Friday, September 21, 2007

olden goldies

got a few big changes coming up here real soon, so i might not have anything inspiringly new to write for awhile. time to take some stock. if you would be so kind, just send some prayers for direction our way. that would be most wonderful.

several of you who are here now weren't around for these. so i've decided to dust off a few for you. more good stuff didn't make it, but i figured its enough anyway. god bless you if you make it through all of them. feel free to chat amongst yourselves. i may jump in if i feel lead.

two thoughts today
how did the chicken cross the red sea? he chartered a ferry.
characters vol. 1
characters vol. 3
enough! seemed relevant
the ones who didn't go
average jew. or... contemplations of the jewish proletariat
surprise party
when was the last time you played tic-tac-toe?
two thoughts on jesus
go and do the same.
...somewhere in the desert
is this the end, or just the beginning?
one side

lord, we are crying out for your guidance. in fact, several hearts here are screaming for it. we have followed you out here, lord. please, show us where to go next. lead us where you will. give us living water to drink for we are thirsty. give us healing, for we are hurting. give us hearts that do not shrink from fear, but that let go more and more of the things that tie us to this world. provide for us in our need. and bring the overwhelming majesty and beauty of your being into sharp focus for us. the true god. the subversive god. the shaker. the disquieter. the lover. the provider. the healer.

the one.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

am i missing something here?

"Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."

it just seems curious. i understand all of the reasons why it is said that homosexuality is "not compatable with a biblical worldview". that's not the point of this. what i find curious is how in the same place that paul says homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom, he also says the same of those who are "adulterers". and furthermore, jesus says that any who are divorced and remarried are adulterers. i'm not here condemning anyone, that's not my place. and this is not to say that i think people should be less tolerant of those who are remarried. what i am curious about is why homosexuals are not MORE welcomed in light of this evidence? if we welcome those who have been divorced and remarried and according to paul have NO INHERITANCE in the kingdom, why do we not welcome ALL peoples whom paul said the same about?

why is such a line drawn? what is the reasoning behind such an inconsistancy?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

strange what you find sometimes

last week as i was searching through an old beastie boys cd booklet, i came across these lyrics. i was surprised as it was not one of the songs i really listened to before. yet as i read these lyrics i was struck by how similar our belief structures are despite the differences in theology. growing up i was always taught to see differences as reasons for disbelief in others. somehow, this seems almost wrong in the face of lyrics like this. and makes me wonder at the hugeness of god and perhaps that he may choose to reveal himself to different peoples in different ways. yet with an undercurrent that is the same through the spirit.

"Bodhisattva Vow"

As I Develop The Awakening Mind I Praise The Buddha As They Shine
I Bow Before You As I Travel My Path
To Join Your Ranks I Make My Full Time Task
For The Sake Of All Beings I Seek
The Enlighted Mind That I Know I'll Reap
Respect To Shantideva And All The Others
Who Brought Down The Darma For Sisters And Brothers
I Give Thanks For This World As A Place To Learn
And For This Human Body That I Know I've Earned
And My Deepest Thanks To All Sentient Beings
For Without Them There Would Be No Place To Learn What I'm Seeing
There's Nothing Here That's Not Been Said Before
But I Put It Down Now So I'll Be Sure
To Solidify My Own Views And I'll Be Glad If It Helps Anyone Else Out Too

If Others Disrespect Me Or Give Me Flack
I'll Stop And Think Before I React
Knowing That They're Going Through Insecure Stages
I'll Take The Opportunity To Exercise Patience
I'll See It As A Chance To Help The Other Person
Nip It In The Bud Before It Can Worsen
A Change For Me To Be Strong And Sure
As I Think On The Buddhas Who Have Come Before
As I Praise And Respect The Good They've Done
Knowing Only Love Can Conquer In Every Situation
We Need Other People In Order To Create
The Circumstances For The Learning That We're Here To Generate
Situations That Bring Up Our Deepest Fears
So We Can Work To Release Them Until They're Cleared
Therefore, It Only Makes Sense To Thank Our Enemies Despite Their Intent

The Bodhisattva Path Is One Of Power And Strength
A Strength From Within To Go The Length
Seeing Others Are As Important As Myself
I Strive For A Happiness Of Mental Wealth
With The Interconnectedness That We Share As One
Every Action That We Take Affects Everyone
So In Deciding For What A Situation Calls
There Is A Path For The Good For All
I Try To Make My Every Action For That Highest Good
With The Altruistic Wish To Achive Buddhahood
So I Pledge Here Before Everyone Who's Listening
To Try To Make My Every Action For The Good Of All Beings
For The Rest Of My Lifetimes And Even Beyond
I Vow To Do My Best To Do No Harm
And In Times Of Doubt I Can Think On The Dharma
And The Enlightened Ones Who've Graduated Samsara

Sunday, September 02, 2007

the road to nowhere

the first time i saw an add for an iphone something stirred inside of me. a question.


seriously. i don't mean an iphone in specific. i talking about something deeper here. what's our aim? is there a point that we're going to invent something and we'll all say, "finally. this is what we've been working for. i'm satisfied now." if not, why are we doing this? why do we keep making these advances in technology? what's the point? all that most of these "advances" serve to do is make us more efficient workers to further these industries under the guise of getting the money we need from a job to buy all of these things that we produce. at the point in history i've been born into, i feel that things move way too fast. and all that is wanted is more. more time. more energy. more efficiency. more money. more advances. which leaves less for friends, family, and fun. it robs you of the ability to be able to just enjoy your life because of life.

why? are we honestly trying to get somewhere? and if not, can we stop going nowhere at 180 mph? even if any business achieves their goal, isn't there a point of maximum density? if everyone has your product, if everyone is a customer of yours, where do you go from there? how do you keep growing? and even if we did, why should we want to?

i'm not saying technology is bad. i'm not a ludite. i, in fact enjoy several different technologies myself and do not wish to see them go away if it can be helped. i'm just wondering if we can simply restructure our world a little bit to not only be a benefit to the smallest percentage of the population. (and i'm talking about the globe here.) is there a way we can figure out how to take these things with us out from under the system we are trapped inside? and if we can't, is it these things that tie us here instead of simply walking away from a sinking ship?