Faith

McCain or Obama – Does It Really Matter?

I have mentioned before that in the grand scheme of things, Americans are putting WAY TOO MUCH emphasis on the outcome of this election.  Why? Because in the larger picture, no one president (even with a majority in the house or senate) can control your life… for the good or bad.  I am 100% behind McCain and Palin.  100%.  But, that doesn’t mean I am putting my hope in them. …

Getting Passionate

I remember sitting on the lawn outside the girl’s dorm my sophomore year in college.  We were having a fall revival and one of the professors was speaking, John Castelein.  Over the course of my life, I can probably recall about 6 sermons I’ve heard.  Nothing against sermons, but many of them begin to blend together, while a few of them create an incredible impact engaging the heart, mind, imagination,…

Blood:Water Mission – Getting Involved

I was at the bookstore not long ago and bought a book, “Hope in the Dark” by Jena Lee.  It is a POWERFUL book because the huge number of photos tell a story of the tragedy of AIDS in Africa, the lack of clean water, and yet the hope and healing that is coming by building wells and having blood that is free of parasites and HIV infections is helping…

Remodeling Finished

About 6 weeks ago several of our friends from our church came over and helped us tear down a room off our house.  It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years.  A major gas leak got us jump started.  We fixed the gas leak, tore down the structure, and hauled it all away.  That revealed some problems with the house that needed to be fixed. …

No Hope in Politics

I mentioned in my last post about a guy named Rich Mullins.  I met Rich on several occasions, and while I respected Rich for 99% of everything, I couldn’t get past his words about the American government.  Well, Rich could just see further down the road than me, and while I was looking through a fog, he was seeing clearly.  I’ve now come full circle. I hate politics.  I love…

Larry Norman – The Father of Christian Rock

Back in the summer of 1984 I attended a Christian rock festival called Cornerstone.  My friend Matt and I slept in a tent for 4 days, drank a couple cases of Moutain Dew, ate a ton of peanut butter, and listened to some classic Christian groups like AD, Jerusalem, The Daniel Band, and about 30 other groups.  One individual who was there was Larry Norman.  Larry was the pioneer of…

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

The other day I was talking with my daughter.  In her jr. high English class they were having a debate with the question, “Is it the girl’s choice only, or is the guy’s and girl’s choice to get an abortion?”  She came and asked my advice.  I told her – You’ll never get the right answer if you ask the wrong question.  I then told her that sometimes, asking the…

Living Large, Living Out Loud!

Seth Barnes’ Blog (see the link on the right) today struck another chord with me.  Here is a portion of it: =========== Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Though Thoreau was probably not a Christian, he recognized that life was valuable, and should be treated as such. Thoreau lived by this creed: I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and…

Our Church’s Super Sunday

This coming Sunday in our church is going to be an exciting time.  I just got back from a meeting with about 80-90 people who are going to be baptized on Sunday.  Two people from my small group have asked me to baptize them.  It’s quite an honor. One of the things I was thinking through tonight as I was driving home was how much I can tend to get…

Becoming a Boring Person

Great stuff from Seth Barnes’ Blog today: “As people get older and more specialized, their creative, open-ended right brain that ran the show when they were children playing in the sand box, begins to wither and die. The orthopedic surgeon who has developed a certain kind of knee replacement is paid to do it a thousand times over. The carpenter builds variations on the same model house. The stewardess hands…

Let’s Get Started

Alright, we are under way.  The blog is officially open.  There aren’t going to be any real guidelines about what we talk about here… just a whole lot of this and that.  However, if you want to break down the posts, I suggest you click on the different categories over on the right. As we get rolling here, I will be posting some of the things that are going on…