On Saturday I turned TwentyNothing Plus Two. On walking to our freshman connection party that night, I asked a couple of guys from the Bible study I lead how old they are. Both are still 18. Ok, so I feel old. It’s time for me to get out of this college life.

My birthday was sweet. Thanks to my family for the stuff I got from them (fourth year straight with a birthday cake in the mail). Thanks to grandparents, Jenny, and Tracy for cards. You all rock. Thanks to the mysterious “happy birthday” voice mail from Misty (and Merry??). Thanks to Jenny for planning the party last night at Tracy’s. Thanks to everyone else who ever said anything remotely akin to “Happy Birthday”.

A Father’s Authority

The Dane has a question: Does God truly intends the father to rule over his daughter until she marries? He continues, “I’ve heard many people speak of this as if it were biblical and I want proof! Or at least evidence. I’m tired of Christians taking a presupposed ideology and forcing it as an interpretive framework upon Scripture.”

One of what I thought were his most interesting thoughts and something I agree with is the following:

bq. “Honour your father and mother” – honouring one’s parents and obey them are not the same thing. One can honour without obeying. I honour my parents by cherishing their advice, thoughts, and consel. I honour them by patiently and conscientiously considering what they have to say. I honour them though I may in the end decide to follow a path other than that which they would prescribe.

I’m sure he’d appreciate any thoughts you have on the matter.

Hope for Japan

From C. Ebbers, in Japan:

… But here in Japan, so few [J]apanese have hope or know what it is or even believe in it. Many of them do not and will not believe in something they can not see, or so they say. But actually they are believing in something they can not see all the time. And they do have hope, just not in a Savior. Their hope is; to get a good grade on a test, to be healthy, to have a lot of money, to get a job and so on. Yet, most of the things that they hope in are for there own security and enjoyment, and for the present time. But when the thought of hope in a Savior that gives abundant life comes along, well “that is just unbelievable, how can you believe in something you cannot see”. Please pray that GOD would open their eyes to see their need for Jesus Christ as a Savior. That they would believe the unbelievable. Please pray for the staff here, that we would grow more in understanding this hope that we have in Jesus Christ and that we would live in confidence of that truth.

I have also realized that I can not expect the Japanese or any non-believer to have hope in Christ on their own, because they do not know God. They do not know what God has to offer or really what His character is like without His revealing. So, that is why my (our) hope must be in Jesus for their salvation and that God will open their hearts.

If I Were To Tell You

If I were to tell you how life is going thus far this week, I would say Final Fantasy VII is a huge distraction, but it’s insanely fun. With my computer currently out of the scene, FF7 has become my newest distraction extraordinaire. Other than that, it’s been cool lately ’cause I’ve been learning a lot about God and what my relationship with him is and really looks like. Also, I’ve been able to spend some time with one of the guy’s from my Bible study going over different aspects of a Christian’s identity in Christ and reading a chapter of “Wild at Heart” for every week. Anyway, I should finish up with this jazz and head back to my room for some studying.

Well, It’s Not Quite, But Okay

It’s not quite my birthday but somehow I ended up getting half of my presents today. I got a bit of cashola from half of my grandparents and bought Emery – “The Weak’s End” and Mae – “destination : beautiful from BestBuy.

Emery’s a emo band with a hardcore edge. i.e., they scream a bit. I love it. Their singing is melodic and fits well with their guitar riffs, and then they throw in screaming at appropriate junctures. The other nice thing is the lyrics aren’t completely depressing. (Emery – The Secret lyrics)

Mae is an emo/indie rock band. They’re a lot more pop sounding and also have some sweet songs. Their lyrics are also hopeful and not depressing (Mae – Embers and Envelopes lyrics). They certainly will appeal to a wider audience than Emery. They’re one of many punk/emo bands on the Warped Tour lineup for this year. (And for the Navs tuning in today, their song “Summertime” was featured in the 2004 Summer Training Program promotional video.)

I also got the Fighting Jack‘s album “The Dying Art of Life” from mis padres. Not sure how to describe these guys. They fall somewhere within alternative/emo/punk. Lots of guitars, somewhat political but abstract lyrics, and energetic vocals.

Each of these bands has MP3s available at PV.

PureVolume Sites
Fighting Jacks
The Juliana Theory (ok, so I didn’t talk about them in the post, but I just found out they have a site there)