The Green Menace

Did you know, that if you inhale a pea, it can sprout and grow in your lungs?

If you didn’t, neither did I until yesterday. Being in quarantine, I have been using social media more to keep my sanity from slipping away. I was scrolling through Facebook, when I stumbled upon this fact:

Shocked, intrigued, and excited by this weird fact, I decided to share it with several friends of mine, one of them being a mother, who, like my own, highly encourages her kids to eat their vegetables. She responded, “. . . that is just an excuse.”

Was it? I wondered, so I investigated. Continue reading

Onward We Go

In a strange new world of pandemic, isolation, and toilet paper shortage, Pixar has introduced their own new world in their latest film: Onward. Its theater run was cut short due to the coronavirus, but the movie about two brothers, Ian and Barley, going on a magical quest to be able to spend one more day with their deceased father, is now available on Disney+. If you’re looking for something to watch in the midst of your binging, I recommend checking out this film.

Like many of Pixar’s movies, there are several themes embedded throughout it. Not just timely for our society before the crisis, but also, and perhaps even more so, now in the midst of it. (WARNING: spoilers ahead.) Continue reading

Dear Fans,

Please, enjoy your X-wings, your Enterprises, and your TARDIS. Feel free to dress up and whip out your wands, Pokéballs, and batarangs. Feel free to explore Azeroth, or Middle Earth, or Paradise Island. Feel free to fly! . . . But don’t forget to keep a foot rooted in reality. Enjoy what you love. And no, you don’t have to like nor support every decision that a corporation makes. It’s okay to express your opinions; but please, keep your emotions in check. It’s okay to be angry; it’s okay to be passionate; but it’s not okay to be hateful. Don’t forget, behind every character, every project, every show, there are real people with feelings. Please, don’t let your passion for amazing, fictional work, stomp upon the feelings of people:

“Blind Men and the Elephant”

Blind Men and the Elephant
by John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Indostan,
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach’d the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -“Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear,
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!” Continue reading

Comfort or Awesome?

This fall, I was challenged by a picture, similar to this one. It was a simple picture, just two circles. One with the word “Comfort” written in it, and the other “Awesome.” Just two circles, yet a powerful image.

The speaker explained that each church has a choice, that they can choose to be a church of comfort. A safe church that takes little to no risk. A church worried about keeping everyone happy and not stomping on anyone toes. A church worried about the attendance, and numbers, and the tithing.

Or, a church can choose to be awesome. A church that’s not afraid to take risks and rely on the Holy Spirit. A church more worried about preaching the Bible than offending. A church that cares more about spreading the Gospel, feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans and widows, focused more on Kingdom work than numbers or church politics. A church of comfort or of awesome. And notice that these two circles never intersect; a church can’t be both. They must choose one or the other. Comfort or awesome. Continue reading

A Parable of Unity

getty_510414120_20001125200092800_380320I [Paul] therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Ephesians 4:1-7).

What if there was a city like Unity?

Like many cities in the United States, Unity houses several church buildings and denominations; however, unlike other American cities, there is something different about her. Continue reading

It was not Beauty that Killed the Beast

The story of King Kong, is a tragedy. For the story ends–at least this version of Kong’s story, for Legendary’s King Kong in their MonsterVerse will soon (2020) be facing off against Godzilla–the story ends, with the iconic scene of the ape being slayed by airplanes a top of the Empire State Building. Then, the famous line is uttered, “It wasn’t the airplanes. . . . It was beauty killed the beast.” Of course my brother would joke, “No, it was the bullets,” but I would like to propose that it was another killer. Continue reading