Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Here's a Friendly Jab

to all you footballers that have transgressed away from hockey to somehow convince yourself that soccer is the best game in the world

for FB readers watch the video by visiting my blog.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

theories welcome...

So reading one of McSweeney's lists sparked an idea that has been rumbling around and I am wondering if any of you Facebookers or non-Facebookers have any clues as to why this is the case...

It seems very popular for people to post picture and status updates that seem to no take into account the fact that other people will be reading/viewing their postings. For example how about the guy who added a bunch of photos of him and his buddies drinking their faces off and then adding his mom as his friend. Or how about the pictures of the former spouse in an embrace with the new beau even if the marriage is over...


I am not sure it boils down to just a lack of etiquette or tact - I wonder if it is a deeper, scheming evil side of....

Well you can clearly see that I have no clue

So if you have any ideas fire away...
oh and here is the post from McSweeney's

Status Updates Since My Mother Became My Facebook Friend.
- - - -
Scott is making good, well informed decisions.
Scott is going to bed at a very reasonable hour.
Scott is making large, regular contributions to his savings account.
Scott is making yet another home cooked meal, avoiding fast food as usual.
Scott is no longer in debt like he used to be...boy that would be terrible.
Scott is in no way affected by the current economic downturn...everything is a-okay.
Scott is not gaining weight, and his clothes fit just fine
Read the full list at McSweeney's here

Monday, August 3, 2009

Does God owe us anything?

Let me set this up…

First, it would seem according to conventional Christian (evangelical at least) logic that God does not owe us a darn thing since after all it was we humans who sinned and in so doing abdicated our right to expect anything from God. There is also this prevailing notion of the intrinsic nature of the creator/created relationship that suggests the superior unfathomable essence of the creator and the resulting inferior position of the created as feebly inadequate and incompetent to make demands. It seems illogical on the one hand to consider placing any expectations on God from our position of relative ineptitude. There is another even darker question that lurks under the surface here. How are we to make any expectations known to God let alone demand them from him without being able to enact some tangible justice for his failure to meet said expectations? In other words are we to assume power over God in the event of his unfaithfulness to these expectations which are owed to us?

Then, if we should speak of owing or the idea of debt we should remind ourselves that these concepts mean that an agreement has been struck between two parties upon which each party is obliged to honour the term set out therein. The key concept here is the agreement. If God owes us something it can only be that he and we have agreed that there are some terms that God is obliged to fulfill. Of course this naturally turns our attention to the covenant agreements which have been written in the scriptures. The former covenant seems to have been eclipsed by the latest one which loosely paraphrased suggests that God is obliged to provide humanity with eternal life in heaven provided we accept His demonstration of forgiveness of our own inability to meet our side of the covenant – which is sinless life. This at least is the conventional perspective. In Sum: God owes us nothing since we have failed to meet our side of the agreement yet he is willing to forgive that debt if we accept his sacrificial act of debt payment. Now heaven and eternal life are a gift we receive unmerited not an expectation we can demand to have honoured.

Now consider that…

None of us asked to exist. We did not begin our lives aware of our obligation to God so it is hardly possible to propose that we agreed to these covenant parameters. Since we are not party to this covenant the agreement would seem to stand null and void. Thus God does not owe us eternal life and we don’t owe him sinless living (if we are following the standard conventions of the Christian teaching). Both parties are off the hook. But perhaps not so quickly. God is still creator and we the unwilling created. He brings us into a world where we will encounter all these unmet desires and unfilled longings that he has designed this life to bear. He makes us alive to the goodness in life. A friend told me recently, “we are incorrigible hopers.” Merely creating us might not make God beholding to us but certainly placing us in the vibrant contradiction (love in the face of hate, hope in the face of despair, joy in the face of grief, and strength in the face of pain) that is our lives must make him responsible in some way.


Which brings me to other questions like: Is God meeting his obligations currently? Is there more we should expect? How does this expectation idea keep from becoming just another silly way for me to usurp God’s authority? I mean are the health, wealth and prosperity guys right all along?Please say it is not so...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world

Cool Song by Barcelona called "Please Don't Go" very Coldplayesque and very captivating with the video. Links to the band site and music available on the video.