Thursday, June 30, 2005

Apologetics, Da Vinci, and Rules Revisited

Still thinking about Wesleyan’s rule on movie theatres, when mom first showed me the passage I asked the same question as Ryan “when was this published?” But there was no date. I decided to seek out the answer by asking my pastor. He’s not sure of the publishing date, but believes no theaters is still a rule…but it’s just not followed. (I can’t state either way cause I didn’t take His and Diss). He thinks Peoples' anit-theater thoughts changed when it became possible to watch the VHS at home (or Bata does anyone remember Bata). So if Wesleyans break this rule why is it still in the books?

On a more personal note: I’ve been helping with my church’s youth group. It’s been wonderful; a great group of kids…full of hard questions. Some have been “where did God come from” and “what happens to babies when they die”. It’s caused me to refresh my apologetics knowledge. This Sunday’s topic is “Can we trust the Bible?”.

In the same vein as apologetics, over this past week I’ve had different people ask me about my thoughts on the Da Vinci Code. At the time I really didn’t have any comments because I had too little information. Wasn’t even 100% sure what the book was about. So I stopped by the library and began reading, I’m about 100 pages in. It’s still too early in the book to have a comment, but that’s what’s going on in my world.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Eating Habits

We know the proper Etiquette for our culture but what about those from other countries. This international table manners quiz was past on to me.

My score was 9 out of 11, how did you do?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Wesleyan membership

Two more are being added to the ranks of the Wesleyan church. Tomorrow my parents are becoming members of New Hope Wesleyan Church. As part of the whole membership process the pastor asked them to read Connecting To Christ: Belonging (printed by Wesleyan Publishing House.) There was one section under leisure that stood out to my mom and raised questions:

“It will also involve witnessing against social evils but appropriate forms of influence the refusal to participate in social dancing, the refusal to patronize the motion picture theatre (cinema), together with other commercial ventures as they feature the cheap, the violent or the sensual and pornographic…” p.128-129

Are good Wesleyan’s expected to stay away from movies? If that is true, it would seem like the ‘powers that be’ are regulating holiness…Also puts a lot of pressure to live up to an outside standard. Not sure what the authors or churches intended. Anyone willing to make a comment or make this seem not so legalistic?

Sunday, June 05, 2005


Nothing in my life has order. There is no routine or pattern to my days. Just simple randomness dictates each hour and minute and it has been like that since my return from China.

It is not just my regular blogging that has suffered but every aspect of my life; going to the gym, going for a run, daily time with God (Scripture and prayer), brushing my teeth –actually not brushing my teeth that is still consistent daily thing.

I find getting into routine the hardest thing. Not really sure what to do to jump back into life. I’ve tried to do lists but they didn’t really help. Any suggestions? I mean the things missing in my life are important.