I am a creature of habit. I often think about the same things, the same people, crave the same patterns every day. So, I thought I’d let you in on part of my world. Things that I think and do on a daily basis. Maybe, on some level, this will let you see me for me, or, maybe, on a humourous level you can see my borderline OCD personality.
1. I am obsessed with night TV. I watch Chelsea Lately and Stephen Colbert every night before I go to bed. Chelsea Handler, is one of the the funniest people on television. And, Stephen Colbert goes without saying. The man is a guru of Social Commentary and humor.
2. I think in paradoxes extremely often. I don’t think like most people. I often try to understand extremities, and, see how they co-exist, because often people who see in polarization, really aren’t that different. As the great Philosopher John D. Caputo says “A good mind… is one that can cling tenaciously to two contradictory ideas.”
3. I love UFC. I look forward to going to Buffalo Wild Wings every month with my friends to watch it. My favorite fighters are Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Kenny Florian and, of course, true to my home state, Brock Lesnar.
4. I think often in patterns. As a child I did mental math in my head to help calm me down before I fell asleep. To this day, I do that sometimes, but, I often organize things in order of numerical value or in order of size. Despite all of this, I still can’t become a systematic theologian. Hmmmm……
5. I am a hopeless romantic at heart. I believe in fairy tales. I still have hope in humanity. I believe that there is a part of our existance that truly craves to have this tapped into. And, while this often leads to a great sense of potential heartache, when we are truly in touch with it, it allows us to extract, the greatest hopes that we obtain within us.
6. I have a very conflicting spiritual influences. Theologically, I have largely been influenced by Mennonite beliefs. Practically, I have been greatly influenced by Charismatic practices. Especially, in prayer. I believe God wants to participate in his works of Social Justice (Mennonite) through listening to his spirit (Charismatic). While, I fail at this daily, I hope to participate in listening to what he has to say to me, and, how he might want me to communicate and act with others.
7. I have a wicked sweet tooth. I thoroughly enjoy Sweedish Fish and Dots. But, I can’t really have these very often because of dietary restrictions. So, I only eat them when I begin to feel a great urge for them, because, if I don’t allow myself to have them, I binge on them.
8. When I need a good mental challenge, I enjoy reading authors like John Caroll and Soren Kirkegaard. When, I need to be reminded of the basics of what it means to be a Christian (which is far more important for me), I read Greg Boyd, Rob Bell and Scot McKnight.
9. The three most shaping books in my life have been:
1. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
2. How (Not) To Speak of God by Peter Rollins
3. The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
10. My favorite thing to do with friends is smoke cigars and discuss the deeper things in life, to me, the important things in life. To enjoy a fat Montecristo, Arturo Fuente or Perdomo, and, discuss the questions that are truly on our hearts.
Hope you enjoyed this.
Here is one of my favorite exerpts out of a book I have ever read:
“Let us speak then of love. What does it mean to “love” something? If a man asks a woman…”do you love me?” and if, after a long and awkward pause and considerable deliberation, she replies with wrinkled brow, “well, up to a certain point, under certain conditions, and to a certain extent,” then we can be sure that whatever it is she feels for this poor fellow it is not love and this relationship is not going to work out. For if love is the measure, the only measure of love is love without measure (Augustine again). One of the ideas behind “love” is that it represents a giving without holding back, an “unconditional” commitment, which marks love with a certain excess…If a woman divorces a man because he turned out to be a failure in his profession and just did not measure up to the salary expectations she had for him when they married, if she complains that he did not live up to his end of the “bargain,” well, that is not the sort of till-death-us-do-part, unconditional commitment that is built into marital love and the marital vow. Love is not a bargain, but unconditional giving; it is not an investment, but a commitment come what may. Lovers are people who exceed their duty, who look around for ways to do more than is required of them. If you love your job, you don’t just do the minimum that is required of you; you do more. If you love your children, what would you not do for them? If a wife asks a husband to do her a favor, and he declines on the grounds that he is really not duty bound by the strict terms of the marriage contract to do it, that marriage is all over except for the paper work. Rather than rigorously defending their rights, lovers readily put themselves in the wrong and take the blame for the sake of preserving their love…A world without love is a world governed by rigid contracts and inexorable duties, a world in which – God forbid! – the lawyers run everything. The mark of really loving someone or something is unconditionality and excess, engagement and commitment, fire and passion. Its opposite is a mediocre fellow, neither hot nor cold, moderate to the point of mediocrity. Not worth saving. No salt.”