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Monthly Archives: September 2005

I just found out about this website, check out the Regent College rating.

You can hear highlights of the benifit concert at High Ground Concert. It is nice to hear it when you can’t make it to the concert.

It is exciting to see Francisco living out his passion for the Monarchs. Check out his audio file on NPR: Monarch Migration

Also last night we saw a great movie called
Viva Cuba. Before the film began the presentor asked for a raise of hands for everyone who had been to Cuba and about 75 percent of the people raised their hands! Can you believe it? The film is a story of two children learning about friendship and loyalty in the midst of struggle to remain friends. The child actors were impressive and had a strong presence. If you see it in your town you got to check it out. The Vancouver Film Festival is in town, so that is how we got to see this Cuban film.

Things are not looking good for the Southern States and Rita Approaches: Hurricane model

Can these people in New Orleans get any rest?

Check out the Katrina Article
Here is a little clip:

Perhaps we would do well to listen to the likes of Rabbi Harold Kushner, who contends that God is not really as powerful as we have claimed. Nowhere in the Hebrew Scriptures does it say that God is omnipotent. Kushner points out that omnipotence is a Greek philosophical concept, but it is not in his Bible. Instead, the Hebrew Bible contends that God is mighty. That means that God is a greater force in the universe than all the other forces combined.

So what do you think about God not being omnipetent?
I have trouble with this statement.

I do like the part below:

In the Bible, we read this passage: “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (I Kings 19:11-12)

Instead of looking for God in the earthquake or the tsunami, in the roaring forest fires blazing in the western states, or in the mighty winds of Katrina, it would be best to seek out a quiet place and heed the promptings of God’s still small voice. That voice will inspire us to bring some of God’s goodness to bear in the lives of those who suffer.

It was exciting for me to see a fellow class mate on the cover of Christianity Today. You can check out the article:
New Monasticis
It was so cool to read about something that is growing that seemed like a small movement in PA and see that it has been happening all around the US. It might even be an international thing.

When we were in school it was an amazing transformation, or as Shane calls it a converstion when we were in the community. It was such a rush to be part of a group that was making a difference in the world. It is amazing to see these guys continue what we started as college students. I remember how my friend Chris Lahr mentored Josh Loveland and myself to go into the streets and hang with people living on the sidewalk. Then seeing the Eastern campus catch fire to go out to the city rather than stay in the comfortable campus. We were challenged to see the Gospel in a new light as we lived and communed with the poor.

Originally uploaded by Tirebiter.

What is there to say after such massive destruction?
It is so hard to watch the television reports and understand what is really going on there?

A few years ago, I heard an inner city pastor from New Orleans come to speak to Christ Our Shephard. He had wonderful stories of what God was doing there in one of the worst neighborhoods in New Orleans. The staff evacuated with some of the children from the ministry and are now trying to relocate the children with their families. You can read more at Desire Street Ministrires.

I am proud of Washington, DC for taking in some refugees.
Check out this news release:
News Release for Immediate Release
September 2, 2005

Mayor Williams to Open DC Armory to Katrina Victims

Contact: Vince Morris (202) 727-6846 Press Only

Monetary Donations: Red Cross 1 (800) HELP-NOW
How can you help local hurricane victims?
Call the Mayor’s Call Center (202) 727-1000 or Serve
DC (202) 727-7925

(Washington, DC) Mayor Williams announced today that
the District will use the DC Armory as a temporary
shelter for up to 400 victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The city will send buses to Louisiana to retrieve
victims who are being evacuated from a broad stretch
of the Gulf Coast. The District plan allows evacuees
to receive immediate assistance such as food, water,
shelter, and clothing and provides them with a safe
place to rest while cleanup and recovery gets underway
in the stricken area.

“It’s impossible to see the devastation and chaos
without feeling a deep sense of sadness over the
disaster that’s struck the Gulf Coast,” Mayor Williams
said. “In times like these, we all have an obligation
to pitch in and do what we can to relieve the
suffering. I’ve directed that the DC Armory be turned
into a temporary shelter for as many as 400 victims of
Hurricane Katrina. Although it’s a small number in the
overall scope of a tragedy that’s displaced tens of
thousands, my hope is that other jurisdictions follow
suit and that collectively our nation can solve this
unprecedented crisis. If every city on the East Coast
shelters 400 people, we can quickly ease the suffering
of tens of thousands of people.”

“The Armory has served the city well for many years
and, like the Houston Astrodome and other facilities
now pressed into service as a shelter, my hope is that
it will be a welcome sight to people who’ve lost so
much,” the Mayor continued. “We can provide victims
with food and shelter while authorities in Louisiana
and Mississippi concentrate on cleanup and the long
process of rebuilding New Orleans.”

The Mayor praised DC Councilmember David Catania for
his efforts to help raise funds and coordinate the
effort. In addition, the Mayor said the Washington
Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Metropolitan
Police Department, the Departments of Health, Mental
Health, and Social Services, DC Public Schools, the
University of the District of Columbia, and the Sports
and Entertainment Commission – and others – are all
working to make the unprecedented plan a reality.