Thursday, March 30, 2006
In honor of the upcoming baseball season...I thought you all would enjoy this. Check out the guy under the arrow.
Christians Against Pat Speaking (CAPS)
I got this from my broseph Dustin's site and knew some of you would love to get in on this.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Of cashing in on this life that is undeserved
Each morning I wake and give NO thought to your presence
Not a blink or a wink or the rub of my eye can shed the sleep that is within
“There is no rest for the wicked,” cries my heart
And that is how I sleep, in anguish and defeat
But I go on
Because that’s what I’m supposed to do
To struggle day in and day out to meet the standards
Of an insatiable culture that wants more and more and more
But there is no rest
There is no fulfillment
“All is vanity!”
PC, IPod, Xbox, Flat screen, Cell Phone, LCD, Blue Ray and HD
The lie that your world will be better and you better connected
While you son, daughter, mother, father long for your attention
Enslaved techno junkies of a new age
Filling the void with toys while young boys are forced to play with guns
“Turn your head” is the rally cry
“Forget about them, you must BUY…BUY…BUY!”
OUR LIVES ARE BEING SUCKED AWAY…and I’m tired
I’m tired…I’m tired…I’m tired
I’m tired of sleep walking
Longing for the day that I will wake up
Longing for the day to be slapped in the face and
Told, “’sell all you have’ and begin to walk in the light of grace.”
Until that day I walk on
Searching for the finish line and a glimpse of the divine
I realize that this little post holds no weight in the world such as a post like this or this. I apologize for being a simple minded narcissistic twerp with a trite mind. Maybe something profound will hit me in the next couple of days. In the mean time I will continue to make posts using others materials. (Correctly cited of course.)
Monday, March 27, 2006
This is Why I Actually Spoke on the Body
I had the opportunity to preach this past Sunday. We are going through a series inspired by the Dallas Willard book Renovation of the Heart. (An excellent read by the way.) Willard basis the five parts of us on the Great Commandment. (1.Heart 2.Mind 3.Body. 4.Social and lastly 5. Soul) Mitch and Jon spoke on the Heart, Mind and Will and it was my task to speak about the Body. So, in order to illustrate this I used these...Enjoy!!!
(Please remember this is all in good fun!!!)
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Caught Between Two Worlds
WILCO Live at the Uptown
Had the opportunity to see Wilco last night at the Uptown in KC. Great show. IF you haven't heard these guys you should definately check them out. Be aware that this band is virtually not afraid to go anywhere style wise. If that kind of thing confuses you, I wouldn't reccomend them. Some of the lyrics deal with some hard issues and aren't necessarily suited for all ages. They introspective, thoughtful, and sometimes absurd. As usual, the CD's don't have the flavor that a live show can give but they are high quality stuff. If you want to check out some music go here. That should get you started.
I want to say thank you to Mitch for the purchasing of the tickets. Happy Birthday buddy.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
New Email Address
Hopefully Gmail will live up to its reputation.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Two and Out
Two...that's all we got to play. Clearly Georgetown's size was more than we could handle. I wanna see what happens next year with the great recruiting class coming in. We'll be back.
Friday, March 17, 2006
They say it's always good to have a first round game that tests you. Well, Davidson gave us one today. We pulled through and survived and that is all that matters when it's March Madness.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Alright the Big Tourney starts today. Are you ready? Have you submitted you brackets. I have...Go Bucks!!!
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to
be. Here are some facts about life in the 1500's:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body
odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the
babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off
the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a
sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on
floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the
saying a "thresh hold."
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status.. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."
And that's the truth... Now, whoever said that History was boring ! ! !
Educate someone...Share these facts with a friend
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
PostModern Workshop Part 4
Our Western culture is ate up with consumerism. I tell my students all the time to beware of life because everything we do, every decision we make revolves around consumerism. Particularly the "teen" world, but not excluding the rest of life.
I have recently finished a book that deals with the issue, along with many others, quite extensively. You can check it out here. As the book suggests, we have got to find a way to subvert this consumeristic lifestyle that has been drilled into our heads. In order to do this, we must imagine life to be different. We cannot settle for the life that we are living right now.
Our allegiance is not to our economy. Our allegiance is to Christ. We must find ways to set ourselves "free." The church continually tells us that the point of this life is not to obtain possessions because our "treasures are laid up in heaven." Then why do most "church" going folks fall in line with the rest of society when it comes to possessions? I know, I know...I'm just as guilty as the next person, but its got to be said. When will we wake up?
I don't know, perhaps I am turning into some left-wing hippie, but everything is connected. My so called "happiness" because of the things I own is tied to "slavery" of another form in other countries. If God's will is to be "done on earth as it is in heaven," then why do we live the way we do? With an insatiable appetite for more and more.
Let me know what you think?
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Friday, March 10, 2006
I will be sending out a call chain later this morning to inform everyone about the weekend but if you check this first start letting people know. Thanks guys.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Understanding of Christian Ministry
At its core, Christian ministry is relational. We are to genuinely care for those that we are trying to reach. Christian ministry is not about putting up the largest church facade in town in order to say that your membership roles are the biggest. Approaching people with a “bait and switch” method of evangelism as if their soul was some form of commodity to be bought and sold insinuates the only thing that matters is the increase of profit. Ministry is about something that can not be measured by human standards. It is a beautiful, messy giving of one’s self, a vulnerability to all situations for the sake of those searching for truth. Now that we have gained access to the divine we are not to hoard it but are to share it with the oppressed, down trodden, the widow, and the alien with the understanding that in the end love will rule the day. We are to believe that 1 Corinthians 13 is not just for reciting at weddings anymore, but that we are expected to live it out on a daily basis with believers and non-believers alike. We are to treat each other with the understanding that “Christ is all and in all.”
Community building should be a high priority of all ministries. C.S. Lewis would say that we as Christians are “eternal beings.” Under this understanding, life should be lived with an eternal viewpoint. We are to teach as the apostle Paul tells us to in Colossians. Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and above all else love should be the rule of the community. Ministers should make it a priority to create a place where members of our communities’ voices can be heard. Giving them permission to shape us while we are shaping them will remove many of the stigmas given to the titles of “Minister” or “Preacher.” Our voice should not be the only one heard. Questions should be asked more than answers given. Guidance should be given rather than direction. The moment we say we have it all figured out is the exact moment we open the door for temptation to beset us. Ultimately the foundation of all community should be built on the example and embodiment of Christ.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Been a While
I was sick though...if any of you had the same thing I had then I feel bad for ya. It wasn't fun.
We have our D-Now weekend coming up. It's going to be fun. Dustin is flying up to be our key-note speaker and Jamie and I will be doing the music. We had to scale back operations a bit due to the lack of participation, but everything will be cool. (Central, the local high school, is having their musical the same weekend. Bad planning on our part. Good show though. I saw it Saturday night.)
Anyway, Dru and I have had some exciting adventures as of late. Keep us in your prayers. Discerning is fun!!!!
By the way, we opened the Daily Office to the church for Lent. It's going well. We don't have a huge turn out but those who come seem to enjoy it. I think that the Lord is being honored in our efforts.
Until next time...Adieu