Sunday, April 13, 2008

Where is God?

Two guys are talking to each other, and one of them says he has a question for God. He wants to ask why God allows all of this poverty and war and suffering in this world. And his friend says, "Well, why don't you ask?" The fellow shakes his head and says he is scared. When his friend asks why, he mutters, "I'm scared God will ask me the same question."

Taken from "The Irresistible Revolution"

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Roots of Mercy

“If mercy is the fruit, then peace and justice is the root.”
— the Rev. Nancy Dixon Walton, pastor, Gray Memorial United Methodist Church, Tallahassee

Good Weekend

Friday Night = Hung Out didn't do much
Saturday = Ran some errands, changed the rotors and brakes on the truck and went for wings.
Sunday = Went to church, ran some more errands and relaxed the rest of the day.

I figured I need to get a hobby. I used to fish a lot and then it was a pain trying to find places to fish and without a boat sometimes fishing is hard. I used to like working on cars but now don't want to modify them anymore and/or don't have a car that needs a lot of work. I am too impatient for model airplane and boats. Maybe I will start to write a book or build a shed or......????

On a different note...

Help stop the spread of malaria by buying one of these bed nets. It is ironic I worry about a hobby and others still worry about malaria and affording a bed net

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Good Quote

“If you accept the existing circumstances of your life, then that means denying your God-given ability to visualize something radically different and much better.”

W. Astor Kirk

The New UMC Social Creed

Here, Here. I love every word of it. I have come to serve and not be served. I have come to love not hate. I have come in peace not hostility. And I have come to love all, regardless.

Proposed United Methodist Social Creed

God in the Spirit revealed in Jesus Christ,
calls us by grace
to be renewed in the image of our Creator,
that we may be one
in divine love for the world.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God cares for the integrity of creation,
wills the healing and wholeness of all life,
weeps at the plunder of earth’s goodness.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God embraces all hues of humanity,
delights in diversity and difference,
favors solidarity transforming strangers into friends.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God cries with the masses of starving people,
despises growing disparity between rich and poor,
demands justice for workers in the marketplace.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God deplores violence in our homes and streets,
rebukes the world’s warring madness,
humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God calls for nations and peoples to live in peace,
celebrates where justice and mercy embrace,
exults when the wolf grazes with the lamb.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God brings good news to the poor,
proclaims release to the captives,
gives sight to the blind, and
sets the oppressed free.
And so shall we.