May 20, 2007

Two perspectives on baked-goods.

"I am the bread of life."
-- Jesus, the Christ

"Then let them eat cake!"
-- Marie Antoinette, the Queen

Much of the church that Jesus established, especially here in the West, has taken his living gospel of good news and replaced it with a confectioner's delight. The chewy wholeness, the simple ingredients, the unrefined grains, and the natural elements were deemed too old-fashioned, unappealing, and just simply too plain for contemporary tastes.

Instead, we have concocted beautiful cakes using many of the same ingredients. Only now, we change them to meet our modern tastes. The new recipe calls for bleached wheat, refined sugars, artificial colorings, blended with lots of air to make it easy to chew. The "modern" church has taken away the chewy bread of life, and given us party cake.

Instead of being outraged, we happily consume all we are given, even as others die for lack of simple, life-nourishing, whole-grain bread. With fewer and fewer customers, we look in disgust at the "bread lines" forming on the streets where the homeless gather.

This world is not my home.

May 18, 2007

From an angry soldier.

I can't vouch for its authenticity, and it's not a happy thing, but here goes. It is powerful.

PS: Just because you read it on the internets, it doesn't mean it's true. It just means it got posted.

May 3, 2007

Don't Look Back.

"We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there."

"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."

"You can be sincere and still be stupid."

-- Charles Kettering

"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

-- Jesus of Nazareth