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Road Trip

We’re going on a road trip for a week to Cincinnati and Chicago. I can’t wait to eat dim sum and Malaysian food in Chicago, and walk around a city!


July 28, 2007 at 11:54 am Leave a comment


One of the movies I really want to watch is Bella. It won the People‚Äôs Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last December, followed by a string of awards and recognition. Hopefully, this independent film will find a US distributor and be shown in theaters here. Reviewers have used words like “incredibly charming,” and “a rare gem,” and “[t]his movie depicts the culture but also transcends it.” The people behind the movie also have very interesting stories.

July 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Work and Shoes

I used to think that the Bible had little to say about how I should view my everyday work and leisure. My christianity was confined to “spiritual matters” like bible study, church activities and evangelism. I later realized that this was a two-story view of reality, with God being really interested in heavenly/sacred things, and not so interested in earthly/secular things.

In Redeeming the Time, Leland Ryken relates that this two-story view leads to two possible responses. “One is to conclude that if God is only mildly interested in our daily routine of work and leisure, they are not worthy of our best thought and effort. The other is to conclude that we are free to pursue earthly pursuits outside of spiritual directives and play by the rules of a secular world.”

In the book Total Truth, the link is made between having a Christian worldview and finding joy in life. All of reality is unified and is subject to God, and “[i]t is only when we offer up everything we do in worship to God that we finally experience His power coursing through every fiber of our being.” Called the doctrine of vocation, this puts all work on the same plane of spiritual significance. Viewing all work as a call from God makes all the difference to a person’s attitude in the most mundane tasks. Take this quote from Martin Luther:

If you ask an insignificant maidservant why she scours the dish and milks the cow she can say: I know that the thing I do pleases God, for I have God’s word and commandment…God does not look at the insignificance of the act, but at the heart that serves Him in such little things.

As I understand it, not everyone is called to full time ministry, and an article that addresses the criteria for assessing whether you are called to christian ministry is found here, here and here.

There’s a company called TOMS shoes that’s new and hip, but has an interesting mission. For every pair of shoes they sell, they give one away to a child in Argentina who doesn’t own a pair of shoes. I think that the founder’s christianity has shaped his work, and it’s a great example of loving what God loves so that our whole lives are shaped by His wonderful grace.

July 18, 2007 at 7:29 pm 1 comment

Hilton Head Island

In mid June, we spent a week at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. We’ve been there every summer since we moved to Winston Salem, and it’s become something of a family tradition. In America, family road trips seem to be a summer rite of passage. So we decided to give it a try.

The first year, we ventured off in our Honda Accord with a toddler and a five year old without any gear, wondering why all these mini vans and SUVs were heading towards the beach loaded with stuff, some with cargo “pods” on top of their vehicles, some with trailers and many with bikes. Having spent a number of years in “hibernation” after having the babies, we had our frayed and old bathing suits, I wore my five year old maternity slippers to the beach, and we rented rickety bikes that could only be braked by pedaling backwards, battled with the toddler in restaurants, sweated and jostled in the humid weather at the height of tourist season for a couple of hours in order to see five minutes of fireworks, waited patiently for our turn to get balloon animals from a volunteer youth group etc.

When we got home, we looked at the pictures and thought, “what a great trip!” So we’ve been going ever since, and have settled into a system of renting an SUV, bringing our bikes, our own beach chairs and umbrella. Each year is different because we do different things, and familiar at the same time. Here are some pictures from this year’s trip.

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July 3, 2007 at 11:08 pm 3 comments


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