Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A New Addition

Tomorrow is the day! It has finally arrived, rather he has finally arrived. So pumped about getting to meet, hold and kiss my boy tomorrow morning. 39 long weeks have passed...I'm not sure if Cyd and I, the girls, the grandparents or my students are the most excited. Thanks for any prayers you offer on our behalf in the next 18  or so hours!

The world will forever change after this new addition!

The best part...he will be deeply loved and cared for.

The worst part...he will have more names and nicknames than anyone else in our family.

Good Questions from Wesley

A friend of mine posted Wesley's Holy Club Questions on his blog this past week. Great questions for a time of reflection in my life. What about for you?

Riding with Dad

This is the face my students swear I make.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Some Lenten meditations for baptists

challenging thoughts for a baptist who increasingly finds himself drawn to those traditions with a different notion of experiencing God than I knew as young believer.

Some Lenten meditations for baptists

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Father Daughter Dance

Inspiring Super Bowl Commercial

I didn't see all the commercials the other night, but I have watched a few after the fact on YouTube. The funniest one I saw during the game was the Doritos commercial. This is a great inspirational piece, that makes you want to buy a car from Detroit, even if you don't want a Chrysler. The message resonates with me mostly because of the circumstances my Dad is facing. The C word is a scary blow, but his determination and perseverance through faith in Christ is exactly what all of us need to be reminded of when walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Great Thoughts on Church/Community

      No legalist about church attendance, I have thought for a long time now that something has happened in the life of a Christian when she stops meeting other Christians at the Meeting House on the Lord’s Day. When the worship of God is not important anymore, hasn’t something serious gone awry?
     Moreover, I have observed that Christians who never find a place of service in and through a local church often end up with a trainload of complaints and criticisms of that church. Affection evaporates. But those who know the church best, warts and all, and who give of their time, talent and treasure to the life of the local church----those people usually “put up” with church.
     Eugene Peterson said, “Our membership in the church is a corollary of our faith in Christ.”
     “Church”/“Community” is more than an abstract theological concept; it is a way of life. “Church” has an address, such as 511 High Place, Macon, GA 31204. “Church” is a forgiving place, a growing place, a giving place, a sharing place. “Church” comes down with both feet in the midst of sinful, petulant, often repulsive, people. “Church” is impossible without presence, without two or three gathering together.

Taken from Walter B. Shurden's Preaching Journal Vol. 5. No. 43

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Like an Old Friend

Sometimes it's good to steal away from work, life, and the stresses of your day with an old friend for a cup of coffee or a quick bite for lunch. Definitely a good thing to do as often as you can. The trouble is that you usually just have to stop and say, I'm not going to do x, y, z, at least not right now, because for my own sanity I need a break. I need to sit in a friends presence...words aren't even necessary just being in their company has a way of reframing your life and giving you some much needed perspective. So thankful for my best friend, who also happens to be my smokin' hot wife and the quick lunch or moment together that helps bring clarity and a small measure of sanity.

Blister Soul

Great song that's been bounce around in my head a lot lately!

Francis Schaeffer on Art

"What a Christian portrays in his art is the totality of life. Art is not to be solely a vehicle for some sort of self-conscious evangelism..."
      Francis Schaeffer

What would it truly look like for Christians to seek excellence in art, careers, life, and culture without pushing an agenda or Jesus onto the world, but simply to honor God with gifts, talents and abilities?