Random Thoughts #112

On Wednesdays I project my brainwaves out into the world so it can join me in my mental whirlwind. These are random thoughts.

  1. I serve the Prince of Peace, and I am person who works for peace. War is always evil. Having said this, as a Philadelphian, I’m watching how the Ukrainian people are standing up to naked aggression with deep respect. Remember when the white nationalists came to Philly after the 2020 election and were frightened back into their trucks 1? We thought Philly was tough. Ukrainians are standing in front of tanks, and changing road signs to say, “Go F*** yourself back in Russia.”
  2. Ever take some time off when stress levels increased so bad you were like, “Why did I bother with this?”
  3. The guest preacher gave a wonderful sermon on Sunday morning, and I got to figure out how to run Keynote and OBS at the same machine so that’s cool 2.
  4. The most important thing about post-apocalyptic role playing games is they remind us how, even when humanity does its best to destroy ourselves, life will always continue.
  5. My friend, Renee Cappetta, held a benefit concert with her faculty to help offset the cost of Central Baptist’s new heating system. You can watch the beautiful concert here. And if you’re in the area and need music lessons check out The Guitar Guild.
  6. Dear MLB owners. Why do you hate your own game so much?
  7. My prayer for Vladmir Putin. “May the Holy Spirit so terrify him over what he has brought into the world that he is reduced to a quivering pile of remorse and will only find joy during what remains of his earthly life in the most menial tasks of service for others 3.”
  8. To Millennials and GenZ folks in my area wondering what they should do now that Putin’s paranoia has his nuclear forces on high alert. You live surrounded on three sides by a continuous metropolitan area, and the fourth side is the ocean. You can’t do anything about this, so live well and serve others 4.
  9. Wow this is a dark list.
  10. The quote below is what keeps me walking in faith in the midst of all this darkness.

I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:1-5 NLT

  1. It was a very good day. 

  2. It’s probably the one thing I feel I accomplished all week. 

  3. As a Christian, I must always hold out the hope for a path of redemption for someone. However remote it might seem. 

  4. This message brought to you by a GenXer who watched The Day After when he was ten