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Dancing… or drinking through life

posted by David Kuo

I am not even sure that I know how to do a link anymore. I’m giving it a shot though so, three readers, please forgive me if I mess this up. So Rod Dreher’s sister is battling cancer. It is […]

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Back…

posted by David Kuo

I’m back here at JWalking after a bit of time because I just want someplace to record thoughts from time to time. I doubt that many of the thoughts will be political – there are plenty upon plenty of people […]

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Learning to tell a story

posted by David Kuo

For the last ten months or so I’ve been engaged in a completely different world – the world of screenwriting. It began as a writing project – probably the 21st Century version of a yen to write the great American […]

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And just one more

posted by David Kuo

I have, I think, just one more round of chemo left. When I go through my pill popping regimen tomorrow morning it will be the last time for this particular round of drugs. Twenty-three rounds, it seems, is enough. What […]

A Newfie for Obama

posted by David Kuo

NPR asked me to do a short memo to the president-elect. I chose to do it on the dog he should choose… and why. Check it out.

“I wish I could see the angels”

posted by David Kuo

Livvy is going through an “I’m scared” phase at night. She wants us to sleep in her bed and check on her all the time. As I write, her shades are up, a little nightlight is on, and she’s hugging […]

Awed by the visit

posted by David Kuo

Let the world meditate for a moment on this picture: What an amazing country we are. We aren’t even up to the peaceful transfer of power moment. That is something extraordinary in its own right – something beyond extraordinary really. […]

Living Bare

posted by David Kuo

God is not surprised. God grieves. God mourns. God shares our grief. But but he is not surprised. And he has been here before… it was God, after all, who grieved over losing his own Son… and he knew the end of the story.

Battling blue

posted by David Kuo

I think I’m battling the blues… and wrestling with God. It is hard to figure out where one ends and the other begins. The blues part is fairly straightforward – nothing feels quite right, decisions are hard to come by, […]

I miss J-Walking

posted by David Kuo

For the past year I’ve been working with friends to help them put together a new website. It is called Culture11.com and it is a good place to go. I encourage you to make it part of your browsing. But […]

The best book (one of them)

posted by David Kuo

Two nights ago, in the midst of a grumpy, grouchy late night kitchen cleaning session during which I bemoaning everything from the state of the free world to who ridiculously dirty our dirty dishes get I said the simplest little […]

Culture11?

posted by David Kuo

One of the reasons I’ve not blogged much (understatement) for the past several months is that I’ve been rather busy and preoccupied on a business project. The project is a new online magazine and community focusing on American culture – […]

Obama’s very big night in the desert…

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. John McCain had a good night at Rick Warren’s forum on faith and character and so on. Barack Obama had a better […]

THIS matters

posted by David Kuo

While we spill pixels about John Edwards, how many write about this?

Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I’m trying to find anger or bitterness or shock at all that John Edwards did and didn’t do and said he did and said he didn’t do. There is, of course, sadness – sadness for all those people who worked […]

McCain’s “The One”

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s band of white advisers had best take a stroll down the lane of African-American oratorical history before they launch their next anti-Obama missive. [This is not to suggest that there is anything racial about McCain’s ad. I’m sure […]

“The Mystery Box”

posted by David Kuo

I’ve long been a fan of J.J. Abrams – Felicity, Alias, Lost, etc. This short lecture by him is wonderful, insightful, funny, and inspirational…

The ripping pain of innocence

posted by David Kuo

Our young daughter is engaging the world and loving it. Now 3 and aware that only most of the universe revolves around her she is exploring the other creatures she runs across – particularly those her size. This means that […]

Male insults

posted by David Kuo

Several years ago, while attending an Atlanta Braves baseball game at Turner Field – their home park – my wife kept getting a quizzical look on her face. It only occurred when the Braves were at bat and usually during […]

The horse rescue plan

posted by David Kuo

A simple plan for helping America’s youth – make them all ride and take care of horses. The world would change. I spent the day with my two oldest daughter at a horse show in western Pennsylvania. Before my daughters […]

Hating on The Three Little Pigs

posted by David Kuo

The Three Little Pigs are directly responsible for the degradation of American creativity and general childhood guilt. For the past several weeks the Golden Books version of The Three Little Pigs has made it onto Livvy’s high demand book rotation. […]

Shacking It

posted by David Kuo

Has anyone read The Shack? If so, what were your thoughts?

Katy Perry – Christian outcast

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. Very interesting little MTV interview with pop sensation Katy Perry – of “I Kissed a Girl” and “Ur So Gay” fame. It […]

When God winks

posted by David Kuo

Twice in the last 48 hours God has winked at me. They were wry little winks – ones of the sort that I might normally miss. This evening a friend who I haven’t heard from in months and months texted […]

I’m not the devil

posted by David Kuo

Several months ago – around the time I stopped blogging with any regularity – someone accused me of being the devil. And if it wasn’t the devil, then it was certainly one of his minions. It is hard to shake […]

Meet Barack Dobson

posted by David Kuo

How different are they? Really? James Dobson and Barack Obama? On the face of it there is little, save their shared humanity, that seems to unite the two men. From their skin color to their positions on abortion, gay marriage, […]

The “ctrl-alt-del” candidate

posted by David Kuo

Even though I’m a Mac guy, here’s a Windows take on Barack Obama. He is the ‘ctrl-alt-del’ candidate. He is the guy people are looking to restart, reboot, Washington DC and all that it has come to symbolize. It is […]

Out of the closet… or not

posted by David Kuo

I understand – in a small way – what it is like to come out of the closet. I say that because I feel like I have to continually come out of the closet and say, “Hey, wait, I’m a […]

Sen. Kennedy’s tumor… and mine

posted by David Kuo

This is not a time to get weepy or maudlin about Sen. Kennedy. He really has just begun to fight. I know what I’m talking about. Five years ago, in the earliest hours of Palm Sunday morning, a doctor informed […]

Peter Ahlstrom

posted by David Kuo

And now there is our friend Peter Ahlstrom: I’ve read your blog daily for about a year, and occasionally commented. Tempting Faith got me started. You caught my interest with your stand on helping the poor, and on fasting from […]

Aquaman

posted by David Kuo

I remember watching the Superfriends on Saturday mornings – back when Saturday mornings were good TV. Aquaman was always my favorite… still is… here is our own Aquaman, Matt: I’m a 34-year old corporate lawyer, married to my college sweetheart […]

Thoughts on suffering, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Tonight my father called a cousin in Chengdu who, we discovered with relief, is fine. His reports about the incredible destruction at the earthquake’s epicenter were anything but comforting. So mangled are the roads that getting there with any help […]

Canucklehead

posted by David Kuo

Canucklehead sent me his story but given his generally surly attitude I am tempted not to post it. Alas the invitation was for everyone, even… him. Hi all! I’m Canucklehead (aka Tim). I’ve spent most of my life in western […]

Here’s Doug

posted by David Kuo

This is a blast. Here is Doug Pascover’s story: From the ages of 10 months old until 7 years, my family lived on the South side of Chicago so the White Sox were my first religion. I became a Christian […]

Meet Thinker

posted by David Kuo

We have all come to love and appreciate Thinker. Now, a bit more about her: Thinker here. I went from nursing to teaching theology….figure. However, I teach in “Catholic” school so the community and administration are one. Not much in […]

Meet Brian

posted by David Kuo

Brian Horan has been walking with us for a while now. Here’s a bit about him and the bonus pic too. Thanks Brian. I am 33 and am changing careers from public school teaching to nursing. The politics of public […]

Race

posted by David Kuo

I just watched 90 minutes of election coverage on CNN… 90 minutes that can best be summarized as 90 minutes of evidence that Sen. Obama’s brilliant race speech needs to revisited. Because for 90 minutes the entire subtext of the […]

What are our stories?

posted by David Kuo

For the past 18 months or so we’ve developed this community called J-Walking. The very best part of this for me has been getting to know many of you… even you canuckle. Everyone has gotten to know a lot about […]

What is faith?

posted by David Kuo

As most of the readers of this blog – and yes, depite the lull in my blogging this is still my blog – know I’ve been dealing with this tumor-type object in my brain for the past five years. For […]

The temptation of Miley Cyrus

posted by David Kuo

Note – Most of my blogging now occurs at Culture11.com a new media company. My blog is here. It is hard to read about Miley Cyrus’ recent “issues” – in Vanity Fair, other slightly tart pics – and not fear […]

The permanent Republican majority lives

posted by David Kuo

Whoever would have guessed it? The permanent Republican majority lives. For a few years now it has been a joke – Rove and Mehlman talking about a Republican movement so strong that the Democrats simply couldn’t take it down. But […]

Thoughts on suffering

posted by David Kuo

I noticed the great blogalogue between NT Wright and Bart Ehrman. Ehrman writes: We live in a world in which a child dies every five seconds of starvation. Every five seconds. Every minute there are twenty-five people who die because […]

What happens in Pennsylvania…

posted by David Kuo

…gives the election to John McCain. I’ve taken a short break from election madness to try and see it from a different perspective – I’ve been talking to friends in Pennsylvania and non-political friends from around the country and around […]

“politiks iz hard”

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan

DIFJW

posted by David Kuo

Here is a beautiful, beautiful story from Friday’s Washington Post. Read it all, please. Kudos to the Post for running it. Thanks to the Pope for coming to Washington because I sense that his presence makes such talk of deeper […]

Ancient history – iPod circa 2001, pt .2

posted by David Kuo

Found this – Steve Jobs introducing the iPod in 2001. Killer quote, “We think the Apple brand is going to be fantastic [in this space].” Yeah, think so?

Ancient history – iPod circa 2001

posted by David Kuo

Stumbled across this video introducing the iPod in 2001… Moby nails iPods success when he says that he had owned three mp3 players and didn’t know how to work any of them but then he picked up an iPod and […]

Obama, again

posted by David Kuo

My friend Joe Carter, who blogs at Evangelical Outpost, left this comment about Obama that I wanted to highlight because it is the polar opposite of mine… I think… Obama’s latests back-pedaling can’t be squared with his original comment. Now […]

Just what the world has been waiting for… a Microsoft store

posted by David Kuo

If this had come on 4/1 I could have understood it as an April Fool’s joke. But apparently it is serious. Based on Apple’s unbelievable success with its retail stores, Microsoft is going to be launching a branded store of […]

My Obama repentance

posted by David Kuo

Ok, I’m sorry. I was offended. I figured the bubble had been pierced and instead of finding a sort of Robert Kennedy on the inside I’d found Richard Dawkins. But then I heard Sen. Obama’s response to the question tonight […]

Barack meet Michael… and Howard… and Muskie

posted by David Kuo

“[I]t’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” This quote is the equivalent […]

1,825

posted by David Kuo

It has been exactly five years since I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Last night as I lay in bed thinking about it I fixated on 1,825. That is the number of days I have been blessed with since […]

What’s happening in Haiti?

posted by David Kuo

Read Anne.

Christ-follower v. Christian

posted by David Kuo

I’m kind of thinking Jesus would dress a whole lot more like the guy on the right than the one of the left. You?

What redemption looks like

posted by David Kuo

In the fall of 1986 I was a college freshman away on some spiritual retreat. I had chosen God over the New York Mets because there weren’t any TVs around the weekend retreat and my beloved Mets were in the […]

In honor of Dickens

posted by David Kuo

10 days ago at 4:15pm a little boy name Dickens died in a small clinic in a poor city in a country called Uganda. I’ve scarcely been able to write since that day. I got the news on a text […]

LLCool Dawkins

posted by David Kuo

Great satire… genius satire…Here are some of the lyrics:”You see this battle’s been raging since Zeus was on the Bottlebetween science like Democritus and faith like Aristotlewho said the mover was movin’ like some magic trickbut that’s not good logicmy […]

“It isn’t presidential”

posted by David Kuo

I am moved by Joe Carter’s post on America’s silent shame of prison rape: We are justifiably outraged by the human rights abuses occurring in foreign lands. So why aren’t we more outraged by the atrocities here in our own […]

Steve Waldman, Evangelist

posted by David Kuo

Writing about, reviewing, and discussing a book written by a friend who is also your boss is a no-win proposition. If you are too kind to the book you will be accused of being a suck up. If you are […]

Land v. Dreher on Wright… who is right?

posted by David Kuo

I just finished reading two pieces on Obama and Wright. One was by Richard Land, the other by Rod Dreher. The pieces were on different topics – Land’s more general, about the speech and about race, Dreher’s more specific, about […]

The Messiah Government

posted by David Kuo

John McCain is under attack from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a rare moment of Democratic unity. In an economic speech on Tuesday, McCain (Ariz.) said he supports government assistance for Americans facing home foreclosure because of the turmoil […]

Justice for Sudan

posted by David Kuo

From Mark Helprin in The New York Times, a way to end the genocide in the Sudan… yesterday: DESPITE almost 1.5 million bombing sorties flown against Germany during the Second World War, the United States and Britain failed for lack […]

The world’s best pizza place?

posted by David Kuo

Rumor – and Bon Appetite magazine – have it that DiFara Pizza at 1424 Avenue J in Brooklyn, NY may have the world’s best pizza… …anyone had it?

What does Jesus look like? part 2

posted by David Kuo

Carlos’ wife, Heather, writes of seeing Matt and Jefferson for the first time from a different perspective: We get seated, the music starts and the girls and I begin to grove. Then it happens, I see them. A couple cuddling […]

What does Jesus look like?

posted by David Kuo

What does Jesus look like? He looks like this: My only question is which one is he? The reality is that Jesus is both. Jesus is the poor and the broken and lonely and the lost. Jesus is the lover […]

The Speech, pt. 3

posted by David Kuo

Charles Murray has written a longer piece about the Obama speech. It is definitely worth reading: I understand how naïve it is to read a presidential candidate’s speech as if it were anything except political positioning, but that leads me […]

Thank you Eliot Ware

posted by David Kuo

Anna Grace has been sponsored by Eliot Ware. Thank you Eliot. I am so excited, so thrilled, so happy. I had been checking all day long to see if anyone had sponsored her and when I saw that Eliot had […]

Anne Rice on her faith

posted by David Kuo

Anne Rice has posted an extraordinary essay on her faith. Click here for the full text. Here are some key excerpts: Look: I believe in Him. It’s that simple and that complex. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person […]

Happy Easter

posted by David Kuo

Welcome to the most wonderful day of the year. Happy Easter. Get rowdy, get merry, pop the champagne and party and party and party. This is Easter. This is the day the universe changed. Easter. Think about it. Dead. Now […]

Can you help her?

posted by David Kuo

There are more than 270 Compassion International kids in Uganda waiting for someone to sponsor them. Anna Grace is one of them. Can any of you guys sponsor her? UPDATE Sunday evening – Anna Grace has been sponsored! Thank you […]

A good Friday?

posted by David Kuo

I’m writing my Good Friday post on Saturday. Considering that we haven’t yet sent out our Christmas cards I’m way ahead of schedule. The post begins on Wednesday. My phone buzzes while I am in a business meeting. It is […]

posted by David Kuo

Rod Dreher has written something beautiful about Holy Week and Jeremiah Wright… please read: I bring all this up because I am bothered by the idea that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright passes off his hatred of oppressors as somehow Christian, […]

Where should we look next?

posted by David Kuo

These are scary days. A minister says something, some things, that are reprehensible, awful. Because he is the minister to a presidential candidate the things are elevated, scrutinized, analyzed. Does the candidate share the minister’s views? Is the candidate just […]

Huckabee on Obama and Wright

posted by David Kuo

If you haven’t seen this, watch Mike Huckabee talk about Sen. Obama’s speech and Rev. Wright’s remarks:Particularly important is this paragraph: …And one other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us […]

The speech, part 2

posted by David Kuo

I’ve watched the speech again in its entirety and I am more blown away by it than I was the first time around. There are few political speeches in the last 50 years that are its equal and fewer still […]

Charles Murray on Obama speech

posted by David Kuo

Noted conservative thinker and author Charles Murray writes this about Obama’s speech: I read the various posts here on “The Corner,” mostly pretty ho-hum or critical about Obama’s speech. Then I figured I’d better read the text (I tried to […]

My race problem

posted by David Kuo

I joke a lot about my race. My father is Chinese. My mother is American. I like to say that I had a unique upbringing – that I was raised on tofu and grits. Or, since I am a blood […]

Wallis on race

posted by David Kuo

Jim Wallis is all over this: There is a deep well of both frustration and anger in the African American community in the U.S. And those feelings are borne of the concrete experience of real oppression, discrimination, and blocked opportunities […]

Uganda, Happy Day

posted by David Kuo

The day before I flew to Uganda I ended up at Holy Trinity Brompton in London where I heard this song, Happy Day, by their worship leader Tim Hughes. It stuck in my head throughout the trip. The words and […]

Douthat on Sex

posted by David Kuo

Ross Douthat is a scary smart human… read his post on sexual morality.

Yertle returns

posted by David Kuo

Looking around at all the stunningly bad economic news, I bring back for your reading pleasure a post I wrote March 14, 2007… my fears about our Yertle economy…

Dreher: I’m whistling past the graveyard

posted by David Kuo

From Rod Dreher in response to my suggestion that Obama doesn’t need a big speech addressing Jeremiah Wright: Whether it’s fair to Obama or not, I think that’s whistling past the graveyard. David Broder was correct this morning when he […]

Obama and his church… the Biblical response?

posted by David Kuo

One of the biggest problems in modern American Christianity is the “church-hopping” phenomenon. People stay in churches for a certain period of time, get bored, find someplace new and repeat. I am a perfect example of this problem. I’ve been […]

Obama’s Wright response – Ready on day one

posted by David Kuo

All of a sudden the blogs are silent. Those blogs that have been humming and screaming all day long about the terrible, horrible, awful, no good, very bad things that Rev. Jeremiah Wright has said are quiet. Why? Sen. Obama […]

Rev. Wright

posted by David Kuo

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is just another political rorschach test. My very conservative white evangelical friends – friends who smile and say, “golly” when someone like the late Jerry Falwell said gays and abortionists and people who had them were responsible […]

Solutions, day one

posted by David Kuo

Watch this:Meet them:Go here and get addicted to being a micro banker for the world’s working poor.

How does God allow evil?

posted by David Kuo

Ahhh, the age old question – why would a powerful, loving God allow bad things to happen to good people? Or, more simply – why does God allow suffering? The ancients and the moderns have written eloquently on these issues. […]

Obama smacks down Veep insanity

posted by David Kuo

Well this is something worth writing about. Today in Mississippi (I do love spelling that state), Sen. Obama smacked down Hillary Clinton’s utter arrogance at suggesting he be vice president on her ticket. “Now first of all with all due […]

Another’s words

posted by David Kuo

I am having such trouble writing these days… commenting on politics feels about as worthwhile as commenting on the nearest pre-school playground fight, commenting on God seems WAY above my spiritual level… so I am glad to be able to […]

Anne Rice’s Road to Cana

posted by David Kuo

I did the following review for NPR’s All Things Considered today. I’m excited about it because it is one of the best things I’ve written in a long time. I’m more excited because it almost (almost) does justice to Ms. […]

Enhancing the Clinton legacy by dropping out now

posted by David Kuo

Much ink (actual and virtual) has been spilled this campaign season about how the Clinton legacy is impacted by Hillary’s run. A win obviously does wonders for it – the first husband and wife ever to be elected. The first […]

Tonight’s winner? John McCain

posted by David Kuo

As I write Ohio and Texas are too close to call for the Democrats. Commentators in ever media medium are saying the same thing in different words – wow, we don’t have a clue. But to the American people, to […]

The confessing church

posted by David Kuo

What if America’s ministers and parachurch leaders got together and published an article confessing their failures as spiritual leaders – their misplaced priorities, their idolatry of politics? Well, it has been done before. I found this at Pure Church today: […]

New old U2 song about Bono in Ethiopia during the famine

posted by David Kuo

Late last year U2 quietly (for them) released a previously unfinished song from their Joshua Tree about the trip Bono and Ali took to Ethiopia during the famine in the mid-1980s. Stunning.

from the serious to the ridiculous and laughing all the way

posted by David Kuo

Thanks to my two older mun-chickens (that’s ‘muchkins’ as heard by some Ugandan children) for helping me put my head on straight…

Focusing on the details

posted by David Kuo

This post is the body of an email I sent to my friends from the Uganda trip. One of the things that struck me about the trip was that “macro” poverty – what we could see from the street, for […]

Good words from Shannon

posted by David Kuo

My new friend Shannon – beautiful blogging brain behind bold, brilliant Rocks In My Dryer made this comment yesterday: Friends keep saying, “give yourself time,” and I think, “time for WHAT? Time to forget just enough of what I saw […]

Christian Apples

posted by David Kuo

This fall, Abilene Christian University will be providing all incoming freshmen with either an iPhone or an iPod touch: …freshmen will use the iPhones or iPod touches to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and quizzes, get directions to their […]

The Uganda confession

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for your comments and emails about my blogging problem. Thank you too for the exhortations to keep talking and processing and exhorting and confessing. There is a single moment I cannot get out of my mind. It occurred on […]

My blogging problem

posted by David Kuo

I am having a blogging crisis. I don’t know what to write. I see the news, I see everything going on and yet I can’t muster much (any) passion to write about them. Yesterday I had a conversation with a […]

Baaaa or Maaaaaa?

posted by David Kuo

Being a dad, I am strong in the animal sounds category. Pigs oink and cows mooo and rhinos snort and snuff (astute readers of Moo, Baa, La la la will get that reference) sheep baaa and goats maaaa. Jesus warns […]

BooMama on nature

posted by David Kuo

One of the great discoveries of the last 100 years is BooMama. It is true – somewhere between the first Macintosh and the bass boat is BooMama. Who is BooMama? What is BooMama? Why is BooMama? Well, one must achieve […]

Meeting Grace, missing Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

On my first day at the unnamed hospital in Uganda, I met another little girl named Grace. I caught her out of the corner of my eye as I entered the children’s ward and was talking to another little boy. […]

Kuo’s brain is shrinking…

posted by David Kuo

The news is good – my brain is shrinking. During the past 15 rounds of chemo the tumor area has shrunk more than 30%. And that is that. I’ll go another four rounds and we’ll revisit this same conversation round […]

The Christian sex challenge

posted by David Kuo

So, I found this via my friend Carlos. It is a “30-Day Sex Challenge” started by the folks at Relevant Church in Tampa, Florida. Here’s the gist of the challenge: People are not having enough sex. An epidemic of breakups […]

I am being stalked… very weird

posted by David Kuo

Today, NIH, MRI. There’s a new policy in place there that requires a blood test before the MRI. So I went there late – I run late – got in line and was told to go to booth 13. I […]

Returning to life?

posted by David Kuo

I can’t quite bring myself to return to “normal” blogging. I’m not quite ready to return to “real” life. To do so feels like a betrayal of all that I’ve seen and, more importantly, all that I now know exists. […]

“I saw what I saw”

posted by David Kuo

NASA, we have splashdown

posted by David Kuo

Landed last night around 8:30, was on the phone with Kim by 8:30:01, out of customs (where no cell phone usage is allowed) by 9ish, in a car moments later, on phone with Laura and Rachel a nanosecond later. Though […]

Uganda, through Carlos’ eyes (and music)

posted by David Kuo

One of the great joys of the first four days of the trip was hanging out with the other bloggers who were there to visit Uganda. They were, to a person, extraordinary. Here are two of them – Carlos and […]

Back to Uganda – getting LOST?

posted by David Kuo

I’m sitting in a London hotel room having had a nice Lodon sleep after a nice London dinner. I am out of my skin excited about going home and seeing my family – I literally can’t wait. But there is […]

Uganda, Benny Hinn, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

A quick follow-up on Benny and Uganda. I just checked Benny Hinn’s website for upcoming events. There is absolutely no mention of his Uganda trip. At the same time, more and more of these posters are going up around Uganda […]

Uganda videos, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

I’m going to be uploading some rough video shots to give a sense of the places… this short one ends with that little girl sitting alone on the blanket… Online Videos by Veoh.com

What can we do?

posted by David Kuo

Before I head back to the hospital this afternoon and before I begin the journey home tomorrow, some thoughts on what can be done here… initial thoughts I suppose: – Sponsor a child through Compassion International. The longer I am […]

Benny Hinn in Uganda

posted by David Kuo

I saw this poster on the wall of the cancer clinic today: Yes, this cancer clinic: And yes, this IS the same Benny Hinn who sent out a request for his followers to pay for his new Gulfstream jet. Benny […]

Really big pigeons

posted by David Kuo

Day one in Uganda and we’re visiting one of Compassion International’s church partner sites. We are outside touring the new toilet facilities they have constructed and I notice a shadow moving towards me. The shadow is, oh, huge. The shadow […]

Sabbath from suffering

posted by David Kuo

I haven’t yet left the hotel today. It is now 3:30pm and today I slept in late and I went to the pool for 30 minutes and just allowed myself to eat a cheeseburger even though I am in Kampala. […]

Don’t read this post

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure anyone should read this post. This is FAR from a happy post. It starts inside the gates of a Ugandan hospital. It starts getting out of the car and looking around convinced I must be in the […]

Crying for my poverty?

posted by David Kuo

This is one of the images I can’t get out of my head: It was being pulled through the filthy streets of a slum by a bald headed girl in a pale yellow dress wearing worn red flip flops. [I […]

Understanding the Gospels from Uganda

posted by David Kuo

For these past days as my fellow bloggers and I have gone through Uganda, I have gained a new appreciation for the Gospels. Read Carlos and Shaun and Anne and Randy and my other friends and see their different and […]

Meet Susan

posted by David Kuo

Today’s journey took us outside Kampala’s squalor and desolation and into creation. Uganda is a land of rolling hills carpeted by rich soil that births vibrant green life. I just didn’t know that yesterday. Today though, in Kisoga, I learned […]

Obama…Uganda, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

50 miles outside Uganda today, in the back of a school, in a town accessible only by bumpy clay roads, I looked down on the ground and found this: The Obama movement knows no geographic or cultural or political limits.

Poverty meditation

posted by David Kuo

I couldn’t escape the horror – that was the horror. That was my 2am realization. As I stood inside that 6′ x 6′ hell hole and as I walked through the slum the horror was that I couldn’t get away […]

Obama…Uganda

posted by David Kuo

To make mention of Barack Obama’s name in this small country is to turn on a lightbulb in people’s eyes. Person after person simply says, “O-bam-a…” and there is a sigh and a slight smile… there is a bit of […]

Snapshots

posted by David Kuo

Tonight I am numb. I came to Uganda prepared to see suffering, to celebrate hope, and to provide – in the smallest ways through this blog – an insight for others into that mysterious thing called poverty. What I wanted […]

Poor Hillary

posted by David Kuo

Not only did Hillary Clinton lose four primaries over the weekend, not only did she have to change campaign managers, not only did she cry again but now Barack Obama is a Grammy award winner, beating Bill Clinton: Obama, who […]

Into Uganda

posted by David Kuo

One night nearly five years ago I had a dream. I only remember bits and pieces of it but that it probably because I was only supposed to remember one piece of it. For the first time and for the […]

Practical forgiveness

posted by David Kuo

I used to think I was spectacular at forgiveness. For years, for most of my life actually, I thought forgiveness was a specialty. Then I slowly came to realize something – when I got hurt I didn’t forgive, I just […]

Huckabee’s opportunity

posted by David Kuo

Fresh off his Kansas caucus win and James Dobson’s endorsement, Mike Huckabee is chugging along in his presidential race. His chances of the winning the nomination are decidedly worse than his chances to win the Iowa caucuses last fall when […]

Pity… for being an American

posted by David Kuo

I’m the middle of a 36-hour stopover in London on my way to Uganda. The flight in last night was stunning – crystal clear skies and a route that took us directly over a glittering London. Breathtaking. Today I had […]

Romney dropping out

posted by David Kuo

Mitt Romney is dropping out of the race – or, in campaign parlance, “suspending” his campaign. His reasons: ”If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign […]

And Uganda…

posted by David Kuo

I am preparing for a little journey to Africa. I will be visiting Uganda starting next week and I’ll be blogging from there every day. I’ll be going with a number of other bloggers to visit the work done by […]

“Super Duper Tuesday”

posted by David Kuo

Welcome to old-fashioned politics. Ok, my thoughts: – McCain did it. His late wins in California and Missouri are huge. He is on his way to the nomination. But the fight is far from over and it will get a […]

Dobson whacks McCain

posted by David Kuo

Dr. James Dobson has released a statement whacking John McCain. Here it is in full and here are the substantial points: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional […]

A must-hear sermon

posted by David Kuo

I don’t know of any fancy way to post this sermon so it looks interesting. It is something hugely important and worth talking about. In it, Greg Boyd talks about prayer and about why it is that we can pray […]

sort-of-interesting Tuesday

posted by David Kuo

Today is the Super Bowl for political junkies. More so than election day, this is the day that matters. Nomination battles will become – possibly – clarified. It is unpredictable, it is exciting, it is only sort of important, however. […]

“Yes We Can”

posted by David Kuo

Now he is a song:Tomorrow all comes down to that same question we asked before Iowa – will the kids turn out to vote? If they do then Sen. Obama will have been prophetic in saying, “Yes We Can”.

The Conservative Gamble

posted by David Kuo

Tomorrow isn’t just a referendum on John McCain, it is a test of the conservative leadership that has labeled him enemy number one. If Romney somehow wins tomorrow, it will be clear evidence of the power of people like Rush […]

The good weekend

posted by David Kuo

Last week’s darkness is gone. I woke up yesterday morning feeling mighty fine. The weekend has been spectacular – being chased by the littlest munchkin in the park, rolling around on the floor with the wee little man, eating too […]

Politically conflicted

posted by David Kuo

I just don’t know who to endorse. Two big endorsements/threats have been announced this weekend and I am deeply conflicted. Ethel Kennedy says Barack is like Bobby. How can I say no to that? I’m an RFK guy. That kind […]

Bono quoting

posted by David Kuo

A friend – a dear, wonderful friend – gave me an autographed copy of Bono: in conversation with Michka Assayas a few years ago. I gave it a very quick read and put it on my list of books that […]

Thank you

posted by David Kuo

Thank you for your prayers and kind notes yesterday. Ick of a day. Lying here in this little hotel room, however, I did have the advantage of in-room movies. Why, exactly, one can get movies in your hotel room months […]

Ethel Kennedy for Barack Obama

posted by David Kuo

Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy’s widow has released a statement endorsing Barack Obama. Over these past few years, I’ve watched Senator Obama inspire Americans from all walks of life to believe in real change and a new sense of hope […]

The hard week

posted by David Kuo

So this last week was a hard one. I started by 15th (?!?) round of chemo a week ago yesterday, finished it this past Tuesday and have been pretty much laid out since Monday. It isn’t that I’ve been sick […]

Edwards – another take

posted by David Kuo

Matt Cooper has a slightly more even handed look at the Edwards candidacy than the one I wrote yesterday – perhaps I should refrain from writing anything on the day after my last chemo dose. Then again, Matt doesn’t actually […]

Stranded at the airport? Rule 240

posted by David Kuo

My buddy Spence Smith travels a lot. He works for Compassion International – more on them later – and is known to take one day trips to places like Equador or Fiji or Mali. Ok, not really Fiji. Anyway, he […]

Hillary v. Barck, sexism v. racism?

posted by David Kuo

I heard something this morning I’d never heard before. A person saying they are so angry about the sexist attacks against Hillary Clinton that they would vote for a Republican before they would vote for Barack Obama. Extraordinary. I am […]

new Bono quote

posted by David Kuo

Fantastic quote: “Joy is the hardest thing, always, for any artist, for any writer, for any photographer,” Bono says. “It’s the hardest thing to capture because it’s impossible to contrive, whereas despair — you can have a good go at […]

Sad about Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I am watching John Edwards suspend his campaign and I am sad. I’m sad that his relentless voice for the poor and against the two Americas in which we live is leaving this race. I’m sad because we live in […]

“The Faith to Outlast Politics”

posted by David Kuo

My friend John DiIulio and I have a piece in today’s New York Times about the 7th anniversary of the Faith-Based Initiative. Here’s a snippet: President Bush has promised much. It will be left to the next president to deliver […]

New Michael Jackson

posted by David Kuo

25 years after Thriller, Michael Jackson is rereleasing the album with bonus tracks produced by some of today’s most influential artists including Kanye West, Akon and Will. I. Am.Here is the audio to the remake of “The Girl is Mine” […]

After the Kennedy glow… reality?

posted by David Kuo

Matthew Cooper, now at Conde Nast Portfolio, has a very smart and sober take on South Carolina, the Clintons and Sen. Obama: As sweeping as the South Carolina win was, if Obama continues to get a quarter of the white […]

And now… nothing serious

posted by David Kuo

Ok, this is kind of funny

The Kennedy Heir?

posted by David Kuo

There is something deeply moving about this weekend’s news that Caroline Kennedy had endorsed Sen. Obama and that Sen. Edward Kennedy would be endorsing him later today. After all these years and all the tragedy and all the scandal, the […]

No heaven?

posted by David Kuo

My lighthearted random Friday question has elicited some very thoughtful (as all J-Walking comments always are) responses. I’m putting up this one because I am interested in all thoughtful responses: There is no heaven, and there is no hell in […]

Joe Klein on the Clintons and Sen. Obama

posted by David Kuo

Joe Klein, one of the most astute observers of everything political (and, increasingly, international) nailed the South Carolina primary in this post. Make no mistake: What happened in South Carolina today was a moral reprimand delivered to Bill and Hillary […]

BHK as RFK

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama is becoming a statesman. The great thing that the Clintons did for him this past week was to put him through the cliched crucible. People started calling him the next RFK far too early because what people forget […]

Not change, not past, not future, hope

posted by David Kuo

Let’s think about the last week or so. What have we seen? We’ve seen the death of a young actor and the piranha press in the face of every mourning family member, friend, acquaintance. We’ve seen yet more pictures of […]

A new addiction

posted by David Kuo

I am completely new to the social networking world. I really only heard the term six months or so ago – an ‘early adopter’ I’m not. To boot, Beliefnet has a new social networking element that is fantastic and I’m […]

“Grown up” in South Carolina

posted by David Kuo

There is something to John Edwards latest South Carolina ad. It isn’t just a message for South Carolina either. It is a message about our politics and the need to actually focus on issues, on details, on policy, on what […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

So, traditional Christian teaching about heaven is NOT that it is some fuzzy place in the sky. It is life here on a perfected earth – where heaven literally takes over earth. I’ve been thinking a lot about that. And […]

Sen. Obama and Jesus

posted by David Kuo

Want to know what Sen. Obama thinks about Jesus? Here’s a pretty blunt statement from an interview with Christianity Today: I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus […]

Apple v. Mac… sort of…

posted by David Kuo

Apple guy v. Mac guy… from a slightly different perspective

U2 3D – welcome to the revival

posted by David Kuo

U2 has a new film opening. It is a 3D take on them in concert. It was… stupendous. The film can only be seen on IMAX screens so right off the bat it is 60 feet tall. To make it […]

More whining Christians

posted by David Kuo

The American Family Association and Catholic League are all atwitter over a foul-mouthed ESPN reporter: ESPN and its parent company, ABC, have refused to take any action against ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson for her hateful, slurring remarks against Jesus, saying […]

Fred Thompson and the death of the Reagan coalition

posted by David Kuo

Fred Thompson’s candidacy is no more. The world stumbles at the shock of the news. There are lots of ways to explain the failure of his candidacy. The most obvious one is to say he seemed to want the office […]

McCain – the day’s only real winner

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s win tonight in South Carolina makes him the day’s only clear winner. Consider – the Clinton/Obama muckfest threatens to alienate and dishearten the Democratic party in ways that could make it almost as depressed as the Republican party. […]

Three books to anticipate…

posted by David Kuo

For some blessed reason book publishers sometimes send me books. Books for free… imagine. Some of them are stunningly good. Here are three books I can’t recommend highly enough… more highly?… high ? You get the picture. Blogging is destroying […]

Young evangelicals moving “left”

posted by David Kuo

Relevant Magazine – a Christian magazine aimed at young evangelicals – has just released a new online poll of their readers. Since this is an online poll it has to carry certain caveats, most notably it is not a scientifically […]

Praying like a begging dog

posted by David Kuo

Sam – our big Newfie – loves the food. Early in life she got too many people treats. Therefore she believes, truly believes, that if she hangs around a food-laden person long enough she will be rewarded. We have gone […]

New politics and religion survey

posted by David Kuo

Beliefnet is conducting a new survey on religion and politics. You can find it here. Please take a few minutes and fill it out. It is completely anonymous.

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

This from Eleanor: I don’t have a picture to share, just a memory of a time when God’s presence felt so close that it took my breath away and seemed, for a moment, to hold time still. The picture of […]

A forlorn Republican

posted by David Kuo

From a friend who previously lamented about the state of the Republican party: Another article appeared today remarking on the grim future this current election forebodes for the Republican party. This time, the Washington Post takes up the topic I […]

Evidence of God, again

posted by David Kuo

Several weeks ago I posted a story about our friend Roxanne who left her comfortable life in DC and headed to Uganda. Now comes this story from Roxanne: Five days ago two colleagues and I drove seven hours to Lira […]

Huck losing his way

posted by David Kuo

With every passing day Mike Huckabee behaves more and more like a candidate he once would have loathed. The man who once talked about the importance of compassion is behaving like a man trying to sound more conservative than Pat […]

The greatest power?

posted by David Kuo

I’ve been stuck on and struck by a small part of one of Paul’s letters…. We’re in Ephesians (which, for some reason the spell check on Movable Type doesn’t recognize – along with Galations and MacBookAir) and in the 3rd […]

Steve Jobs makes me tingle

posted by David Kuo

He is doing his keynote at MacWorld… I can’t watch it live but am following it at Macrumors.com. Four million iPhones have already sold. They are introducing new software for the iPhone – that includes a GPS-like map locator, the […]

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John)

posted by David Kuo

Dear Mitt (and John and Mike and Rudy and John), No matter what happens later today or later this week or in Florida, stay in the race. I know you have all said that you are in it till the […]

My Hucakbee endorsement?

posted by David Kuo

Well, not exactly, but there is finally someone whose endorsement means something to me. Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) has just endorsed Mike Huckabe: “I am really pumped about Huckabee’s candidacy,” says Scott. I’ve never […]

Obama’s fall

posted by David Kuo

What might Barack’s Obama’s fall look like were he to win the Democratic presidential nomination? Look no further than this lambasting from two prominent Christian conservatives: Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses and came in second in the primary, was […]

Thin Places

posted by David Kuo

A friend sent this picture to me – a father, a son, snow, Baghdad…. the first time in a 100 years. My friend wrote, “After all Baghdad’s people have suffered in the past few years, God gives them a gift […]

Fred guzzling Red Bull

posted by David Kuo

Wow – someone finally plugged in Fred Thompson to something. After running for president for months and months at a low idle, Fred seems to have guzzled some Red Bull. He just ripped into Mike Huckabee like he was Hillary […]

Fox Republican Debate…

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee gets the working class. His answer to the recession question was great – he talked about gas prices, about 2 million people who were at risk of losing their homes because of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, about health care […]

The secret iPhone story

posted by David Kuo

Wired has a big story detailing the iPhone’s creation. It is a good read.

“Not a Hucka-was”

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee – Colbert… seeing each other at the altarFunny, yuck-yuck, but you know what? Huckabee is back to being Huckabee. I’m not sure who that guy was in New Hampshire but this is the guy who won over hearts and […]

Rove on Hillary and Obama, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

Karl Rove’s oped on Hillary’s New Hampshire victory contain all sorts of tasty nuggets… and that is before the fun stuff – analyzing why he is saying what he is saying. Here’s my first pass. Karl Rove is a political […]

Christians embarrassed by Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

A new study out by Lifeway Research – an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention – examined how the “unchurched” feel about Christians and about Jesus. Some of the results aren’t very surprising. For instance, 72% of those polled thought […]

Anne Rice on Hillary and Barack

posted by David Kuo

Anne Rice has just posted a video on YouTube celebrating Hillary’s New Hampshire win and suggesting a Clinton/Obama ticket. Ms. Rice says she is “pro-life”, “a Democrat” and “for Hillary.” Here it is:This video isn’t just the video of a […]

She wins

posted by David Kuo

Hillary Lazarus Clinton. Extraordinary. “I listened to you and found my own voice.” She was terrific tonight. She came across as a woman deeply at peace – a woman who had come to terms with her own mortality only to […]

Crushed Obama

posted by David Kuo

It is impossible to look at Sen. Obama’s eyes during his concession speech and not see the crushing pain of his defeat. He believed he was on his way to crushing Sen. Clinton – to rolling to the Democratic nomination… […]

McCain speech

posted by David Kuo

McCain’s victory speech is marvelous – humble, resolute, noble. His every word is a jab at Sir Mitt because McCain is a man who was willing to give up his personal presidential ambitions to do what he thought was right […]

Huckabee and Romney

posted by David Kuo

Romney and Huckabee both sounded great in their concession speeches. Romney sounded downright populist in talking about the need for the problems of the middle class to be addressed and he positioned himself as a Washington outsider with a track […]

Race, Polls, Obama

posted by David Kuo

It now seems pretty clear that virtually all of the late polling on the Democratic side was wrong… very wrong. The last Rasmussen Report had Obama +7 over Clinton. CBS had him +7. USA Today had Obama +13 and CNN […]

McCain!

posted by David Kuo

McCain wins New Hampshire. Brokered convention anyone? This is amazing stuff. But perhaps it isn’t surprising. McCain is being rewarded for being true to his word – he didn’t back off his idea for the surge in Iraq, he didn’t […]

Obama gap?

posted by David Kuo

The early, early returns show that Clinton is leading Obama. Based on all of the polls showing him ahead and the excitement of the turnout, I’m a little surprised. Again, it is very, very early. Here is my question – […]

Getting “vertical” with Jesus and Huck

posted by David Kuo

TPM wants to know what’s up with Huck’s use of the word “vertical”. Can anyone explain what the hell that means? Vertical? I guess if you’re main opponent was Fred Thompson you might push the fact that you spend most […]

New Hampshire predictions

posted by David Kuo

Barack Obama wins with a double-digit margin. Iowa proved the passion is real and that the passion is translating into actual votes. Clinton beats Edwards by less than 5 points leading to speculation that perhaps the real race will be […]

Fox debate

posted by David Kuo

Quick thoughts on the Fox debate: – Huckabee didn’t give anyone confidence that he could be commander-in-chief. In past debates he has been funny and commanding but tonight he was just out classed. – McCain wasn’t terribly impressive either. He […]

Which Republican won?

posted by David Kuo

Who won? Wrong question. Who did better, McCain or Romney? Right question. Both had their moments. Romney was very strong when he was talking about his experience, about his record. He was comfortable at those moments and believable and compelling. […]

Huckabee saying 12 million people leave?

posted by David Kuo

Huckabee trying to sound like a hard ass on immigration – saying people should go home. Who are these people?

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