I have to admit, I am a total visual person, I think in picture. Image, imagination, visual, pictures are the language I speak best. For me, thinking in picture seems more natural, freer and less reactivate; I am able to connect with the world around me in image and imagination. I love sitting in the park, or mall, and watching the people; heck, I love sitting in any crowded setting and watching people. When I watch people I see so many different stories, so many different truths, and so many different realities. I love watching people, getting a “visual” of whom they may be, and when we meet to see if my “picture” meets the reality. I have often wondered why I think so clearly in picture, and in dimensions; I see things others miss, and even when I view a 2D picture, I can see it in 3D (neck, sometimes I think I am seeing things in 6D). It was hard figuring out that mess because I am dyslexic. For me, seeing something is far more important the hearing something... [more]
i am toying with the idea of getting rid of the "dating, marriage and parenting" resouces and adding a "social action" recources section to ginkworld.
while i will be adding the social action section, that's a given - the "toying" part come with the "getting rid" part - does it need to be a "either/or" and can it be a "both/and?" one of the things i can do is combine the "dating,marriage and parenting" sections into a "life cycle" section - humm, that might work - let me know what you think - i know, it's not earth moving, but hey it's something to blog about.
voiced by john o'keefe on 14.10.04
i got to thinking about why we seem to do what we do; why do we strive to live in a world that hates? why do we strive to "fix" a church unwilling to accept an open hand? why strive to have a deeper walk, when most modern christians would rather run? why strive to reach past who we are, and into the lives of others? why? why care? why listen? why be open? why do we strive to express an open and honest heart, only to be slapped down by those in the church that demand perfection? it seems silly that we would even try. then i am drawn to the words of agent smith and the response of neo:
Agent Smith: The purpose of life Mr. Anderson is death. . .So why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more that your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Yes? No? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?
Neo: Because I choose to
when i think of the why, i think of the response of neo - because i choose to. faith is an open and honest expression of self and a choice. one chooses to be a follower of christ, one chooses to help, one chooses to love - it is not a "magic" tradition, but one of choice. i choose to love, to help, to care, to express - and others can either choose not to accept my choices, and they have that right. what i have found most interesting in my faith walk is that many claim to choose, but few have taken the steps to truly choose.
when we think of our faith walk, we need to think in terms of choices - we can either choose to be as christ, or we can choose to be as the word - or, we can choose to be as the world desires christ to be. why? because i choose to.
voiced by john o'keefe on 9.10.04
it's a focus day for christian churches
remember, nearly 1 billion people use the web; the internet is changing the world and the way we think; God is using the Web to change lives - so you can be part of that change :)
"internet evangelism day" is here to tell you the story of, what God is doing; outreach strategies that work online; how you, your church or Christian group can use the web for outreach; how you can plan an internet evangelism focus day for your church or group.
mark the date in your palm 04.24.2005
here is a link
voiced by john o'keefe on 9.10.04
i never knew it, but it seems like the guinness world record people think war and terrist actions are "records to be broke" - have we gotten this bad in life?
the following are listed in the guinness world records:
Most Individuals Killed In A Terrorist Act
Most Costly War
Largest Death Toll From Chemical Weapons Attack
just to name a few - the sad thing is, there are people looking to break these records.
voiced by john o'keefe on 8.10.04
i am never sure who reads this stuff, though i do get a great many people telling me they do when i am "out and about." i hope, if only for this one time, i get a ton of people visiting, and reading - the reason? corporate greed, and consumer blindness -
target has disallowed the salvation army from collecting money in the front of their stores this christmas; and every christmas after this. one women saud that she was pleased that target took such action because, as she put it, "i don't want to be reminded, if i want to give i will give when i do not feel i have to" - well, sorry if a homless person ringing a bell causes you a bit of shopping worries - as you drive your suv, to your home and tuck your kids in to sleep - think of where they are sleeping!
target says that they are disallowing the army because others are organizations are asking to raise money in the same way. it seems to me that the supermarket centers are the new public squares of our days. it is the place where people gather, to shop, talk, eat, visit and "hang-out." allowing target to stop the army from asking for us to help the poor and needy is wrong - i have an idea, let's shop at local stores this year and not at the big chains - sure, it might cost us a bit more, but we keep the dollars local and who knows, there might even be a person standing in the front of the store asking for change so that the army can reachout and help s person in need.
let target know how you feel by clicking and filling in their complaint form - we need voices to make a difference - if you agree, let them know - if you think it's wrong, let them know - either way, voice your voice
voiced by john o'keefe on 7.10.04
“It’s the end of the world as we know it,
and I feel fine.”
Whether we like it or not we have moved from “Ozzie to Ozzy;” we have moved from the Nelsons to the Osbournes; from Harriet to Sharon, from Ricky to Kelly. We have moved from the modern to the postmodern/emerging; from the linier/absolute to the non-linier/subjective; from science/evidence to spirit/feelings; from intellect/truth to experience/real; from order/dictated to chaos/reality. You need to keep in mind that it is not that we are in the process of a shift; we have shifted; the changes are not coming, they are here, now, today. Because of this shift, it stands to reason that what worked in the 20C just won’t work in the 21C. Why you ask? The answer is simple, we think differently, we act differently, and we view the world differently, mainly because we are different. In a postmodern/emerging conversation we process information much differently, and because of that we respond to situations differently. This is because in much of our lives we have a different starting point; this not right or wrong, good or bad, it simply is. Please keep in mind that we are not “anti-modern” as some claim; it is that we are just not modern. So, it is not that we are “against,” we are just “not.” It truly does not matter what you call this shift in thinking, postmodern, emerging, hyper-modern, or anything else – the reality is a shift happened, and now as a church we need to learn to minister, outreach and “lead” in it.
Some could spend years telling us that this view is wrong, but it will fall upon deaf ears; we desire conversation, not dictation; do not give us directions, give us a map and let us plan the route we need to take. The heart, mind and soul of a postmodern/emerging person are just different, very different from that of a modern person. To reach us for Christ, you need to know the operating system postmodern/emerging people operate under. Keep in mind, we are emerging from the cocoon of the modern world to explore this new postmodern world with wings; we have become “the butterfly effect.”
voiced by john o'keefe on 1.10.04