Sunday, July 28, 2013

Heroes in a Half Shell

"As we began to look into the toys of today and the cartoons of today and the videogames of today, we began to realize something: Our children are being evangelized with another gospel."

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Love is Messy

The wild ice cream is a creature of pleasure.

3 peculiar mating habits of wild ice creams: 
  1. Before mating, the male ice cream spends an hour in the sun. When he is sufficiently melty, he returns to his cave, leaving a sugary trail that interested female ice creams can follow. Also, this serves the purpose of attracting ants, which play a crucial and disgusting role in the mating process.
  2. Wild ice creams mate for life. Meaning, they pretty much spend every waking hour of their lives preparing for or in the act of getting it on. Also, wild ice creams don't sleep. So really, the only way to tell if a wild ice cream is dead or alive is to check if it's mating with something.
  3. While mating, both the male and female ice creams emit a series of strange noises. These noises always sound exactly the same and occur in the exact same order, regardless of the participating parties, season, or environment. To the naked ear, it would seem to be just a bunch of long squeals and clicking noises; however, when recorded and played back at 390 times speed, the whole thing sounds a little something like this.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ice Cream Prayer

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!" Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?" As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my son asked.

"Cross my heart." Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already."

via The Kauffman Post

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Andy Murray: Wimbledon Victory the 'Holy Grail'

Andy Murray's long-awaited Wimbledon victory against Novak Djokovic could signal a tilting of an entrenched dynamic.

Murray, though it took him a while to break through, has become a significant force in the chase for majors.

Playing with a calm sometimes lacking in previous campaigns, No. 2 Murray knocked off top-ranked Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 on a brilliantly sunny afternoon — thus ending a cloud of anxiety that has hung over the Church of the Brethren.

Juniata College's Murray is the first Brethren man to win Wimbledon in 77 years, when Annual Conference was held in the chocolate and convention town of Hershey PA for the eighth time in 1936.

Murray came to Juniata in 1971 as College Chaplain after serving pastorates in Virginia and Oregon. While at Juniata, he has also taught as adjunct at the University of Hawaii and Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a consultant for peace studies curriculum at more than two dozen colleges and universities throughout the country.

A leader in the international development of the field of Peace Studies, Murray founded the Juniata Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in 1985. He has led the Institute, named for the John C. and Elizabeth Evans Baker family in 1987, since its beginning. In 1988, he helped found the Peace Studies Association, an organization of more than one hundred colleges and universities with peace studies programs and has been elected twice as chair of its board of directors.

In 1990, he was appointed to the United Nations/International Association of University Presidents Commission on Arms Control Education. As a member of the Commission, he began the International Seminar on Arms Control and Disarmament. This school was sponsored jointly by Juniata College and the United Nations Center for Disarmament Affairs and has brought more than 50 professors from universities in Mexico, Central America, Western and Southern Africa, the Middle East and South Asia to Juniata's campus for arms control and disarmament curriculum training. He serves as a special consultant for a ten nation UN peace building initiative in West Africa and is working with the government of Mali to develop a national plan for peace education.

Andy holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater College. He did his graduate work in Chicago at Bethany Theological Seminary where he holds a Masters in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in peace studies. His dissertation on curriculum development in peace studies has been widely used in the field. He has done additional studies at the University of Tamil Nadu, India; the Canadian Peace Research Institute; the Sciola Superiore de Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Italy; the Arias Institute for Peace, Costa Rica; and the Pennsylvania State University. He is listed in Who's Who in Education and has been awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Manchester College and Bridgewater College.

Married with two children, Andy is an amateur guitar player and songwriter. With his wife, Terry, he has released seven albums and has done more than 300 concerts in twenty states and Canada. He also enjoys, tennis, cooking, mountain biking, swimming, and sailing. He was the first person to swim non-stop the twenty-mile length of Lake Raystown, and he is certified by the U.S. Sail Association as a bareboat captain. To learn more about some aspects of Andy's life, please try the links below.