Review: Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters

Posted: July 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Book Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Christian_Wisdom_of_Jedi_MastersMy children and I are huge Star Wars fans.  I saw this title by Dick Staub recently on Amazon, and had to get it.  Who can resist the parralels between the the world of George Lucas and Christianity, right?

Mr. Staub parallels the Christian walk to many of the truths brought out in the works of George Lucas, answering the questions, “Where are the Jedi Master type of Christians today? And how do I become one?”

One of the biggest truths I got from the book is mentoring.  One does not become a Jedi alone, but by being taken as a padawan (apprentice) of a Jedi Master.  In today’s Christianity, I see very little of this mentoring.  It seems (unfortunately) the younger generation throws out a lot of the older generation’s input under the “not relevant” tag, forgetting how much wisdom can be attained from their guidance.

I enjoyed the writing style which was pretty down to earth, relating a great deal to today’s culture by pulling parallels to the truths with pop culture.

If you’re a friend, you can borrow my copy.  If not, go get a copy.


Forgiveness: A Martyr's Prayer

Posted: July 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Ravensbruck-1Recently I read Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.  Wow.  The atrocities and torture that thousands have endured for the cross is humbling.  To think that somehow the largest sacrifice I have to make on a daily basis is laying down my pride just seems petty.  Anyhow, in reading other articles about martyrs, I ran across a portion of  “Prayers of the Martyrs,” which is equally humbling.

The story was of a child that was taken to Ravensbruck (a German concentration camp for women).  In this camp, approximately 92,000 of the 132,000 women there died from gas chambers, malnourishment, sickness, and other violent acts.  I cannot conceive of what it must have been like there, but despite all of these conditions, this humbling prayer was found written on a paper in the coat of a dead girl:

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O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will.  But, do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us; Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering — our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble.  When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.”

Oh that I could learn to forgive others for the offenses that seem petty in light of this suffering.


What is peace?

Posted: July 8th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

spinoza1So I was reading in Matthew 5 (the Bible) and I got stuck here: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

So, what is peace? Well today’s short answer comes from philosopher Baruch Spinoza, “Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence.”

I like that.  Simple and to the point.

Webster says: Peace:

1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>

2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3: harmony in personal relations

4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell — at peace : in a state of concord or tranquillity

What do you say Peace is?