Saturday, July 28, 2007

Heroes

這張圖會讓您聯想到麼?這很有芝加哥的感覺,因為巿中心就在密西根湖旁邊,而許多的高樓就在這大湖旁林立著,它象徵著商業、巿區的繁榮,也呈現著這湖對芝城人的意義。

我想到什麼?想到那開路領人的英雄們。

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不論在教會內或是在教會外,我相信歷史是由英雄們所開創的,風潮是由領袖們所引領的。我不否定每個人在社會大機器裡的螺絲釘角色,但我相信大方向、大架構,是根據英雄們的夢想,與那些信認且支持英雄的人物所同創立的。沒有人會否認中華民國的創立、美國的人權運動、印度脫離殖民統治的價值,這些背後,是人群所促成的,而人群則跟著—「領袖」。

說來說去,這叫作責任,是社會責任。是一些擁有資源、地位、機會的人不可遺忘的價值,這個價值必須由一個強而有立的人格來支持,叫「捨己」。(好巧!耶穌是這最好的榜樣,也是他教門徒一個很重要的功課,不!該說是命令)不會捨己的人不明別人的需要,何談責任,而一個喪失責任的領袖,那笑容將是何等地令人啖棄。

當兵時在新兵中心,因為我是第一梯的入伍,我們汐止人都在一起,全連只有三個國立大學生,只有我是台大的。有一天跟一個弟兄聊天,正式學歷高職畢業,在家樂福已經做到經理級的,我覺得他很了不起,但他對我說:
班頭(每一班九人的第一人都叫班頭,他剛好是班尾),能上大學真是了不起的事,能上台大更了不起。我覺得我們將是永遠不同世界的人,若非當兵我們是不可能碰面的,台大代表的是另一種人生,而台大畢業,是令一個舞台。

這是一位月薪已經四五萬的人對我說的話,只覺得沒這麼誇張吧!不就都是人嗎?不!原來不是。我受的教育、有的機會是別人所給我的,自私地說:「這是我掙來的、是我考到的。」實在是太無知了:是人民的納稅錢讓我的大學學費只要二萬多,是父母的幫助我才可以好好地讀書...。國立大學生與私校生的差別最大的不是聯考成績,而是之前他們得到的資源不同,有些人沒有機會。

原來這就是不同的世界,好像軍人的肩膀,是「榮譽」與「責任」。

我早就忘了公平這個字,往往人爭取公平的出發點都是「自私」。
"誰先給我甚麼,使我償還呢?天下萬物都是我的。"
(約伯記41:11)


很喜歡這張圖片,我想版權應是屬於 Willow Creek Community Church©。

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

學語言

發了第三次小考,這次好像大家考得皆不理想。考了一百題,雖然有一題全班15全軍覆没,有二題各只有二人生還。這是我的「學不來文」。忽然間老師開始精神講話了:

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我們現在的過程其實不單是語言,更是一種管家職份。(就基督教的術語,這意指基徒認為上帝是老闆,我們不過是幫他管事的。上帝:唯一董事,基督徒:公司經理群)。在美國服事的人,其實只有非常少人會在他的生活裡用到希伯來文、或是希臘文。當然你有各種版本的聖經、各樣的註釋書,或是神學書籍幫你歸納,但是!原文可以幫助你進入,而不需要過多的他人觀點...
(以上是個人解讀,搞不好聽錯了也說不定)

昨天跟青穎在散步時,才提到我從未想像過自己要學超過英文以外的其他語言,我常常在問:「我又不想當學者教授,要讀成這樣嗎?」讀語言很費時,同學們的時間幾乎都被這個壓死了,值得嗎?

或許,老師的鼓勵會告訴我值得,但我還是懵懵懂懂。

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Learning Language

Sometimes I don't know why I need to learn Greek and Hebrew in such many credit hours. I always hate learning languages. My Chinese, which is my mother tongue, is not good. Also, my English is bad. Unfortunately, the Holy Bible is written in Hebrew and Greek.

##CONTINUE##Now I'm in my summer Hebrew class. Many people told me that learning Hebrew is much easier than learning Greek, but I just don't know where the easier part is. The benefit is my English improved. I have hard time memorizing Hebrew vocab. The pronunciation, I think they are all the same.

However, My Hebrew teacher Dr. Dennis R. Magary, he is an wonderful teacher. He doesn't throw tons of language rules to you. Instead, he helps me loving Hebrew. In his handout, I found an interesting article.

Our Glorious Language

We'll begin with box and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes;
Then one fowl is a goose but two are called geese.
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a whole set of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of a foot and you show me your feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why should not the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural wouldn't be hose.
And the plural of cat is cats and not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say Mother, we never say Methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his, and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim,
So English, I fancy you all will agree,
Is the silliest language you ever did see.

-- Author unknown
One thing is encouraging: "Test is not Hebrew, Hebrew is in the Bible," He said.

Friday, July 20, 2007

來芝加哥吧!

太太精心錄製了二小段,歡迎大家可以來找我們。

這算是在湖邊吧?


還有喔!##CONTINUE##這裡就是千禧公園

Friday, July 6, 2007

網誌搬家 - 從 MSN Spaces 到 Blogger

這幾天進行了搬家工作,發現了非常好用的工具,不用一篇篇的貼,只要轉好後再修改一下日期就行了。不過一天好像只能 Post 50篇在 Blogger,所以可能要再花個幾天,我也把所有的連結都修正了。

如果也要搬家的,請參照:
  1. 偷尼出奇蛋 所寫的 MSN Space 搬家到 Pixnet (將 MSN Space 輸出成 MT 檔)
  2. XDite 所寫的 [網誌] 無名搬家至 Blogger 教學
  3. 以及這支 搬家程式
  4. 因為搬家時會需要帳號及密碼,不是 MSN Spaces 而是 Blogger,所以若無法信任其網站者請勿服用。

Monday, July 2, 2007

玩到iPhone手機了

據說使史上最成功的行銷術,使用約一億美金的廣告費用,iPhone手機在美國真的算是旋風。雖然我用蘋果電腦、聽音樂用iPod、桌面圖案也時那句有名的"Think Differnt",但我真的懷疑這支US$599還硬是要搭配AT&T的傢伙的能耐。直到昨天,也就是上市的第二,玩到它。我只能以「令人驚艷」來形容。

##CONTINUE##播放影片:OK沒問題。
iPod功能:不就那樣,不然你還想提升多少。
網路連線:對於那種用ADSL上網的人,你就當它是雞肋。
畫質:很好,感覺就跟PSP、NDS差不多。不要問我規格,都跟你說了是感覺。
通話品質:在店內的機器是可以通話的,我還打回家的答錄機留言以諮證明,但通話品質還是去問AT&T比較對。
Apple Logo:一定要有的啦,不然蘋果迷是不會買帳的。

操作介面:我個人認為這才是賣點,這是能讓人花大錢失去理智的主因。
放大、縮小、雙擊、上下捲動、換頁、下一張,這些簡單的功能,讚!當手指頭按在那個硬硬的螢幕上,第一次發現手指頭的動作這麼有用,如同變魔術般的藝術品。

但~美金五九九,沒那個閒錢,就純欣賞吧!

It's all becasue "Jesus is my friend."

I cried for more than 1o minutes on today's church service. It's all because "Jesus is my friend."

Jesus is the King, he is my friend.
Jesus is the Messiah, he is my friend.
Jesus is the savior, he is my friend.
Jesus died on the cross, he is my friend.
..., He is my friend.

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No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. (Jn 15:15)

Studying in the TEDS makes me lost, lost in the love. I had hard time seeking the intimacy with God. I'm tired of being a M.Div student, or I should say a Christian. Many reasons cause that. It's my own problem. Sitting in the Willow auditorium and singing my favorite song "How Great is Our God", I swept. When the guest speaker Efrem Smith told us "Jesus is my friend", God touched my heart again and I cried. In a minute he connected God's names with "Jesus is my friend." It was so good that everyone stood and applauded. But me, I stood up with tears without any words.

It's like a new discovery. Suddenly, all God's names and this simple sentence "Jesus is my friend" make sense to me. I have a friend, who is the King, who is the mighty God, who is from heaven, who is the savior 2000 years ago, and who is grace and mercy. He died for us. Nope! He died for me.

I knew it. I know it. It's all because ...