Theological Thinking

I talked to Tony yesterday because I had a story to tell him that I knew he'd appreciate. After the story and talking about it, I asked him a theolgical question. (Aren't most questions really theolgical?)

He said he had a written answer for it already. Part of the new book? and he'd get around to sending it to me. Maybe he'll blog about (like the last time I asked him a question) but after reading his latest response to a paper, I won't give him a hard time if it takes a while for him to get back to me.


One Word Challenge

You can only use one word...
Not as easy as you may think.

1. Yourself: authentic
2. Your girlfriend/boyfriend: Tonja
3. Your hair?: buzzed
4. Your mother?: gone
5. Your Father?: grandfather
6. Your Favorite Item: Palm
7. Your dream last night: strange
8. Your Favorite drink: Vault
9. Your Dream Car: Batmobile
10. The Room You Are In: bedroom
12. Your fear: corruption
13. What you want to be in 10 years: shepherd
14. Who you hung out with last night?: daughters
15. What You're Not?: detailed
16. Muffins: blueberry
17: One of Your Wish List Items: iPod
18: Time: midnightish
19. The Last Thing You Did: e-bay
20. What You Are Wearing: clothes
21. Your Favorite Weather: snow
22. Your Favorite Book: Bible
23. The Last Thing You Ate: dinner
24. Your Life: transition
25. Your Mood: content
26. Your body: better
27. Who are you thinking about right now? sleep
29. What are you doing at the moment?: typing
30. Your summer: gone
31. Best part of your life: family

Ryan tagged me oh so long ago and I tag, Lizzy, Gman, Roy, and Jason.


Integrity is Inconvenient

The other week I had gone into our favorite convenience store to grab a few things. I grabbed them and paid for them. I got home and realized I had put a 50 cent pack of peanuts in my back pocket because my hands were full and I had not paid for them.

I went back in a couple of days and gave them an identical package of peanuts, paid for them and then put them back on the shelf as I explained what had happened.

The cashier gave me that "It's only 50 cents!" look but said "thanks".

Doing what is right is rarely glorified and mostly unknown but I did not want to start down the road of making excuses even though it was only 50 cents.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
George Herbert


Teaching Adults

I'm teaching an adult class starting this Sunday. I'm teaching something I love, The Pastoral Epistles. I did find a great curriculum to use though. It should be fun to go through this with my friends and peers.

In case you missed it: Mark Driscoll Thanks His Critics


Grace in the Strangest Places and a Normal Place

The Strangest Place

I have a new job, and I hope it's not a new vocation. I'm on an industrial construction crew that repairs and builds dams. (Insert your own dam joke here) I work with 4 other guys and they are the stereotypical blue collar/pagan construction workers. They all know I've been a pastor and they treat me like I'm a fellow blue collar/pagan construction worker. Part of that has to be holding my own with the 90 lb jackhammer and other manly tools.

Last week over lunch the foreman asked me if I wanted to say grace for us during our lunch break. I asked him if he was serious or just playing and one of the guys said, "Hell yes. . . er. . . heck yes."

So I thanked God for the ability to work and make money for our families, for my new friends and for our food.

It was a great moment of grace amidst the madness the rebular mundane and profane discussions. However, interspersed between colorful locker room chatter we discuss spiritual things, denominations, how we can trust the Bible, and more. These are always initiated by them. It is fun to be with "real" people.

The job is one of the reasons why my posting has been so random. I'm typically gone by 5am and back around 6:30pm, so not much time with the family but less time to be online and do other computer type things given my new alarm clock schedule.

The Normal Place

I was the speaker for Manheim BIC's Jr. High retreat last weekend in PA. It was great to dip my foot back into the youth ministry waters. I spoke for them last year so it was fun to remember some of the students and adult volunteers.

The theme was "Heroes" so I talked about Biblical Heroes, Christian Heroes and how they could be a hero. The Matt Zook Band led the worship.

I told the students that I could beat them in foosball and they didn't believe me. So I had to show them, it was my foosball ministry. Over the three days I was 42-2 against single players and doubles, students and adults. I became the Foosball Hero. It was a great weekend and not just because of the foosball.

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