Archive for November, 2005

Just To Keep Us Thinking

Posted: November 28, 2005 in Everything

A few words from C.S. Lewis…

“If anyone thinks that Christians regard unchastity as the supreme vice, he is quite wrong. The sins of the flesh are bad, nut they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and back-biting, the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.”

–C.S. Lewis
(from Mere Christianity)

Quick Hitters

Posted: November 18, 2005 in Everything

This week marks 6 years that my wife and I have been ministering at and been ministered to by the Bering Drive Church. We are glad to have made so many wonderful, thoughtful friends.

Someone in our house has a birthday coming up. She keeps walking around saying, “Two”.

I’ve been too busy to blog frequently…Sorry!

This article may be the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard (or read):

A woman receiving treatment for diabetes at a state-run hospital in eastern India lost one of her eyes after ants nibbled away at it, officials said on Tuesday.

The patient recovering from a post-surgery infection shrieked for help as the ants attacked her on Sunday night, but nurses told her it was normal to feel pain from the infection.

On Monday, the patient’s family saw a gaping hole with swarming ants in it when they lifted the bandage on her left eye.

Authorities of the Sambhunath Hospital in Kolkata said they were probing the incident.

“It’s not uncommon for ants to attack diabetic patients. We have set up a committee to investigate the unfortunate incident,” hospital superintendent A. Adhikary said.

Scampering rats and stray cats and dogs sharing bed space with patients are not uncommon sights at India’s overcrowded state-run hospitals that are used by millions of poor and middle-class people.

Now, does state-run medicine should good to you? I thank God for insurance. The premiums are high, but I can demand service in a hospital because I’m paying for it. At the same time, this is a painful reminder of how the least of these are treated in our world and we ALL need the opportunity and availability to sue when mistreated.