John Eldredge on Betrayal


Everyone has been betrayed by someone, some more profoundly than others. Betrayal is a violation that strikes at the core of our being; to make ourselves vulnerable and entrust our well-being to another, only to be harmed by those on whom our hopes were set is among the worst pain of the human experience. Sometimes the way God treats us feels like betrayal.

John Eldredge,  The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

“New Year’s Song” by Over the Rhine


Folks back home are 10h 45m ahead of our time here in Michigan. As they wake up, it’s New Year 2015 for them. Some must already be wasting in liquor and making resolutions for new year. Anyway, I want to dedicate this song to my family and friends on the eve of year 2014 and new year 2015. Enjoy one of my wife’ favorite bands and now mine too, Over the Rhine.

“Here’s a little New Year’s song
Don’t worry it won’t take too long
Just a bit of New Year’s cheer
To say I’m glad you’re here

Little leftover Christmas tree
Just big enough for you and me
With just a single strand of lights
To tease the stars outside

And we thought perhaps we’d see some friends
But as the old year slowly ends
The dogs are dreaming in their beds
We might stay home instead

Here’s a little New Year’s song
Don’t worry it won’t take too long
Just a quiet New Year’s eve
There’s somethin’ up your sleeve

And I might gently take your wrist
Read your body like a Christmas list
The first night that the New Year brings
I wouldn’t wanna miss a thing

Let’s stay home and play old records
Our future’s bright our past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass

Toast the ghost of another year past
Just a little New Year’s song
Happy New Year everyone
It came upon a midnight clear
Another brand new year

New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
For loved ones who’ve gone on before
Sing me Auld Lang Syne

New mercy comes with every morning
The unexpected with no warning
Let the dear ones you love know
You’ll miss them when you go”

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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Spaghetti Turned to Spiceghetti


This is, by no means, a recipe. I had spaghetti for lunch but didn’t like it as the sauce was too sweet for me. I wanted to modify it by adding little bit of “this” and “that”. This is what it turned out when I was done with it.

1) Made spaghetti with Ragu sauce but didn’t like the taste, 2) Sauteed in wok oil and added sesame seed oil, teriyaki sauce and soy sauce; still didn’t like it, 3) Now sprinkled coriander powder, cumin power, added garlic paste, a drop of lemon juice and fried with Sriracha hot chili sauce, 4) Taste? Guess what?

Tada! 😂👍

Not-So-Cool Teacher Gives me Goosebumps


This story is quite inspiring to me. When I saw this teacher doing something incredible like this for his students for decades, the urge to become a teacher like him almost completely took over me. I have been telling people who ask me what I want to do after seminary that I want to be a teacher – a teaching pastor. A Bible Teacher.

This video shows a dedication of a high school teacher Bruce Farrer, and his impact on his former students to whom he asked to write letters to their future selves for decades as an assignment. If you add all the hours he put on them to store and organize them, that is very unbelievable. It requires a maximum dedication and commitment to the cause. Anyway, he tracks down his former students after twenty years and mails their letters to their current address. The students in the video testify more than I can write here how much their lives were impacted by this not-so-cool teacher back then. Watch and enjoy and do not forget to appreciate your teachers who have walked with you an extra mile to make you what you are today.

…where East meets West

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