Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sports: headline - All They Can 'Eat

Wooooooo Hooooooooo!!!!!

The Anteaters are stayin' alive with a 8-7 win in 10-innings!

Next up, Oregon State today.

Let's go Eaters, stomp, stomp, stomp-stomp-stomp! (repeat multiple times until you go crazy!)

UPDATE: Its a final Beavers defeat Anteaters 7-1. Congrats to the Anteaters for a good run in the post-season!


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Youth: Parable of the Mustard Seed

In youth group this morning, we discussed Matthew 13:31-32:

He put another parable before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.

To help spur the discussion, we also saw this music video ...

Many of us were quite moved by the video.

What do you think?


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Sports: UCLA and UCI in College Baseball Championships!

College Baseball is in its Sweet 16. Both that Anteaters and the Bruins are still in contention.

Here is the current bracket.

Go Bruins! Go Anteaters!

UPDATE: Anteaters with their backs to the wall. 6/18/2007 they face elimination against Cal State Fullerton!

UPDATE: The Anteaters live to play another day with a 5-4 win in 13-innings.


Saturday, June 02, 2007

World: Dialog on Global Warming

A few months ago, I went through a three-day training workshop with the Public Conversations Project.

This Sunday, our church will host a discussion about Global Warming. As part of our applying what we learned from PCP, our team that went through the training has drafted some questions for the dialog and will help facilitate the dialog tomorrow.

(1) The basis for your view on Global Warming ...
What in your personal experiences have shaped your views on Global Warming?

(2) The reason for your concern about the issue ...
Whatever your views on Global Warming, what values do you hold dear do you feel are at stake in the controversy?

(3) The permission to acknowledge uncertainty and doubt ...
What uncertainties do you hold regarding your personal views on the matter? What troubles you about the way the subject is discussed?

If so inclined, please pray for a meaningful time of sharing and listening to divergent opinions about a controversial subject!

To get a taste of the PCP approach, check out this 4-page printout on Reaching Out Across the Red-Blue Divide.

UPDATE: In the effort to be "fair and balanced" and a useful resource. Here are some web links you may want to check out...
IPCC - intergovernmental panel on climate change. This is the international organization that puts out reports you hear on the news periodically.
An Inconvient Truth web page - the movie page and advocacy page on Global Warming.
Competitive Enterprise Institute's response to An Inconvient Truth. CEI is a think tank skeptical of the claims of Global Warming activists.