Thursday, December 28, 2006

Did Jesus Wear Clothes?

I got the opportunity to listen to Donald Miller speak tonight. He proposed the following:

Our need to cover up our nakedness is a direct result of the fall and our need of outside approval, out of which our culture has created this imaginary "life boat" mentality (in which we all have to argue our own self worth in other peoples eyes), which Jesus was outside of, being true God.

My questions is: did Jesus wear clothes, and if so, why?

I know I horribly presented his thoughts (being that it took him 45 minutes to break it down I don't think I did too shabby). However, I highly recommend reading Donald Millers "Searching for God Knows What" which covers the backdrop to the question very well. I was able to speak with him afterwards and if you were curious about the answer, he did provided a very intelligent one. "Yes Jesus wore clothes out of humility, as part of his becoming true man. He probably hated wearing clothes." :)

For the most part he spoke on the question "Does Christianity explain the reality of the world we live in?". If you read my blog regularly you know that is exactly the concept I have been wrestling with, especially as I have been reading "Simply Christian" by N.T. Wright. I asked Donald Miller if he had read the book and it turns out he hasn't, but he did buy an autographed copy recently when he was visiting N.T. Wrights castle in Durham England. I also got the inside scoop on Mr. Wright. Apparently he has a fancy for classic British sports cars and golfing.

Sonic and Spektor

Regina Spektor possibly has one of the most beautiful voices in the world.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Case closed.

She is currently touring in Europe. I just missed her though. She came through Portland in October. On the bright side, it looks like she comes through Portland about once a year, so I guess I have something to look forward to.


Many thanks to the genius entrepreneur who decided to start a Sonic franchise in Hillsboro Oregon. As a result I got my first taste of Sonic since my transplant from the south to Oregon 11 years ago. Every bit as good as my best memories.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

24 (Christmas Parody)

This ones for you Franklin:

Posted By:Mediocre Films

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Ending is kinda lame though.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

If I would have known...

...that I was going to meet the entire Gresham city council, the current Mayor of Gresham, and shake hands with and converse with the Mayor elect of Gresham, then I would...

...Not have worn jeans with holes in them.

...Have probably shaved at least once in the last month.

...Have most likely gotten my mop of hair at least trimmed.

But I didn't know.

God is GREAT! I am so thankful for his Spirit and his Son's love that flows out of my actions. I pray Marcy has a glorious Christmas and can find peace and rest through in the knowledge of the birth of Jesus.

I know this post probably makes absolutely no sense to anyone, but maybe you will get to hear the whole story someday (if your lucky).

David Knepprath

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Trickle Effect

After the fall Campus Crusade for Christ Portland Metro team meeting and delving into such things as prayer and evangelism I had the opportunity to discuss my thoughts with a friend. With his focus on missions, and my experiences recently in New Orleans and Ukraine, the conversation quickly turned to just that, missions. I was trying to express my amazement with how God works through what is commonly called the "Ripple Effect", being the impact that one persons action make, and how that action can be multiplied and reach farther then the intended audience of the ministry. But as those two common words rolled off my tongue it left a bitter aftertaste in my mind.

I think the implications in the imagery of a "Ripple Effect" is severely lacking the beauty found in the nature of God. Ripples are inherently formulaic. If I've learned anything from physics it is that equations can calculate the exact size of each ripple, and each subsequent ripple, based on the volume and velocity of the pebble.

I propose a swift change of this terminology to the "Trickle Effect". Here me out. A trickle is random, unpredictable, even spontaneous. It is ever breaking into smaller trickles only to reunite later, forming bigger more powerful streams. Some streams even break away and re-form the very surface they traverse. Some trickles tapper off and spread out and reach far edges that the main stream could never hope to reach. This is how God works.

In my reflection on New Orleans and Ukraine I can only begin to imagine all the people God has touched, many completely unexpected. A few who have been affected in one way or another: Myself, those affected directly by the actions, teammates, supporters, friends, family, coworkers, fellow students, church members, people who witness the actions first hand, all the stories I share when I get back, people who share the stories... This is a true demonstration of God at work, through the trickle effect.

David Knepprath

Monday, December 11, 2006

Naked Juice and a Good Book

Pretty much the best juice in the world! Go ahead, read the ingredients sometime. Not one drop of water is added and there is a pound of fruit in every bottle of Naked. Beat that Juicy-Juice.

If you follow my reading list much you will notice I have been adding them faster then I am reading them. I just started a book that will put the rest on hold for awhile. It is called Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright. This book has struck a chord with me like no book has in a long time.

For the past year I have had a thought bouncing around in my head. I believe that there are certain traits in the very nature of our world that attest to the truths of the Bible. One of the most telling signs is the brokenness of the world we live in and the gut feeling - which none of us can deny - that things are not how they should be. N.T. Wright describes this gut feeling as "echoes of a voice". (You can see my early thoughts on this idea which I attempted to convey in my first post on this blog, Challenge of Happiness.) It is this exact thought that N.T. Wright devotes to the first 1/3 of his book. I have been eating up every word as it adds, clarifies, and solidifies the thoughts and ideas that I have been developing over the last year.

His writing has a very similar feel and power to that of C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity (And that is a HUGE compliment coming from me). I will let you know how high the book as a whole ranks after I have finished.

Why do people long for justice?
Why do we thirst for spirituality?
Why do we long for relationships?
Why does beauty not satisfy us fully?

David Knepprath

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bridgetown Ministries: Nightstrike

This last Friday was the second time I have gone downtown to serve at "Nightstrike". This is just one aspect of a homeless/needy ministry called Bridgetown (Apparently, that is one of the many nicknames for Portland. Hey, I have only lived here for 11 years now). The leaders stress an emphasis on shedding expectation before you go downtown. While I tried to do this to allow the Spirit to guide me in whatever way I could be used, in retrospect, I had even bigger growing experience then my first time serving - which is something I never would have believed possible.

My first time serving I had a conversation with a group of 5-6 individuals, each in different positions in their relationships with God, who were curious why I was out their donating my time with Leon serving them free hot coffee and cocoa (A beautiful thing eh?). I briefly explained about Christs love that is overflowing in my life. One commented on how he respected that, but he knew God could never love him (Who would have thought it could have gotten any better?). From there I shared the Gospel.

Now, my second time down, after I finished washing a couple peoples feet, I spotted one of the individuals in my previous dialog who was more inclined to express a belief in Christ. His name is Kevin, and I was a bit shocked to see him again. The circumstances were completely random, from my blinded earthly perspective, but I felt compelled to follow after him and strike up a conversation. And I did just that, I struck up a conversation that proceeded to last the next 45 minutes. His willingness to follow the spirit and not get caught up with events that seems to thwart our own plans was so convicting. About halfway through, Leon met up with us, and the conversation concluded with me and Leon praying with him. I ask that you pray for Kevin as well. Pray that he can get back on his feet and that the Spirit would continue to open his eyes to the one true God. And also pray that through his solid foundation in Christ, he could be a light to the many other homeless people he interacts with on a daily basis.

Bridgetown is possibly the most exciting and powerful ministry (serving both the needy, and the volunteers) that I have ever been a part of. I plan to keep taking people back every Friday night that I can (including this next Friday the 15th!), feel free to let me know if you are interested. This last time a group from the Latino club came with us and I got the opportunity to bust out my Espanol skills and talk to a guy who didn't speak any English. I am told that my accent is really good for only having taken one term of Spanish. That's the kind of confidence that I definitely do not need while trying to study for my Spanish final, which is tomorrow morning.

Godspeed to all taking finals this week!

Enjoying the celebration of our Saviors birth (and all the food, festivities, and music that it entails),

David Knepprath

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christian Blogger Community?

I received the following email earlier today:
Dear blog author,

We recently came across your site, perpetualanticipation.blogspot.com, while searching for fellow christian bloggers.

A small group of us have started a new site called Christian Bloggers. Our prayer and intent is to bring Christians closer together, and make a positive contribution to the Internet community. While many of us have different "theologies", we all share one true saviour.

Would you be interested in joining Christian Bloggers? Please take a few minutes to have a look at what we are trying to do, and if you are interested, there is a sign up page to get the ball rolling. We would greatly appreciate your support in this endeavour.

May God Bless you and your blogging efforts. We look forward to hearing from you.

Craig Cantin
Christian Bloggers
info@christian-bloggers.com

And here is my reply to Craig:
Dear Craig,

No. I will remain in the regular bloggersphere so that I can continue to reach and interact with the world I live in. How are Christians supposed to positively impact the internet community if we sever ourselves from it.

I will not shut myself in a box by immersing myself in a Christian subculture thereby rendering myself completely useless to reach the very people who need our Savior's message of peace, hope, and salvation.

Thanks, but no thanks.

For His Glory,
David Knepprath

Monday, December 04, 2006

Snowshoeing

I've been wanting to get into snowshoeing the last couple winters but have never had the opportunity. It's cheap, it's a good work, it's fun, and it is a beautiful way to enjoy God's majestic creation.

Mt. Hood rising proudly over the frozen Trillium Lake

If anyone ever wants to go, just let me know!

This week feels relaxing after last weeks AIDS Awareness Week despite the fact that I'm preparing for finals next week. I consider last week a smashing success. It gave our club the opportunity to interact with hundreds of students on campus as well as raising $657 (which blew away even my most optimistic expectations).

Have a blessed week!

David Knepprath