So after Christmas, I bought myself a new PDA, a Palm Tungsten C, and I must say I’m quite satisfied with this purchase. I got it used plus some extra accessories off Ebay, and it’s definitely been very nice to me. I even scored an external keyboard for more heavy duty typing, and that’s been REALLY good, especially in terms of taking notes and the like during pathology small group.
The kidneys are incredible organs. Complex little buggers. And you don’t even need both of them. You could lose one and a half kidneys, and never even notice it (besides the big scars you’d probably have, since it’s hard to lose kidneys without surgery, usually).
Lately, church has been doing this thing on the DaVinci Code, and clarifying/explaining some of the heresies and strange theology it brings up, and it seems a bit reactionary. Some of it has been pretty cool, in terms of examining Christianity and culture, but some things just seem a bit overblown. It’s a novel, and it’s a good story from what I hear. But I’m not sure why it’s evoked such an intense response from some corners of Evangelicalism. I’d be pretty happy if we just got people to give more of themselves and serve people who are in need, both inside the Church and outside the Church.
I’ve had the recent privilege of helping some homeless people out, and I’m torn about how to handle it sometimes. I was raised to generally not give cash handouts to homeless folks/panhandlers, and I generally still balk at it. I’m more than happy to buy them food, or fill up their car, or whatnot, but cash, well, the usual excuse is that I don’t know what they’re doing with the money, and I don’t want to be enabling them to continue to make unwise, self-destructive, and sinful decisions. At the same time, it seems that the Biblical injunction is not to only help those who will use your help wisely, but help those in need. The Good Samaritan didn’t know if the Jew he helped was going to thank him, or use his second chance at life well. For all we know, that Jew would have gone on looking down on Samaritans.
I don’t know what I’m trying to say, but helping the needy seems to REQUIRE context. Context, meaning continuing communication, a relationship, a true and sincere caring for the other as a dignified human being created in the image of God.
To totally change the subject, Kathleen and I have been praying fairly regularly for our friends in other countries, and I’m really enjoying our time. It’s fun to be focused that way.