October 2012 - Archives

Initial Conditions: When Small Isn’t

October 13, 2012 | Victor Carreiro

[A photo of a fractal riverbed. Fractals are naturally occurring, self-similar patterns that are very complex and incalculably detailed. While they may appear to be random and chaotic at their initial formation, they exhibit an array of beautiful complexity when fully developed.]

In the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul makes a profound and universal statement concerning the causal nature of human life:

For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.1

Our day-to-day lives are not confined to our own private little bubbles, but are open, relational, and socially kinetic. Every life is interwoven within the great web of humanity where each small vibration is felt as it pulsates through the social weave. Words and actions do not stop six inches from the agent causing them, but are forever released into the open world—to guide, influence, build up, or damn.

Analogously, there is a certain type of behavior which Newtonian physics describes very …
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Victor Carreiro

ARISE Student

And In My World…

And In My World…

October 6, 2012 | Ty Gibson

Wow, I was so blessed by David’s “world” that I’d like to expand the vision to the church.

In my world, the church would be a place in which Jesus is the one Truth that gives meaning and heart and healing significance to all other truths.

In my world, church potlucks would not be so dependent on luck and there wouldn’t be any fake meat that has the texture of dog food.

In my world, the church would be a place people run to rather than run from, because rather than finding socio-economic cliques, hair-splitting controversy, and condemnation there, they would find open arms and all the help they need.

In my world, the church would not major in minors, but rather would allow for liberty where Scripture is silent or unclear.

In my world, the church would be a place in which the conservatives are conservative with regards to themselves and liberal with love and acceptance toward others who don’t agree with them.

In my world, the church would be a …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers

In My World…

October 4, 2012 | David Asscherick

In my world, there would be no sexual slave trade, because there would be no customers.

In my world, there would be no promising politicians, because people would be too informed and intelligent to believe them.

In my world, there would be no illegal drug use or trafficking, because people would be high on life.

In my world, there would be no racism, because people would appreciate and celebrate diversity, rather than fearing it.

In my world, there would be no factory farms, because people would be informed and conscientious consumers, and, wherever possible, would be vegetarian.

In my world, people wouldn’t blow themselves up in the hopes of blowing other people up in the name of religion, because “the earth [would] be full of the knowledge of the LORD” (Isaiah 11:9). That is, they would know who He truly was, and would know that such a thing could never, ever be pleasing to Him.

In my world, there wouldn’t be any guns, missiles, or bombs, because there would be …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers