Thursday, July 29, 2010

On Nature Vs. Nurture

Laredo Day 60: My immersion in Korean culture is complete in it's affect. I saw my parents at the airport and the first thing I did was "in sa'ed"

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On Prayers, The Heart, And Love

Laredo Day 59: People always say that prayers are often windows to one's heart. When a 9 year old prays for his mother it begins with "thank you Lord for my mother, she's so pretty..."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On Worship And Theology Of The Cross

May the words of Christ be on hearts and on our lips. Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his 1life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matthew 16:24f).

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me
Still all my song would be nearer, my God, to thee

- Sarah F. Adams (1805-1848)

Monday, July 26, 2010

On Early Birds

Laredo Day 57: today David and I went to early morning prayer. I get home and lay down. What's the first thing a 9 year old does when he gets home? He goes and wakes up his brother and then runs into his parents room to wake them up. Sorry :(

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On The Ubiquitous Application Of Kimchi

Laredo Day 56: while eating at Olive Garden with a bunch of Koreans, I hear the mothers start talking ab the need for kimchi... umm lols?


Saturday, July 24, 2010

On Manners, Chicken, And Fatness

Laredo Day 55: I literally ate a whole chicken for dinner. When Koreans make chicken soup, they give you a bowl with broth and a full chicken. I'm not proud of myself, but at least I'm not hungry.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

On God, Holiness, And Humility

"Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD;"

- Genesis 19:27

What will I see?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Joy, Worship, And God

‎"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

- Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

On Small Town Fails

Laredo Day 51: guess which city doesn't have a chipotle. I am so sad... and hungry :(

On Marriage, Media, And Sexual Ethics

After reading the article about Christina Saunders who copied Sex and the City's Samantha and bedded 1,000 men, I can't help but to comment on the misguided comments.

As sad as the situation in the article is, the sad thing is that the girl admits she has regrets wishing to settle down with a "man who does not want her only for sex" but is afraid she has now "put men off." Yet, people still aren't thinking through the issues. She slept with 1,000 men and feels no more confident than before. In fact, she feels regretful and scared she has hurt any future long term relationship. She isn't happy, confident, empowered or proud. That's the point of the article.

Ironically, in the comments some people reacted as if 1,000 partners all of a sudden made it a poor choice -as though excess made something a vice -not moral facts. Think it through. At what number does it begin to be a vice: 10, 50, 100, 500? Others, although grossed out, still stuck to their guns saying:
"Give it rest, she slept with a 1000 blokes, not like she went out shooting anyone? she's a good looking girl, who just likes sex, she's not hurting anyone, or doing anything wrong, fair play to her, and whats god got to do with it also? I dont see him handing out words of wisdom on a regular basis, he kicked the bucket 2000 years ago......"
And here our modern morality of mutual consent and unprofessional, mitigated utilitarianism rears its ugly head. Let's at least face the facts. She did hurt someone -she admits to hurting herself!

Sadly, the question not being entertained in the modern mind is this: is it disgusting and wrong that she had 1,000 one night stands or merely 1? Or: does having a series of one night stands actually make you happy? Do people ever consider that perhaps she would be happiest if she had gotten married and found confidence, security in the fidelity of marriage. There was even an Atheist who conceded in the function of virginity until marriage citing studies of strengthened emotional attachment in marriage. Clearly, 1,000 one night stands didn't do the trick.

You may not want to talk about Jesus, God and the Bible -which you should because there is a God who holds us accountable yet is merciful to forgive. You may not want to believe in moral facts -which you should because moral facts exist regardless of your belief. However, you would be remiss if you didn't listen Christina: she isn't happy and all she wants now is to settle down, and 1,000 one night stands didn't help.

- Jane Atkinson, Sex and the City Fan Beds More than 1000 Men, in News of the World, July, 18, 2010.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

On Fighting The Beat

Laredo Day 49: today at church I put on show my fist pump... no one was impressed :(

Friday, July 16, 2010

On Korean Mothers, Lectures And Samonims

Laredo Day 47: today the parents gave me a lecture on why I need to get married. They also lectured me on things they would like in their samonim. Coincidence?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

On Love And Obedience In Truth

What does it mean to "walk in truth" (2 John 4)? John explains the requisite connection between orthodoxy, orthopraxy and love.
"And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments."
- 2 John 6a

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

On Media As Epistemology

‎"We have reached, I believe, a critical mass in that electronic media have decisively and irreversibly changed the character of our symbolic environment. We are now a culture whose information, ideas and epistemology are given form by television, not by the printed word. Just because TV and print coexist, doesn’t mean there is parity — print is now merely a residual epistemology."

- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in An Age of Show Business (New York: Penguin, 2005)

On Daschunds, Poop, And Weddings

I had a dream that I adopted a dachshund off the street with her puppies. But my wife kept getting mad bc it kept pooping everywhere... I need to find me a wiener doggy :]

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

On Odd Thoughts And Feelings

Am I the only person who gets random desires to solve math problems?