This afternoon, after spending time thinking about bugs, I took a walk and was blown away about how much nature points to the glory of God.

Paul in his letter to the Romans wrote about nature and said:

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

There certainly are some days that I am oblivious to the awe due to the creator of such an amazing world. But some days, like today, I feel like the holy spirit opens my eyes and everything around me seems to radiate with worship and point to the awesome power and creativity of the God we serve.

I don’t mean to delight in bugs, or in nature as a whole, as an end. I mean to savor what God has made as a reminder of who He is.

So often I am going at 100 mph and I take it all for granted, it all seems so commonplace and ordinary.

Until I am reminded and shaken out of the stupor by great authors who look at nature and see that God is so, so, so, so much greater and glorious than we ever can imagine.

This is one of my favorite examples:

All the towering materialism which dominates the modern mind rests ultimately upon one assumption; a false assumption. It is supposed that if a thing goes on repeating itself it is probably dead; a piece of clockwork.

People feel that if the universe was personal it would vary; if the sun were alive it would dance.

This is a fallacy even in relation to known fact. For the variation in human affairs is generally brought into them, not by life, but by death; by the dying down or breaking off of their strength or desire. A man varies his movements because of some slight element of failure or fatigue. He gets into an omnibus because he is tired of walking; or he walks because he is tired of sitting still. But if his life and joy were so gigantic that he never tired of going to Islington, he might go to Islington as regularly as the Thames goes to Sheerness. The very speed and ecstasy of his life would have the stillness of death.

The sun rises every morning. I do not rise every morning; but the variation is due not to my activity, but to my inaction.

Now, to put the matter in a popular phrase, it might be true that the sun rises regularly because he never gets tired of rising. His routine might be due, not to a lifelessness, but to a rush of life.

The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children, when they find some game or joke that they specially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony.

It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical ENCORE.

G.K. Chesterton

God, great Father and awesome Creator, may you help me to see more clearly, and worship you more constantly.


Bugs RockLast night I was at a dinner trying to explain to someone my excitement about protein folding and realized in the midst of the conversation that she was a biology major.

It is phenomenal when you realize that someone has a similar love and understanding of an area of study, that you can use terms like Okazaki fragments and Heme groups and know that they are still on the same page.

As we talked we got onto the subject of education and how she is excited to teach her kids all the things she has learned, and how excited she is to get to do dissections as a family.

The one area that she wasn’t excited about were insects.

Insects?!?!            …Really?

My grandfather was an entymologist (not an etymologist), and worked for the forest service studying bugs and I think my affection for these six legged creatures might stem from there. Bugs are awesome!

Wait you don’t think so? Hmmm okay check this out and see if you don’t think differently.

Let me know.

Imogen heap has released heapsong2 = Propeller Seeds.

The initial idea was tied to how sycamore seeds fall… which is incredible if you have never seen it before.

Also cool, but in a different way, is that this song is recorded so that with headphones you are totally immersed in a 3D environment. Try it out.

At work I am able to listen to podcasts, music, sermons, audiobooks and lectures as I sit in a vault organizing massive amounts of information. The job itself appears to most as horrifically mundane and repetitive, but the time it affords me to listen makes it all worth it.

Yesterday I wanted to re-immerse myself into the world of Biochemistry. While, to some of you, that might sound as horrifically mundane as organizing files and blueprints, I love hearing about the amazing chemistry and biology of the cell. So I found a half-dozen lectures from iTunesU and spent the afternoon under a mound of architectural paperwork immersed in topics like DNApolymerase, prions and chaperone proteins.

There is something absolutely magnificent about the chemistry that takes place in our cells. I was trying to explain that to some friends at dinner last night, but found it difficult to conceptulize how amazing the process of even a protien folding correctly is. I left it at … its like going to a padlock that requires 1,000 different combinations to open, and doing it in a quarter of a second. It is that incredible.

PSA Announcement: If you don’t think Biochemistry is AMAZING, you don’t know enough about it.

While this video simplifies things, it is an incredible overview of how to get from DNA to Protein. Check it out :).

Over the past few months we have been preparing for the future at Revolution. A central strategy is going to be the formation of Missional Communities…

What is a Missional Community, you ask?

Well, as we have been learning and preparing to start Missional Communities in Tucson, we have actually been graciously encouraged and supported by the leadership at Soma Communities in Tacoma, WA. So instead of answering that myself, I’ll defer to one of the leaders from Tacoma, Jeff Vanderstelt, who has been doing this for a while now.

I posted the video for Gospel Fluency to provide the beginning to answering the question: “How do we develop a Gospel Fluent Culture?” I am going to post the second part to that series once it is edited. Now, before I start answering some of the other questions that have been posted, I want to clarify what a Missional Community is. The next post will describe how it works at Soma Communities. After that I will begin with “How do you do this with … Read More

via Jeff Vanderstelt

Yesterday I got a text from a good friend that made me rather happy:

Ashly: i have your hp7 part 2 tix and im holding them hostage. bring $9.50 in dollar bills and quarters to monday night dinner or the tickets will burn!

Not the hostage part, or the burning tickets part, but because I actually do have $9.50 AND I’m going to go see the last Harry Potter with a bunch of my closest friends.

I have loved all of these books and I’m certainly looking forward to the movie, but in the spirit of this I found one of the funniest videos I have seen in some time. If you haven’t read the books/seen the movies watch the second video to catch up to speed:

Never Heard of Hufflepuff Click Here

Flash mobs… I don’t know why but I LOVE them. I have spent hours looking up videos, watching people randomly decend on an unexpected public. There is something absolutely delightful and appealing about them.

One of my favorite groups is ImprovEverywhere and today they came out with a new video: