Spanish Talent

by jknox on September 12, 2013

I’ve seen quite a few videos of Spaniards demonstrating some amazing talent. I won’t even get into the catalog of climbing videos over which I’ve poured. I would, however, like to share these two videos of Spaniards making it happen. Enjoy!

Kilian Martin: Altered Route (a Skate Film) from mb! by Mercedes-Benz on Vimeo.

A Hill in Spain from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

Waiting

by jknox on July 23, 2013

It’s a rule of blogging (so I’m told) that you shouldn’t begin every post with an apology for not having written lately and a promise to do better in the future. Well, I haven’t begun every post that way, so I guess it’s ok to open this post by saying I’m sorry for neglecting this blog for so long and I hope to keeping it updated more regularly (not a lofty goal!). For starters, I’d like to share this quote from Henri Nouwen that has been helpful to me in recent months. I hope it is helpful to you as well.

Waiting is open-ended. Open-ended waiting is hard for us because we tend to wait for something very concrete, for something that we wish to have. Much of our waiting is filled with wishes: “I wish that the weather would be better. I wish that the pain would go.” For this reason, a lot of our waiting is not open-ended. Instead, our waiting is a way of controlling the future. We want the future to go in a very specific direction, and if this does not happen we are disappointed and can even slip into despair.

To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. So is to trust that something will happen to us that is far beyond our own imaginings. So, too, is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life, trusting that God molds us according to God’s love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, trusting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination, fantasy, or prediction. That, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control.

But Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary were not filled with wishes. They were filled with hope. Hope is something very different. Hope is trusting that something will be fulfilled, but fulfilled according to the promises and not just according to our wishes. Therefore, hope is always open-ended.

Here is a link to the entire article, A Spirituality of Waiting.

Every Morning

January 11, 2013

  10:30 pm  “I don’t know how much longer I can do this,” I whisper to God with tears in the corners of my eyes.  So tired.  Waiting for a break in the action that never seems to come with a demanding job and two babies in the house. 2:30 am  Feed Lucy, change out [...]

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The Invention of Spain

December 10, 2012

This 3-part history of Spain, called The invention of Spain, from the BBC seems to be a very helpful guide to understanding modern Spain and especially the regional divisions therein. Each episode is about 30 minutes in length. Sadly, I don’t think you can listen to these on a mobile device. Enjoy!

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Establish the Work of Our Hands

October 2, 2012

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! – Psalm 90:17 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. – 1 Corinthians 3:7 Oftentimes, the work [...]

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Welcome Lucy!

August 27, 2012

At 10:58 PM last Tuesday (August 21st), we welcomed our daughter Lucy Anne Carter (7lb 8oz) into the world! Lucy came quickly after less than three hours of labor and after 18 short minutes in the hospital! Thankfully, we did make it to the hospital bed on time and the doctor arrived 10-15 minutes after [...]

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Haunted by Spain

August 3, 2012

Sincerely, Spain from Matthew Brown (Matty Brown) on Vimeo. I’ve probably watched this video a dozen times over the last year-and-a-half and I can’t seem to get enough of it. Enjoy!

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MTW-Spain Team Building Exercise

August 3, 2012

Casteller from Mike Randolph on Vimeo. It was suggested to our team that we adopt this traditional Spanish contest as a team building exercise. With five new couples joining the team (including twelve young kids), I think we could have a shot at a new world record!

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Living in Grace

June 11, 2012

Kristy and I had the privilege of spending last week at MTW’s Living in Grace conference. The purpose of the conference is to help incoming MTW missionaries better apply God’s grace to all aspects of life. We heard lectures on the Gospel, the love of God, repentance, humility, and a number of other topics to [...]

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MTW Spain Video

June 11, 2012

MTW Spain from Cellar Media on Vimeo. Here’s a great video introduction to Madrid and MTW’s work there. One interesting point is that the video (which was produced just two years ago) speaks a lot about Spain’s heavy investment in materialism. Since the making of this video, many Spaniards have seen that materialism is a [...]

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