Tuesday, April 28, 2009
A similar - although funnier and more articulate - reaction was posted recently on the Faith and Theology weblog. If you are in need of a good laugh check out the post and the reactions. They're well worth your time. Included in the ideas for new Bibles are:
- The BBQ Edition for meat-lovers
- The iBible - which would insert my name into appropriate verses
- The World of Warcraft Bible - "highlighting those passages in which people kill each other with cool weapons"
- The Madlib Bible - "In the _________(noun), God _________(verb) the heavens..."
(quotes taken from comments section of the post)
All are just as appropriate as the Green Bible in my opinion.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
"Jeremy, you know...you're a good guy. I don't care what they say about you in the teacher's lounge."
Here in Croatia Hungarians don't always have the best reputation. Sure, they never started a war against Croatia, but their language is so...weird. They say the only place outside of Hungary with a language anything like Hungarian is in western Siberia.
But I have to say, the Hungarians I've met aren't so bad - despite the fact that Croatians look at them so strangely.
Our friend Laci, whom I've mentioned before on the Culture Shock weblog, has been serving in Vukovar, Croatia for 4 years or so. Now, God has called him to Budapest - a city with a population larger than the country of Slovenia. He'll be pastoring a new-start church on the outskirts of town. Petra and I are sad to see he, his wife and his daughters leave. They've been wonderful friends to us in the time we've spent with them here in Croatia.
Nonetheless Budapest will be receiving a man of God and a solid family.
Laci, you're a good guy. I don't care what they say about you in Croatia!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It's not for lack of effort on my part though:
"Petra, why won't you blog?"
"I don't have time"
"C'mon, more people would read yours than mine"
"Who would want to read my blog?"
"Well me, and (trying to be convincing)....well I think there are a lot of people who would read."
"Exactly!" She says noticing my unconvincing way of trying to be convincing.
And so it goes.
But I will share something she shared with me the other day that I thought was profound even though she just shrugged it off.
Petra: "So, what are you going to preach about on Sunday?"
Jeremy (with no idea): "I thought I'd preach on Easter" (which is true, they did ask me to preach on Easter)
P: (without me asking her): "You know what Easter means to me?
J: (no time to answer before she continues)
P: "It's a new beginning. It's the time where I go back to the cross and realize that I have a clean slate, the opportunity to start afresh, and a God in whom there's no condemnation. I can live in light of his forgiveness."
J: "Good stuff, so why don't you preach someday?"
P: "No one's ever asked me."
J: "I've asked you to blog."
P: "'I don't have time."
And so it is.
But what she said made me realize that this is a perfect time to make a resolution. What better day than the day in which we celebrate a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ?
So my delay in making a New Years resolution was for good. And I am resolved. To do what?
That's for another post.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I had the privilege of traveling up to Slovenia to see some of my relatives (on the Kuzmic side). Slovenia is the only current European Union country that was part of former Yugoslavia. (I'm smart for a little guy.)
I got to meet my 2nd cousin who was born just two days before me...And was able to be held my some of my other 2nd cousins.
I also got to visit a park where all I had to do is sit in the stroller while daddy made a circle and I was in Slovenia, Hungary and Austria all in a matter of seconds.
I ate...I drank...
Mommy and Daddy even taught me where I came from.
All in all it was a great trip. If there's one thing I've learned in all my months it's this: no one place or people group has a monopoly on hospitality. Everywhere I've been - whether in the States, Croatia or Slovenia - I've met wonderful people who have loved us genuinely. Thank you to the 'Slovenci' who made our trip perfect!