This morning, Sunday October 30th, our pastor Kyle Lake was involved in an accident during a baptism and was transported by EMS to a nearby hospital. Kyle Lake passed away around 11:30am. Not only did we lose a pastor but we've lost our friend. Funeral services are pending and we will update the website as soon as we have more information.
There will be a gathering tonight at 8pm at First Baptist Church Waco which is located on the Corner of 5th and Clay. This is a chance for reflection, an opportunity to be with friends and to pray. There will be counselors available if anyone needs to talk to anyone. Please continue to keep the Lake family in your prayers.
University Baptist Church
(marko reported that it seems to have involved an elecrocution)
A group of Christian Congressmen led by Congressman Walter Jones have asked for a Presidential Executive Order protecting military chaplains. Several chaplains have been reprimanded for using “overtly Christian language” in public settings. I have had an opportunity to meet with Congressman Jones, who is leading the congressional delegation on this important issue. Congressman Jones related that officers have been criticized and even reprimanded for using Bible verses and invoking the name of Jesus in memorial services. As Congressman Jones correctly noted, this is a First Amendment issue: “Our chaplains should not have any second thoughts about how they should pray. Let their hearts speak with what God puts in their minds to pray.”
Congressman Jones went on to let me know that, so far, they have 35 House members who have agreed to sign a letter to President Bush asking for an Executive Order protecting “the constitutional right of military chaplains to pray according to their faith.” U.S. Senator James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, has also pledged his support for the measure.
Part of the issue surrounds the proposed guidelines being introduced by the Air Force that emphasize “nondenominational prayers in military ceremonies.” I have put together a senior team of lawyers from the American Center for Law & Justice to work on this issue. Skip Ash, who has 20 years of experience in the military, including time at the Pentagon, is our lead lawyer working on this issue. We are also seeking to gather support for Congressman Jones’s request for an Executive Order. Our radio broadcast this week will be focusing in on this effort, and we encourage you to add your name to a letter going to the White House urging support for Congressman Jones’s efforts to restore First Amendment freedoms to military chaplains.
From the ACLJ
“So have you heard of the difference between religion and spirituality?”
“Religion is a guy in church thinking about fishing. Spirituality is a guy out fishing thinking about God.” (Thanks to John Fischer for sharing that in his PurposeDrivenLife Devotional)
That story reminded me of what Mike wrote in his "moments" post. (You owe it to yourself to read the entire post.)
"When every aspect of our lives are lived out enmeshed with the rhythm of God at work in the world even the mundane and simple things of life that seem ordinary and irrelevant explode with life giving meaning."
This theme is part of my talks for the retreat next weekend. I'm going to share this too but still working on making it presentable.
It’s easy to be informed about Christian beliefs and it’s easy to be conformed into doing Christian behavior because we can do those on our own. We want to be transformed by Christ himself through the Holy Spirit; that is the spiritual life.
A young preacher introduced himself to the pastor of a great metropolitan church with the words, 'I am just the pastor of a small church upcountry.' 'Son,' replied the wise minister, "there are no small churches." And there are no unknown Christians, no insignificant sons of God. Each one signifies, each is a "sign" drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him. The faceless man has a face, the nameless man a name, when Jesus picks him out of the multitude and calls him to Himself.
3. Today I weighed myself and I have lost 40 pounds in 2.5 months. Amazing what eating right, working out 1.5-3 hours per day, taking supplements, drinking only water and having a desire to lose it can do for you. I can qualify at the high end if I lose only 6-8 more pounds but I'm shooting for 33-40 more.
4. I'm speaking at a retreat in Pennsylvania the first week of November. It's the Jr. High retreat for Manheim Brethren In Christ. I led a volunteer training event for them about 2 years ago, so it was cool to get a call to serve them again.
This is the first of a few books I'd like to give away, if you supply the Shipping.
You are bidding on an autographed copy of PostModern Youth Ministry by Tony Jones. (I had Tony sign it a couple of years ago when he came to my church for Post-Modern Youth Ministry Forum so I could eventually give it away.) Bidding means you e-mail me @ SnaveNel at AOLcom tell me that you want it and are willing to pay $3.50 for priority mailing and if your name is drawn, I'll send it to you.
Since I'm looking into becoming an Air Force Chaplain, this interested me.
The document was circulated at the Air Force Chaplain School until eight weeks ago. It was a "code of ethics" for chaplains that included the statement "I will not proselytize from other religious bodies, but I retain the right to evangelize those who are not affiliated."
. . . . . Upon arrival at the police station, the children marched bravely into the interrogation room still singing, "In the name of Jesus, we have the victory."
This was not the cowering group of children the police interrogator had anticipated! He began to threaten the children, telling them they would have to write "I do not believe in Jesus" one hundred times before he would release them. Instead, the defiant children wrote, "I believe in Jesus today. I will believe in Jesus tomorrow. I will believe in Jesus forever!" . . . .
Wow! At least American children's ministries have cool rooms and singing veggies. This also puts the Red Sox down two games into an even better perspective.