Okay, here’s a controversial subject that I actually am not bringing up for the purpose of stirring up controversy. I’m honestly curious to hear different people’s differing ideas on this (the more thought-out and biblically-based the better). I’d like to avoid debate — so as an exercise, how about if we all just present our positions, and then politely ask questions about each other’s ideas?
The subject: body modifications. I.e. tattoos (of all degrees and locations), piercings (and gauges), aesthetic surgery (whether tweaking a feature already present, like a nose job, or changing physiology, like elf ears or tongue bifurcation), functional hacks (like implanting piezoelectric metal slivers in your fingertips so you can feel electromagnetic fields, and so on), scarification (flensing, branding, etc.), and all the rest. Continue reading “Biblical Body Hacking?”
The digits I just recited are very special. They are the first 40 digits of my favourite number, a magical and mysterious number with strange and wonderful powers. It even has its own day, and I and millions of other nerds around the world celebrate it every year on March 14th. For centuries brilliant men have studied it, and been awed by its glory and beauty. This number is known as…
…Pi! It is named after the Greek letter π and not the food. I love Pi so much, I thought it would be cool to use three of its features as metaphors for three similar features of myself and my family. And so, my dear readers, may I introduce to you… Pi!
This, my third and final post in this series on eccentricity (the first two posts can be read here and here), will answer the question I posed to you at the end of my previous post: How do we as Eccentric Christians interact with and influence the world, which is on a different wavelength from us?
To begin answering this particularly knotty and controversial riddle, I would like to bring into the discussion some of my own personal experiences in a tangential but conterminous area: being both extremely sheltered and also an extreme nerd. Continue reading “What Eccentricity? Part 3”
In my last post in this series, I elucidated a bit about the word Eccentricity and how cool it was. And then I set up a pretty little puzzle about whether we should be eccentric, or not. Here is the answer. It’s quite simple for us really. Why?
Well, we are in fact commanded to be eccentric by Scripture.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
I struggle with the concept of favorites. I hate being forced to select a single thing from among a beautifully ranged set of incrediblenesses. I do have a few favorites, though (such as the color green, though not for purely aesthetic reasons). At least for short times, before something else supplants them. But this song, this carol for Christmas, has endured for a long while in the top several favorites I have for Christmas songs.