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C.S. Lewis and Pintrest (yikes)

I don’t really want Pintrest. I don’t think I really need it. Honestly I don’t need another social network in my life. I could care less about pinning things, about (insert whatever it is people do on Pintrest here) this or that.

Today though my whole world shifted. C.S. Lewis is on Pintrest and there are amazing things and quotes from him all coallated there. It just may be the one thing that draws me in. I have to confess…I’m a bit of a C.S. Lewis junkie and I absolutely love the little quotes you can find around the web.

I need some help here….should my man-crush on all things Lewis be enough to put me on it? Should I hold firm?




Ever feel like …

Ever feel like our great Savior beats you with the “understand” stick. I find lately that I have. I have a problem with pride and forget that it’s not me really that’s able to complete anything.

Recently I have been listening to some old sermons from a few different churches. These sermons are literally at least 1 year apart and from different parts of the Bible, but they both hit Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Christmas as Christians

We are approaching rapidly the annual celebration that we, as Christians, throw to announce and take joy in the truth that our Savior has come to this Earth. Born as a sinless man and paid the price for our sins.

It truly is a glorious occasion and one worth celebrating. The trees are beautiful and people, mostly, are very nice this time of year. I stayed up a bit late last night though thinking about Christmas; the thought was this: Would we treat Christ differently if this was the year of His birth?

That’s a huge thought and one that needs to be disected. The world that Jesus came into was full of war, hate-mongering, social injustice/inequality, over-taxation, and overall general beligerance. If you had read that last sentence by inself you would think that I was talking about the world that Jesus died for because it’s not much different than the world that we live in today.  I can picture a young Jesus going to our churchs and saying something like this:

What. Are. You. Doing? Why are you bickering? So what that that fellow over there doesn’t have the best clothing? Only a Traditional service for you..shame shame?

I think, personally, that if this was the year that Jesus came for the first time that we would probably treat him just as badly as we as a world treated him the first time he came. In the church today we are filled with such hate and bickering over things that really don’t matter…things that further our self-respect but not the Kingdom. Christ’s goal was to further the Kingdom and sanctify His creation at all costs, even death on a cross.

This Christmas I think we should all evaluate what we are doing to further that goal (if we are Christians anyway) and if we aren’t doing something on Christmas day to do that then we need to begin.

I hate to say it but in my heart of hearts I think we would ultimately do to Christ again what we did the first time he came…put Him to death for being radical and honest and just.

All that said…I really wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

Not Your Mama’s Carol’s (Music for the new age Christian)

So I get to help lead some worship at my local church and love it. Today we did some Christmas music and when we finished the first song (a variation of Joy to the World) my pastor says this:

That’s not your Mama’s version!

I love that and I don’t see that as a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong…I really like the old school originals; especially when a huge organ or choir is involved.

In that same vein I thought I’d throw together some newer versions of some old classics for your listening/viewing pleasure.

Chris Tomlin (the one we did today)

David Crowder Band: Noel

NeedtoBreathe: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Third Day: Oh Holy Night

Reliend K: Sleigh Ride

Am I missing some that are nice? Fill me in and throw it up here or a link to it in the comments.

My House is on Fire…save me for free!

I’m certain that you have heard of the Declaration of Indepenence; even if you aren’t from the States you are familiar with the concept, I’m absolutely certain. Did you know that the ancients have been mistranslated? It was really meant to say this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, and the protection from Fire to our homes.

If you just glazed through that because you thought you were familiar with it then you need to read it again. Go on… I’ll wait…[hold music here]. See what happened at the end there? Don’t remember that in grade school do you?

Yesterday I read a story detailing (for the second time) a county in Tennessee that does their Public Services a bit different. Give it a read it really is a good one, but it essentially boils down to this. If you live in this county and don’t pay for some public services per anum you don’t get the benefits from it. It has also happened about a year ago as well, that story here.

I’m a bit torn from this type of story. On one hand you have the loss of property, memories, wealth; on the other you have procastination, entitlement, cautionless culture. I truly feel moved by the family that lost their home, it is a tragedy. If I was in the same situation I would find $75/year to cover me in the event of a fire for the same reason that I have home insurance. If I was on the county board I would more than likely make it part of county property taxes…what are you looking at really, about $6.25/month?

What are you thoughts. Should we be able to receive benefits from something we don’t deserve or haven’t earned. Does a firefighter have a duty to put his life on the line for someone that doesn’t seem to think that paying him for their service (so that throughout the year they can support their families)? Would it be right to over-extend to fight a fire not in their service area while the tax paying people that bought the mulit-million dollar machinery and equipment foot the bill? What if equipment is damaged, what is a firefighter loses their life? Would normal death benefits apply or no…? Lots of questions to answer.

Perhaps a volunteer department should be raised?

Thoughts welcome!

Stop topping off my coffee!

It’s got the perfect amount of steam and the perfect sugar to coffee ratio. Everyone’s ratio is a bit different mines 2-1 but don’t judge me. Each drink hits the spot and tastes so yummers and then you see it coming out of nowhere. Your server comes by and tops off your business and ruins the whole thing. You can’t go back to the way it was. You can’t fix it because they don’t make creamers that small and you don’t want to count out individual sugar crystals to get it back to where it was. Instead you just deal with it and grit through it. Finally you get through with that glass and get a refill and start all over…guarding your creation lest it be ruined again!

That’s life though I guess, constant change. How ’bout you; do you treat life as a perfectly balanced cup or go with it?


I remember where I was when it happened, Evangelism with Danny Lovett. We were excused from class and all went to our dorms to realize we couldn’t call friends and family as all lines were jammed with the traffic.

Fitting that I was in evangelism class as I can’t think of a better reason to need to reach out to people than that day or it’s 10th anniversary.

Today we pray for the families broken and lost, we pray for souls that still need healing, and we pray for guidance in this Nation from our Creator.

9-11-11 survivors and victims…you are not forgotten.



Painful Faith?

Bread, Beer, Tortillas and cereal. What do they all have in common? Pain. Raw absolute pain. None of these products come easily and require massive amounts of force and manipulation to achieve the end result of something edible. They must all be crushed to be made new.

Think of that for a minute…you don’t hear of it often, but do you ever think about what it is to be “threshed”. Let me describe it for you.  This is how you thresh wheat: you lay it on the floor and pound it till the grain falls off, you then must gather that grain and grind it into a powder. Easiest way is to place it between two massive stones and spin the top stone till things come unglued and the wheat submits.

I can’t help but think about myself as a piece of grain when I read Matthew 3:12

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

The fact that Jesus is clearing his wheat from the threshing floor means I have already been broken and bent to his will and the only thing that is left is the chaff. The image that comes to my mind is the Word grinding me from the top and the World grinding from below and Him coming in and picking up all the best parts of me and leaving the rest to be consumed. It’s painful to think about but necessary so that I can be made into a new creation; into something new and wholesome, healthy, worthy to be baked!

Simpler Times

We live in a world today of constant on, instant results. Ask my wife and she will be happy to tell you that if I don’t know the answer to something that within the next 10 minutes I’m either researching it online or writing a note to remember to do so when I get back home. All that information is great but I feel like sometimes it’s better just to unplug.

This past week I have been on vacation with my family. We stayed at the beach part of the time and cell service was lousy and I was disconnected, it was great. Looking back on it this morning before church I’m realizing that all that “on” time is not really that good for me. I needed my own little “Sabbath” to unplug.

And lets not mention the fact that I haven’t worn closed-toe shoes since last Friday evening.

Ocean Wide

I am down at Myrtle Beach on vacation with my bride and my son. I love to get away from all my other responsibilities and just focus on family time and see the beach. I mean who doesn’t love the beach? If you don’t you should be stoned…and not those little pebbles. I mean stoned like a ball the size of a shotput right to the ….shin, twice. Man that was serious, I didn’t mean that, but really I did.

The ocean…ahh breathe it in. Soak in it’s glory, remember that you are swimming in fish pee. Wait, I just went there! It’s filtered by algae though so it’s probably ok.

Back to the point! When I think of the ocean I think of a few things though: power, raw vast power, constant motion, and abounding love!

Power: Think of it. The ocean is life giving, life taking, constant…raw power. It’s power really is unmatched. It makes the planet hospitable alone!

Constant motion: It never ceases. It moves at all times and in all directions. It’s like a metaphor for the Lord of Creation. Moving at all times tirelessly, endless, justly. He does not grow weary and neither does the ocean.

Abounding and endless love. No other object on Earth so perfectly manifests this in today(s) day and age. Well at least to me. You can choose your own metaphor but since I’m the one at the beach it’s fitting to me.

I’ll leave you with this awesome thought/video.

Have a great Tuesday!