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very first christian church by jennynotjen
March 31, 2009, 11:40 am
Filed under: Videos

Seriously, talk about divine intervention! This is a brand new video from the same people who made the “March of the Unqualified” video that I added in the this blogs very first post. It’s interesting because we JUST talked about this on Sunday, and now this video is available!

It touches upon the issue of our identity in Church and the many prejudices that many people hold. Also, it emphasizes the importance of effective communication (SO important!!).

Enjoy! It’s funny =)

If you don’t understand all of it, or have any questions – post them in the comments!

-jimin

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mere whims :) by tigerlky
March 23, 2009, 12:19 am
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So I checked out Mr. Thinking Theologian’s comments, and I gotta say, I was right. I do like him. For the most part. I checked out his blog and he’s not too popular (He just doesn’t have many viewers, he’s not unpopular as in he gets cussed at or something). There is one post that is really intriguing to me though, and a part of it goes like this:

It would be fitting to begin this blog with a few thoughts as to why Christianity needs thinkers. Too often are we admonished for asking difficult questions, and instructed instead simply to take things on faith. Whilst faith is obviously of paramount importance to the believer, it should never become a “too hard pile” on to which we simply abandon all our niggling questions.

and even more intriguing:

Perhaps you have been marginalised for asking questions or challenging the status quo? I’d love to hear from you!

Can’t blame a guy for identifying with something right ? ūüėČ

Although his whole “hillsong is elitist” talk is kind of a stretch for me. Not the biggest fan of Hillsongs (or CCM for that matter) but he takes it a little far with the bourgeois (btw, it’s “bourgeois” not “bourgoise,” mr. Double-T.) at the front and proletariat at the back thing. I mean, aren’t all concerts like that (I guess they’re all corporate based or whatever…)? And all in all, I think what it comes down to is praising God, which I’m rather enjoying lately.

On the other hand his whole schlabiel about asking questions and challenging the status quo does sound fun (among a thousand other things.) I do believe I will intiate the first encounter. Mission to Pluto y’all.

wl.



To my son… by 1nv35t3df41th
March 19, 2009, 10:26 pm
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its so close, i will see you soon. i cannot wait to see you. your mother and i have been waiting, although i think she has felt it more than i have. you will probably never see or hear these words that have been typed here, but you will understand better than anyone who reads this, how much your mother and i love you.

i already know that it will not be easy to be a good parent, but i know one thing that i will try to show you and teach you, is to never give up. you are such a blessing to us and your mother and i will not use you as an excuse in life. instead you will be the reason why we try harder and finish everything that God has put before us.

Please remember that whatever comes your way to try your best and to not give up. i pray that you will understand that this does not mean that upa wants you to be stubborn, but rather to understand your limits and to push past them with the help of God. i pray that as you grow you will be wise enough to know when you are pushing past your limits with God or being stubborn against Him. Above all, may God bless you with a strong spirit that perserveres and wisdom through prayer.

¬†God is good and He provides all. soon we will be together, face to face, but sometimes in life we may not be able to be together. whenever this happens to either uma or upa, i want you to know that we love you and are proud of you. think about it this way…when we first saw your ultra sound we were proud, when we first felt you move we were proud, everytime you moved after that we were proud… as far and long as God raises you we will be proud. If uma and upa are not there, God will be, and He will send you people to love you just as much as we do, and just as much as He does. everything you need, He will give, and we know that the people who He sends will not pity you for not being able to be with us, but instead will love you the way we would.

dont worry, because uma and upa are not going anywhere. the reason i am writing this to you is because one of your near future friends will need to understand how much their upa loves them and will need to be reminded of this occasionally. his upa is sick and will not be with them always. this brings me to the last thing that i want to tell you, which is love your neighbours as Jesus loves you. the reason why i tell you this is because i will try my best to be one of those that God sends to this family and i pray that you will also be one of those sent as well.

i love you and uma loves you and we will see you soon.

love,

upa

ps: try not to give your mom such a hard time when you’re coming out…and be safe.



inspiration by jennynotjen
March 10, 2009, 10:54 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized, Videos

Hey everyone,

I happened upon this organization just from doing research for school stuff, but it’s a super cool group/fund/forum that is all about sharing innovative and inspirational ideas. ¬†Topics range from the environment, music, charity, technology, enterprise, etc. ¬†It’s mostly a lecture series that features really neat people from around the world to talk about their topic of expertise. ¬†Huge financial awards are given to those who win the annual award as well.

Anyway, I just thought that since this is a place where we can share our thoughts and ideas, the site seemed relevant. ¬†It’s really inspiring to watch all these talks and the work that these people are doing around the world.

-jimin

The site: TED: Ideas Worth Sharing

Here’s a video that I recently watched and enjoyed!



update on test by 1nv35t3df41th
March 4, 2009, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Scripture

hello all,

i just wanted to tell all of you i did well on my test. i got well above 70%. i will not tell you the exact mark as i feel ashamed because i do not think that i deserve that mark. all i can say is Praise God and hopefully i will learn my lesson and work harder to FINALLY FINISH UP THIS SEMESTER. Please continue praying for me so that i can achieve AT LEAST the minimum requirements to get into Knox and also so that my PLACEMENT issue can be solved quickly.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the raod that leads to life, and only a few find it” Matthew 7:13+14.

– i know this passage does not exactly relate to my situation BUT i posted it for 2 reasons.

1. i wanted to post a scripture and i am studying matthew and timothy (ever so slowly) and needed something relevant. as i already posted the ask and knock etc. scripture, i thought this was the closest scripture that can somewhat relate to my situation.

2. the narrow path is not always the path that we want to take but if we chose to take it God will help us get to our destination…

daeshin



antonioni’s tragic vision by jennynotjen
March 2, 2009, 12:07 am
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So my paper due for tomorrow is all about the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, and the topic I chose is about the “decentering of the psyche in modernity as developed in the 1964 film Red Desert”.¬† Anyhoo, it might not make sense for any of you guys if you haven’t seen the film or know of Antonioni’s stylistic/thematic features…

BUT I came across a passage in my research which I thought was pertinent to our discussion today about the institution of church and all the crap that comes with it.  How do we separate ourselves from that and be purely God-centred Christians?

Substitute “individual/human” as “pure God-centred Christian”, and “the group” as “the Church” (it may be a stretch, but try to make the connection…).

Sidenote: He uses the terms “sacrifice” and “reconciliation” counter-intuitive to my argument (just because the film calls for that kind of analysis).

Undergoing Antonioni’s view of the tragedy of human existence is the belief that none of the opposites we have discussed (male and female, the individual and the group) is absolute.¬† Each needs the complement of the other. Yet, although the reconciliation of opposites is necessary in order to become more fully human, it is impossible to achieve. The very nature of the opposites as opposites prevents this from occurring.¬† For example, to be truly human is to be an individual.¬† To be truly an individual is to be an outsider, to refuse to submit to the pressures of the group, for by allowing oneself to become a Being-with-others, one sacrifices the conditions that are necessary to individuate oneself – i.e., the very conditions necessary for becoming fully human.¬† Yet one also needs others to become a real person. No reconciliation between the individual and the group is, therefore, possible, for in becoming part of a group, one sacrifices that solitariness that is requisite to becoming a true individual; yet one cannot become truly an individual, truly human without experiencing the ties that bind him or her to others.

Albeit, the writer here is talking about the tragedy of the situation of having to be associated with one thing to be another – but I think it points out that we can’t ever become “fully human” or in our case, live our lives to the full without the body of Christ (i.e., the church).

Thus, there must be reconciliation between the agents of the dichotomy.

If anyone is interested, I have the film – which I would highly recommend to anyone.¬† It’s a thinker.

-jimin

PS.  Sorry if this post was confusing.