5 Reasons There Should Be A Moon University

When I was in college I once got into a debate with my friends over whether or not a college would ever exist on our moon.  I was a believer that it would happen.  Not only do I think it will happen, I went as far as to say that my grandchildren (roughly 40-50 years away) would have the opportunity to enroll there.  Here are five reasons that a Moon University would be a great idea.

5. A very specialized space degree

A college degree is a necessity for anyone looking to become an astronaut for NASA.  What better place for an astronaut to go to school than in space?!  Not only would they get used to being in space and space travel (you gotta go home for holidays and summer) but you could take more specialized classes on space walking and repairing things out in orbit.

4. College is about new experiences

College is all about new experiences.  I believe that going away for college, even if just an hour from home, is an important experience for everyone.  But when you really get down to it, most places are all the same.  All college towns have similarities and can blend together.  Going to the moon would truly be a new experience for anybody!

3. College football… IN SPACE!

Imagine turning on your TV on Saturday to find that your favorite team is playing Moon U in space!  How exciting would that be?!  Zero gravity would certainly change the game.  Whether or not that change would be for the better is yet to be seen.

2. The view

No other college on the planet could even come close to having such an amazing view.  You could look out your dorm room window and see the beauty of the entire Earth.  It would be absolutely breathtaking!

1. The name Moon U

The name.  I admit, this is the one thing that got me thinking about all of this in the first place.  I would buy a shirt even if nobody I knew attended.  The opportunity to say “Moon U” and have it sound like “moon you” and then following with the act of actually mooning somebody is priceless.  I’m sure many students would make banners like this for sporting events and we’d see lots of blurred butts on ESPN and mooning people would become a standing tradition of this fine university.

-Jacob

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The Gospel of Kanye West and Katy Perry

It’s not too often that we get positive messages from rappers and pop music.  The radio recently has consisted of blurred lines, twerking butts and EDM club grinding tracks.  These songs are great to dance to (except Blurred Lines, I hate that song) and are fun, but not exactly morally good songs.  So I was surprised when I read about the new tour from Kanye West including a Christ figure with a surprisingly positive message and also when I turned on the radio yesterday morning and heard a great song from Katy Perry.

Kanye West is no stranger to controversy.  With his album name (Yeezus) causing many people to be offended and a twitter feud with Jimmy Kimmel over an interview he did many would not have expected this on his recent tour.  Kanye’s Yeezus tour features his entire Yeezus album being performed live and many more.  The lyrics are definitely explicit, but near the end of the concert a Christ figure walks out and dialogues with Kanye.  You can watch the clip here, but be prepared for some language.

The Jesus character says “I didn’t come here to make bad people feel good.  I came here to make dead people alive.  To show people the light.”

Wow.  That is one of the last things I would’ve expected from a Kanye show.  And then following up this skit we get Kanye’s song “Jesus Walks” which also has some very good messages.  I’m not saying that Kanye is going out bringing thousands of people to Christianity, but I bet throughout all of his shows some people may hear a message they’ve never heard before.  Who knows.

And then we have Katy Perry.  She doesn’t have nearly as many explicit songs as Kanye does, but she does have a few.  But she also has very uplifting songs such as “Firework”.  So when I turned my radio on yesterday and it came in on the chorus of her new song “Unconditionally” I was really pleased to hear this on the radio.

Clearly she is singing to another person.  The first verse kind of gives that away.  But this could easily be a song from God to you.  The chorus and the second verse really give that feeling.

“So come just as you are to me
Don’t need apologies
Know that you are all worthy
I’ll take your bad days with your good
Walk through the storm I would
I do it all because I love you
I love you

Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you unconditionally”

-Katy Perry or God

If this album is anything like Perry’s last, we can expect to hear this song on the radio for the next year or so and I’d be okay with this.

-Jacob

I Know Nothing

This Friday I will be turning 24 and I will be singing Taylor Swift’s song 22 but changing all the numbers to 24 all day long.  I can’t wait.

But yesterday I was just thinking about my birthday and I had a weird thought.  I’m considered an adult by the definition of the word.  I’m married, I have two jobs, I live and pay rent for my own apartment, I’ve graduated college.  Blah, blah, blah.  To an outsider, or more likely to the 20 teenagers I work with on a weekly basis, I may seem like I have it all figured out.  But I don’t.

When I was in high school I’m sure that my youth pastor was about the age I am now.  And even still, the other people in my life that I thought were so old (20’s) and seemed to me at the time to know everything I am now realizing probably did not know everything.  For the most part, I do ‘know’ a lot of things.  I have a knowledge of a lot of things, I learned how to do things that come with living on your own and I live fairly well.  But there is still so much I don’t know.  And even more stuff that I don’t even know that I don’t know.

And that’s a humbling thought.

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
-Shakespeare 

-Jacob

My Favorite Albums of 2013

I know that 2013 isn’t quite over yet and with still a fourth of the year left people may think that I am jumping the gun in posting something like this.  From all the albums that are announced to be released in the next two and a half months I feel safe in making these picks.  With that being said, I do reserve the option to add to this list in the future.  No matter what comes out in the next few weeks it will not take away from these albums.

These albums are in no particular order and I am including my favorite track from each album.

Pure Heroine by Lorde

This sixteen year old exploded onto the music scene and I could not be happier.  I have been listening to this album nonstop since it was released.

Paradise Valley by John Mayer

I have been a huge John Mayer fan for years.  I still think that Continuum is his best album and my favorite (aside from his live album Where The Light Is) but Paradise Valley is a very good album!

Yeezus by Kanye West

Kanye West is my favorite rapper.  I’m not quite sure what about his music is my favorite, I just know that he is.  Despite him being an idiot in public sometimes it doesn’t affect the fact that I can’t help but love his music.  Obviously, there are explicit lyrics in this song so be cautious.

I Am Mountain by Gungor

It seems funny to have this album listed immediately after the last one but its just the way it worked out.  

The 20/20 Experience pt. 1 by Justin Timberlake

The much awaited comeback by JT was nothing short of amazing.

-Jacob

#StarbucksDrakeHands

The latest viral sensation is sweeping the internet, Instagram in general, and it is amazing!

A guy named Brody Ryan (dude-bro name) got a girls number at a Starbucks and then sent her a video of himself making a sexy face with Drake’s song “Hold On We’re Going Home” playing in the background.  Rather than be seduced by the video, the girl thought it was pathetic and funny and posted the video on her Instagram for all the world to see.  What followed was a viral sensation sparking thousands of remakes.

I couldn’t help but make one myself.

#StarbucksDrakeHands

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-Jacob

Come To The Table

I spent this past weekend in Jerome, ID at a leadership retreat for my church.  We stayed at a monastery which was a first for me and I could not stop thinking about Nacho Libre any time that I saw one of the monks walking around.  I was tempted to take some toast back to my quarters.

Anyways, the speaker for the retreat was Dr. Dave Williams who was one of my professors from Barclay College.  I was excited just to spend some time with him and get away for the weekend.  What he talked about this past weekend really impacted me deeply.

We spent the entire weekend breaking down a passage found in Luke 24 about the road to Emmaus.  Take the time to read it is you are not familiar with it.

“13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”

These guys spent a good amount of time with Jesus.  They walked with him talking with him from when the sun was out until it was almost evening.  It even says that Jesus even explained all the scriptures that were written about him and they still did not understand that it was Jesus until that night at dinner when he broke bread.  A lot of times we can know about Jesus but not really know him. 

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This icon of the Holy Trinity was also used a lot this week to show a few things.  You may not be into using icons a lot in your worship or study of God, I know I am not, but I found this one to be a good reminder. These 3 beings represent the three pieces of the Godhead; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  They are around a table, in communion with each other, but there is room for one more at the table.  That is a spot for you.  It is an invitation to come and be in communion with the creator of the universe and to join with Him.  You do not need to be perfect to come here.  Just humble yourself and pull up a chair.  You can know all you want about God, but you also need to be in relationship with Him and the best way to do that is to come up to this table.

-Jacob