A Texan Slap to the Face

Last Sunday, I was slapped in the face.

On July 13, a group of us left for a mission trip to both Laredo and El Cenzio, Texas. It was an amazing experience! Especially since I didn’t get shot for quoting from Spongebob . . . more than once: “Can we say that plants from Texas are dumb? Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?”

We got to put on a VBS, work on a house that had been burnt pretty badly, and stripped and reshingled a roof, all while sharing the love of Jesus. I may have gotten heat exhaustion that Saturday, but besides that, the sore muscles, and the heat, it was a really neat experience.

Then Sunday came.

My mentor began his Sunday sermon and slapped me in the face with it. He talked about when we help others, it’s easy to believe that we are better than them–a snare that had gotten me good. I felt like a foolish rabbit that had darted for the brightest orange carrot that was surrounded by a cage and had warning signs posted all around it. Continue reading

God is . . .


The BFG is a whoopsey-splunkers film! I highly enjoyed watching it today with some cool friends of mine. There are many laughs within this movie, which I won’t spoil. Many coming from my favorite scene involving frobscottle, whizzpopping, and the Buckingham palace.

In many ways, the BFG can be thought of as a Jesus or God character. Having the ability to know the “heart’s desire” of everyone on earth, and being able to hear the smallest whisper even from a distance. He is also very loving, caring, and gentle with the small girl Sophie, even though he himself is several times her size. However, he is not a perfect example of the Father. . . .

How many times are we guilty, of thinking of God as a Big Friendly Giant? Continue reading

Hugs and Robots

Last night, I was watching Terminator Genisys on Hulu for the first time, which was sort of a mistake to do alone–with the surrounding fireworks sounding like I was in the amidst of a war zone, making things just a little scary. I was however not too impressed with the movie, neither were Rotten Tomatoes and other critiques or fans for that matter, my reasons being:
1. Too much of a stretch of the original material in launching a sequel-reboot.
2. Overabundance of cussing.
3. Obvious product placement (yes Nike and Pepsi I’m talking about you).
4. Too much of a push for a strong-female-lead, who is not a princess who needs saving.
Though on the upside, the movie did have some good humor here and there as well as excellent special effects. Nevertheless, there was one quote which stuck out to me. Before Sarah Connor steps through the Time Displacement Equipment (or the TDE (I had to look that up for the proper name, better than calling it the ‘time travel device thing’)), she gives her guardian Terminator a hug, in which he states, “That’s a meaningless gesture. Why hold onto someone you must let go?” Continue reading