Sunday, October 29, 2006

thoughts for today

So it has been a while since I have written, which means the few people that read this have stopped. But I will write any way.

I am now the parent of a 6 month old. That is CRAZY and I wanted to share a bit about what I am learning.
1) I am worse off than I ever thought I was. I mean, I think I thought there was large amount of good in me to make me/help me do good. I see that is a load. I am evil. But Jesus is hope for me.
2) I am not a capable worship leader. I am not a good enough vocalist or guitarist or leader. But Jesus gives me hope.
3) I am a selfish husband and father. But Jesus provides me with hope.

So yeah my main lesson is that Jesus gives me hope. I have many issues and given a choice I don’t choose what is good and right. I am thankful that Jesus is my good.
Ps. 103 1-5
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

My prayer is that we would all find Jesus as the one who satisfies us with good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Do I miss Marietta?

Do I miss Marietta? Yes and no. I will explain my thinking. I went to Marietta this past weekend to sing in a wedding. It was sad because I had to go alone since my boy has been sick. So I went to Erin Deere’s wedding alone. I had tons of time to think while I was gone. I had a great lunch with one of my favorite people in the world at my favorite place. I ate with Collins Roux at Marietta Pizza Company. We had a great lunch, she is such a great friend to me and Camille. I did see Meals/Mealor/ Laura whatever you call her, I was excited because we haven’t talked in forever. And yes meals I know that is my fault. That afternoon I hung out with a couple of my fella’s Rick and Davis. Those guys are great, they are really growing up. That night I went to the rehearsal for the wedding and then to the dinner. They played a great video at the dinner, and it got me thinking about what I want to be able to say to Levi at his rehearsal dinner. I wont take your time with all I hope to say to him but basically it consist of hoping he grows up to understand what it means to give your life away.
The next day I played 9 with Ryan Kennedy and was able to hear all about his great trip to Ghana. I look forward to seeing what God does in Ryan’s life. After we played we went back to MPC and then I got to hang out with his folks. Car and David are great I love them. Then I went to the wedding and saw Cyndi Mac and a few other folks. Great people….there is no one like Cyndi Mac. Then I drove home to my bride and sick boy.
What I wrote about is what I miss about Marietta, the people and the food.
What I don’t miss: meetings with no purpose or that do not accomplish anything, organs, committees, over booking rooms, traffic, passive aggressive people, traffic, logistics, not being home much, and traffic to name a few. I miss a lot more than I don’t miss. But I love where we are. I love our church, our friends our pastor and the music at our church. I mean I am not into guys but the worship leader is HOT. (FYI I am the worship leader, I just didn’t want someone who doesn’t know me to think I might like boys).
I just had time to think about Marietta so I wrote about some of it, hope it makes sense.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I wish I could have seen this

Could you imagine, walking in downtown(wherever you live) and seeing mobile clubbing?
that is the latest craze according to the daily mail. It is a news paper in the UK. That stands for the United Kingdom, it is not a reference to the SEC school, University of Kentucky.
check this article out: here.

Monday, October 09, 2006

what is to come

I do plan on unpacking more from the conference soon. sorry for the delay. I will try and get more up tomorrow.
FYI my boy loves his bogen and loves the wind. I love watching him grow up and I look forward to seeing him become a man.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

i am a dad and husband and love it

I just want to throw my bride some props. My boy, Levi, has had 2 bad nights this week. We think its just because he is teething. If Levi has a bad night my bride takes care of our boy. She is my hero for giving her life away to me and to Levi.
Last night it was about 2:30 b4 she was able to go back to bed after Levi woke up screaming at 1am. I am thankful she takes care of our boy since I have to work.

Being a dad is weird to me. I love my boy but it is just strange to see that I am Levi’s dad. It is so awesome when he looks at me and laughs….i think it laughs because he likes me not because I look funny.

Well, here is our happy family and yes that does include our sweet puppy Rosie.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

There is a reason

There is a reason that Mark Driscoll and John Piper get the respect that they are given. Read this exchange of emails of 2 men, acting like men, that love Jesus and are willing to fight for his supremacy in all things. Read this blog, click here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Emergent Church

The Emergent Church is slowly making its way to becoming their own religion. Here is a quote from the Emergent website and then some things I think they are missing.
This is directly from the Emergent Village website:
We believe in God, beauty, future, and hope – but you won’t find a traditional statement of faith here. We don’t have a problem with faith, but with statements). Whereas statements of faith and doctrine have a tendency to stifle friendships, we hope to further conversation and action around the things of God.

By having no statement of faith they allow people to pretty much believe anything they want to in the name of friendship or not wanting to disagree. The next few things are all things that Emergent would most likely say are negotiable or not needed to be a Christian.
(these were given by Mark Driscoll at the desiring God conference and I am elaborating on them. Driscoll’s comments will be in bold)
1) Scripture as authority. If scripture does not have ultimate authority you are at the center of the universe not Jesus, who is at the center of scripure.
2) Sovereignty of God. God has dominion/power/rule/control over all things. Believing that Jesus does not have dominion over all things puts something other that Jesus at the center of all things.
3) Virgin birth of Jesus. With out the virgin birth you don’t have Jesus nor do we see Jesus as booth man and God.
4) Contend against Pelagianism- Pelagianism denies original sin and affirms the ability of humans to be righteous by the exercise of free will. Since I am saying we must contend against this type of belief I am saying Reformed beliefs are true. I look forward seeing if this one brings out comments
5) Doctrine of Hell. Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven. God is a God of wrath and there is a place where those who are not his children
6) Substitutionary Atonement. We are sinners and God hates sin. Which means God is totally against us as sinners but as Christians, Christ took our place and was our substitute for all of my sin. Through faith in Christ’ death and resurrection we have atonement of our sin. As Luther says “the great exchange”.
7) Exclusivity of Christ. There is/was/will be only 1 Jesus. And Jesus is the way the truth and the life. No man, woman, or child gets to the father with out Jesus.
8) Gender- God created both male and female and that is very good. Same sex relationships are viewed by God as sin, sin not negotiable.
9) Kingdom has priority over culture-Our 1st priority should be Jesus not being relevant or friendly or making people feel good about themselves.

I don't have t ime to write more right now, but feel free to comment and ask questions. I will do my best to answer. I only hope i made sense with all that I have said here.

Here is a link to the talks from this weekend.Link

Monday, October 02, 2006

So I have a lot to say.

I don’t really have time to write about all that is going through my mind rights now, but I thought I would give an outline of things to come:
1) I learned a lot about the emergent and emerging church movement this past weekend. That would include people like Rob Bell and Brian D. McLaren. I have seen how off the mark they are in some of their beliefs.
2) I feel like I see more clearly why Christ came and died.
3) 9 non negotiables. this video sets this up click here
4) We don’t want to go to heaven to be saved, but see his glory, which puts Christ at the center of everything.
5) Jesus wants us to enjoy God like he does.
6) For Levi: my goal is to show him how Jesus made him and that Jesus is supreme over all. Levi has gifts and should steward all of his gifts for Christ to be supreme in all he Does.
7) I am now a twins fan.

I had a great time with Matt Adair and Matthew Vestal at our MLB games. And I could not have asked more from the Desiring God conference. I missed my bride and my boy more than I can write and I am glad to be home. I would also like to go hang out at Brits tonight and cheer for the Twins, BUT there is no place like home.