It’s hard not to notice the recent resurgence of superheroes–Superman, Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers…But why are they reappearing? Part of the reason is that people my age are having kids and want to relive their childhoods. A recent Economist article also cited “the decline of religion in a more secular world” as a reason for the popularity of modern “mythmaking.” In other words, superheroes and the … Continue reading
We kept up the parable adventure with two more: the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl. (You can read about our initial parable adventures at We’re going on a parable hunt.) First, we read the parable of the hidden treasure. It is short and sweet: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it … Continue reading Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price
It’s the time of the year when pastel-colored eggs, bunny rabbits and chocolate in various forms take over huge sections of Targets, Walmarts and pharmacies across the country. As clever marketers would like us to think, spring is in the air and it’s time to buy our kids candy and new clothes. A stuffed animal wouldn’t hurt either. Not to mention a basket, confetti, eggs, … Continue reading We’re going on a parable hunt
When I was 15, my pastor challenged me to pray for 15 minutes a day for three weeks: 5 minutes for myself, 5 minutes for the youth group and 5 minutes for the church. I went into a room, shut the door, closed my eyes and prayed for everything (and everyone) I could think of. After what felt like an eternity I peeked at the clock. I had prayed one minute. … Continue reading
Yesterday I stumbled across a passage I’ve read several times, but I noticed something I’d never noticed before. It started off the way I remember: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. Bel and Nebo are the names of two gods of Babylon, a powerful nation that conquered the known world, including Israel and Judah–God’s chosen people. Babylon seemed … Continue reading Who’s carrying who?
For those of you who are late-comers to the concept of a “bucket list” (like me), it’s a list of things you want to do, see and/or accomplish before you die (a.k.a. “kick the bucket”). Bucket lists are usually self-centered: travel the world, go bungee jumping, meet Paris Hilton, etc. I would like to submit to you a “bucket list for college students”–things to do … Continue reading A bucket list for college students
I’ve been meditating on the fact that where we start is not necessarily where we end up. This is true in a good way–people come out of awful circumstances and reach great heights. For example, we recently watched “Spare Parts,” a true story about Latino high school students in a poor, crime-ridden community. Although they came from a disadvantaged background, they managed to develop an underwater robot that … Continue reading Beginning ≠ End