People Like Us

"Maybe it's time to admit the obvious. We don't really care about diversity all that much in America {or the Church}, even though we talk about it a great deal. Maybe somewhere in this country there is a truly diverse neighborhood in which a black Pentecostal minister lives next to a white anti-globalization activist, who lives next to an Asian short-order cook, who lives next to a professional golfer, who lives next to a postmodern-literature professor and a cardiovascular surgeon. But I have never been to or heard of that neighborhood. Instead, what I have seen all around the country is people making strenuous efforts to group themselves with people who are basically like themselves.

People are less often tied down to factories and mills, and they can search for places to live on the basis of cultural affinity. Once they find a town in which people share their values, they flock there, and reinforce whatever was distinctive about the town in the first place. Once Boulder, Colorado, became known as congenial to politically progressive mountain bikers, half the politically progressive mountain bikers in the country (it seems) moved there; they made the place so culturally pure that it has become practically a parody of itself." - David Brooks, PEOPLE LIKE US


“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-25‬ ‭

Alayna's 9 month photos!

Alayna's 9 month photos!

I'm so thankful for this little beauty. Even with two of my three crazy weasel boys running around, she managed to be gorgeous and all smiles throughout her session. I'm so blessed to get to have these precious moments with Alayna once a month. They always remind me how thankful I am for such good friends and their wonderful children. God is so, so good! He showers me with blessings. I'm so thankful to him for sweetest Alayna Grace!

Don't make the Internet another gated community!

Net neutrality is a central component of modern education. Without it, ISPs could block resources offered by competitors or restrict access from sites with an opposing ideology. It would be an Internet where Frontier or Fios would choose what you can view or read or research or watch or download. . . Or perhaps they'd just slow your connection down if you were on their black-list of sites (AT&T's grandfathered "unlimited" data plan, anyone? They used to text me every month telling me they were slowing me down because I'd used "too much data" on my monthly "unlimited plan."