Advancing Artificial Intelligence and Praying in Tongues

While at the Westin Hotel in the heart of Atlanta, I also knew I had to visit Atlanta’s International House of Prayer. While at the House of Prayer, I was told of a Bethel event at what would be the biggest church I’d ever been in. By the end of the week, I left with a greater understanding of my research area, a couple adventures, and the gift of tongues.
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Am I Unusually Busy?

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First of all, if my advisor reading this, I just want to say that I’m not doing anything after mid-October. I swear I’m going on a strict diet of research after these things have passed. (He wasn’t too happy when he found out that I had just written a chapter for the book “Halo and Philosophy.”)

I’ve been back from Knoxville for a week now. I couch surfed with a nice retired couple who hosts exchange students. I got to meet Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker, and Bob Jones. Finally, I found someone who’s life is fully admirable, Heidi Baker. I befriended these awesome brothers, Bryan and Jason Terrill. I’ll have to write more about this adventure later, but for now, I just wanted to disclose the my week to come to you all. I realized it being post-worthy as I was catching up with Bryan Terrill, post-trip.

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Too Many Blogs to Write…

I’m currently at Assilomar in Pacific Grove, CA for Foundations of Digital Games Conference. I just spent a week (or so) on the east coast. Most notably, I got to help out with a group in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Wilmington. Then, I went to E3 for the first time, and today, I drove 6 hours to get to this conference (to present the first paper of my life’s work). When I get back to Santa Cruz, Zwak will be visiting for a couple days.

This post is to list all the posts that I have yet to write… Here I go:

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This is Church (at the Game Developers Conference)

Jose holds a sign up to let other's know about Jesus

Jose lives by himself, and when he’s not working, he wears his “Jesus Christ Loves You” hat and jacket out to the heart of San Francisco, holding a sign that reads the same. I passed him a few times walking around San Francisco, as I attended this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC)– the premier developer event for this 40 billion dollar industry.

So what does it look like to love Jesus at the Game Developers Conference? Well, it kinda sorta looks like this:

Game Developer Christians met every morning at 7:30 am to share and pray

Second from the left, that’s Kemp (the one and only). Prior to GDC, he emails to say:

Hey Sherol,

I have a somewhat wacky, strange, and possibly overly-religious idea.  What if we got together some of the believers in the industry and prayed sometime for the conference/industry/etc…  Or, as CAs, we got together every morning before the morning meeting?  Is that something you might be interested in?

Uh, well, I was ALL ABOUT it. Immediately, I forward to those I knew and also sent a mass email titled: “Anyone going to GDC who also happens to love Jesus?”

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Why the Academy Works and the Christianity Doesn't

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In a recent (heavy) discussion on telling someone about salvation without mentioning Jesus a commenter brings up Rob Bell. I look for the video in regards to post-modernism and I find this. Now, as I am watching this, I am reminded of 2 cautionary flags in regards to Rob Bell’s presentation of theology.

  1. In his NOOMA series, it occurred to me that Rob Bell has an uncomfortably liberal agenda
  2. I remember Dan Kimball, who is part of this rising church movement, mention that Rob Bell isn’t part of the same community (which leads me to assume that Rob Bell might not be in community with other Christian teachers)

That’s to say that I am indeed more “conservative” than Rob Bell.

Soon after, I click on the video above titled: “Rob Bell Exposed.” Sure, it’s not the first time I’ve heard opposition on Rob Bell. My second thought is, “the rhetoric (in the video title) sure is a bit harsh.” Perhaps some 3rd party took a cut from some guy’s talk and posted it with a controversially eye-catching title. No, it appears that the speaker posted and named his own video. After watching, the three conclusions (further discussed) I arrive at are:

  1. Rob Bell sure says things that sound good to me; for instance, self-doubt is something I currently struggle with (in my current endeavors, which may as well be walking on water)
  2. “Rob Bell Exposed” definitely owned Rob Bell’s theology (meaning, the video tears some substantial holes in Rob Bell’s theology)
  3. Although I agree and appreciate the video’s corrections on Rob Bell’s theology, I find the approach (of “exposing” Rob Bell) to be counter-productive in the overall pursuit of what it means to be Christian

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Why I go to the Game Developers Conference Every Year

Since the NING network is going down, I’ve decided to move over a couple posts to this blog…

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Originally written: Monday, March 3, 2008

This past week, I attended the Game Developers Conference for the fourth year in a row. How is it that a group of people can grow to love each other more every year with just a weeks worth of interaction?…I don’t know, but what I can say is that I’ve never felt more accepted and understood by any other group of people. I was sitting in church last Sunday wondering why has church has fallen short in many ways of what I’ve expected. The typical answer is that I’m the one with the problems and then I get brushed off soon after (which, of course, does not help). I’m left a bit isolated wondering, am i really the only person who feels this way? When I think about the past week, the people I’ve met, the people that I only get to see once a year, I wonder why this is more real and impactful to me than any church or church group I’ve been part of. Maybe I should stop being christian?…lol.

As far as church goes, I am often left feeling invisible, and people eventually stop trying b/c i’m not what they are use to and they just don’t know what to with me. To be quite honest, I often don’t know what to do with me. So, which side is the one that isn’t trying hard enough? I dont know, but it’s not fair to say that I’m the sole one who is not trying. By going every week, I am trying.

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