Monthly Archives: November 2009

Virtual Reality is Virtually Scary

Asia may be cornering the market on disturbing love stories (see previous blog post on man marrying his dead girlfriend).  Today’s story comes from Japan where a guy has fallen in love with a 2 dimensional, virtual character.  Here’s my favorite quote:  “the man fell in love with one of the virtual girls named Nene Anegasaki and decided to marry her and take her on a honeymoon to Guam. Since the girl doesn’t really exist, that meant he took his Nintendo DS to Guam.”  Link

Awesome.  This was a good reminder to me to not take Jenni’s actual existence for granted.  I don’t know whether to punch this guy in the face or weep for his unmet desire for relationship.

This seems to me to be a bigger part of a disturbing trend of no contact with people.  We see it in online churches which I find to be dangerous.  Can online community truly be community?  Perhaps, but it seems more to be just another avenue to put off relationships and live behind the screen.

I will be embarking on my first cruise tomorrow on which I’ll probably sing “I’m On A Boat” about 200 times.  Pray for Jenni and Kristen as they will undoubtedly be sick of that about 5 minutes in.


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Daylight Savings, Succumb to Christ?, and Louisiana really is that backwards

I am overcome by such curiosity as to what life would be like without Daylight Savings Time.  I wish there was a way we could just try it for a year.  In fact I may leave a clock constant all year just so I will know.  We might like it since it basically outlived its purpose once a little thing called the Industrial Revolution roared through town.

‘Uh… Okay. The Industrial Revolution to me is just like a story I know called “The Puppy Who Lost His Way.” The world was changing, and the puppy was getting… bigger.’ (Shout out to Billy Madison)

This morning’s QT had me in 2 Peter 2.  The second part of verse 19, as translated in the NET, caught my attention.

For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.

It’s referencing false prophets being enslaved to immorality, but it got me thinking about the positive aspect of that.  Paul often refers to himself as a bondservant or slave of Christ indicating he has “succumbed” to Christ.  We are called to yield to His plan and His work in our lives.  How hard it is to not fight against that out of pride to do things my own way.  What does that say about me?  Am I succumbing to my own will and independence such that I am enslaved to it?  What are you succumbing to?  God help me to yield my own way to Yours.

And finally, it’s sad to say but Louisiana has issues.  Every Southerner wants to vault their own state above any other Southern state, but I’m standing by this one.  An article (link below) referenced a white American couple who had served as missionaries in Tanzania and subsequently adopted children from there.  Apparently churches, yes the organized, visible body of Christ in this country, thought that was just not cool.

“While most churches they visited during their last stateside assignment accepted the Washburn family, several in Louisiana did not. When some churches learned about the Tanzanian children, they called special business meetings to decide whether to extend speaking engagements to the couple. One church refused to have them speak.”

Really Louisiana?  Really Christians?

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God of the Living and Free Audio Book

This morning we were going over Mark 12 and specifically the passage where the Sadducees try to trick Jesus with a question about marital relationships in heaven.  Jesus answers that and then hits them with the real issue which is whether or not there is a resurrection at all.  The Sadduccees denied that there was and also only followed the Torah as authoritative.  So Jesus references a passage from the Torah and says:

Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”

The emphasis is of course on the the fact that God is (present tense) the God of three people who are physically dead.  However what was also pointed out is that God is also saying that same phrase of all those who have put their trust in Him.  The thought of God saying, “I am the God of Todd Singletary” is ridiculously incredible to comprehend.

Next, one of the more influential books in my life has been Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.  Desiring God is offering it in audio form free here:

And speaking of books you should pick up Spirit Of the Rainforest. Fascinating read from an anthropological perspective as well as from a spiritual perspective.



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