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Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a Naval officer.  But then Jesus changed my heart.  He’s been teaching me that instead of killing my enemies, I’m supposed to love them.  In fact, I’m supposed to dedicate my life to serving them.  Maybe even die for them.  So after 7 years in the navy, I left as a conscientious objector.  That’s also why I’m not paying my federal taxes this year.

You see, in the United States, roughly half of our tax dollars go to financing war.  (You can find a detailed breakdown here.)  This is ridiculous and unacceptable.  I would gladly pay more taxes to finance roads, schools, or public health care.  But I will no longer pay other people to kill America’s enemies on my behalf. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s hard because no one ever listens as soon as a conversation turns political. It’s just about waiting for our turn to regurgitate the pros of our favorite candidate or policy.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about: How should I change my conversation strategies in response to this fact?

In the past, when people asked me, “Are you democrat or republican?”  I might answer with: “I just call myself a Christian, but other people also call me an anarchist.”  Everyone just explodes with how naive and irresponsible that is.  Or sometimes how I can’t possibly be both.  We go back and forth on political theory.  But nobody listens.  Not even me.  (To my shame!)

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I enjoy brewing beer, and have invested a lot into equipment.  But most of this equipment is useful for more than just beer.  We can use it to make food! Some friends and I do this with a group called Food not Bombs.  Basically, we just serve free lunches at our local college campus, no strings attached.  It’s a great way to connect with your community and make friends.

This post describes how I combined the two hobbies, and will hopefully inspire you to do the same. First we’ll take a look at how to use the homebrew equipment, and then we’ll look at a recipe for Chinese stew.  It’s easy to cook, cheap to make, and delicious!  If you’re cooking outdoors, you can smell the amazing spices hundreds of feet away.  You can serve between 120-150 people spending less than $30 for food!

And if you serve it, they will come:

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