Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Eric Hupf (tkoalas)
229 followers -
A bond servant of God and an active researcher on the Niantic Project.
A bond servant of God and an active researcher on the Niantic Project.

229 followers
About
Eric's posts

Post has attachment
New post!
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
I used to think that there were these weirdos who felt compelled to talk with others about their faith. I rationalized "it's great that they are called to do that!" And when it came to myself, I figured I was called to do other things.

Francis starts with our mission - to love others. From there he states something many forget: you will burn out. You can be on fire for God and you might even lead a few to people to understanding it, but eventually you will crash. Whether it be finances, your family, or just something going on in you, you cannot be effective by yourself and you will lose motivation to keep up the fight. But that's where God's plan steps in and brings you into a community.

I'm sure you've been in communities before. But let me ask you this: can you tell me what your friends were struggling with? Have you ever asked your friends how their relationship with God is? The temptation is to get to know people and then plateau because it's more comfortable. Pushing the conversations deeper is risky, but it brings you into their relationship with God. And I think this scares a lot of people, this deep connection that requires us to be vulnerable. Yet as Francis says, we strengthen each other and we push each other to do more and be more like Christ.

This past week I got a chance to get to know a bunch of really cool people down on the beaches of PCB (#BigBreak17). While the speakers pushed us to reach out and share the gospel that wasn't what made me into a weirdo who feels compelled to talk to others about my faith; it was seeing God work through these people I had just met that made the difference.

Communities are another way God works through us -- and they are not optional. So here's my challenge: start taking the next steps toward the community God has created us for. Ask three people this next week what God is doing in their lives and listen to their answer. Then I want you to ask if there is anything they would like prayer for. For the next week, pray for them whenever you think about it (hopefully once a day, but I'm not going to tell you how to pray). If your anxiety is already skyrocketing with my challenge, pray about it, and then do it. Ask God for strength this next week and keep your eyes open. When you are ready, just go for it. If you're having doubts about whether you can do it, pray -- and then do it.

Post has attachment
Love.... is tough.
Love.... hurts when it's rejected.
Love.... gives you hope through the hard times.

God is love. There is no statement more powerful yet more complex than that. I would say that we cannot even grasp how much God loves us. For some weird reason, God loves all of us no matter how much we hurt him or his creation. I can't imagine why sometimes, but when I embrace his love, it makes my hard times have hope.

[read the last three paragraphs on hope4tomorrows.com]

Post has attachment
In the 1960s, there were many pressures and values that a group of individuals didn't agree with. They felt society should have different values, and so they took an 180-degree turn on the typical American values. These individuals were called the Hippies, and their goals and strategies were similar to the Beatniks.

Post has attachment
There are 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in America, 8 million of which are employed (Pew Research Center, 2014). Around two-thirds of those adult immigrants have been in the US for over a decade (2014). What this means is that there are individuals living in America who want what America offers, they are willing to obey are laws, and they desire the American Dream, but our process does not allow them to become citizens. According to Marilyn Hepler, her friend lived in America for 22 years (unauthorized). They wanted to become a citizen but could not. Out of a desire for citizenship, they attempted to become a citizen of Canda. After 18 months, $1500 and some paperwork, they were able to work legally in the country and obtain a sponsor. Then after four years they were able to apply for citizenship (Marilyn Hepler, 2014). This story brings light to a problem America has: our immigration process needs reform.

Post has attachment
Norms categorize our everyday lives and, to some degree, affect everyone. Gender norms are no different, except that with the LGBTQIA+ movement going on they have attracted more attention. A group of sociologists, including myself, decided we would test out what it is like to break a gender norm. What norm did we choose? Walking in/out of the wrong bathroom.

Post has attachment
It's halfway through my last class of the day and I just want to leave. But my professor is going on about equality between men and women. Then he says something that perks my ears: a statistic. "Women earn less in their careers than men," he states. In my head I am already poised against him, wondering where he is getting this fact from and if it's reliable. So I whip out my smartphone and Google it.

Post has attachment
Most people would say that bats and birds are quite different. And upon first inspection I would agree, they do appear different. Bats fly at night and eat fruit, while birds fly during the day (because they cannot see in the dark) and eat insects. But could these two seemingly random animals be analogous to something today? What if Stellaluna is trying to portray different cultures and how they interact?

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
New blog post! I'm trying something different. I'm in Intro To Sociology at Michigan Tech, and we have to make blog posts. I figured I would just use my existing blog. Let me know your thoughts below!

Post has attachment
True friendship is rare - it takes work, lots of it. But in the end, if you surround yourself with friends that build you up, motivate you to grow, and teach you how to see things differently, it is worth every moment. Here's to my friends, the ones that have stuck it out, the ones who have been with me for the long haul, and the ones that are only just getting to know me. [[go to blog to read the full post]]
Wait while more posts are being loaded