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My Personality Helix

In keeping with my apparent openness (see upper left green square), I wanted to share with you the results of my personal DNA test. I passed; it appears I do have a personality...phewww.

I think I plan on taking this test again in six months, when I will likely not be doing full-time support raising. I'll post both results then, side by side. That could be interesting. Thanks to Noel Heikkinen for unveiling this to me...not personally, just via his website. I enjoy these things...learning more about who God has made us to be.

You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, benevolent. Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a creator.

Benevolent Creator


I just wanted to share part of Isaiah 40 with you this morning. It is one of my favorite passages in scripture for two reasons: humility and it closes with a promise. One cannot escape the fact that we have so little control over the workings in our world, yet God has so graciously included us. The end of the text includes a promise to those who would place their hope in him: you will find renewed strength in this life. God has lavished love on us and allows us to be a part of the big story, but remember this:

Who has understood the mind of the LORD,
or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge
or showed him the path of understanding? ...He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in..."To whom will you compare me?

No other name

In remote villages in Indonesia or in the DRC, it is completely understandable that there are still those who have never heard of Jesus Christ. It can be somewhat suprising, however, when we meet those here in the "Christian" West, who have never heard of him. Truth is, that's becoming more and more common in places like America or in the UK. Like this kid in Britain:

"A Christian charity is sending a film about the Christmas story to every primary school in Britain after hearing of a young boy who asked his teacher why Mary and Joseph had named their baby after a swear word."

The quote was taken from this article (several months old) about the Catholic church and their views on literal interpretation of certain parts of scripture. Worth reading. In my uneducated opinion, they have become a bit too soft on some points regarding the divine inspiration of scripture. Yes, certain parts of scripture are certainly reserved for metaphorical interpretation (e.g.…

My Superwhatever

Just because I had a Superman cake for my 23rd birthday (thanks to my awesome cake-making machine of a friend, Michelle) and the exact same--yes, 1980s cake molds are still around-- for my 8th birthday doesn't make me an official Superman geek. But, you could say I've enjoyed my share of his movies and tv spin-offs in my day. Yeah, I'll shame myself once again...I'm also a Smallville watcher. And I'll be in line opening week for the latest film about the man of steel, which'll be out in less than two months.

So, where am I heading with all this Superman I was finishing up Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis last week, I got to thinking about his discussion about "my Superwhatever." For Bell, his Superwhatever was being Superpastor at Mars Hill and he realized this while sitting in a storage closet minutes before he was to go out and "save the day" by giving another home run teaching to the thousands attending their weekend gathering. For…

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Manuel Uribe, from Mexico, weighs approximately 1200 pounds. You might just have to see it to believe it. In preparation for his surgery, he said, "I'm trying to reduce my weight a bit right now so I can be in the right condition for the operation."

To completely shift gears, I think you should check out the Mocha Club, a division of African Leadership. The team, Jambo 13:16, was started by a friend and our focus is on orphans. Coffee drinker or not, if you have any interest in helping to make a direct impact, a visit to the website will be worth your time. I fall in the "or not" category myself, unless I'm terribly tired then maybe some sugar-packed rocket fuel in the form of a cappacino is nice.. The Mocha Club was initiated by musician (and U of I alumnus) Matt Wertz after a visit to Khayalitsha, part of the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa (I can attest to some of what he experienced there). I won't say any more. You'll have to f…