Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Life Rushes On

My "summer" (if you call working 40+ hours a week, a summer) came to a swift conclusion on Friday, but I wouldn't have spent it any other way! I got the opportunity to see one of the greatest bands ever, the David Crowder Band (Third Day was there too...meh), with three of the greatest people I know! I have been living life in fast forward every since.

Running on 4 hours of sleep, after a late night at Denny's following the show, I went to Menucha Resorts for a MHCC student government retreat (for my Senate position). It was an experience to be sure. There is nothing else I would rather be doing on at a resort that is completely immersed in the beauty of God's creation then studying the College's Constitution and By-laws and brainstorming for the upcoming school year, which after 2 days I am already fully entrenched in.

With only another measly 4 hours of sleep on Saturday night, I got home from the retreat Sunday evening only to start classes bright an early Monday morning. The diamond in this gruelling rough is that the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at MHCC is officially in full swing. In the first two days of Welcome Week our table has received an awesome response! Even more awesome then the response, has been the support from all of those in the club to overwhelmingly help out and pitch in whenever they can! There are no requirment or expectactions with a club, a club is only as successful and effective as the members are involved. I can't help thinking about about Paul's greeting in his letter to the people of Philippi. "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:3-6)

At the same time, I am extremely excited for my classes. After the second day, I am already finding it rewarding to be learning a new language, being Spanish. It should round me out better after taking four years of German in high school. My intro to education class should also give me some very good guidance in making a decision on how I should use my passion for teaching.

My apologizes if you are disappointed that updates don't come as frequently as they used to. Its a fact of life now that there are mysteriously far less then 24 hours in a day.

In Him,
David Knepprath

You are more beautiful
Than anyone ever
Everyday You're the same
You never change, no never

And how could I ever deny
The love of my Savior
You are to me everything
All I need forever

How could You be so good to me?

-David Crowder Band

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Biased by Omission

I have a correction to make in my review of the World Trade Center movie. I had the following change of heart after visiting some of the ol' high school teachers at Sam Barlow. Specifically, I got the chance to catch up with was one of my favorite Brit's, Mr. Corkett, my senior year AP European History teacher. I congratulated him and his country on a job well done for preventing the terrorist attack. Little did I know he was in England during the whole fiasco. Knowing it was inevitable, the conversation turned to politics. And, as with any good History teacher, the topic of politics turned to the age old dilemma of the shortness in memory that is so intrinsically human. Specifically, in reference to 9/11, to which he brought up the aforementioned Oliver Stone movie.

I said how the movie is praised for being "unbiased" and for the "lack of political ulterior motives". Those who know Corkett would not be surprised to hear he responded to this with a jolly laugh. This peaked my curiosity, because I was convinced I had thoroughly analyzed the contents of the movie (I am so naive, and I'll be the first to admit it).

After discussing the contents of the movie we concluded it is considered "unpolitical" because it does not discuss the terrorists, or how we did/should have responded to the attack. Then it clicked, a bias it not solely dependent on the contents but also by the contents it is lacking. It is by this very omission that Oliver Stone made it an inherently biased movie. 9/11 is an event that demonstrated the evil capabilities of militant Islam and the imminent danger they poise to the rest of the world. Portraying a story of the attack on the World Trade Centers while neglecting to mention the terrorist who committed the act is nothing less then the truth shamelessly skewed.

Have doubts about the hostility and danger that militant Islam poses? In response to Pope Benedict XVI's speech, in which he tried to reach out to Islam while mentioning that in the the past they were thought of as evil and inhuman, five churches were firebombed in the West Bank and one in Iraq. It doesn't stop there, on September 17 a 65 year old Catholic nun, who devoted her life to helping and teaching the sick in Somalia, was shot in the back 4 times by gun wielding Muslim attackers. While I do not believe such actions speak for all of Islam; in reference to militant Islam, I think Ed Morrissey stated it very well here:

"What should influence Europeans and the West is this repetition of the Prophet Cartoons ugliness all over again. The Muslims are not interested in a Socratic dialogue, such as the kind proposed by Benedict in his speech, if one actually bothered to read it. They completely reject any notion of critical thinking when it comes to their doctrines, their laws, and their beliefs. They can make all the comments they want about Jews being descended from pigs and monkeys and the "polytheism" of Christians, but if anyone utters a word of scholarly criticism about Islam, the murders begin until someone admits that Islam is better than any other faith. This drips with irony -- because Benedict spoke about precisely this impulse in his speech. It's conversion or submission by the sword all over again."

A year ago, news of these events would of made my blood boil. It would of filled me with rage and hatred - that people could commit such horrendous acts. But something has happened in my heart over the course of the last year. On the contrary, these acts renew my enthusiasm to show love and compassion. One of the most basic teachings of Christianity is to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), to show love in the face of hatred. And yet it is these simplest teachings that are the hardest to follow with your heart. I was at the Portland Metro Campus Crusade for Christ conference on Saturday and one of the speakers said something that really hits home to this topic. By "practicing what I preach" and striving to not be a hypocrites (although, I am afraid I always will be), I am giving Jesus Christ credibility through how I live my life. We can make Jesus Christ real to those around us who see our actions. Hebrew 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

David Knepprath

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Jack Bauer

I know I swung a few low blows at 24 in my last couple posts. However, I do think it is a decent show. The only other show I watch on TV, actually.

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In hopes to smooth out any tension I might have created by my scathing remarks, here is a compilation of my favorite Jack Bauer jokes (If you think have seen them before, you should see a few new ones tossed in here and there). Enjoy:

  • If everyone on "24" followed Jack Bauer's instructions, it would be called "12".
  • If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot Nina twice.
  • Once, someone tried to tell Jack Bauer a "knock knock" joke. Jack Bauer found out who was there, who they worked for, and where the bomb was.
  • Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
  • Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
  • When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists.
  • There have been no terrorist attacks in United States since Jack Bauer has appeared on television.
  • American Idol is only popular because it has a commercial for 24.
  • Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.
  • Jack Bauer once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.
  • Jack Bauer sleeps with a pillow under his gun.
  • Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
  • Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men.
  • Jack Bauer could strangle you with a cordless phone.
  • In 96 hours, Jack Bauer has killed 93 people and saved the world 4 times.
  • Jack Bauer doesn't speak any foreign languages, but he can make any foreigner speak English in a matter of minutes.
  • Jack Bauer arm once wrestled Superman. The stipulations were the loser had to wear his underwear on the outside of his pants.
  • When Jack Bauer goes to the airport and the metal detector doesn't go off, security gives him a gun.
  • When Google can't find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.
  • Jack Bauer once killed so many terrorists that at one point, the #5 CIA Most Wanted fugitive was an 18-year-old teenager in Malaysia who downloaded the movie Dodgeball.
  • Jack Bauer teaches a course at Harvard entitled: "Time Management: Making the Most Out Of Each Day."
  • Jack Bauer can get McDonald's breakfast after 10:30.
  • When Batman is in trouble, he turns on the Jack Bauer signal.
  • Jack Bauer is the 'i' in team.
  • When Jack Bauer was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.
  • Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.
  • When the boogie man goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Jack Bauer.
  • The Black Eyed Peas were just The Peas until Jack Bauer heard their music.
  • G.I. Joe has Jack Bauer action figures.
  • Finding Nemo would have been vastly more exciting had Jack Bauer been looking for him.
  • Jack Bauer can hit two birds with no stones.
  • Jack Bauer once ate an entire bottle of sleeping pills. They made him blink.
  • Jack Bauer can divide by zero.
  • It is a known fact that when Time magazine awards "The Man of Year*", there is fine print on the bottom of the cover that says, " *besides Jack Bauer."
  • If Jack and MacGyver were locked in a room together, Jack would make a bomb out of MacGyver and get out.
  • Jack Bauer makes onions cry.

David Knepprath

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Lost in Argument

I know Dan talks himself up to be your savior from the chains of slavery that watching Lost will bind you in. I know this frankness and confidence can be extremely persuasive. Believe it or not, you are free to watch whatever show you please. Watch a couple episodes (if it is Lost you are trying out, I suggest you start at the beginning), if you do/don't like it, no one has the right to prevent/force you to watch it. I watch Lost because of its brilliant blend of mystery, complexity, philosophy, consistency (I threw that one in there just for you, Dan), action, drama and intrigue.

Now, I thought my comprehensive Lost history lesson (I know, I have officially been raised to "Lost nerdom" status) was enough, but it appears that some of it went right over peoples heads. This is probably better anyhow. Dan has clarified his arguments, so can address each point for point in a very clear format.

It is also worth noting (although, I figured this was common sense), that because this show actually progresses at a decent speed, it doesn't document every minute of every day. There are conceivably events, and and maybe even whole conversations, that we as viewers are not aware of.

First of all, David spent most of his post making points that are totally irrelevant to my argument.

You say my post was irrelevant to your arguments, but all of my rebuttals to your arguments which you claim were unaddressed are taken straight from my last post. I admit, there was a lot to swallow in that post, so I won't hold it against you. Hopefully this format will be more clear for you, or maybe I should spread my defense of a single argument out over an entire season?

The brutal inconsistency in David's post is when he says that no one has seen anything beyond flashing lights and hieroglyphics. Desmond saw and experienced much more than this in the flashback.

Locke and Henry had experienced more then just "lights and hieroglyphics". I will ask you again, are you sure you didn't miss a couple episodes?

Desmond saw and experienced much more than this in the flashback. For heaven's sake, are we forgetting the magnetic field that brought down the plane?!

I know this is confusing Dan, there are a lot of flashbacks you have to keep straight, but there is indeed a time when Desmond does not know the full consequences of pressing the button late (This should be made more clear in my next answer).

And when it starts happening again to Locke and Desmond, do we see Desmond saying, "It's okay, this happened before." No! He jets down to turn the emergency switch! It makes no sense.

Your memory is foggy on this event as well. Desmond flips through the computer log printout found in "The Pearl", at which point he does realize that something happens (something MORE then just the chaos within the hatch) when you don't press the button, that he was responsible for bringing down the plane the day that he entered the code late. It is at this point he does try and stop Locke only to have Locke in his irrational confused state of mind destroy the computer. In Lost's typical manner, we still don't know the complete consequence of the code not being entered, because it is at this point that Desmond "jets down" to activate the emergency switch. Groovy?

Dan, I will be having Lost night at my house this year (if you want to watch it in all of it's High Definition glory), you are more then welcome over.

DK

P.S. I am not going to deny conceivable inconsistency's in Lost plot line, but this is to be expected with such a complex story. But, I honestly believe this is not one of them. Sorry.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Lost: Seeds of Doubt

It's official, sides have been chosen, the battle lines have been drawn, let the Lost blog wars begin!

A so called inconsistency in the plot of what is now commonly known as one of the best TV shows ever (feel free to skim through the lengthy list of awards it has racked up in only 2 seasons) has been brought to my attention. I have been a loyal Lost viewer, turned fanatic, since I got hooked on episode 3 (I originally laughed Lost off as a cheesy show who's only draw was "a bunch of 'pretty people' running around on a beach"). I can understand why Lost is not for everyone. The complexity of building back stories for numerous characters, as many as 14 in one season, and brilliantly intertwining them is no simple undertaking for the casual viewer to digest. I understand why many would prefer a show that takes an entire season to explain the events of a single day. I feel it is necessary to defend Lost in the face of those who would like to smear its name.

WARNING: This is chock full of spoilers if you haven't watched Season 2 yet. Also worth noting in this warning, if you could care less about Lost, then don't
waste your time. The following is really only meant for one person, but those interested in Lost might enjoy the analysis as well.

The following is a condensed form of a valid (if not a bit naive) argument given by a certain 24 fanatic who, for one reason or another, feels threatened by Lost.

The writers of Lost were so surprised by the success of their show that is seems as if they are saying "Wow, our show is a big hit! We didn't really expect this. Now we have to actually make these plot lines go somewhere." The most obvious form of these inconsistency's is summed up at the end of season 2 in relation to the consequence of not pressing the button. When Desmond returns to the island he knows through his experiences, and in turn should have told Locke that not pushing the button will "make the island explode" (if not blow up the world). So why did he not take a stand when Locke commits himself to preventing the button from being pressed?

However, there are far more holes in this arguments t
hen there are unanswered questions in Lost. I think it is time for a history lesson.

The first event (In chronological order, not the order revealed) that relates to this argument is when Desmond is manning "The Swan" (The hatch with the computer and the button that must be pressed every 108 minutes to "save the world") with Kelvin. Desmond returns to the hatch in a state of panic after
smashing Kelvins head on the rocks only to find havoc being wrecked as the countdown has ticked past 108 minutes. He quickly enters the code and everything goes back to normal. Because of this fact, many seem to think it implies that Desmond should know that not pressing the button will "make the island explode".

On a loosely related tangent, it is important to understand first that the consequence of not entering the code does not have to be black and white. There is no reason to believe it will either do absolutely nothing (with no magnetic effects what-so-ever) or that it will destroy the island, and maybe even the world. If you view it that way, you are only considering th
e possibilities that we have been led to believe in the show up to this point (I'll touch back on this later when I talk more about Hanso and "The Pearl").

After this event, Desmond bails the island leaving the responsibility of "saving the world" in the hands of Locke and the rest of the passengers of flight #815. They devoutly press the button every 108 minutes, until one occasion when Locke is delayed. He presses the button late and witnesses the same events (numbers turn to red hieroglyphics, shaking walls, loud noises, magnetic activity, and various other climatic effects.) that Desmond witnessed when he entered the code late. So now Locke, also, should know that not pressing the button will "make the island explode". Locke becomes even more committed to his job, until one such Henry Gale comes along.

A very key event that must be remembered is that Henry Gale (a captured "Other"), at one point, was responsible for pressing the button and then saving Lockes life. When Henry recounts these events to Locke, after his true identity has been revealed, he says that he never pressed the button (SHOCKING!), that the clock ran down, some red hieroglyphics were shown, then things got scary, he heard crashing sounds, magnetic fields were at work, the walls started shaking, and then after all this...nothing happened. Desmond, Locke, and Henry are all on the same page, with only Henry claiming to have experienced what happens after all the ruckus. This plants a seed of doubt into Lockes head.

This seed of doubt is watered and nurtured and finally takes roots with the discovery of "The Pearl", another hatch on the island. This hatch is much different then the one the crew of flight #815 had found. It is simply an observation post, for observing those in "The Swan". Every last move of those in who are in "The Swan" is documented. It is merely a psychological test (or so it appears to Locke), and here in lies the turn of the screw (A good book, but a book also not so ironically left on display for us viewers in the hatch). They are rats in some sick twisted B.F. Skinner-esque experiment in behaviourism to see how long they will enter a code every 108 minutes before they snap.

It is at this point that Locke realizes, and becomes convinced that he (not I, Dan) has been duped. He is committed to let the counter run down. (Why couldn't the Hanso foundation have installed a mechanism to "wreck havoc" if the code is entered late, to add to the reality of the psychological experiment?) It is at this point that our Scottish friend Desmond washes back up on the island.

Desmond, a desperate man in love, finally found hope in his once thought lost sailboat to reunite him with his long lost love. But, after 2 weeks of sailing, he finds himself right back on the island. He drinks him self senseless and has lost all hope. At one point he exclaims they will never be rescued, we are stuck in a "bloody snowglobe". This is a man with no reason to live, who spent 3 years of his life entering a code every 108 minutes thinking he was saving the world. It in this state that Locke recruits him after revealing his discovery that it is all a psychological experiment. (I would be pretty curious after pressing that button so many times what actually does happen. And if you have no reason to live, what better time to find out?)

Up to this point, no one has seen anything more then the events that Henry Gale supposedly witnessed, after which he stated nothing would happen. Then things get interesting. Locke and Desmond bunker down in the computer room to let the countdown run out, and it is in these last few desperate minutes that Desmond flips through the computer printout found in "The Pearl" and realizes that something does happen when you don't press the button, that he was responsible for bringing down the plane the day he entered the code late. It is at this point he does try and stop Locke only to have Locke destroy the computer. In Lost's typical manner, we still don't know the complete consequence of the code not being entered, because Desmond uses the key to activate the "emergency termination".

(Dan, did you miss an episode or two? It almost seems like you might of, so hopefully this clears some things up for you. But Lost obviously rubs you the wrong way, for one reason or another. Its up to you if you want to watch the show or not, all I ask is that you stop smearing Lost's name without a legitimate cause.)

Maybe I got a little bit carried away there, but this ongoing argument has given me the opportunity to nit-pick the finer details of Lost, and reacquaint myself with the Lost "world" in time for the season 3 premier on October 4th!. It also just goes to show how complex and intricate Lost really is, that I can delve this much into a single aspect of Lost! That us why I love this show!

It is rumored it will focus much more on the "Others" and how they play into the story. My only warning to you, if you are going to watch Lost, you must understand the commitment entails watching every episode. Otherwise, you will get frustrated because you will get lost very easily. I will do my best to help explain the show as I sort through it myself here on my blog.

Your Local Lost Fanatic,
David Knepprath

P.S. Thanks a lot Dan. You made me spend the better part of my day at work writing my longest post ever on a TV show!...pathetic.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Hobbit

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After yesterdays somewhat somber post, I thought some of you might enjoy a little bit of joyful news! The Hobbit is in the works! It is being done by MGM and not New Line, and they haven't secured Peter Jackson as director yet, and we will be seeing Prince Caspian long before this ever hits theaters. BUT, it is in the works!!!

DK

Monday, September 11, 2006

"What We Saw"

I will repeat my sentiments that I wrote as news of the thwarted terrorist attack unfolded on August 10th 2006(Warning Shot), and that I reiterated in my review of The World Trade Center movie (I would recommend this 30 minute video over the 129 minutes of the World Trade Center movie if you want to save the money). It is never too early for a reminder. The human mind loves to find comfort in complacency, but there are too many evils at work in our broken world to live our lives blindly to the danger that we face.

This video is a 30 minute unedited video of what Bob and Bri saw out the window of their home 500 yards from the north tower on the morning of September 11th 2001.




God Bless,
David Knepprath

Friday, September 08, 2006

HansoExposed

Looks like ABC is already starting to build excitement for Season 3 of Lost with another puzzle website. http://hansoexposed.com/

Thanks to the thousands of loyal Lost fanatics that have already cracked the codes, you can watch the latest fragment on youtube.



Those of you who followed Lost in Season 2 probably remember the "fake" commercials for the The Hanso Foundation (A fictional company which is also an integral part of the plot) that were aired during Lost. Each week the commercials gave hints to solve online puzzles which revealed more clues and tid bits about the show. I hadn't realized they had continued this even after the season ended.

ABC has utilized, and mastered, this form of viral marketing through fictional websites that tie into the Lost "world" with great success. The immersion factor is amazing!

DK

P.S. Come October 4th you will probably be seeing the occasional post about Lost. :) Oh, by the way, Season 2 is out on DVD if you need to catch up.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Eastern Orthodox Cross

Pastor Romanuik from Ivano-Frankivsk will get a kick out of this post because he knows how much I loved the symbolism of the Eastern Orthodox cross after he explained it to me.

The Eastern Cross, recognizable as the cross used by most Eastern and Russian Orthodox Church's, is distinctive in form from other crosses used by Christian's. This, also being on of the most distinct images of the Orthodox Faith, is the three-barred cross that rests high upon the onion domes of Eastern European cathedrals and is sold as an icon's at the churches themselves. It is a distinctly recognizable design with its slanted lower third bar and top horizontal bar built on the foundation of the Latin Cross.

The standard Latin Cross, with its vertical bar crossed two-thirds of the way to the top by a single horizontal beam is, in its most basic form, representative of the cross used in the crucifixion of Jesus. For this reason the symbolism of the cross is both sorrowful and supremely beautiful as it portrays Jesus perfect sacrifice for our salvation. The Eastern Orthodox Cross builds on this with the topmost bar which lies directly above the bar to which Christs arms were affixed.

The tradition of adding the shorter horizontal beam to the upper region of the cross is not widely debated as is the meaning of its slanted lower counterpart. This topmost bar is representative of the plaque bearing Pontius Pilates inscription written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, "Jesus the Nazorean, King of the Jews" (Luke 23:38). The letters INRI typically placed on this beam are derived from the Latin which reads, "Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum".

There are many varied accounts concerning the meaning and origin of the slanted lower bar present on the Orthodox Cross. In early forms from Byzantium, this lower bar appeared perpendicular to the vertical bar. This is believed to have been a representation of the footstool that may or may not have been present on the cross of Jesus crucifixion and onto which Christs feet were nailed. There are many possible interpretations and inferences as to the origin of the slanted bar in the cross. Among all the theories, the oldest and most common symbolism is from an eleventh century tradition. This tradition is also the reason for my excitement, which you may or may not share.

Legend holds that the slant symbolizes a scale of balance. The thief crucified to Jesus right found salvation at the end of his life and would ascend to heaven, while the thief on the left, who rejects Jesus, would descend downwards to hell (Luke 23:39-43). Thus in this interpretation, Christ and the Cross isn't simply a symbol of a sacrifice, but also a balance of justice. While the traditional Latin Cross portrays the price Jesus paid for each and everyone of our sins, the addition of the slanted bar conveys the consequence, the resulting possible redemption because of Jesus crucifixion. It completes the story.

A tad bit of history that I uncovered in my research, which probably interests you even less then what you have read up until now, is The Cross of St. Constantine, which resides within the monastery of Vatopedi on Mt. Athos in Greece. This seemingly insignificant cross is of the three-barred barred variety. It was hidden during the tenth century from Arab invaders and said by legend to be that of the monastery's original founder which predates the adoption of St. Andrew as the patron saint of Russia. If this is the case, then the origin of the slant in the Eastern Cross is not of Russian descent, but is instead Greek. Scandalous!

David Knepprath

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Prayer Works

I finished reading Prayer Works about a week ago, but delayed in posting the review until after doing a writeup on God's Smuggler. I was struggling writing about this book without continually explaining elements of the authors background which is documented in God's Smuggler. So, I encourage you to read my review of God's Smuggler before continuing.

Prayer Works (Previously titled "And God Changed His Mind", in reference to Moses powerful prayer in Exodus 32) by Brother Andrew is a book about exactly what the title would imply. I came into this book extremely excited for two reasons. Originally, because I have been searching for a deeper understanding of Prayer, but also as a result of another book, God's Smuggler, which I read and loved by the same author. The former excitement was thoroughly satisfied with an extremely comprehensive and thorough look at every aspect of prayer with a wealth of scripture references (A big red flag shoots up whenever I read a book meant for spiritual growth that doesn't reference scripture frequently). In most cases the text of verses are embedded, but you'll still probably want to have a Bible handy for this one. My second excitement was in some ways crushed, but in many ways misguided in the first place.

What I found to be the most intriguing and impactful aspect of God's Smuggler was his utter and complete dependence and reliance on God. So what could be better then to see into the mind of this man and see how he views prayer? Prayer works is not the most compelling read, being the reason for my disappointment, but it is meant to be more of a study then a story and I would recommend it to anyone seeking an understanding of prayer. However, Brother Andrew does include many anecdotes of stories he has witnessed, both first hand and through his interactions with others such as Corrie Ten Boom, through his amazing life dedicated to the work of God. His focus on foreign missions does not distract from the focus in that it is still extremely applicable to anyone no matter what your walk of life is.

In the same order that I reviewed these two Brother Andrew books, I would also encourage you to read them in that order. In many ways Prayer Works is a reflection on the decades of work God has used Brother Andrew and his organization Open Doors to accomplish in, but not limited to, the once spiritually desolate, dry, and closed land of eastern Europe.

We are called to be thermostats in the world, not thermometers of the world! Think about it, and then read this book.

David Knepprath

Colossians 4:2-3 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message..."

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bowling Somersault

So there's this new craze on YouTube, something about "Freestyle Bowling". Okay, maybe not quite, but maybe there will be after a few people watch this short, fuzzy, camera phone quality video that was recorded when we went bowling last Friday. I'm the hand off man, and my friend Bobby from MHCC is the one pulling off the somersault.