Saturday, December 27, 2008

Books, books and more books

How many of you have out-read the sitting president this year or previous years?

Check it out: http://sec.online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html

Friday, December 26, 2008

God works in mysterious ways

There was a neat story in the Colorado Springs Gazette recently on NFL kicker Jason Elam helping a fellow player Matt Lepsis begin a relationship with Jesus. I hope to be a friend like Elam as often as possible in my short life.

Check it out, it's encouraging: http://www.gazette.com/articles/lepsis_45326___article.html/drugs_season.html

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas and Things

It's nearly 8:30AM on Christmas day and my musings have already begun:

1. Watching my son eat breakfast is such a delight. What a gift . . . Christmas couldn't get better. (The smell of ribs cooking in the slowcooker also warms the Christmas spirit.)

2. My wife is still in bed. Why? Well, she's carrying a very important Christmas gift (on lay-away until August). She's carrying our second child and still traversing the difficult journey of the first trimester. Pray for her health and strength. Pray that God knits this baby perfectly in her womb.

3. The incarnated Son of God changes people's lives. Some wonder how this can occur, others scoff, others feel guilty when they spend time with Jesus-touched people. NFL quarterback Kurt Warner recently had a unique piece done on him by ESPN. This is someone who has met the Christ child: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?page=hotread17/kurtwarner

4. I have a great core of family and friends. I am so thankful for each of you. Also, I am so thankful for the church family we have here in CO. We left such a special family in Boone and we are beginning to feel at home in CO too.

(be on the lookout for Xmas pics)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thanks Grandma Carol

Samuel opened his first round of Christmas gifts today. He is very thankful!

video

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dark Territory: The Gay Marriage Debate

The world is thinking, talking, debating, and considering a major topic in American society. On December 6, 2008 Newsweek had a cover story on gay marriage (http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653). In it, author Lisa Miller makes the case that the Bible says nothing negative about gay marriage and a homosexual lifestyle, summarizing her thoughts on those who oppose gay marriage, "Religious objections to gay marriage are rooted not in the Bible at all, then, but in custom and tradition (and, to talk turkey for a minute, a personal discomfort with gay sex that transcends theological argument)."

Newsweek has since provided a follow-up story with two authors of contrasting views engaging in a debate (http://www.newsweek.com/id/175223/page/1).

Bloggers around the world have also engaged in the issue: (e.g. http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2008/12/newsweek-on-gay-marriage.php).

I am no expert so I will not weigh in today, but instead, I choose to offer up a prayer for our country:

Father in heaven,

You created every person and even though we rebelled and sinned against you, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and offer salvation to Your children. Father, help us to sacrificially love those around us with the same love you have shown us. Teach us to debate, dialog, and discuss sensitive issues with healing grace. Help us to obey and trust You more each day.

In Christ's holy name, Amen.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

On spending - quote of the Day

"If something is a wasteful expenditure in bad times, it is probably also a wasteful expenditure in good times. Good times do not make wasteful expenditures less wasteful. There are no times for wasteful expenditures."

Read entire article: http://www.whatsbestnext.com/2008/12/on-layoffs/

Monday, December 08, 2008

Are you culturally aware?

If you think you have a good sense of what's going on in the world, read this article and compare notes. The article is long, but worth you time.

http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_2_cultural_jihadists.html

Here's a small portion of the article "An Anatomy of Surrender" by Bruce Bawer:

Mainstream outlets have also served up anodyne portraits of fundamentalist Muslim life. Witness Andrea Elliott’s affectionate three-part profile of a Brooklyn imam, which appeared in the New York Times in March 2006. Elliott and the Times sought to portray Reda Shata as a heroic bridge builder between two cultures, leaving readers with the comforting belief that the growth of Islam in America was not only harmless but positive, even beautiful. Though it emerged in passing that Shata didn’t speak English, refused to shake women’s hands, wanted to forbid music, and supported Hamas and suicide bombing, Elliott did her best to downplay such unpleasant details; instead, she focused on sympathetic personal particulars. “Islam came to him softly, in the rhythms of his grandmother’s voice”; “Mr. Shata discovered love 15 years ago. . . . ‘She entered my heart,‘ said the imam.” Elliott’s saccharine piece won a Pulitzer Prize. When Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes pointed out that Shata was obviously an Islamist, a writer for the Columbia Journalism Review dismissed Pipes as “right-wing” and insisted that Shata was “very moderate.”

Monday, December 01, 2008

Post-flood Apartment Pics







While driving back home in the middle of Wyoming from our Thanksgiving festivities in Rapid City, SD, I got a call on Saturday afternoon 11/29 informing me that a serious water leak had occurred in the apartment directly above us. Sadly, they too had been on vacation for several days so the leak created a small lake in the 1st floor apartment (that being ours). Here's some of the pics after we got home. Dozens of neighbors spent hours pulling up our carpet and moving our stuff to safety before we ever got back to Denver Seminary. Thanks to all of you who served so selflessly. The grace of Christ was evidenced in your life.