Monthly Archives: April 2008


I was over at my friend Jeremiah’s last night and he showed me the video he and his friends Dan, Kenny, and Matt produced for their Faith and Film class here at the seminary. The video’s up on YouTube, and it is based on the story of Zaccheus from the Bible, the take being that while we normally think of the story as Jesus’ attempt to find Zaccheus, Zaccheus is most notably found by Jesus. I just think they did a fabulous and innovative job with the approach to a favorite Biblical story, the filming, and the creativity…sit back and enjoy!


New Intelligence

This just in from my sister, and to think I was just throwing a football out on the quad this afternoon bemoaning #4’s retirement…there may be hope?  See what you think.
Brett Favre

If Green Bay Packers were in need, Brett Favre might think twice about retirement

Updated: April 9, 2008, 6:09 PM ET

GULFPORT, Miss. — If the Green Bay Packers are ravaged by injuries this season, Brett Favre might consider returning should the team reach out to him.

“It would be hard to pass up, I guess,” he told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald. “But three months from now, say that presents itself, I may say, you know what, I’m so glad I made that decision. I’m feel very comfortable in what I’m doing and my decision.

“Yeah, I can probably be up there doing that and playing, but again, I don’t know. It’s only speculating. I think the world of that team. I had a lot of fun, not only this year, but over my career.”

But if Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury?

“Aaron has fallen into a great situation,” Favre said. “And if that opportunity presented itself and they did call, it would be tempting. And I very well could be enticed do it.”

Favre understands the kind of challenge he would face should he opt to go back to the NFL after ending his record-setting 17-year career. And he made it clear he is not changing his mind at this time.

“But to think that if they called me in October and told me, ‘Hey, we need you this week.’ That would be hard,” Favre said in a story that appeared on the paper’s Web site on Tuesday. “I’m sure mentally, I would be refreshed. I’d be away from it for a long time. But mentally versus physically, the last thing I’d want to do is go up and it’s ‘Oh this is great’ and all that stuff and me be excited and then just flop.

“You just can’t show up and play.”

There has been a steady flow of speculation that Favre would have a change of heart in the wake of the March 4 announcement the league’s only three-time MVP was retiring.

“I guess the best response would be, right now no,” he said of a possible return to the game.

Favre added he would not return unless he was in shape.

“It would be hard to go up there at 38. It was hard to stay in shape. I say that, I worked out and I worked out hard,” he said. “Week in and week out, I was just drained. Finally, for the first time, I felt, not that 38 is old, but I looked around at practice and these guys are bouncing around. And I practiced every day and all the time people would ask me … `How do you do it? Inside I’m saying, ‘I have no idea.’ It’s a struggle.”

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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Books that make you cry


Rarely does a book make me cry. Rarely does it bring tears to my eyes in the way another experience might. But lately, I’ve been immersed in several poignant books that have choked me up…just a little bit. For instance, on the long drive to and fro church, I’ve been listening to The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini on CD, and so far the entire book is heart-wrenching, but the part that really struck me was the sacrifice of the character’s new wife to care for his ailing father. A day after churning this Afghani’s family’s plight over and over in my mind, I had to read Elie Wiesel’s Night for my Spiritual Autobiography class. Surprisingly, I’d never read the book before and I was reading feverishly, flipping through the pages as I had to know whether Wiesel and his father would be separated in the horror of the concentration camp. Finally, it is the cultural disconnect that removes the little Hmong girl from her home in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (by Anne Fadiman) that creates an overwhelming sense of sorrow for me as I read. It is interesting to reflect that these three books come from such distinct cultural contexts and that much of the conflict in the novels occurs from misunderstandings in culture…perhaps that’s why they’ve been so powerful for me.
What books make you cry??

Future Plans

While I didn’t know where I would be headed after seminary, I never anticipated the decision would be so difficult for me. As I checked in during prayer last night, listing all the goals I have for my life, I realized that through seminary, even though it may not seem so, my call has narrowed. I continue to be called to working with communities on the margins, and looking to explicate the dense relationships between religion and culture. I want to serve the church abroad, helping to connect diverse communities of faith around the world but also to make sure that the culture of development and progress shifts from a patriarchal paradigm to one rooted in anthropological exchange.
While I was blessed with two different opportunities as of late, one to go directly into the field to work with the church and one to pursue further education in anthropology, I have ultimately chosen to enter the PhD program in Anthropology next year at Princeton University while remaining in the ordination process and continuing to live into the church, especially but not exclusively in my research in my doctorate. I am convinced that this degree will allow me to be a more sensitive cultural advocate for religious communities on the margin and to serve the world with a genuine intellect, faith, and love for God.