Wednesday, November 29, 2006
As I was reading The Imitation of Christ (Thomas Kempis) this morning, it was impressed upon me the seriousness of discipleship in likeness of Christ. Kempis writes, "Whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ." The writing of Kempis, while familiar, struck me because I am also rereading The Politics of Jesus (John Howard Yoder). Yoder makes the same claim, although more forcefully (I think). As a Christian, do I really consider both Jesus' life and his teachings to be the norm for my life? According to Yoder, truly following Jesus will lead us into a life of suffering, servanthood, and possibly death: "To follow after Christ is not simply to learn from him, but also to share his destiny," and "Servanthood replaces dominion, forgiveness absorbs hostility. Thus - and only thus - are we bound by New Testament thought 'to be like Jesus.'" So, am I following Jesus and his example of faith, discipleship, servanthood, and suffering, or am I blending what I think discipleship should be with what feels comfortable and what is acceptable by most?
Monday, November 27, 2006
Today, as I wiped a tear from my eye, I mailed the final copy of my thesis to Trinity. What am I going to do with all my free time? I was thinking of taking up the art of Lucha Libre (see Nacho Libre for further information). I need a good name, though. Any ideas? I have selected my mask, which is pictured above.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I am fascinated with stupid church signs. I will be posting various church signs that I run across that I deem 'stupid.' Unfortunately this is probably the first of many such postings. Feel free to contribute pictures of any stupid signs that you run across.
Welcome to the inaugural posting of the Hampsher Family blog! This is indeed an exciting event (if you don't have anything better to do). As you see, included is a picture of us (with Sunshine and Midnight) at a dog park in Chicago at the beginning of the month.