Update featuring Blue Like Jazz

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
Trip End May 19, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I haven't updated this in a little while - I also haven't done anything of any significance in a little while. I'm finally recovered from my sickness, and I'll be traveling to Boston in 3 days to visit Gordon College.  

A reminder - I'm pretty regularly posting pictures up to my flickr. Check that out often if you're interested. 

However, since my week has been boring, I decided I would just post all my favorite quotes from Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz, which I finished a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

"I believe that the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tries so hard to get Christians to be religious."

"As the images moved across the screen I would lie in bed feeling so American and safe, as if the Congo were seomething in a book or a movie."

"I wondered what it would be like not to live in a house of mirrors, everywhere I go being reminded of myself."

"Sometimes the things we want most in life are the things that will kill us."

"We were the direct opposite of a frat house; instead of funneling our testosterone into binge drinking and rowdy parties, we were manning up to Jesus, bumping Him chest to chest as it were, like Bible salesmen on steroids."

"It isn't that I want to earn my own way to give something to God, it's that I want to earn my own way so I won't be charity."

"In exchange for our humility and willingness to acept the charity of God, we are given a kingdom. And a beggar's kingdom is better than a pround man's delusion."

"If you believe something, passionately, people will follow you. People hardly care what you believe, as long as you believe something. If you are passionate about something, people will follow you because they think you know something they don't, some clue to the meaning of the universe. Passi0n is tricky, though, because it can point to nothing as easily as it points to something."

"Anybody who wants to get their way says that Jesus supports their view. But that isn't Jesus' fault."

"I like the idea of loving people just to love them, not to get them to come to church."

"I mean that to be in a relationship with God is to be loved purely and furiously. And a person who thinks himself unloveable cannot be in a relationshiop with God because he can't accept who God is; a Being that is love. We learn that we are lovable or unlovable from other people," Paul says. "That is why God tells us so many times to love each other."

"Living in community made me realize one of my faults: I was addicted to myself. All I thought about was myself. The only think I really cared about was myself. I had very little concept of love, altruism, or sacrifice."

"The most difficult lie I have ever contended with is this: Life is a story about me."

"There is no addiction so powerful as self-addiction."

"We reduce Him to math so we don't have to fear Him, and yet the Bible tells us fear is the appropriate response, that it is the beginning of wisdom."

"This was, at the time, my primary problem with Christian faith. With all its talk about pure love, in the end it shook down to conditional love."

"Mr. Spencer then asked us about another area in which he felt metaphors cause trouble. He asked us to consider relationships. What metaphors do we use when we think of relationships? We value people, I shouted out. Yes, he said, and wrote it on his little white board. We invest in people, another person added. And soon enouugh we had listed an entire white board of economic metaphor. Relationships could be bankrupt, we said. Peopl are priceless, we said. All economic metahopr. I was taken aback. And that's when it hit me like so much epiphany gettind displodged from my areteries. The problem with Christian culture is we think of love as a commodity. We use it like money. Professor Spencer was right, and not only was he right, I felt as though he had cured me, as though he had let me out of my cage. I could see it very clearly. If somebody is doing something for us, offering us something, be it gifts, time, popularity, or what have you, we feel they have value, we feel they are worth something to us, and perhaps, we feel they are priceless. I could see it so clearly, and I could feel it in the pages of my life. This was the thing that had smelled so rotton all these years. I used to love like money. The church used love like money. With love, we withheld affirmation from the people who did not agree with us, but we lavishly financed the ones who did."
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