Monday, August 30, 2010

a satiety of wonder

Speaking of a man first seeing the miracle of sky and storm:

"How different we are who have become jaded with a satiety of wonder. 'It is not by our superior insight that we escape the difficulty,' says Carlyle, 'it is by our superior levity, our inattention, our want of insight. It is not by our thinking that we cease to wonder at it... we call that fire of the black cloud electricity, and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but what is it? Whence it comes? Whither goes it? Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great depth of Nescience (absence of knowledge), whither we can never penetrate, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.'"

AW Tozer and Thomas Carlyle in The Knowledge of the Holy

Monday, August 16, 2010

Swing Wide

I caught myself
Looking in the mirror
Wishing I was someone else
Cause I was born
With a bleeding heart
And veins of loneliness

And I know it,
I’ve seen it,

I’ve held it in my arms
But love can’t seem to break me down

And I’ve pleaded, I’ve begged
And I’ve bloodied my eyes
Just to feel it
To believe it will stick around

Swing wide the glimmering gates

I told myself
The habits and secrets
Were just to get me through
To get me through the nights
But I got lost
In a world of angles
In a city of greys and lies

And I feel it, I taste it
This longing to be free
Oh, the joy of believing like a child

So you, you there listening
Will you send up a prayer
For me
To help me find the light

Swing wide the glimmering gates
Leave your pride and pain
Swing wide the glimmering gates
And be innocent again

One day I believe
I will open up my eyes
To see the good work that was begun
And I’ll be the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be
And I’ll know that I belong

Swing wide the glimmering gates
Leave your pride and pain
Swing wide the glimmering gates
And be innocent again

Words and Music: Andrew Osenga


we saw a "rainbow leaf" as Zackers named it. Autumn is on its way.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Top Five Sci-Fi Univi (thats my new geeky plural for universe)

Because BeefyGeek isn't the only nerd around here.

In no particular order...

-The Ender Universe by Orson Scott Card. It begins with the Hugo winning Ender’s Game. But it doesn’t stop there. Oh no. Nine books in the world so far and he probably has more up his sleeve.

Why I love it:
-First and foremost it is super character driven, I want to name at least one of my children after one of the characters if that tells you how much I love them.
-Great writing.
- Ender is an AMAZING Christ type who just gets better as you keep reading.
-It has some pretty good science-y stuff (i.e. faster than light speed communication, interesting gravity manipulation, cool weapons).
-Really awesome futuristic politics (Card calls it “the great game”)
- It has some myth-like components.
-He portrays children as being real people.
-It has good morals. Sounds like a really boring Christian-y type thing to say, but I can’t help it. I love that the sympathetic characters in the books believe in good and evil and save sex for marriage. I could write for Focus on the Family!
-Good alien/human interaction. I’m very picky about my aliens.

-The Terminator Universe originally by James Cameron.
I grew up watching these movies and they are just a part of me. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not… ALTHOUGH, I have to say after squealing with delight the first time I saw a preview for CHRISTIAN BALE as JOHN CONNER… I haven’t yet gotten around to seeing Judgement Day. So I may have to re-write this after I do. I also just started The Sarah Conner Chronicles on Netflix… and its awesome. I was soooo disappointed that I couldn’t watch it tonight ‘cause the internet is down.

Why I love it:
-John Conner is just so epically legendary. I mean really… He’s John Conner. I’d follow him into battle with a sling shot and a bike helmet.
- Its scary without being horror. I don’t do horror. At all.
- As a back to nature gal…I distrust machines and look forward to the day when you join me.
- I love Arnold. I can’t help it. He’s just so ridiculous.
-The strong woman I guess… I don’t think of myself as a feminist, but I can’t help loving it when a girl kicks some serious bad guy behind.

-The Firefly/Serenity Universe by Joss Wheadlon. Just discovered this. A few years too late as usual. It’s definitely getting included on my next Favorite Things post. Why I love it:

- Its hilarious.
-It has great ship design. That sounds weird. But it does.
-Really amazing ensemble cast.
- No aliens. “We don’t need no stinking aliens.” This keeps it from feeling too much like Star Wars.
- The whole Union Vs. Confederacy thing going on. I could see it happening.
- Some people hated the who "space western" thing. But I loved it. Space is the final frontier, right? And if we really space traveled everything wouldn't be all shiny everywhere we went.
-River. She’s just amazing. Another girl that kicks butt… I’m starting to see a pattern here.
-I can’t explain but I want to be on that ship in that Universe. That means I love it, right? It just makes you wanna be a part of it.
-What’s not to love? It deserves its own post.

-The Matrix. It’s been talked about enough. It was awesome. References to it creep up everywhere. It’s a great analogy for Christianity, which to me means it tells the True Story. (“…an artist uses lies to tell the truth.”) Plus Neo is so cute. I have a thing for half-Asians.

-The universe of CS Lewis’s Space Trilogy: So this sort of blurs the line between fantasy and sci-fi and religious myth, but seeing as they are three of my favorite books, I’m gonna go ahead and include it. But it needs its own post. Suffice to say CS Lewis wrote it.

Honorable mention to Star Wars…I do love the universe which is technically what this post is about BUT, we just re-watched the more recent movies and… I just can’t bring myself to include it in this list. If only he had stopped before he cast Hayden Christiansen.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you,
and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness.."

Ezekiel 36:25
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