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11:26 AM

Jesus vs. Yoda...discuss

Posted by Brad Polley |

I'm working my way through the Star Wars movies (at least the three good ones) and I was thinking, "Who would win in a fight between Jesus and Yoda?"  

At first blush, my gut reaction is Yoda, but Jesus offers some interesting angles as well.  I don't really have an answer.  They're both incredible in their own special ways, but I just don't know. Here are my thoughts in a pro-con format:

- He's the Son of God, that has to give you some sort of an advantage.
- After his resurrection, he could walk through walls, thus giving him the ability to escape if needed.
- He's much taller than Yoda.
- You apparently can't kill him, or at least, keep him dead.  

- He's a pacifist, that has to hurt you in a fight.
- He has no light saber, unless he can conjure one out of thin air.

- He's Yoda.
- He has wicked light saber skills.
- He has the force (one could argue that Jesus had this as well)
- He's a Jedi, so if you strike him down, he only becomes stronger.

- He's pretty stinkin' small.

So who wins?  Jesus?  Yoda?  Does the battle rage on for millenia until they both decide to call a truce?  

10:39 AM

I can see this coming in handy in the future

Posted by Brad Polley |

I'm currently picking my way through the book of Deuteronomy.  To say that some of this book is funny is a gross understatement.  It contains some seriously amazing advancements in humanity, especially considering the time that it was written.  Some of it, I must admit, is a bit strange, and some of it is a bit disturbing.  

I was reading this morning this lovely gem:

If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.  They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.  He will not obey us.  He will not obey us.  He is a profligate and a drunkard."  Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death.

Ezra and yourselves.

10:55 AM


Posted by Brad Polley |

Remember Larry?  I mentioned him in a post about a month ago.  He's the guy who has cancer and our church has been helping him with food and gas money for the past few months.  He came to church yesterday and he looked pretty bad.  He was slumping over in his chair and couldn't keep his eyes open.  I went and sat by him and asked him if he was alright.  He barely had the energy to tell me that he needed to go home because he was so weak.  A couple of us helped him out to his car.  It seems that he had five chemo treatments last week.  That will zap anyone's energy, let alone an elderly man.  

I called him yesterday afternoon to see how he was doing and he sounded a little bit stronger.  Do you want to know what kind of person he is?  He kept apologizing that he had to leave church early.  That's what he was worried about.  I had a hard time convincing him that God didn't really care that he left early.  If you're one that is inclined to pray, please pray for him.  I'm not sure what to even pray.  Just pray as God leads you.   

9:46 AM

2 year olds are hilarious

Posted by Brad Polley |

When they aren't screaming, kicking, biting, hitting, and saying, "No Daddy, you leave now!" that is.  As kids grow up, it's incredibly fun to listen as they say different words.  It's also incredibly sad when they start pronouncing those words correctly.  

Our latest from our two year old is this gem: Chicken Nugwickets.  For those of you not fluent in toddler speak, that would be Chicken McNuggets from McDonald's.  Priceless.  

11:47 AM

Still think money buys happiness?

Posted by Brad Polley |
9:40 AM

I guess genocide is okay now

Posted by Brad Polley |

I know this is a politically divisive issue, but I really don't care.  What Israel is doing in Gaza is genocide.  The U.S. doesn't care because, well, it's Israel, and everything they do is fine because it is of God.  Killing is never of God.  Sorry.

For all Christians who think we should just blindly support Israel because 3000 years ago God chose them as a holy people need to remember this: there are about 40,000 Palestinian Christians.  What about them, your brothers and sisters?  Do they deserve this?  Are they just collateral damage?

Israel was chosen by God to be an example to the nations of what monotheists are supposed to look like.  Right now, they are showing the world that God is vindictive, violent and hateful.  If you want that message to be spread, then go ahead and continue to support Israel in this stuff.  If you want people to know that "God is love" then we have to stand up and say that what they are doing is wrong, regardless of our political agenda.

Update: Today they bombed a school.  Defend that move biblically.