More on ‘being-in-the-world’ (and a little on Chri...

Just skip to the end of this post for the little bit about Christianity. …Or if you want more Heidegger, you can play the Heidegger version of ’2048′. Given that I don’t really have a new idea to blog about, and that my last post on April Fools’ Day namedropped numerous philosophers including Heidegger, I thought I’d babble a little follow-up/response to Justin Campbell’s very interesting and popular post on philosophy here a few days ago, ‘Christianity: A Way-Of-Being-In-The-World’. I am not a Heidegger or a philosophy scholar, but I thought I’d try and further explain the Heideggerian notion of...

Mind-Blowing Monks a...

Growing up in a Filipino-American conservative Protestant church, and having parents who converted from Roman Catholicism (the prevalent religion in the Philippines) to “born-again” Christianity, I was well aware of the ways we disagreed with Roman Catholics – how our faith was about...

Teaching Galatians i...

During my spring break I was able to go on a trip to India with my officemate Chris Brewer and his dad Gary. We began our trip in Imphal, which is the capital of the state of Manipur in the northeast (we weren’t far from the border of Burma). When we arrived it happened to be the start...

Why I am (Mostly) Pa...

I finally feel free to admit it.  I am (mostly) pacifist – I say mostly because my beliefs and thoughts have’t been field tested yet.  Before you think I’m crazy and buy me a plane ticket to Pennsylvania to live with the Amish, let me share a few of the reasons why I am...

The Parable of the L...

“Suppose a woman has just received her family’s income tax refund checks, one state and the other federal, in the mail and she loses one. (She swears seeing it on the coffee table yesterday and cannot for the life of her find it today.) Won’t she and her husband turn on all of the lights...

The First World Prob...

What do people give up for Lent? Chocolate? Coffee? Alcohol? Watching TV? Facebook? Listening to The One Direction on Spotify? Does it seem that these things are all first-world items and activities? One might say: yes, but it’s about the heart/attitude, the temptation or the desire and not...

Believe! From The Le...

“It may seem like a Cat Poster, but you must believe,” is one of my favorite quotes in The Lego Movie. In a crisis moment where the protagonist, Emmet, doesn’t know what to do and feels hopeless, his mentor, Vitruvius, tells him to believe, even though it may seem like a cliche from...

If Only…

I’ve always thought of Lust as only having to do with sex. It was always held up for me as the opposite of purity, chastity, virginity. When I think about it now, I realize that this narrow definition has actually become quite a convenient for me as a 21st Century American Christian. In...

Power(less) Worship

The rain pelted the hoods of our jackets as we rushed under the shelter of the awning, standing alongside the others waiting to enter the sanctuary.  We stepped through the doors and headed towards our normal pew section (we don’t want to sit in the same pew each week, but being people...

Thumb War

‘Tis the season for self-control. The beginning of Lent always seems to inspire a flurry of resolutions and prohibitions, sometimes the same ones we made at the outset of the year then promptly forgot to keep. As we begin this season of intentional identification with Christ’s wilderness...

Pancakes, Penitence,...

So, it’s Shrove Tuesday today. According to Wikipedia: The expression ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word shrive, meaning ‘confess’. … Many of these Christians, on Shrove Tuesday, make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what...