Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I was thinking about this statistic and reminisced over the books I’ve read this year and thought about how I am a better person because of it. I’m glad I’m not average.
The books I have read this year:
Simplicity by Mark Solomon
Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll
Counterfeit Revival by Hank Hanegraaff
Confessions of a Reformission Rev. by Mark Driscoll
No Compromise by Melody Green
Let Me Be A Woman by Elizabeth Elliot
The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio
The Barbarian Way by Erwin Mc Manus
Hard To Believe by John MacArthur
To Own A Dragon by Donald Miller
I’m not one of those people who can read a book slowly over a long period of time. I operate on spurts of reading and reading. I usually finsh books in a few days. It rarely takes me more than a week to finish a book. I like to commit to it and finish without a lot of distraction in there. This also means that I can not read more than one book at a time. I like to fully immerse myself in a particular book, and reading more than one at a time splits my focus.
The Coffeehouse Gospel by Matthew Paul Turner
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Open: whenever we get here
Closed: when we leave
I sat at a table by the window and enjoyed my mocha as it helped warm me from the chill coming in the partly open door. And I debated how long to remain enjoying this fall-type weather before heading back to the summery, pressure cooker of Okahandja. I strolled by a few shops and went in the cute little bead shop I like. I was in there at the same time as a Japanese couple with a video camera. The guy was video taping all the rows of beads and scanning the store, which I thought was a bit strange. And on my way out I head them start talking to the owner of the shop and say, “We’re from Japan and we heard that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were here, and she bought a bunch of things. We’re making a webpage because we love them…and we wondered if we can tape you saying that they were here and bought things from this shop” I made a quick exit, shaking my head.
I was thinking about this couple on my way home. And I was reminded; we are worshippers. What consumes my thoughts, what commands my adoration and love? For what, for whom, am I willing to look like a fool? For this couple, it was Brad and Angelina. I feel sad for them. Wasted worship.
“Has not God made the foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe….But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’.”
1 Corinthians 1:20-21, 30-31
Here are some pics from my time just to make all of you in cold countries feel a bit warmer…
Friday, December 01, 2006
Trauma (good psychological thriller, but the ending didn't live up to the rest of the movie)
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (only movie I've seen in the theater here. liked it a lot)
Tsotsi (South African film. I would totally recommend it)
Inside Man (Chaiyya Chaiyya. enjoyed it. very Ocean's Eleven-esque)
Brother's Grimm (Really good. Better than I expected)
Lemmony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events (finally got around to seeing it. really liked it)
Over the Hedge (Funny)
Ultravoilet (NOT my pick!. 2 hours of my life I will never get back)
Failure to Launch (not bad, but predictable girl movie. there is a cool scene where they rock climb)
The Constant Gardener (set in Africa. pretty good story)
Mean Girls (totally surprised me...I laughed a lot)
The Fog (Buddy and Maveja's choice. pretty cheesy)
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (Not really my style. too comic-book for me, and a bit long...or maybe it just seemed long)
"Let Me Be a Woman" by Elizabeth Elliot
"The Air I Breathe" by Louie Giglio
"The Barbarian Way" by Erwin McManus
In the Line-up:
"Life Together" by Deitrich Bonhoffer
"Uprising" by Erwin McManus
"Hard to Believe" by John McArthur
"Friends" Season 9
Currently Listening to:
The Wild Dogs
Over the Rhine
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
5 countries represented.
hot apple cider.
sweet whipped cream.
a million stars.
i hope your Thanksgiving was a great one!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Then we gathered around the table to fellowship and feast. we broke bread together and shared the Lord's supper. for many this was the first time they had ever shared the Lord's supper or even broken bread with other believers this way. It was a very sweet time.
After dinner we watched "The Passion of the Christ". Again, a first for several people there. Maveja was one of the those. It was beautiful to experience this with her. I was overwhelmed with such a sense of thankfulness, not only for what Christ did in redeeming me, but what he has done in redeeming my sister, Maveja. I asked her several days later what she experienced that night and it was evident that the whole night really impacted her. She related that she just felt something unexplainable that night, just being together - all of us - and rembering Jesus like that. He response to the film was summed up mainly by this sentiment,
"I kept thinking, why did I live so long just going on sinning like I did, when Jesus did that for me?"
I seriously love this girl. Her life in Christ means so much to me. I am so thankful to God for allowing me to see the change He has worked and continues to work in her.
On friday Maveja and Buddy came over to my house for dinner. We had spaghetti and salad. Buddy brought this bread called "Lambort" bread because it reminded him of Lambys bread in Lord of the Rings. Then we watched a movie - an absolutely awful movie - NOT my pick. i sent the other two to Funky Video (yes, that is the actual name of the video rental store) So we watched "Ultrviolet" starring Mila Jovovich. nearly two hours of my life I will never get back. Maveja spent the night at my place because we were all getting up early the next morning...
for our Saturday ride to Grossbarmen. Yes, we rode our bikes the 25k to GB, spent the day at the pool, then rode home 25k. A total of 50 k. (31 miles, for you Americans out there) It took about 2 hours each way. We hoped to leave right at 7am to avoid the heat, but Buddy had some bike issues, so we eneded up leaving at 7:40. Still ok though, because it ended up being fairly cool most of the way. Then we spent the day by the pool, had a swim, played Uno, ate ice cream, talked about Jesus, and then decided to head home around 3:00. It was good timing too, as there were storms on the horizon - following us the whole way. Which, I might add, ended up being a huge belssing, because it was overcast mostly which cooled the ride home a lot.
Back at my place we ate the remaining spaghetti leftovers and lounged around my livingroom for a bit while Buddy lamented "losing his omatako somewhere on the road". Then it was time for everyone to part ways and take a much needed SHOWER.
On Sunday we met at Buddy's and broke open the Word, worshiped God with our voices and prayer, and anjoyed each others company. Christaan, Buddy, Rena, Julia, Miriam, Bieata and myself were all there reading and discussing the second half of James chapter 2. Maveja couldn't make it and neither could Nelda and both were very missed.
Yes, indeed, this was a speacial week.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
so i got this from Joel, who got it from his sister....fun.
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
Opening Credits: You Know How I Do –Taking Back Sunday
Waking Up: So Right – Dave Matthews Band
First Day At School: Mother Jupiter - Shrug
Falling In Love: Homecoming King - Guster
Fight Song: You and I Both – Jason Mraz
Breaking Up: Storms in Africa - Enya
Prom: Days Were Golden – Sunny Day Real Estate
Life's Ok: Total Depravity – Havalina Rail Co.
Mental Breakdown: Grace Flood – O.C. Supertones
Driving: Return of the Antagonist -Grits
Flashback: Superman -Blindside
Getting Back Together: Find Your Way To Me – Vineyard Music
Birth of Child: Taking Your Leave – Learning Afrikaans
Wedding: Backyard - Guster
Final Battle: Turpentine Chaser – Dashboard Confessional
Death Scene: New Orleans Instrumental No.1 - REM
Funeral Song: Two Promises – Sunny Day Real Estate
End Credits: Light & Day – The Polyphonic Spree
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Published: November 14, 2006
JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 14 — South Africa’s Parliament overwhelmingly voted today to legalize same-sex marriages, making the nation the first in Africa and the fifth in the world to remove legal barriers to gay and lesbian unions, according to activists.The legislature voted after the nation’s highest court ruled that South Africa’s marriages statutes violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights. The court gave the government a year to amend the legal definition of marriage. That deadline expires in two weeks.Melanie Judge, program manager for OUT, a gay rights advocacy group, noted that the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Canada were the only other countries to allow same-sex marriages nationwide. In most African nations, she said, homosexuality is still treated as a crime. Some penalties are stiffer than those for rape or murder..Ms. Judge credited South Africa’s liberal constitution with forcing change.“This has been a litmus test of our constitutional values,” she said in a telephone interview. “What does equality really mean? What does it look like? Equality does not exist on a sliding scale.”Religious groups and traditional leaders strenuously opposed the measure, arguing that if necessary the constitution should be amended to outlaw same-sex unions. But the ruling African National Congress virtually demanded that lawmakers support the bill.Despite deep divisions within the party, the measure passed 230 to 41. It must now be approved by the Council of Provinces, a quasi-federal chamber, and be signed the president to become law.Vytjie Mentor, the party’s caucus chairman, told the South African newspaper The Sunday Independent earlier this month that he expected legislators belonging to the African National Congress to vote for the measure, regardless of their personal views.There is “no such thing as a free vote or a vote of conscience,” he said. “How do you give someone permission to discriminate in the name of the A.N.C.? How do you allow for someone to vote against the constitution and the policies of the A.N.C., which is antidiscrimination?”The new law allows both heterosexual and same-sex couples to register their unions either as marriages or civil partnerships. But in a concession to critics, it also allows civil officers to refuse to marry same-sex couples on the basis on conscience. Ms. Judge, the gay rights advocate, predicted that provision will be challenged in court.“We can’t be in the situation where civil officers can decide who they want to marry and who they don’t want to marry,” she said. “They aren’t able to refuse to marry a black person and a white person. This is unconstitutional.”
Thursday, November 16, 2006 - Web posted at 7:45:24 GMT
SA approves same-sex unions
SOUTH Africa's parliament has voted to legalise same-sex weddings - the first African country to approve such unions.
The controversial Civil Union bill was passed by 230 votes to 41.
The legislation was introduced after the Constitutional Court ruled last year that the existing laws discriminated against homosexuals.
The ruling African National Congress ordered all MPs to turn up and vote for the bill, despite the opposition of church and traditional leaders.
The bill provides for the "voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnised and registered by either a marriage or civil union".
The existing Marriage Act defines a marriage as a "union between a man and a woman".
During the debate before the vote, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told MPs: "In breaking with our past...
we need to fight and resist all forms of discrimination and prejudice, including homophobia."
But, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, president of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference, said the bill would be a blow against democracy.
"The impression we got is that there is overwhelming opposition to this bill from people throughout South Africa," he told South Africa's Daily News before the vote.
African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe told MPs that those who voted for same-sex marriages would face divine wrath.
However, some gay rights activists have also criticised the bill, because it gives officials the right not to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies if this would conflict with their "conscience, religion and belief".
In the face of such strong feelings, the ANC had issued a three-line whip, instructing all MPs to vote in favour of the bill.
The ANC has a huge majority in parliament.
Last year, the Constitutional Court gave the government until December 1, 2006 to legalise same-sex weddings, after gay rights activists took the issue to court.
The ruling was based on the constitution, which was the first in the world specifically to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual preference.
This is unusual in Africa where homosexuality is largely taboo - notably in its neighbour Zimbabwe.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
One of Buddy's little friends:
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The OSS Bible study will probably be on hold soon. The grade 10’s, will be finished with exams this week, and then their Holiday starts. (they have a 2 month holiday). Everyone else goes to school until their exams finish at the end of November. Grade 10 is the pass/fail year. If you pass, you can keep going to school. If you fail the exams, you have to drop out of school. Most of the learners in our OSS study are grade 10 this year.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together”
Monday, October 09, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Herero ladies in tradional dress:
the Generals on horseback
the "holy fire" ceremony
a little explaination: the Cheif takes a gulp of water, swishes it around inside his mouth, then spits it out in the face of the person kneeling in front of him for a blessing from the ancestors. the water is supposed to dry on its own, not be wiped off. The ancestors are consulted through "holy fire" anytime there is a big decision being made, or a large purchase (like a car) to seek the ancestors approval.
Maveja and I in traditional dress
(the little girl in the picture with us is Hitjiverwe, Maveja's little sister. what she is wearing is traditional dress for young Herero girls. It is made out of leather and has a flap in the front, but is open in the back. Girls may wear this outfit until they are 12 years old. Oh, and that is Maveja's house in the background.)
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The pluses of the new flat are:
the fact that Spar is only a 3 minute bike ride away
the plot is on a lot near the riverbed and is surrounded by tall grass and trees on two sides
its so quiet and is much less likely to have things stolen if left outside
new little friends who live next door – 4 and 5 yrs old, who only speak Afrikaans (a good chance to practice my language skills)
bigger house = more space
opportunity to build new relationships
the minuses (and therefore things you can pray about) are:
separated from the team and ministry area, previously built relationships
Beginning all over again, now learning “town culture”
Getting all the taxi drivers used to the fact that I don’t live at my old house anymore!
My new place (picture to come later)
The other side (picture to come later)
The view from the sitting room
The view from the kitchen
The Office picture didn't come out. not sure why.
I can post pics of the outside later. enjoy!