Monday, November 28, 2005

My Mom Thinks I'm Cool--Part 3

Not long ago I had a car full of teenagers. Two high school girls in the back, and a sophomore guy in the front...we'll call him Joe-Joe.

I felt rather hip as I was going to be cruising through town with three fashionable teenagers. I put the keys in the ignition of my Volvo (which, by the way my students want to submit to "Pimp My Ride" and turn it into a Jesus-mobile), and went to shift gears. Apparently my depth perception was off because instead of grabbing the gear stick, I grabbed Joe-Joe's leg. Not a brief touch, not a brushing of fingertips, but a full out leg grab. My action was met with a yelp and cry, "PASTOR AMANDA I'M UNCOMFORTABLE!"

Sorry about that, Joe-Joe.

Friday, November 18, 2005

My New Best Friend

I've lived in Doylestown for 4 months and 17 days and I've already found my new best friend.

I first saw her back in July. She lives in my favorite house in our neighborhood. The house says, "I'm big enough for a guest room to house old college friends, but too small to be in the kids-run-my-house realm". She's very good at gardening--nothing cutesy, just nice landscaping. She drives a teal Honda (her husband drives a Nissan) which she leaves out at night on her gravel driveway. She has a two-year-old daughter (but I'll forgive her for that). She's very attentive with her kid--they've got one of those little toddler swing sets in the backyard which they make good use out of.

Overall, she's very sweet and kind. Perfect B.F.F. material. I don't really know what her name is yet...we haven't exactly met, but I'm sure we will soon. I just need to watch her house a bit more to see if I can figure out her schedule and "accidentally" bump into her on her morning stroll or something. She's just the sort of person that would take a morning stroll.

John calls what I'm doing stalking. I call it homework. I researched churches before sending resumes, why not do the same with friendships? I think she's gonna like me.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Is the world shrinking or is it just me?

An extraordinary adult leader at youth group pointed out this phenominon to me...

Consider the progression of American magazines:

Time
Life
People
Us
Self

Anyone else notice a pattern? Am I missing any?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Truth be Told

I used to think that as long as a person was actively pursing truth there was nothing to be worried about. That as long as she was passionate and sincere about finding truth, she would eventually find her way into the arms of Jesus Christ.

I am no longer convinced this is the case. Why? Because the pursuit of truth (regardless of whether or not you want to capitalize the "T") is too abstract. Christians don't worship an abstract idea. We worship a person. Christianity rises and falls on the person of Jesus Christ born, crucified, and raised.

Perhaps as you are reading this post, you are taking the safety off of your scriptural dart gun and asking, "What about John 14:6, Amanda? 'Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through me.'"

Once again we are brought back to a person.

If you search for Jesus, you find truth.
If you search for truth, you don't necessarily find Jesus.

There are enough "truthes" out there that one could pursue true things for multiple lifetimes without ever coming to the cross. The pursuit of truth could lead someone many places.

Jesus can be difficult to find. His way is narrow and foolish. His way is confusing...he tells you to pick up a sword but then you get in trouble for using it. His way is offensive...he tells you to eat his flesh; or to be more true to the Greek, to gnaw on his flesh. Jesus is not the logical conclusion.

And so no. I don't breathe easily when when I hear, "I'm searching for truth." Because all too often the truth can become an idol.

Is it possible for someone to "pursue truth" and become enveloped in the person of Jesus Christ? Yes. Does a pursuit of truth automatically lead to the cross? By no means.