Archive for June, 2006
Ladies and gentlemen, check this out…and do tell others about it.
Member of the Brazil World Cup winning team in 2002. Losing fianalist in the Champions League 2002. Played for Brazil more than 25 times.
What is your most memorable sporting moment?
Winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 in Japan. The first highlight of my career was playing for Brazil for the first time.
Who are your sporting heroes?
Growing up in Brazil, my heroes were the Brazilian footballers, Pele, Zico and the rest.
What does your faith mean to you?
Believing in Jesus has brought a total change to my life. Before I knew Jesus I did not have a disciplined life. I had low self-esteem. I did not have confidence in the things that I did day by day. Today I want to walk with the Lord and have a purpose for my life. That gives me the discipline to persevere towards my goals.
What words of the Bible inspire you?
There is a passage in Psalm 1 that says:
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season.
I think this verse reflects my life, because everything has happened for me at the right moment. I’ve also known the presence of the Lord, and his guidance in keeping me from mocking God.
What motivates you?
I like to play football and I have a responsibility to my family. Other things that motivate me to keep going are my dream of getting the best for my life and for the club for which I am playing, and now for my country. Jesus also is a big motivation in my family and in my work.
How important is winning?
The most important thing in a game of football is to give your all and do things in a responsible way. For sure the victories will come, but there will also be defeats. At times in my career, I have been regarded as irresponsible or incompetent for leaving my defensive position in search of a goal. This is due to my strong desire and determination to help my team to win the game.
How do you cope with losing?
Anyone who steps onto the football field has to accept the result. When you lose there is a need to analyse why. That always happens in football. I don’t think there is any reason to lose hope just because you lose a football match. After all, in any game three results are possible – a win, a defeat or a draw. Anyone who plays football has to accept that and work to achieve the best possible result. Aside from the result, there are opportunities to grow in your profession.
When things don’t work out, I don’t understand it at the time, but after it is over, I regard it as a work of the Lord in my life guarding me, protecting me and keeping me for the big future blessings.
You seem to have everything. Why do you need Jesus?
Anyone who thinks that he has everything and doesn’t have Jesus doesn’t have anything. I think the person who has everything is the one who has Jesus. He has happiness and peace. With Jesus in your heart you need have no fear. That is the person who has everything in life.
I think it’s important in the life of a professional football player – and in other professions – to know that there is only one road that is secure. That road is Jesus.
Here is the story…how I wish the big boys in our mainstream media would go the same way 🙂
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Brought up in small town and village communities, the New Testament writers knew that humans belonged to each other socially. Even when scattered by unrest and persecution, their sense of belonging was that of traditional rather than modern urban societies. Peters letter, like those of Paul, emphasises an added corporate dimension Christians belonged to each other in the fellowship of the love of God. The phrases each other and one another occur over and over again and are worth picking out for study.
Several times Peter emphasises this deep love, but here there is a rather enigmatic reason for loving sins are covered over by it. What does Peter mean by this? We know from other texts that it does not mean ignoring and condoning sin, pretending it has not happened, or, where we have authority, allowing others to get away with wrong. There is no doubt that we are called to practice love and justice.
Peter is talking here about the workings of Christian communities, and face-to-face relationships. The echo from Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs, suggests one meaning. When there is wrongdoing, dont make things worse by malicious gossip, by stirring up factions, by slogans and self-righteous public piety. Jesus said, If your brother or sister sins against you, go and show them their fault, just between the two of you. If they wont listen, then you may, in love, need to go further, involve witnesses and then higher authority, but dont start by destroying the possibility of a restoration of good relationships.
In a businesslike wider world the principle is the same. Love deals with wrongdoing in a way that does not condone, but leaves room for apology, forgiveness, recovery of esteem, because love is patient, kind, not self-seeking, not easily angered and keeps no record of wrong.
June 26, 2006
Earlier this year, Britain’s Channel Four aired a two-part special entitled “The Root of All Evil.” No, it wasn’t about money, greed or materialism. Nor was it about racism and other forms of hatred. The “root” was religion, specifically Christianity.
The special featured Oxford professor Richard Dawkins, arguably the most famous apologist for the Darwinian worldview. While Dawkins may be an expert on Darwin, it’s clear that he knows little about history, especially the history of Christianity.
Besides the old saw that religion causes violence—as opposed to peaceful atheism, as practiced by Stalin and Mao—Darwinists charge Christianity with promoting superstition and ignorance. Dawkins calls faith a “process of non-thinking” where the “hidebound certainty” of believers stifles human curiosity. According to Dawkins, for science to take off at all, humanity had to escape the “little” and “pokey” view of the cosmos it inherited from medieval Christianity.
The only “hidebound certainty” here is the nonsense that Dawkins is spouting. The truth about Christianity and science is, in fact, exactly the opposite.
As Rodney Stark tells us in his recent outstanding book, The Victory of Reason, when Europeans first began to explore the rest of the world what surprised the most wasn’t what they saw—it was “the extent of their own technological superiority.”
What made the difference? Why was it that while “many civilizations,” such as the Chinese, had pursued alchemy, but only in Europe did it lead to chemistry?
According to Stark, the answer ultimately lies in European Christianity. While other religions emphasized “mystery and intuition,” Christianity “embraced reason and logic as the primary guides to religious truth.” From the start, the Church Fathers “taught that reason was the supreme gift of God and the means to progressively increase understanding of Scripture and revelation.”
This regard for reason wasn’t limited to theology. St. Augustine wrote of the “wonderful—one might say stupefying—advances human industry has made.” He attributed these to the “unspeakable boon” to our “rational nature.”
This view of reason gave rise to the medieval universities of whose existence, or at least origins, Dawkins seems to be totally ignorant. As Stark puts it, “faith in the power of reason infused Western culture” in a way it did no other society. It prompted “the pursuit of science and the evolution of democratic theory and practice.”
The very Middle Ages Dawkins belittles saw great scientific and technological advancements that Stark chronicles, including the desire to explore God’s created world—the impulse that gave rise to Christians who were scientists producing what we now know as the scientific method. To say that these were nothing more than the Dark Ages is not only wrong—it’s a lie. Unfortunately, it’s a lie with legs as Britain’s Channel Four demonstrated. That makes The Victory of Reason must reading for any serious Christian. It contains some of the best apologetic arguments I’ve come across yet.
Stay tuned to BreakPoint this week for more on this extraordinary book.
At 6:15 P.M today (Kenyan time), a youngman with whom I have been buddies for 6 years committed his life to Christ.
He is 12.
It was great listening to his heart and motivations for wanting to move out of the valley of indecision…and also greatly humbling to lead him in that simple but all-important prayer of repentance.
This came across as being important to me because I also committed my life to Christ at that age, – thanks to my Mum.
I'll be doing some detailed post on that in the month of August; jinxed to many but for me the time that marked the start of my dance with God and eternity.