Hmm... August 2006

I sometimes marvel that God chose to risk his revelation in the ambiguities of language. If he had wanted to make sure that the truth was absolutely clear without the possibility of misunderstanding, he should have revealed his truth by means of mathematics. Mathematics is the most precise, unambiguous language that we have. But then, of course, you can’t say “I love you” in algebra.

Eugene Petersen, Eat This Book, p. 93

Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted.

Albert Einstein

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh?

The example of Jesus, as he engaged his culture with the kingdom, is exemplary for emerging churches. The gospel, as he announced it, was to participate with God in the redemption of the world. It is this gospel that emerging churches embrace.

Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger, Emerging Churches, p. 235

What really counts in life is that at some time you have seen something, felt something, which is so great, so matchless, that everything else is nothing by comparison, that even if you forgot everything, you would never forget this.

Søren Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers 

I realize, as I read and reread the Bible, that many passages don’t fit any of the theological systems I have inherited or adapted. Sure, they can be squeezed in, but after a while my theology looks like a high school class trip’s luggage-shoestrings hanging out here, zippers splitting apart there, latches snapping, clothes pouring out on the floor like a thrift store horn of plenty.

Brian McClaren, A New Kind of Christian, p. XVIII (intro)

When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Helen Keller

The fear of the number 666 is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.

Great truths that children have learned:

  • No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
  • When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
  • Never ask your 3-year-old brother to hold a tomato.
  • Y ou can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
  • You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
  • Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
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