It has been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with school, trying to find a job, and spending time with friends. But I had to break the hiatus to share some thoughts on this topic. Last week Calvin College Philosophy professor James K.A. Smith wrote a fascinating article entitled, “You’ll Thank Me Later”: Paternalism and the Common Good. I suggest you give it a read (you will thank me when you’re done … really). For those who think they know what’s best for themselves and ignore my suggestion here is a quick summary:
This past week five of my classmates and I spent a week in the small town of Adenkrobi. Adenkrobi is a community of about 300 people, with many residents working outside the town and living here only on the weekends. The community is about an hour drive north of Accra, but is only about 20 miles away. Roads leading to this community are very difficult to drive on. Daniel, our host for the week owns a van which he graciously toted us to and from the town in. This was a great blessing for us as taxis transporting people to the town cost a premium due to the rural location. The week was packed with learning opportunities. It will be difficult to capture everything in one blog entry, but I will try. Sorry if is this too long.
While I was in Panama a couple weeks ago our group held devotions every night. I was given the privilege to lead devotions on the last night. Upon preparing for this time, I wanted to tie some experiences and feelings we had all shared together as group durring the week. I decided to share 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. The following are notes from what I shared and the conversation which ensued.