The Next Generation...Written by Terry Dashner
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Continuing Star Trek analogy, postmodern perspective is reflected in second Star Trek series, The Next Generation. The crew of later Enterprise is more diverse than that of original, including species from other parts of universe. This change represents broader universality of postmodernity: humankind is no longer only advanced intelligence, for evolution has been operative throughout cosmos. More importantly, understanding of quest for knowledge has changed. Humankind is not capable of completing mandate alone; nor does burden of quest fall to humans alone. The crew of Enterprise symbolizes ‘new ecology’ of humankind in partnership with universe. Their mission is no longer to boldly go ‘where no man has gone before’ but ‘where no one has gone before.’ (Grenz page 9).
Although Data often provides valuable assistance in dealing with problems, he is only one of several who contribute to finding solutions. In addition to ‘master of rationality,’ Enterprise crew includes persons skilled in affective and intuitive dimensions of human life. Especially prominent is Counselor Troi, a woman gifted with ability to perceive hidden feelings of others. In this new world, time is no longer simply linear, appearance is not necessarily reality, and rational is not always to be trusted (Grenz, page 9). Things are upside-down.
As George Marsden correctly concludes, in some sense evangelicalism—with its focus on scientific thinking, empirical approach, and common sense—is a child of early modernity. But our society is in throes of a monumental transition, moving from modernity to postmodernity. The emerging generation has been nurtured in a context shaped less by commitment to Enlightenment project embodied in Star Trek than by postmodern vision of Rorty and Star Trek: The Next Generation (Grenz page 10). So where do we go from here?
We—evangelicals—go boldly where many men before us have failed to go: back to Word of God. We don’t need to change message to relate to postmodernists. We need to proclaim, even louder, that Jesus is same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus is Way, Truth, and Life, period. He has always been Way. He has always been Truth. And He has always been and forever will be Life. If any man will hear his voice and call on Him, Jesus will save him from his sins. This, my friend, is Gospel Truth that need not change to accommodate modernists and postmodernists, but modernists and postmodernists can be changed by power of Gospel if we commoners will boldly proclaim it.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming soon! Men will one day discover that Jesus is Truth, absolutely.
Pastor T. dash.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK.
Ghost Talk - EVP Helps You Hear Them TalkWritten by Gloria Young
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I remember first time I got my first EVP. I was ecstatic. I had gone to a local historical building at Halloween where I was to be a guest on a local radio show and they were broadcasting show from this building. I had my tape recorder with me. I always have some sort of media with me to play back when I get home so I can listen to myself and make sure I don't sound like some idiot. I set my recorder in front of me on table. There were two of show personalities on my right at table and one tarot card reader, giving readings, on my left at table. No one was ever near my recorder and I never left table. Following radio show, I went home and listened to taping while working at my computer. Much to my surprise, as I was listening to recording I received a voice as clear as can be, sounding like an older woman, telling me, "get out", not in a nice way. I was amazed. I had to call anyone I could get ahold of and let them listen to it. Everyone was congratulating me. I had always said that this historic building was not haunted. I had been in it often over years and swore that it was not haunted. To my surprise, I got one of best EVP's I have ever received and really cherish it to this day. It is not often that you are able to get EVP, let alone one so clear. I felt very honored. A ghost somewhere felt I was worthy of receiving an EVP, even if it wasn't a really nice one. They apparently had issues that haven't been dealt with and wanted to be alone. Unfortunately, there were probably 50 people nearby that I couldn't have been able to get rid of, so ghost was going to have to deal with intrusion of this building a bit longer.
EVP can be obtained. The old adage, "if at first your don't succeed, try, try again" really holds full weight here. You need to keep working at it and working at it. Talk to ghosts wherever you are trying to get EVP, ask them to talk to you. Be polite, considerate, respectful. They are people too. You can use any type of recorder. Digital has been proven to be best but tape works as well. Most of all, keep trying. You will find that ghosts will begin to talk to you and may give you messages if you want them. You can talk to ghosts too!!
Gloria Young has been a ghost hunter and paranormal investigator for over 10 years. She has dedicated her life to researching paranormal activity. She has written, "Faces of a Ghost Hunter" as well as three other books. She founded the paranormal research group, "Ghost Trackers". She has co-produced two documentaries on ghost hunting. (www.ghost-trackers.org)