Friday, February 20, 2004

The Fotolog

Posted some new stuff on The Fotolog. Enjoy.


As one who believes beyond doubt that life begins at conception (speaking as a former biology major) and that abortion is wrong (a belief which for me flows directly from the "life begins at conception" belief), I am very glad to see the courts revisit Roe v. Wade. I believe life begins at conception because the fertilized cell is first, genetically human, and second, has the biological signs of life. Therefore, if life begins at conception and if humans are made in the image of God, then killing human life without just cause is murder. The only possible just cause for abortion--that I can see--is imminent and fatal danger to the physical life of the mother. Any other reason disrepects God and the unborn human as a holder of the image of God. If you disagree, please don't flame me. I am unconvincable.

That being said, one phrase in the article caught my eye as being rather "duh" to me (given the above statement of belief):

"more than 30 years of evidence that abortions are psychologically harmful to women. "

Gosh, who knew that committing murder (possibly over and over) would be psychologically damaging. Shocking! (yes, this is sarcastic)

Read the entire article here.

Thursday, February 19, 2004


Speaking as a suburban American... eeeew!

Bird flu may have decimated poultry businesses across Asia, but rat dealers have never had it so good.

Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004


...has been updated... just in case you care.


The family of late singer Johnny Cash has blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song Ring of Fire to promote haemorrhoid-relief products.

This is BAD! Do marketing people have NO common sense? Have they read the words?

Click here to read the entire BBC article.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004


OK, back on Feb 13 I had a bit of a fit about links with nothing but a lame "underconstruction" message on the other end. To prove that there is hope in the universe, here is an under construction webpage from Dr. Alan Gomes (Talbot Historical Theology Prof) that shows the RIGHT way to do this. Check out his
page on sailing. It is under construction, but it still has stuff for the viewer. So, for all out there with lame under construction pages--take note.

Monday, February 16, 2004


More ponderings about the new TFB Creative Arts Team. [last pondering was Feb 6]


SYLLABICATION: in·dig·e·nous
ADJECTIVE: 1. Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment. See synonyms at native. 2. Intrinsic; innate.
ETYMOLOGY: From Latin indigena, a native. See indigen.
OTHER FORMS: in·dige·nous·ly —ADVERB
in·dige·nous·ness —NOUN

I guess the first question that comes to mind is "What does Torrance culture look like?" important iimportant "What does TFB culture REALLY look like?"--not the safe Sunday morning culture, but the way we all really relate to our world--how we actually understand and make sense of life. What do we see as beautiful? What is confusing? What takes our breath away? What would we hang up on the frig at home? What artists--high brow or low brow--do we have in our congregation and in our community that could translate our understanding of God and the world into multisensory experiences? If we ask ourselve to describe how we feel about God, what language do we use? What words, images, aromas, flavors, textures, sounds, and actions come to mind?

This, I think, is the beginning of indigenous worship--a lifelong, day-in-day-out expression of our burning passion for the God who knows us most and loves us best. Worship that is indigenous is visceral. It breaks through the boundaries of the Sunday morning gathering and spills over into the way we treat the barista at Starbucks. It spills over into the choices we make when preparing our taxes. It spills over into how we treat the people who bug us. It spills over into how we act when we've had a really bad day.

When we do this--really do this--we will see and those of our community will see what God looks like when he is translated through Torrance First Baptist.