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The UNC math professor said, "Now class, we knowtheir are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour,24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year, so who can tellme how many seconds there are in a year?"All the students looked baffled by the question exceptRufus, who raises his hand and waves it excitedly."Yes, Rufus, how many seconds are there in a year?"the math professor asked.Replied Rufus, "Twelve, m'am. January second,February second, March second..."
No Free Lunches?Henri Nouwen was a man people wanted to know. In his lifetime he taught atHarvard and Notre Dame, and was a tenured professor at Yale. He was aprolific author and a speaker often in demand. Yet ironically, the peoplewho wanted to know him most were probably the least interested in hiscrowning achievements. In 1986, Nouwen walked away from his position at Harvard and accepted theposition as pastor of the L'Arche community in Toronto, a community wherementally handicapped persons and their assistants live together accordingto the gospel. Describing his experience, Nouwen remarked of the peopleof L'Arche, "If they express love for you, then it comes from God. It'snot because you accomplished anything. These broken, wounded, andcompletely unpretentious people forced me to let go of my relevantself--the self that can do things, show things, prove things, buildthings--and forced me to reclaim that unadorned self in which I amcompletely vulnerable, open to receive and give love regardless of anyaccomplishments."(1)Interestingly, it was a similar selfless love that caught Nouwen off guardyears earlier, piercing the conditional world he had grown accustomed towith the freeing love of God. A director of the L'Arche community hadcome to visit Nouwen while he was still at Yale. She visited the campusfor a few days, cooked him an enjoyable meal, and offered help in simple,practical ways. Nouwen recalls, "I expected this greeting to be followedby a request to give a lecture, write an article, or offer a retreat." But the visit had no strings attached; she had simply come to care for himin the name of Christ. It was altogether unlike the rules of kindnessNouwen was used to. In a world where there are no free lunches, thesimple act stirred deeply in his soul. The Gospel of Matthew recalls an evening of few words and free meals. With the murder of John the Baptist weighing heavily on his mind, Jesuswithdrew to a solitary place, traveling privately by boat. But the crowdsfollowed him on foot from the towns. Seeing this, Jesus was not bothered,suspicious, or disheartened, but filled with compassion. He didn't sendthe crowds away, but healed the sick and remained among them. But asevening approached, the disciples came to him with their concerns,bothers, and suspicions, "This is a remote place, and it's already gettinglate. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buythemselves some food" (14:15). But Jesus only replied, "They do not needto go away. You give them something to eat" (14:16).Jesus' words strike deeply, sharp with accountability: You give themsomething to eat. The call is personal and practical, piercing ourmotive-ridden hearts. How am I offering practical love to the crowdsaround me? Am I heeding Christ's command to serve or am I sending whoeveraway for whatever practical reason? What's more, does my service comefreely or does it come with a cost? How often have I fed Christ's sheepwith un-free lunches--kindness peppered with conditions and expectation,love given with costs built-in? Even as Christians, it is easy to play asif there is no such thing as a free lunch. Henri Nouwen was awell-connected, much-loved member of the Christian community, and yet akind and selfless visit from a fellow Christian took him completely bysurprise. C.S. Lewis once remarked that the hard sayings of Christ are nourishingonly to those who find them hard. The disciples met Christ's command withobjections more reasonable than the ones I usually come up with: the crowdwas large, the place remote, the food sparse. The cost to themseemed more than costly. Nonetheless, the instructions lingered: Yougive them something to eat. That is, will you freely offernourishment to those who need it most--knowing full well that the cost maybe personal? Christ has given us the daunting task to feed unconditionally the hungryand broken around us. He has also given us himself. "For the bread ofGod is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world...I amthe bread of life" (John 6:33). Christ's is a love that receives usunadorned and vulnerable, love not merited because of accomplishments, butbecause of desperate need and disparaging hunger. Do we offer others thissame kind of bread? "Bring them here to me," Jesus told the disciples. And with five loavesof bread and two fish he fed five thousand. And Matthew reports, "Theyall ate and were satisfied." Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi ZachariasInternational Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.(1) Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus (New York; Crossroad,1993), 27-28.------------------------------------------------------------------- Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)"A Slice of Infinity" is aimed at reaching into the culture with words ofchallenge, words of truth, and words of hope. If you know of others whowould enjoy receiving "A Slice of Infinity" in their email box each day,tell them they can sign up on our website athttp://www.rzim.org/slice/slice.php. If they do not have access to theWorld Wide Web, please call 1-877-88SLICE (1-877-887-5423).
The Roman emperor Diocletian, following an edict in 303 A.D.,failed to stamp the Bible out. The French Revolution could notcrush it with secular philosophy (Rousseau, one of its heroes,converted to Christianity). The Communists failed to stamp itout with atheism and political ideology. One might well ask whythis book has been banned, burned, and bludgeoned with suchanimosity and scorn. The great Reformation hero John Calvinresponds in this way: "Whenever people slander God's word.they show they feel within its power, however unwillingly orreluctantly." - Joe Boot =============== To find out how you can begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please call:1-888-NEED HIM. =============== Click HereClick Here Wist u dat de God van u houdt?Avez-vous su que Dieu vous aime ?Wußten Sie, daß Gott Sie liebt?Avete saputo che il dio li ama?Você soube que o deus o ama?¿Usted sabía que el dios le ama?http://everystudent.com/menus/intl.htmlClick HereClick Here =============== Your very own library Click Here (Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor') =============== If you stop believing what your professor told you had to be trueand if you start thinking for yourself you may come to someconclusions you hadn't expected. You may find the Bible makesmore sense than you thought or were told to think. Allow yourselfto be ruined, ruined with regard to what you always thought couldbe true. Can you believe what you don't understand? You and Ibelieve everyday what we don't understand unless it comes tothe issue of salvation. - - - Dr. Woodrow Kroll =============== There is simply no historic foundation for the position that theFramers intended to build the 'wall of separation' that wasconstitutionalized in Everson. The 'wall of separation be-tween church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history,a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging.It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. - - - Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist =============== "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to owntheir dependence upon the overruling power of Godand to recognize the sublime truth announced in theHoly Scriptures and proven by all history, that thosenations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." -- President Abraham Lincoln =============== Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;trust in money and you may have it taken from you; but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity. - D.L. Moody =============== Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best of minds. Men and women live on the brink of mysteries and harmoniesinto which they never enter and with their hand on the door latch they die outside. GK Chesterton
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