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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nate Phelps and Called to Question

A man who's journey is a tale of pain, sorrows and struggling; but it does not end there, rather it is also a tale of overcoming, becoming, beauty and love. It is a tale that inspires, challenges and encourages. It is the tale we heard from Nate Phelps last night at Called to Question. 

Last nights Called to Question was a wonderful success. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful these gatherings are. As a host I constantly worry whether or not everyone is enjoying their time or if they feel comfortable. But as the evening progresses I begin to feel more and more secure as everyone settles in, has some food and drink, and absorb the topic at hand. It could just be the wine that makes this so, but what I really think this is due to is my beautiful wife. She is a big factor in making everyone comfortable with the decor and warmth of our home. She has truly made our home a safe place, a haven and a sanctuary for all who enter our doors. So thank you sweet maiden, thou art   the fairest of them all, thou splendour is far more radiant than that of the sun. :) Seriously, my wife is a great contributor to the success of these events. So thank you my dear. 

 Thank you to all who attended, shared their thoughts and gave community through perspectives, laughter, food and drink. You are all deeply appreciated and are important people to the larger community. I would like to specifically thank Nate Phelps and his beautiful wife for travelling out to attend and speak at Called to Question. It is a brave thing that one does when they speak of their own stances and ideals to a group that may not necessarily share the same perspectives. While Called to Question is always a safe place for questions and differing perspectives it is still not always easy for a speaker, or attendee, to open ones self to a group of strangers. It is brave, indeed. So on behalf of everyone who attended Called to Question, I would like to thank Nate for his gentleness, his honesty and his wisdom. You are always welcome back! :)

To the reader:
Did you attend? Tell us your thoughts on the event. What did you think? Did you agree with Nate's perspectives on faith? Did you enjoy the evening? What would you like to discuss in the future? Did you think your host was awesome, wonderful and devilishly handsome?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Deconstruct Your Mind(I'd Deconstruct That)

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
- Nietzsche  

I think the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, founder of deconstructionism, would agree with Nietzsche's idea and encourage each one of us to deconstruct our mind. Unfortunately  deconstructionism has received a bad rap amongst christians, analytical philosophers and anyone else who likes absolutes, but what many of these fail to grasp is what it really means to deconstruct. To deconstruct is to take something apart, a belief, a institution, a way of living, or even a building. This process, I feel it is important to note, is not a destructive process like the demolition of a building but rather the careful and observatory process of removing a building piece by piece. It recognizes what was put into to the original building, thought, belief or religion as it is separated from it. To deconstruct is not to destroy or mutilate but rather to open something up to the possibility of possibilities. It is to allow that thought, that belief, that religion to be free of all that is set upon it and all that hinders it from becoming. 

The mind that is not open to changing opinions is the mind that refuses to take the leap of faith, to step upon the water, or simply the mind that chooses not to live, not to experience or not to taste the sweet, rejuvenating waters of life. To live is to think, to think is to live, to cease to think is imprisonment. 

So like, Nietzsche and Derrida before us, I encourage us all, every now and then, to shed the skin of our minds in order that we too may be open to the possibility of possibilities. 

The lie is the future, one may venture to say[...]. To tell the truth is, on the contrary, to say what is or what will have been and it would instead prefer the past.