18 abril 2014

Synthetic Resurrections in the Digital Age

Today is Good Friday, a day which always takes me down a meditative path.

It is a dark trail that leads me into an awareness of human suffering, desperate loss and mind-numbing grief. A darkness, a pain, that drives me straight to the Cross.

By pure coincidence today, I found myself watching a very moving episode of British Channel Four's celebrated series, "Black Mirror".

In Be Right Back, a young woman grapples with staggering grief and loss; out of that pain, she reaches for a surprising comfort: the Powers of the Digital Age.

Watch the trailer

If writer Charlie Brooker is correct, our new-found god-like abilities based on software algorithms, a constant matrix of recorded digital video, and amazing medical advances will lead us to "conquer death" in new ways in the very near future.

(Watch the video above, if you don't believe me.)

Synthetic Resurrections in this Brave New World will make it possible for us to connect with deceased loved ones as never before. Death frightens us, Loss enrages us. The sudden Disappearance of one we loved leaves a wound some never see heal.

So, will we be justified in seeking Eternal Life on our own terms?
Are we really Masters of our own digital destinies?

Or, might a truer hope be found in the well-documented case of a true flesh-and-blood Resurrection? The triumph of One who promises hope and meaning in this lifetime, and eternal life to all who lose their lives for His sake, in order to find it?

The Last Supper, by David LaChapelle

Do our synthetic gods truly deliver what they promise?
Or is there perhaps more?

28 marzo 2014

Tears of Joy

Hearing this story on the Daily Audio Bible this morning made me cry ...
out of sheer joy.

It shows God's loving heart so clearly.
That's why I wanted to share it with you.

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It wasn’t long after this when Jesus entered a city called Nain. Again all of His disciples accompanied Him, along with a huge crowd.

He was coming near the gate of the city as a corpse was being carried out. This man was the only child and support of his widowed mother, and she was accompanied by a large funeral crowd.

As soon as the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her.
Jesus said to her, Don’t weep.
Then He came to the stretcher, and those carrying it stood still.
Young man, listen! Get up!

The dead man immediately sat up and began talking.
Jesus presented him to his mother, and everyone was both shocked and jubilant. They praised God.
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This is why I love Him so.

Luke 7:11-16

Photo credits:
Grieving in Syria, Google Images

01 marzo 2014

Eye on the Prize

Ashton Eaton, in Runner's World magazine
29 May 2012

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one gets the Prize?

Run in such a way as to get the Prize.

Let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles us.

And let us run with perseverance

the race marked out for us, 
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."

Photo: "Son of God"

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24 octubre 2013

Breaking Down Walls · Derribando las murallas

We tend to think we need a James Bond, a Rambo or Superman himself to tear down
the walls of injustice and exploitation

But sometimes, it just takes a woman! A "dangerous" one at that: armed with a vision, hope and the power of love.

Kelly's story from Boystown, Mexico will absolutely amaze you.

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Solemos pensar que necesitamos a un James Bond, a Rambo o bien, a Superman mismo para derribar las murallas de la injusticia y la explotación.

Pero a veces, ¡lo que se necesita es una mujer! Eso sí, una mujer "peligrosa": armada con una visión, esperanza y el poder del amor.

La historia de Kelly en Boystown, Méjico te dejará absolutamente asombrado.


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