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Reflections

I called this section "reflections" for lack of a better term. Later on it will be filled with a variety of different topical entries.

What is Happening in my Country?November 7, 2008

The Sharing ChurchJune 1, 2008

PovertyNovember 15, 2007

Regionalisms in HondurasSeptember 16, 2007

ImmigrationJuly 9, 2007

The Blessing of GodJune 3, 2007

Questions not all Frequently AskedMay 18, 2007

El MuditoMay, 2007

QuotesFeb 12, 2007

These are not necessarily favorite quotes, but rather quotes of interest.

**Translation mine

"[Frodo said,] 'What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had the chance!'

'Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need...'

'I am sorry,' said Frodo. 'But I am frightened; and I do not feel any pity for Gollum.'

'You have not seen him,' Gandalf broke in.

'No, and I don't want to,' said Frodo. 'I can't understand you. Do you mean to say that you, and the Elves, have let him live on after all those horrible deeds? ...He deserves death.'

'Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends... the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many - yours not least.'"

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is the religion you could not have guessed"

-C.S. Lewis

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose"

-Jim Eliot

"My heart is afraid of suffering - said the boy to the Alchemist, one night as they watched the moonless sky."

"Tell him that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."**

-Paul Coelho, The Alchemist

"As a kid, I was commanded to love God. I tried earnestly to do so. But a steady diet of Sunday-school stories and revival sermons left my young heart doubting God's love for me. I was to love a person who commanded me, under threat of eternal hell fire, to love him? Would I love the neighborhood bully if he grabbed me on the street and commanded me to love him?"

-Doug Frank qtd. in Mark Baker, Religious No More

"Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner... Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has... Such grace is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life."

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The advancement of science and economy does not correspond with our ethics, when poverty, misery, violence, and corruption continue in intolerable porportions. There is no true ethics that is removed from the values of God.... We have come here to accuse, to denounce those who proclaim a false free market that only deepens the hole of poverty and tries to seduce us with the erratic mirage of remits into accepting with all normality the exportation of our labor force [and] the cruel adventure of our emmigrants..."**

-José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, presidente de Honduras

"Joining the people of God is an instantaneous event, the result of being born again into a new family. Like with physical birth, it’s not caused by the works of the baby, but by the acts of the parents. But this new person has work to do, things to learn, both consciously and unconsciously….It’s like it would be for Apaches to let white people join their tribe despite our being the ones who destroyed their culture and most of their people. That really would be grace" (153).

-John Alexander, Stop Going to Church, and Be the Church

“Atahuallpa asked for the Book [Bible], that he might look at it, and the Friar gave it to him closed. Atahuallpa did not know how to open the Book, and the Friar was extending his arm to do so, when Atahuallpa in great anger, gave him a blow on the arm…Then he opened it himself, and, without any astonishment at the letters and paper he threw it away from him…

The Friar returned to Pizarro, shouting, ‘Come out! Come out, Christians! Come at these enemy dogs who reject the things of God. That tyrant has thrown my book of holy law to the ground!...Why remain polite and servile toward this over-proud dog when the plains are full of Indians? March out against him, for I absolve you!’” (72)

Taken from various witness accounts of Pizarro’s decisive victory against the Incas, compiled by Jared Diamond, in Guns, Germs, and Steel.

"But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?"

-Romans 8:24

A praise song sung in evangelical churches.**

It is actually a chain of little songs that have no particular order and are strung together. It repeats more than indicated

The glory of God is going to flood this place,

and the Holy Spirit is going to fill you and baptise you

Just praise him, praise him, praise him!

I want to be a vessel for the Lord

The Lord fills my cup with the Holy Spirit

It was a staircase that Jacob was seeing

Angels were descending and ascending

But it was the glory of God that Jacob was seeing

A pillar of cloud by day

A piller of fire by night

Pentecostal fire, pentecostal fire

Like a light beam falling over me

I feel him in my life, I feel him in my being

I feel him in my soul, he gives me power

He gives me power, he gives me power, he gives me power for victory

The Holy Spirit has arrived

The one who burns, burns, burns the the soul

And let him move, let him move

And let him touch you, let him touch you

And let him fill you, let him fill you...

The sick were healed by Peter's shadow

But it wasn't the shadow, nor was it Peter

It was what Peter had - the power of the one from Nazereth

You have it, I have it - the power of the one from Nazereth

The Mencía familyMarch, 2007

Updated June 22, 2008