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The End of the Spear

I find it ironic but important that the new movie “The End of the Spear” features a gay actor.

Gene Edward Veith makes a good point on his blog Cranach:

I hope the controversy will draw lots of gays to the film, where–like the Waodani tribes–they will learn about a Gospel of forgiveness.

Personally I think this is a wonderful step forward for Christians in America. This one act of acceptance by the Christians involved in making this film will probably be heard very loud in the gay community, because they tend to stick together. It’s my hope that Christians involved in culture will continue to make choices that show love and acceptance to gay people, because we have to get them to trust us before we can ever minister to them.

Think of it like the woman at the well – Jesus knew the woman was living with a man she wasn’t married to when he started talking to her. But he didn’t let her sin hold him back from conversing and ministering to her. When we expect gays to recognize they are in sin and repent before we allow ourselves to befriend them, we completely miss the point of redemption and grace.

For more information on the film, check out Veith’s earlier post, How Murdered Missionaries Changed the Culture.

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Thinking

The medusa lamp in my office is quivering right now. It is a bit chilly back here, but I doubt lamps notice that much. It seems to be shaking because i’m shaking. Allow me to trace the path…

Winston’s foot: ADD and always shaking.
Winston’s hip: currently slightly touching the desk
Desk has a computer monitor and Winston’s laptop on it.
The lamp apparently is resting one of it’s medusa lights on the monitor.

Thus shakage. The DVD is currently Generating Transition: VTSM #01, VOB#5. I think I have some more time to finish my thoughts.

Kind of funny how unrelated events aren’t unrelated isn’t it? For me it’s a subtle argument for design in nature. It always seems that nothing happens accidentally, because we can always dig deeper and find something else. Think about your random thoughts – are they ever really random?

One fun thing to do is try and figure out what my brain [or someone else’s] saw that triggered a memory or thought. It’s always entertaining.

But everywhere I go it seems there’s an explanation, even if I don’t know it. Kind of like this DVD right now. I authored the DVD, telling what button to connect to where, how to play, when to play, etc. etc. But when I hit the “Burn DVD” button, I have no clue what the program is doing. But it does it, and it only does it because programmers who DO understand what needs to happen, told it how to make those things happen.

Very amazing. It’s easy to pass things off as accidental, or coincidental, but it all too often seems to be a cop out.

A lot of times we want things to “just happen” or events to be true coincidences, because then it’s still incredible, we can be amazed at how it happened.

We’re afraid that explanation means mundane – if we can explain it then we have less reason to think of it as wonderful in the classic sense: wonderful.

That’s another fun thing about Christianity. If I understand explanations of how things work, then I recognize how amazing they truly are.

So if you were to walk into my office right now, you might be taken aback that the lamp is shaking for no reason. Upon learning the reasons, you might say, “Oh, but it was funny when I first walked in,” and feel a bit silly for thinking it so amazing that the lamp was shaking.

That’s because you’re letting the explanation remove the wonder, which is completely unnecessary. Because what if the whole purpose of me shaking my leg was so you’d be amazed when you walked in? And what if I’d succeeded?

If that’s the case, then your mind can marvel at how little things work together to create seemingly amazing things. The explanation doesn’t remove the wonder, it places it in proper context.

If God weren’t real, I’d be let down a lot. I would be amazed at things in nature and life, and then find the explanations. And they would be mundane. Simple little things, leading up to something that just seems incredible because I don’t know all the facts.

But God is real, so instead of the world being facts that steal my fascination and replace it with… well… facts, the world is full of designs, plans, thought.

Funny how all my rambles are the same, with different words. I need to study the first scientists, and see what they had to say about all this.

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