Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Denver Seminary

So, it's official. I'll be enrolling at Denver Seminary next fall for 17 hours. Lots of good first semester Seminary type classes. Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) program is 3 years full-time, so that's the plan for now. I'll continue to be working at our church with the youth part-time.

Mostly I'm looking forward to finally starting Seminary and only having 1 job instead of 3.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pardon Me While I Puke

Seriously. Seriously.

I know that when I haven't posted in almost a month I probably shouldn't rant... but I may have a blunt side to me.

I stumbled upon some commentary on hulu about the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Program. If you don't know much about them, check them out, but as a brief overview here is there mission statement:

Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

Not all, but a significant portion of their focus is on countries in Africa.

Now, I don't believe this will solve all the difficulties that African nations struggle against. I pray that God will redeem them and us and use us all for His glory. But I do hope that it can be used to bring some positive change. (As I hope that our teaching trip can do the same.)

So you can imagine my disgust to read comments about the project that said such things as (paraphrased to protect the ...):

- Don't you think African kids should learn to read first?
- They'll only end up using the computers for time wasters like Facebook and my Space.
- Do they really need laptops in Africa? I don't have one, and I'm just fine.
- They should just go outside and play.
- We shouldn't give children computers. There are sexual predators.
- (Follow up comment) I don't think there are sexual predators in Africa.

Goodness, I can feel my heart pounding. Seriously. Seriously.

I guess I knew that there are people who think Africa in one country. But this. America, please turn off the TV and do some research to inspire compassion (and intelligence).

I don't know anything really. But I do think that I am not the one to determine if another continent or child deserves a resource.

Lord, please redeem us all.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring Break Part 2

Painting our house! And washing the walls and ordering cabinets and... and...

Thankfully, we had some good help! Sarah provided moral support (as I made a fool of myself at Home Depot) as well as caulking expertise. Amy provided height support and became master of the tape.

Tomorrow the three of us will head sleepy-eyed to our classrooms for 34 more days of school.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Break Part One

Eric and I flew to Oklahoma City to visit our good friends Julie and Chase. We heart them. We had lots of fun playing all sorts of games and eating all sorts of yummy food. I am deeply thankful for good friends like them!