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upside-down. everyday.

Only Jesus would be crazy enough to suggest that if you want to become the greatest, you should become the least. Only Jesus would declare God’s blessing on the poor rather than on the rich and would insist that it’s not enough to love just your friends. I began to wonder if anybody still believed Jesus meant those things he said. I thought if we just stopped and asked, What if he really meant it? it could turn the world upside-down.

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discern. everyday.

“When you see this [The Da Vinci Code] as a historian,” I asked Dr. Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, “what does that do to you?”

“Well, I worry about the truth. I really do,” Maier replied. “What happens if a majority of the readers of this novel will believe all the lies that are included in the second half of the book? Will this become the majority opinion? And will those historians who are really seeking the truth be crowded out in the future? Actually, I am far more furious at The Da Vinci Code as a professor of ancient history than I am as a Christian. The church has been attacked for two thousand years now. Well, what’s new? But I cannot stand it when universally accepted facts of the past are falsified. This I cannot take.”

Then he gave the ultimate insult a college professor can offer. “If a student of mine had written something like this,” he declared, “I would flunk him!”

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About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

8 responses »

  1. hey..thanks for the comment.
    i just feel really numb about this trip….and i need the money by thursday…
    and i know i sohuld trust in God…and that whatever descion he makes is the right one for me.
    but its hard.
    have you ever been on a missions trip?

  2. awesome.
    this would have/will be my first one.
    thats really cool that you worked with city on on a hill
    they are verry talented and are in my car’s cd player right now.
    did you have a good day today?

  3. hey!! 🙂
    man i didn’t even read your comment until today because i didn’t know you had left me one.  yeah my computer isn’t sending me messages anymore– but you sound like you’re having tons of fun! 😛 that is very cool about barnes and noble, and the book sounds funny 😀 but VERY convinient especially at my school.  i’ve never been to anything like prom but sounds like a blaaast:P that’s so fun.  and dude i cannot WAIT til the peru reunion party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  omgoodness that’s gonna be SOO awesome!! :P:D
    hmmm i’m about to go to my friend josh’s youth group.. the last few weeks have been awesome for no reason at all.. always meeting new people, always doing new stuff.  the states is fun 😛 talk to you later!!


  4. i am indeed a strong believer in God.
    i look to Him offten.
    i deeply appreciate what say to me and take every word into concideration.
    and i shall take a look at that reading.
    thank you again for your thoughts and prayers.

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