I got this in an email from John Losey and I figured it'd be fun to share on the blog and might become a meme.
1) FOUR OCCUPATIONS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
a. Christian Bookstore Employee for 2.5 years in college and seminary.
b. Telemarketer: Outbound and inbound
c. Jackhammer operator for an industrial construction crew that worked on dams, this is of course, My Dam Job.
d. Youth pastor - best job in the world.
2) FOUR PLACES I HAVE LIVED
a. Montgomery, AL (4th grade through college, this is home.)
b. Princeton, NJ
c. Fairfield, CT
d. Lubbock, TX
3) FOUR TV SHOWS I LIKE TO WATCH
a. Red Sox games
c. Boston Legal
d. Prison Break
4) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN
a. Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
b. Mexico City
d. The Four Corners
5) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS
a. Cheese enchiladas
b. Garlic Bagel
c. T-bone or Ribeye (Medium Rare)
d. New York City Dirty Water Dog
6) FOUR PLACES I'D LIKE TO BE RIGHT NOW:
a. Boston to celebrate the Red Sox winning the AL East with Red Sox Nation
b. New York City because we love The City.
c. Ireland because I've never been there.
7) FOUR PEOPLE I THINK WILL RESPOND:
b. Chris C.
c. Scott Davis
8) FOUR PLACES I LIKE TO SHOP:
a. I don't like shopping anywhere.
9) FOUR THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE:
a. have something published in The Door.
b. see my daughters get married and have kids
c. Become as godly as possible
d. Finish my ninja training.
10) FOUR PEOPLE WHO HAVE IMPACTED MY LIFE (positively):
a. My parents
b. My wife
c. Bob and Louise Hollis (My Sunday School teachers in 10th grade)
d. Tom Calendar (Discipled me in college and loves me like a son, till this day)
11) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES:
a. Lord of the Rings Triology
b. Princess Bride
c. The Counte of Monte Christo
d. Dead Poets Society
Now, here's what you're supposed to do... send this to some people you know INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about those who know you. Remember to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
The interview with Rick Bundschuh is up! Spread the word.
I listened to Mark Driscoll's message (session 3) today where he talks about Brian Mclaren, Doug Pagitt and Rob Bell and his concerns about some of their views, writings, endorsements, or doctrines. Many people have responded to the message by giving Mark a wink. Including but not limited to Tony, Riddle, Heidi, Adam, & Doug.
I don't get the "winks". Well, I know the origin of winking as a response to critics or as a stance in battle. But let me be clear on this, if someone called me or inferred I was a heretic, we'd definitely have a "conversation" about it and get things cleared up.
If Mclaren endorses the Jesus Seminar scholars writings, that's terrifiying to me.
If Doug sees nothing wrong with homosexuality and Christianity coexisting, that bothers me. I like Doug. Only interacted with him a few times in person many years ago. I have his new book as part of a facebook group before it comes out and he doesn't mind me sharing my questions or things that may be bothersome to some.
But what Driscoll talked about deserves to be addressed or shown to be wrong and a "wink" doesn't do that for me.
Guess I need to deconstruct my rationale. ;-)
What do you think?
Sunday night we had a See You At The Pole Concert of Prayer for our students and we invited parents to come.
I wasn't sure what to expect but knew it was worth trying, so I tried. We are a notriously late people and with 5 minutes until the service started in the sanctuary, I thought it'd be me and a few students.
People arrived and I'd guess it was about 60% students and 40% parents. Not a bad percentage.
I explained what a concert of prayer was and that in effect, I was the conductor and would lead them through a variety of prayer items and they'd pray in different groups about different things. This sort of prayer time was probably a stretch for everyone because it was unfamiliar but it was good.
Amidst the middle of it we prayed for teachers in groups. I shared with them that I'd rather them pray 30 seconds a day while they walk into school for their teachers, their friends who don't know Christ and that God would use them to be Salt & Light rather then only pray for 30 minutes on Wed morning at SYATP. After I said it, I was reminded of Dino's SYATP Counter-Cultural Challenge.
The last prayer before the last songs was planned but I called an audible and changed the topic to something that just came to me. I called it a "Prayer Mixer" and they were to find a partner and pray a short 10, 20 to 30 second prayer for someone and then find another person to pray for or to be prayed for.
As I watched it and then began praying for a few people and having them pray for me I realized it had become a time to give or pray blessings upon each other.
It was a beautiful time to see people respond to what God was doing.
I heard from one parent that it stretched them but they needed to be stretched and I'm hoping to do it again and make it more of an official "church wide" concert of prayer.
Matt Mcgill wrote a good letter to a discouraged youth worker. We've all been there, and if you are there now, it might encourage you.
Maybe we need to work less on the nuances of theology and more on our imagination. Maybe we need to have fewer meetings and more play time with each other. Maybe we ought to believe that each of uscould actually be what we dream---and mabye we should encourage and believe in each other's dreams. Maybe we should start by encouraging our adult people to dream.
It was November or December in 1993 when I heard the DJ announce that Rich Mullins would be at the local Borders in Dallas to sign his new CD. This particular Borders was less then a mile from where we lived.
I have all of his CD's and that one remains my all time favorite. While living in CT I let someone borrow the CD because even though it was a personal treasure, I didn't want to not share it. I think it's true that if you can't give something away that you own, you don't own it, it owns you. So I let them borrow it.
I never got it back and I'd look through my stuff hoping that perhaps I misplaced it but I could never find it. A month or so ago I opened up a box of misc CD's and thought I should put the songs I like on my computer and then put them up in storage. It was late at night when I started but I kept doing it. I reached down and got a worship CD that I liked, and opened it up and much to my surprise, I found the CD.
Rich Mullins commenting on
“Calling Out Your Name”
You don't write because the world needs your music, you write because you have a need to make order, to organize things. If you're a musician, you express that very human, very common need by making music. If you're a baker, you do it by making bread. It's all the same goodness, it just expresses itself in different areas.
I think creativity is a very Christian thing. I think if we are created in the image of God that means we're going to have and impulse to create.
It seems that I always am and always have been an outsider. I've never really fit in. I was always too religious for my rowdy friends-they thought I was unbelievably hung up-and too rowdy for my religious friends-they were always praying for me.
Our faith becomes real when we focus on what never changes instead of our ever-changing opinions.
I don't think you read the Bible to know truth. I think you read the Bible to find God, that we encounter him there. Paul says that the Scriptures are God's breath and I kind of go, "Wow, so let's breathe this as deeply as possible."
So don't get so hung up about how important you are in the Kingdom of God or who important you are to the growth of the church. It seems that God is always saying, "I'm not worried so much about how you're doing as much as I'm glad about who you are."
Let me tell you this-God will never give up on you. He will never stop loving you. That love is a reality no matter what you do or don't do. God does not call us to be angels; He calls us to be His, and to who we are in Him.
I report, you decide!
Doug just posted it, so thanks.
Author and host, Lee Strobel is a Yale educated former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune. His evangelical pedigree includes serving as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Church and Saddleback Church. This documents his two year investigation into the claims of Christ, the trustworthiness of the Bible, the Resurrection, and his ultimate decision to leave atheism and become a Christ follower.
It’s divided into five primary segments that give an introduction to the topic, examines the evidence, takes a closer look at Jesus, goes through different resurrection theories and how this process brought Strobel to a crisis of faith and how he became a believer.
This is easily watched in one sitting or it could be viewed one section at a time and then discussed with members of a class, your family or a skeptical friend. It captures your attention by interweaving Strobel’s personal story of coming to faith with man on the street comments, interviews with theologians and other scholars along with various findings and facts. There are two great bonus features. One is the faith stories of the various scholars who share how they came to faith in a variety of ways and the second is a deeper look into the uniqueness of Jesus.
The timeliness of this release couldn’t come at a better time with the AP recently reporting that one in four adults in America won’t read a single book a year. So all the non-readers and even slow readers could watch this and still reap a huge benefit from being exposed to the information and epistemological rationale of the Christian faith.
This is a dynamic resource for any believer to have. It can be given to a skeptical friend or viewed for personal growth. It would probably be best used within a class, small group or student ministry. I have never said this about any resource I’ve reviewed but every church in America that values equipping their people should have this easily accessible for anyone to view.
The Rubik's Cube, the Hacky Sack and a Boom Box were all necessities.
Pet Cemetery by Stephen King was released.
At the movies you could see Flashdance, Mr. Mom, WarGames and most importantly, Return Of The Jedi
Cats wins the Tony for Best Musical
Everyone was singing, “Every Breath You Take” by the Police and anything by Michael Jackson.
On TV you could watch Riptide, Three’s Company, One Day at a Time and The A-Team.
And Len Evans began his 9th grade year, bussed 15 miles to Georgia Washington Jr. High School.
from The Velveteen Rabbit by Armand Eisen
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” sad the Skin Horse. “it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY coves you, then you become REAL.”
“Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asks, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Many thoughts in my head but here's something pretty cool for now: