18
October

A Leap of Faith (Literally)

josh taylor parachutingOur group made our way into the plane, loaded in gear.  Yes, I was scared, but somehow I knew it was going to be okay.  As the Monster energized jump-trainer situated the number three passenger in the back, the pilot put his finger to his lips and closed the hatch behind the trainer as his back was turned.  When he was done and got out to situate the next jumper, he bumped his head.  “Pilots…” he murmured, though he was laughing himself.  He then helped the rest of us in.

Okay, so here we go…  Continue reading »

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25
August

Ice Bucket Challenge

Okay I took the challenge!

This is one of the craziest trends I’ve seen.  Everywhere I look on Facebook is another challenge.  I took the challenge, because I was dared, and I’m all for good causes.  However it is good to do your research before giving.

So if you are interested in ALS, check out this link for ALS research at John Paul 2 Medical Research Institute which does not use stem cells in their research.

Also speaking of causes, this is beside the point, but is urgent right now.  There’s a pressing need at the moment to help the refugees in Iraq who have been forced out of their homes.  Please consider supporting World Vision’s Rapid Response team to Iraq as well as praying for those victims.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  -Hebrews 3:13

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9
August

Be Alive

They had seen so much of death, that life mattered less than the moments of being alive. Wade Davis-Into the Silence

This quote was about Mallory and his expedition to Everest and how the apocalyptic Great War had influenced them.  It was one of the best history books I’ve listened to, but you can get the basic idea by listening to his lecture.  Yes, it’s long, but well worth it.  I think about these guys and the sacrifice they made, and am so grateful for the freedom and peace I have in my own life.

 

My Own Adventures

I might not fight in a war or climb Everest, but I enjoy taking time to enjoy small adventures of my own. The bloggers are saying we should travel more and I agree.  Travel enriches your life, educates you, brings you out of your comfort zone, etc.  That’s all awesome.  But the cheapskate that I am, travelling to other countries is expensive.  I mean, yeah, follow your passion, but people spend so much money and time following their passion, they never make any money to truly change things.  Hence the hipster scene of Portland.  Better to invest the money…

That being said, what’s the next best thing?  Backpacking in the Northwest! Continue reading »

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21
June

How Busy is Too Busy?

205 at nightA couple years ago when my church merged with another church from Vancouver, I remember taking the longer drive.  Driving out on the 205 bridge and seeing the breathtaking view of the Gorge and Mt. Hood I thought this seemed right.  I’d feel God as soon as I crossed the river.  Like something was released.  New seasons, the old has gone, the new has come.

And it has been a journey, one which I’m still taking.  Now I’ve moved across the border to a place perhaps less noisy, a bit more conservative.  My dad helped me moved the other day and we were talking about how many flags were being hung in the neighborhood which is good.  Patriotism isn’t something you see much of in Portland. Continue reading »

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24
April

Fascination-Intelligent Design and the Search for Truth

Me standing by the freeway near Paradise PointWhen I was a kid, I was a bit of a science geek with my shiny rock collection and a microscope where I could look at salt or hair close enough to see shapes and designs.  My dad and I would take my telescope to the park on a clear night in freezing weather covered in blankets. There was no internet back then so I’d pour over books and magazines and call OMSI’s planet schedule.  I remember how exciting it was to barely find Saturn in my telescope and see the rings.

And I still love science as an adult, though my understanding seems to peak at a certain point.  I’ve been watching this series, Cosmos, a new version of the old Carl Sagan series, which I remember watching as a kid.  It’s like the textbooks I read in gradeschool, but a lot more exciting, though I don’t agree with some of his message.

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16
January

Did You Know? – Seven Interesting Facts about Rockefeller

Screenshot_2014-01-01-08-55-16While working many long hours at Brown, audiobooks help keep my sanity in the midst of monotony.  You might be surprised at the many different walks of life I read about.  Biographies lately have been Greg Allman, a sniper in Iraq, and Rockefeller.  As diverse as these guys are, they all influence me in some way.  What goes through their heads?  What can I learn and glean from these successful people?

Don’t know what you’ve heard much about Rockefeller, although most at least know he had tons of money.  Perhaps you might even disagree with some his monopolistic practices in the oil industry.  But you can agree that he did some good things.

Did you know?

  • He was an upstanding Christian, faithful to his wife and family.  He faithfully attended and supported his little community Baptist church, even when others thought someone of his nature would be seen hanging out at the richer churches. Continue reading »

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