Mouse realizes that NAMING DAY is approaching and so he was going over the list of recommendations from the blog a few days ago and Facebook. He asked me to write them all down in a list so he could imagine each one as his own. I just thought you needed to know that the process continues. I think he will be ready to make an announcement as early as tomorrow.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
One of the great opportunities that Wycliffe has in sharing the story of our work is that it is a much bigger story than most people imagine. The LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT work that is essential for good Bible translation is also fundamental for many other important things. When the impact of various things are measured (an admittedly tricky business), we learn that teaching one woman in a marginalized language community to read has a greater possitive impact on the health of that woman, her children, and her whole community than providing a doctor to that same community.
Consider all of the ways that having information in the language YOU speak and then being able to read that language ensures your better health...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
My commute to the office is super easy in every way. Truly, the only "hardship" is that in the winter months the sun is low enough on the horizon that it shines in my eyes for about half of the three mile journey.
Matt and Liz Wisbey deal with more challenging travel opportunities. No, this is not their daily commute, but it's not as uncommon as you might wish. You can read their blog and get the story directly from them if you'd like.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
When Vanessa was here she had a new game with her called Blokus. I liked it quite a lot. It is an interesting mix of a non-animated Tetris and that old Dots game we used to play on the bulletin in church sometimes. Sort of.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
"I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen -- not only because I can see it, but becasue by it, I see everything else."
Because I'd set out to see God's character expressed in Creation yesterday, I became mildly frustrated with my own reality that I just don't get out much during daylight hours this time of year. I was about to use that as an excuse...
On winter afternoons, the sun starts to shine with great intensity into my office around 3 pm. (If I am there until 6 or so, I sometimes get to witness spectacular sunsets.) Knowing this and loving the way the sun's light reflects off of and through glass and water, I keep my view of Lake Tyndale fairly unobstructed. I also have places a few things on my work area to catch that light. Yesterday the brilliance of the light reflecting off of and through these things was breathtakingly beautiful to me.
I noticed. I even photographed.
It wasn't, however, until I was driving home from BSF that I saw God in it. (I know, I am slow to see sometimes.) We were in Exodus 33-34 this past week -- a part of Moses' story that I've heard many times (the glowing face and veil story) but have never really considered as more than cool God-special-effects. Moses relationship with God was so intimate that he reflected God's glory in ways that we can only imagine. I want to be more like Moses in that -- not so people can be impressed with my glow-face, but so God can be seen by people who can't look directly at Him yet.
There is something about the relationship that glass and water have with the sun that is also intimate. I can't really look at the sun unless it is filtered significantly. The way I primarily enjoy the beauty and light of the sun is in how it is reflected off and shines through other things. Glass. Water. The moon.
In fact, since my eyesight is dependent on light reflecting off of things, it is only because of this light that I can enjoy the visible beauty of anything or anyone.
Lewis also said, "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
You can follow the link to YouVersion (a cool website worth some investigation if you've not been there before) or you can read the NIV translation of the passage here:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
When I've read that before, I was too busy looking at the fact that people who don't know God don't have an excuse for their ignorance -- it was a weapon I could use to whomp those who were far from God over the head in case they got unruly. I'm not sure I actually did a lot of head-whomping, but I thought about it.
Today I heard that God's character is made visible in creation. I've know that, but I'm hearing it new. Joel Hunter gave us homework for the week -- to take the time to not only see God in creation every day this week, but to name it out loud.
I'm planning to do that; I may even do it in the blog.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Vanessa arrived Monday evening. She's been traveling for over a week -- visiting family and friends in Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, etc. This was her last stop before heading back to Pittsburgh (today -- she is traveling as I write) and a last semester of classwork that begins Monday.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I love new.
New shoes. New car smell. New potatoes. New and improved laundry detergent.
If course, not all new things are good any more than all old things are beyond their usefulness or value.
Truth is, I love old, too.
Old jeans. Old books. Old memories. Old friends.
As I look to a new year, I find myself looking ahead with a kind of enthusiastic anticipation for what God has in store. I look ahead to a great blend of old and new -- all built upon the foundation of the Eternal.
I'm certainly not looking ahead with expectations of ease and comfort exactly -- though I do believe that there may be a bit of that from time to time. Goodness, I'm learning, is not meausred in those things.
I expect that 2009 may well bring rather a generous share of challenge. The thing is, the more I know of the God of the Universe who is also the One who draws near to us as Immanuel and who lives within us as the Spirit of the Living God, the more I am confident that the days ahead will be truly good even in their most difficult because He will be in them.