Archive for the ‘Quotable’ Category


September 3, 2007

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
-Albert Einstein

The Einstein quotes seem to be resonating of late…



August 20, 2007

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”
-Albert Einstein

Even Mondays at the end of a quarter are miricles …


April 22, 2007

[Discipleship] is nothing other than being bound to Jesus Christ alone. This means completely breaking through anything preprogrammed, idealistic, or legalistic. No further content is possible because Jesus is the only content. There is no other content besides Jesus. He himself is it. p 59

Sometimes I sense people looking at me, wanting content. It’s the same way I look at others and my RSS feed, looking for content. Something clever, smart or just good to hear. Then the disappointment comes.

I am a shell. Do not look to me, I have no answers, only questions. If you wait for a good day when I’ve taken time to me clean my windows and God can shine through me, then you might get a glimpse Jesus Christ who lives here. Like Bonhoeffer says above in Discipleship He is the only content. I promise that’s what you and I both are after.

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March 10, 2007

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes –
the rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”

-Barrett Browning, from “Aurora Leigh” as quoted in Rob Johnston’s Useless Beauty (p.26)

Forget church, just head to Starbucks

February 9, 2007

starbucks quote on cup
The Sundance class TA, Michelle, passed this quote on from her Starbucks disposable Venti coffee cup…

“Many people lack a spiritual belief system and fill that void with obsessions about celebrities. The celebrities are raised to the rank of gods, and these earthly gods will always fail the expectations the masses have set for them. The cycle runs thusly: adoration turns to obsession, obsession turns to disappointment, and from disappointment it is just a short emotional jump to contempt.”
Donna Phillips
Freelance Writer. She lives in Claremont, California.

She wanted us to think about how this related to our experience as people of faith in the film community. I think the quote covers it pretty well – failed hopes, emotions going wild and void that remains empty. While I was at Sundance, I was jolted to be eating pizza on Main Street just looking out the window at the paparazzi swarming around people like Antiono Bandaras, Mandy Moore, and Tara Reid one after the other. What’s that about? I wish there was that much frenzy around love, justice and mercy…

Going back to Marshall McLuhan in true “the medium is the message” style: perhaps the message is really Starbucks (or the coffee experience). This is the second faith/spritually related example from someone going to Starbucks that I’ve heard this week.

Home as Santuary

The other was my professor John Draine, who teaches my Theology and Culture class. He picked up this In a Spiritual Style: Home as Sanctuary coffee table book and mentioned it in the ‘State of the Culture’ lecture yesterday as an example of where people are finding their spirituality: at home.

Even more, here are two examples from the last week of people encountering spiritually while they picked up coffee at their local Starbucks. I know there has been some writing on this already, and I’m kidding in my post title, but I think there’s something going on here we need to do more about than keep in on the radar…

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December 3, 2006

“The journey is my home.”
-Muriel Rukeyser, poet

God is opening my eyes to several different themes running through my life: mainly accepting the past journeys in my life are who I am, my home. I can accept that my one day trip to Brugge, Belgium in 2001 was not a strange episode of long-ago past travels tagged on to the end of my study abroad in England. Instead its part of a collage of who I am today as much as my life here in Pasadena is right now.

I’m also developing some thoughts on creativity as I’ve been doing research for a paper over at the Art Center College of Art and Design. In once sentence, to be creative, one must be in an environment that fosters it. I think I might take to studying in their library where students are sketching at the tables next to me with both pencils and electronic tablets connected to their computers. It makes a part of me come alive to be around creatives, just as my spiritual journey is alive at Fuller. But what does that mean to live what feels like a fragmented life?

Anyway, more on this when I get through finals and can breathe again…