. At this point, I have to:
1. stop
2. make a sincere apology
3. turn around
4. start driving in the right direction
5. don't stop until we hit our destination.
.... a simple story that makes Metanoia seem easier to accomplish in our everyday life :) Unfortunately, I don't always find myself surrounded with roadsigns and maps.

We were also able to make only a few quick visits with friends, because we were there for another reason. We'll have to announce that reason soon :) Stay tuned.