Friday, March 30, 2007

Cool Video

I actually found this on a website supporting Biscet as a candidate for the presidency of Cuba. This is a Gospel music group called Naturally Seven. This video was recorded on the Paris metro. Enjoy.

Chocolate Jesus

Okay, if Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren't busy working up a script for next weeks South Park on this one, they're missing the boat.

Cosimo Cavallaro, a Canadian (Matt, Trey... c'mon!!) "artist" has designed a chocoloate sculpture in the image of what he considers to be Jesus. It's 6' tall, hung as if on a cross, and is naked with all genitalia on display. The Roman Catholic church is in an uproar. I have one thing to say to my Catholic brothers; go ahead and protest, but keep away from this Cavallaro guy. If there's anything to that whole God's wrath with lightning thing, this guy's a prime candidate to become a little pile of black ash on a New York sidewalk.

Briefly, I Googled this "artist" and came across his website. Here are a few of the artistic pieces this guy has done:

"Cheese" - one of his most inspired pieces. An armchair covered in Cheez-Whiz.

"Fish" - a piece obviously inspired by Akroyd's "Bass-o-matic '76". A white porcelain toilet, with pureed goldfish inside.

'Kiddie" - a child-size coffin installed on one of those machines outside supermarkets where children usually ride a horse for a quarter. On this one, you can have your child, post-mortem, ride through the funeral service before being interred; as long as the mourners keep popping in quarters.

"Shit" - Another favorite. 3 turds (probably Cosimo's) shaped to form the acronym "V.I.P."

"Burning Piano" - On this one Cosimo really went to uncharted territories of art. He set a baby grand piano on fire. Outdoors. On a snowy plain. It's a video clip. Utter genius.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights had this to say:

"It's an all-out war on Christianity. They wouldn't show a depiction of Martin Luther King Jr. with genitals exposed on Martin Luther King Day, and they wouldn't show Muhammed depicted this way during Ramadan. It's always Christians, and the timing is deliberate."

I agree. It is deliberate. My opinion; people like Cosimo hate beauty. He hates God, because God loves beauty. He hates art because God loves beautiful artistic expression.

And no, we would not see an image of Muhammed this way, or at all for that matter. Just ask the South Park guys.

I just wanted to put things into perspective. Consider the hands that sculpted this 6' statue of Jesus. They seem to be the hands of a sad, bitter and slighty derranged man.

Life imitates "art"; and chocolate melts.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yell Out On The Move

My buddy Rick posted here on a new book called On The Move; a speech given by Bono (of U2 fame) at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2006.

For those of you who are disinterested, religious, hypocritical, highly opinionated and aloof "church brats", this speech is a wake up call that yes, God lives and works outside of our comfortable church walls, petty arguments, and fruitless strivings.

For those of you who are disinterested, humanistic, hypocritical, highly opinionated and aloof "skeptics", this speech is a wake up call that God exists inside and outside of uncomfortable church walls, petty arguments, and fruitless strivings.

I highly recommend you read the speech.

"Am I buggin' you? Don't mean to bug you." -Bono

Monday, March 26, 2007


Last night, some friends and I were studying the Bible. At the end of the evening, we were tired, and wanted to go home. But in our time of study, we encountered a God who loves us despite our disobedience and helps us even when we don't deserve His help.

I found these 2 quotes from 2 brilliant men.

“I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.” – Albert Einstein

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” – C.S. Lewis

I don't think anyone would question the genius of one, and the philosophical depth of the latter. The funny thing is, the first guy could split an atom but had a childish, uninformed view of God. Maybe he was just too scientific in his approach. Maybe his genius made him think in too many different directions, making it difficult to really think through the subject of faith. But really, to say something about God being about "rewards good and punishes evil" makes me think he really didn't give much thought to the God I know. He was looking for a god who could fit his scientific world. Actually, anyone who thinks about God in those terms really hasn't thought about God at all. God has become an instrument to them; someone to be used for comfort, or when things go really bad, for blame.

I like what Lewis says. It's a good place to be when you can stop running and trying to come up with your own answers, and just say "God is God". It's your Moses moment; when you can just accept the great "I AM" is just that. No assembly, or invention, required. No assumptions to be made. No one to blame, because you find there is no blame. Only forgiveness.

But you can only get there by honestly searching Him out. Sometimes it's tiresome. There are so many other things to think about. There is so much to do. But when you finally get into the searching; when you give Him some time, you will find the answers.

Friday, March 23, 2007

"It's so easy....

...even a caveman can do it."

I love these ads. Best line ever, "That is so condescending." Click on the picture to see the Apology commercial.

This ad series is my favorite ever. I laugh like a crazy every time I see it.

Now, the cavemen are getting a chance at a TV series on ABC. For more on the story click here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime
What better place than here, what better time than now?

All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now

-Guerilla Radio-

It's no wonder why groups like Rage Against The Machine resonate with Christian youth.

Rage has different meanings, one being to react with violence. However, my favorite definition is:

Rage - A violent desire or passion.

I listened to Guerilla Radio today, and the inspiration kicked in. It made me think about the word rage, and how, as Christians, we should use this powerful word:

Rage against mediocrity.
Rage against injustice.
Rage against poverty.
Rage against hypocrisy.
Rage against relativism.
Rage against hate.
Rage against ignorance.
Rage against religion.
Rage against evil.

Any other suggestions?

Monday, March 19, 2007


Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason— a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world.

A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day-in and day-out consistency; a life of walking without fainting.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Many questions have come up in my mind these past 2 weeks. I've been surrounded also by questions from those around me.

Why Josh? Why did God allow all that pain to come into his life? If God was using such a great man to do such great and wonderful things in people's lives, then why would He allow him to die so soon? He was only 32 years old.

Yesterday, we celebrated Josh's life, and buried him in the ground. Many people came; this was probably one of the largest funerals I have attended (Edwards' was probably just as big; he was 38 when he was struck by lightning last year).

Josh was taken too early, and right on time. Josh's illness was a long and hurtful ordeal, and exactly what God planned. His death at the age of 32 is painful for his mother and father, his family and friends; and occurred precisely as scheduled.

And we all, even those who love and trust God to the best of our ability, are hurting and at a loss. We miss him, and we will always wonder in our darkest times, "Why God?"

A few years ago, I was reading The Chronicles of Narnia: A Horse and His Boy to my daughter. The story revolves around a little boy named Shasta who, having grown tired of being mistreated by the fisherman who raised him, runs off with a Narnian horse (a talking horse) and sets off on all manner of adventure. Along the way, this small boy also suffers all manner of pain and suffering. His friend, Aravis, almost dies as they are being chased by a pack of ferocious lions. At one point in the book he is alone in the wild, in the dark, on a horse. He is hungry, alone and frightened. He is resentful; angry. He is asking 'Why?' .

As he rides his horse with no one to talk to (he is not riding the Narnian horse now; this one does not speak), in the dark, he senses he is not alone. Someone or something is walking in the dark next to him:

"Who are you?", he said, scarcely above a whisper.
"One who has waited long for you to speak," said the Thing. It's voice was not loud, but very large and deep...

"Oh please -- please do go away. What harm have I ever done you? Oh, I am the unluckiest person in the whole world!"
Once more he felt the breath of the Thing on his hand and face.

"There", it said. "that is not the breath of a ghost. Tell me your sorrows."
Shasta was a little reassured by the breath: so he told how he had never known his real father or mother, and had been brought up sternly by the fisherman. And then he told the story of his escape and how they were chased by lions and forced to swim for their lives; and of all their dangers... and how they were almost to their goal when another lion chased them and wounded Aravis...

"I do not call you unfortunate" said the Large Voice.
"Don't you think it was bad luck to meet so many lions?" said Shasta.
"There was only one lion" said the Voice.

"What on earth do you mean? I've just told you there were at least two the first night, and..."
"There was only one; but he was swift of foot."
"How do you know?"
"I was the lion."

And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued.
"I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you."
"Then it was you who wounded Aravis?"

"It was I."

"But what for?"
"Child," said the Voice, "I am telling you your story, not hers."

You will never answer the questions, "Why?", until you realize that you are not walking alone in the wilderness. You will never answer the questions, "Why?", until you start concerning yourself with your own story instead of everyone elses story.

And don't be so foolish and trite as to consider this being as just some beast or ghost, or a knight in shining armor, or a beared and robed guru, or some other creation of your assumed enlightenment.

He has a name. He only waits for us to acknowledge Him. He holds the answers to our deepest questions.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Who am I kidding?

I'm just not politically minded, so I deleted that last entry on the Liberal mind. Not because I disagree with it, but because that stuff has no real substantive place in my heart, or my blog.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lead of Love

Christ of the Abyss - Key Largo, Florida

Lead of Love
Caedmon's Cal

Looking back at the road so far
The journey's left its share of scars
Mostly from leaving the narrow and straight

Looking back it is clear to me
That a man is more than the sum of his deeds
And how You've made good of this mess I've made
Is a profound mystery

Looking back You know You had to bring me through
All that I was so afraid of
Though I questioned the sky, now I see why
Had to walk the rocks to see the mountain view
Looking back I see the lead of love

Looking back I can finally see (I'd rather have wisdom)
How failures bring humility (than be)
Brings me to my knees (a comfortable fool)
Helps me see my need for Thee

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ataque Al Palacio

50 years ago today, the presidential palace in Cuba was attacked by a revolutionary group, made up mostly of university students. For more on this story click here.

50 years ago today, my grandfather, Jose Mora, was involved in the firefight. The truck you see pictured above was used by the rebel group. Some of the bullet holes in the truck may well have been shot by my grandfather.

He served as a military officer for the Cuban government and was at the palace that day. According to stories my mother has told me, my grandfather was about to cover the shift of another officer, manning the front of the palace. That officer died. Had the attack occurred 15 minutes later, I might have never met my grandfather.

Too Much... Too Soon?

I'm having a Josh moment. The mornings are pretty bad.

I just went to his myspace page. Like me, Josh didn't do a whole lot with his myspace. But he did set it up, added some friends, and checked it out every once in a while.

The title he gave his myspace was "too much... too soon?" I never asked him what that meant (I didn't know if that was appropriate hetero myspace behavior). I don't think it was meant in a negative conotation, ala this is too much for me to handle too young in my life. Maybe he meant too much to think about, way early in my life. Too much wisdom to ponder. Too much knowledge to impart. Too much understanding of life, love and grace, too early in my life.

I'm still not comfortable with myspace. I'm also not comfortable leaving a message for someone who can't respond. I'm not knocking those who did; I just can't do it. I want a response.

Josh has once again challenged me. This time, he has challenged me to think about eternity, and how it begins here on earth.

Or does it have a beginning? If it's eternal; if we are eternal, then is there a beginning?

There certainly is no end. Josh is alive. I can't speak of him in past tense terms. It's not denial or a psychological trigger meant to bring comfort. It's a fact. It's just true.

Monday, March 12, 2007


I feel like rambling like a lunatic. I've felt like this since Josh went home. There is an urgency. There is a need.


But you can't. You can't shout it out. If you do, you are a religious nut. You are a smelly man wearing animal skins, crying out in the desert; a lonely baptizer.

Last night, we watched an interview with Bono of U2. He wasn't wearing animal skins. I don't know if he smelled.

In the interview, Bono spoke of his faith; His love of Christ. He was sincere on how he felt about the church. He never liked church people. I could relate to that. As he has matured and thought things through, he has grown to know the concept of "the body of Christ", and can now love his brothers and sisters a little more.

I can relate to that, too.

In the interview, Bono calls out Christians on their inability to grasp the concept of grace. He is absolutely right.

In fact, the whole conversation got me thinking.

Because we cannot grasp the concept of Grace:

- The church is full of believers who live in bondage to a "works for works sake" mentality. They do not understand the concept of obedience in response to grace and love.

- The church is full of believers who live as if they have to control grace; that somehow God designed a kind of love that the average person can't responsibly manage. They believe they have to constantly remind people that "works are important, too."

- The church is full of believers who live in fear of grace and freedom.

- The church has cheapened faith and reduced it to rules, "feel good" theology, or wide-spread acceptance of sin.

- The church is irelevant to the world. "If church is about being good, giving money and singing songs on Sunday, I'd rather go to the beach".

- People on the outside misunderstand the call of the Gospel; that it is not about taking away freedom, but giving a new concept of freedom beyond their imagination.

Unfortunately, very few are the people who will listen.

The vast majority of those who believe will continue to live their faith out by looking for the latest "Purpose Driven Life" or "Your Best Life Now" trend offering tips on how to live a fulfilled life.

Conversely, the vast majority of those who don't believe will continue to hide behind excuses from their list of "reasons why I believe in God my own way" booklet, which they keep close to their hearts, lest they should be captivated by Truth.

In the end, grace is an irrefutable concept. You cannot oppose it, because it will always come back to you with overwhelming love. Grace cannot be defeated, because it has already won. Grace cannot be limited, because it will always get bigger than your grip can stand.

All you can do is not understand it. In that lack of understanding, grace waits patiently, lovingly, for you to "get it".

It saddens me that so many turn away from grace, finding it unbelievable. But what saddens me the most is how many Christians fear the reckless nature of grace.

"What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? I'll lift high the cup of salvation - a toast to God!"
-Bono, during U2 concert in an intro to "Where the Streets Have No Name"-

Saturday, March 10, 2007


My friend Frank sent me the following in an e-mail. I thought it was so beautiful, I wanted to post it. I had never read this. Enjoy.

Mozart's last and unfinished work. A death mass. Some (myself included) have speculated that he wrote it for himself. For a time Mozart became involved with Freemasonry. He was lured into it by the outward appearance of their so called philanthropy. As time passed he began to realize that the masons served a much different god than the one he knew. He left the masons, and exposed many of their rituals, beliefs, and agendas in his opera 'The Magic Flute.' As he neared death, he began to believe that someone had been poisioning him. I believe that the masons had him killed. I also believe that the Requiem Mass was his own personal prayer for forgivness and repentance.

I. Introitus
Lord, grant them eternal rest,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

You shall have praise in Zion, O God,
and homage shall be paid to you in Jerusalem.

Hear my prayer.
All flesh shall come before you.
Lord, grant them eternal rest,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

II. Kyrie
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

III. Sequenz

Dies Irae
This day, this day of wrath
shall consume the world in ashes,
as foretold by David and the Sybil.

What trembling there shall be
when the judge shall come
to weigh everything strictly.

Tuba Mirum
The trumpet, scattering its awful sound
across the graves of all lands,
summons all before the throne.

Death and nature shall be stunned
when mankind arises
to render account before the judge.
The written book shall be brought
in which all is contained
whereby the world shall be judged.

When the judge takes his seat
all that is hidden shall appear,
nothing shall remain unavenged.

What shall I, a wretch, say then?
To which protector shall I appeal
when even the just man is barely safe?

Rex Tremendae
King of awful majesty,
you freely save those worthy of salvation, save me!
Save me, fount of piety.

Remember, gentle Jesus,
that I am the reason for your time on earth, do not cast me out on that day.

Seeking me, you sank down wearily,
you have saved me by enduring the cross, such travail must not be in vain.

Righteous judge of vengeance,
award the gift of forgiveness
before the day of reckoning.

I groan, like the sinner that I am,
guilt reddens my face.
O God, spare the supplicant.
You, who pardoned Mary
and heeded the thief,
have given me hope as well.

My prayers are unworthy,
but you, who are good, in pity
do not let me burn in the eternal fire.

Give me a place among the sheep
and separate me from the goats,
let me stand at your right hand.

When the damned are cast away,
and consigned to the searing flames,
call me to be with the blessed.

When the damned are cast away,
and consigned to the searing flames,

Bowed down in supplication I beg you,
my heart as though ground to ashes,
help me in my last hour.

This day full of tears
when from the ashes arises
guilty man, to be judged:

Lord, have mercy upon him.
Gentle Lord Jesus,
grant them rest.

IV. Offertorium
Domine Jesu
Lord Jesus Christ,
King of glory,
Deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the depths of the pit.
Deliver them from the mouth of the lion,

lest hell engulf them,
lest they fall into darkness;
but let the holy standard-bearer Michael bring them into the holy light, as once you promised to Abraham and to his seed.

Lord, in praise we offer you
sacrifices and prayers:
accept them on behalf of those souls
whom we remember this day:

Lord, make them pass from death to life, as once you promised to Abraham and to his seed.

V. Sanctus
Holy, holy, holy
Lord God of hosts!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!

VI. Benedictus
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!

VII. Agnus Dei
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
grant them rest.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,
grant them eternal rest.

VIII. Communio
May eternal light shine upon them,
with your saints for ever: for you are compassionate.

May eternal light shine upon them,
with your saints for ever,
for you are compassionate.

Grant them eternal rest, Lord,
and may eternal light shine upon them,
with your saints for ever,
for you are compassionate.

Friday, March 09, 2007


I ripped this off of who ripped it off of Trek Earth:

Maria de la Gorda Beach, Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

What Does it Mean to be Human?

I found this weird song by Rich Mullins I had not heard before. The song is lame (very 80's INXS wanna-be with heavy usage of sax), but this is the intro to the song, which is spoken.

I don't know if Rich got this from someone else, or if he wrote it, but I like it.

"What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be human?

I cannot help but suspect that at one time in the history of thinking
that people believed that it meant that we were spiritual and that we
could make choices and were capable of aspiring to higher ideals...
like maybe loyalty or maybe faith... or maybe even love.

But now we are told by people who think they know, that we vary from
amoeba only in the complexity of our makeup and not in what we
essentially are. They would have us think as Dysart said that we are
forever bound up in certain genetic reigns - that we are merely products
of the way things are and not free - not free to be the people who make
them that way. They would have us see ourselves as products so that
we could believe that we were something to be made - something to
be used and then something to be disposed of. Used in their wars -
used for their gains and then set aside when we get in their way.

Well, who are they? They are the few who sit at the top of the heap -
dung heap though it is - and who say it is better to reign in Hell than
to serve in Heaven. Well, I do not know that we can have a Heaven
here on earth, but I am sure we need not have a Hell either.

What does it mean to be human? I cannot help but believe that it means
we are spiritual - that we are responsible and that we are free - that
we are responsible to be free."

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Cigar Pal and Co-Conspirator

Today, another friend of mine went home to be with Dad.

I can do nothing but stare at my PC; productivity has been stifled for today. So, I'll just write about Josh.

I've known Josh for about 4 years now. I wish I had known him longer. We smoked a lot of cigars together, and conquered many issues concerning the world, society and the church. In the talking and listening, I found a brother in Josh. Our minds were in sync. We had the same views on most things, so we could talk for hours on end.

Josh has a love for the body of Christ. The thing about that is it's not a cliche; his love for the church is deep, and brutal. He had a way giving it to the church; going for the jugular, in a graceful way. His passion exceeded that of most people I know. He was not into playing games when it came to his faith. He didn't want to preach inside a safe church building; his pulpit could be found in a pub, at a Burger King, Jake's Bar, or at a friend's house.

His faith had no walls.

Josh was an innovator. In a city where church leaders are working out "marketing strategies", he was figuring out people. What makes Miami tick? How can I tell all these lonely and confused people living in this seemingly forsaken city about Jesus, without totally freaking them out?

Most importantly, Josh understood grace. He knew that at the end of the day, there is nothing more. He understood what nakedness meant, more than I ever will; to be stripped bare, a sinful man with nothing to hide, before an awesome, loving and forgiving God.

The saddest thing about Josh dying is not his death. He was in a lot of pain and distress towards the end (...though he only told me once. A week ago, he told me he would be home again by the end of the week, and was making plans to get better and start writing his book/journal. For 3 years, he went for dialysis 3 times a week, never once complaining.)

The saddest thing about his death is that he won't be here to beat knuckle-heads over the head with God's grace. He won't be here to show those he prayed for and spoke of to me on so many occasions, that God loves them despite their shallow self-centered Miami complexes. He loved and cared for so many people; guys and girls who felt the draw of Josh's authentic and transparent nature.

I thank God for the honor having Josh as a friend. Few people had the kind of impact on my life as he did. I will miss him; more than anyone could imagine I will miss him. He summed up the definition of the word "brother".

Now, as I am a fan of C.S. Lewis, Josh was a fan of Blaise Pascal. He would even correct me when I pronounced his name wrong ("no, no, it's {fag-french accent} Pascal, you stupid Cuban"). So in honor of Josh, one of my favorite quotes from Pascal:

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.

Love ya brother.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

"Look!", said John the Baptizer. "Look at Him; don't look at me! He's the one you've been waiting for!"

I need to stop and listen. I need to take a step back, and breath.

Picture this moment. The Savior of the World walking towards you. A mass of people gathered; each person thinking about their problems.

"My wife hates me."

"Why is my child sick?"

"How am I going to get my bills paid?"

"What is wrong with these terrorists?"

"Why is the world so full of hate?"

"My husband doesn't love me anymore."

"I can't seem to get out of this rut."

"Why does it hurt so much?"

So much despair. So much pain; anger. So many people making gods of their own fashion. So many making gods out of themselves.

Everyone worships something, or someone.

The Lamb of God approaches. Sin is His only enemy. He has come to defeat it; brutally. He will annihilate it. The Lamb will be slaughtered, only to return in 3 days; and change the world. His sacrifice will be our freedom. We won't have to be held prisoners by sin ever again.

He has freed us.

Many will continue to walk in their despair, unaware He is in their midst. They can't see Him; too busy staring their problems in the face.

Behold! Don't you see Him? He's right there; ready to free you!

It's so hard for me to see Him sometimes. It gets so busy here. My life is full of temptations, work, and guilt. Pain is all around me. I'm not blind.

But deep inside, John calls out, "Behold!". I always hear that voice. Sooner or later, but I hear it.

My Father calls out to this chief of sinners; His love is overwhelming. I can't pull away from Him. He draws me in. It doesn't matter where I've been or what I'm doing, He calls me in and patiently waits for me. He always welcomes me with a smile and a warm hug. His love overwhelms because He never says "you have failed me." He never condemns me.

He takes away my sin.

People see me as a part-time preacher. They think I'm always focused on God (I wish I was!). In Spanish, they use condescending terms like que lindo (how cute), tilting their heads slightly.

It doesn't bother me anymore. My heart has turned a different corner of late.

I see them, and I hurt for them. I feel like saying "BEHOLD!", but who talks like that these days?

It is a great word though. Behold! He's right there! Hello? Can't you see Him? Would you stop focusing on yourself and look around? He's right there and wants to bring you comfort and freedom! Look! You don't have to be shackled by your pain, sin, doubts and heartache. You can actually be free! You're not enlightened; you're entombed! He's here to free you!

"Que lindo" they respond. "He's always talking about God. That's so sweet."

Sorry; it's difficult for me to be subtle sometimes. Sometimes, you just have to cry out.

"Is there anybody out there?" - Pink Floyd

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Comfort Zone

I came across this article on The Real Cuba website. Reading through it made me think even more about all the stuff we get worked up.

It really is embarrassing. It's not to say all Christians need to be imprisoned to be effective disciples. I just wonder if I would have the cojones to be the kind of man Dr. Biscet is.

A letter from Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

One of Cuba’s most prominent Christian prisoners, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, has said he has been forced to watch abuses "that threaten the decorous behavior of a civilized society" but stressed he trusts God to one day end his "unjust sentence," in a letter published by BosNewsLife Saturday, March 3.

Dr. Biscet, a Christian pro-life activist and medical doctor who opposes abortion and the death penalty as well as the Communist regime, was sentenced to 25 years on April 7, 2003, in a massive crackdown on human rights activists across the island. He earlier received a three-year jail term on charges of "disrespecting patriotic symbols" including hanging a Cuban flag upside down during a news conference.

Human rights group Amnesty International and other organizations consider Dr. Biscet, who also heads the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, a prisoner of conscience.

In a letter to his wife obtained by BosNewsLife, Biscet, 46, said it has been "very difficult for common prisoners to serve a prison sentence, all the more so for a man of peace confined for exercising his right to freedom of thought."

He explained that during "all these years in prison : he witnessed "ignominious things" he was unable to describe "due to their perversity; acts that threaten the decorous behavior of a civilized society."

However despite the apparent difficult situation in the in the maximum security Prison Combinado del Este in Havana, Dr. Biscet stressed he was not giving up his Christian faith. "I am not frightened nor will I go back a step in regards to my ideas. I am here by my own free will to condemn and not to retract myself and will serve this unjust sentence until God in the Highest puts an end to it," said Dr Biscet who has been pressured by authorities to give up his Christian faith and human rights views.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Time After Time

My friend Rick sent an email; one of those "you know you grew up in 80's if..." things. It got me to thinking about something I recently realized.

Growing up in 80's, any music from the 70's was considered pretty recent. If it was from the 60's, it was considered "classic". If it was from the 50's, well these were "oldies".

The "oldies" were 30 years or older.

It is now 2007. 30 years ago was 1977...

...3 years shy of the 80's.

Holy crap.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The New World

"The Christians met on the way many people who were going to their towns, women and men, with a firebrand in the hand, and certain weeds whose smoke they inhale which are dry weeds stuffed into a certain dry leaf in the form of a muset made of paper, like the ones the children make on the day of the Holy Ghost; and burning a part of it, from the other part they suck or absorb or admit the smoke with breathing."
-- Christopher Columbus, from his Navigation diary

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dissecting Ajiaco


Click on the above link for a great blog entry on Cuban Ajiaco at BABALUBLOG.COM, and enjoy!